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Megaband Formed On Craigslist Becomes The Family Crest

There are big bands and then there are really big bands, like The Family Crest, which features around 300 players. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with lead vocalist Liam McCormick about the band.
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That Elusive Element Of Brazilian Bossa Nova

Classic Brazilian bossa nova music has a familiar, slow, graceful pulse. NPR's Felix Contreras of Alt.Latino plays some songs for NPR's Rachel Martin.
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Last Of The 'Sound Of Music' Von Trapps Dies At 99

Maria Von Trapp, the last of the seven-member Trapp Family Singers that inspired the play and film, died on Tuesday at her home in Vermont.
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Fred Armisen's Fake Bands (And Their Real Songs)

The Saturday Night Live alum's sketches about fictional musicians strike a believable chord. Fitting, then, that the original songs he wrote for them are now getting a proper release.
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Iconoclastic Musician Takes Measure Of His Life: 'I Became A Fighter'

Fred Ho has combined improvisation with Asian themes to create his own form of political activism. Now, at age 56, Ho is dying of cancer.
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Hearing Devotion In Pop's Details

"Radioactive," by Imagine Dragons, just set a chart record for the longest run on Billboard's Hot 100. It's just one of a few songs on the charts showing the influence of religious themes.
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Stromae's Lyrics 'Show A Different Vision Of The World'

Stromae has become a music sensation in Europe with his catchy rhythms and lyrics evoking real-life struggles. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his work and personal story.
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Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores

With so much pressure on schools to improve test scores, music and the arts sometimes fall off the list of priorities. That's led advocates for music education to point out its benefits in the classroom.
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Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl's 'Dirty Beasts'

On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl's Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London's West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.
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Album Review: 'Always With Us,' By Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the most well-known, all-male vocal groups in the world. Formed in the '60s, they have won multiple awards and recorded over 50 albums. Their latest release, Always With Us, remembers the life and voice of Nellie Shabalala, the late wife of the group's vocal leader. Reviewer Banning Eyre says Ladysmith Black Mambazo's mark on contemporary music is indelible.

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