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John Fullbright's Uneven 'Songs' Finds A Way To Fascinate

Songs feels like the work of an artist who's still figuring out who he is, where he wants to go, and what he wants to elaborate upon — or invent anew.
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The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt

The Estonian composer's contemplative yet powerful music has found popularity beyond the borders of classical music. He's making a rare appearance in the U.S. to attend a festival of his music.
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Meshell Ndegeocello Trades Songs And Stories, Live In L.A.

The bassist and songwriter gave a secret show in Los Angeles this weekend, and NPR's Arun Rath was there. Hear their conversation and selections from the concert.
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In Perfect Movie Music, Filling Space Is An Art

If Brian Reitzell does his job right, you'll enjoy the movie you're watching a lot more — without knowing why. He speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about being a music supervisor for Hollywood films.
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Mandolin Orchestra Celebrates 90 Years Of Harmony

Americans were once mad for mandolins. Yet today, most have disappeared. We visit one of the remaining mandolin orchestras, which is celebrating its 90th birthday.
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Jazz Pianist Ted Rosenthal Has A Feel For Gershwin

Rosenthal has played George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" solo and with symphonic and jazz orchestras. Now he's recorded a version for jazz trio as part of an all-Gershwin album.
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Post-Apocalyptic Picnics And Hollywood Steakhouses In Gabriel Kahane's LA

Though the composer and singer-songwriter wasn't raised in Los Angeles, The Ambassador feels like a musical tour of the city, right down to specific addresses used as song titles.
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Anatomy Of A Dance Hit: Why We Love To Boogie With Pharrell

There are songs that just make people want to get up and shake their booty. Why? Scientists say the most enticing rhythms have something missing — beats that your body can't help but fill in.
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Fullbright's Sophomore Album Features Spacious, Confident Songs

Meredith Ochs reviews John Fullbright's second album, Songs.
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Apple Buys Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics For $3 Billion

Apple's acquisition of the audio equipment and subscription streaming music service co-founded by Dre and record-producer Jimmy Iovine is the computer-maker's largest-ever such purchase.

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