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Leaving Behind The Cartel's 'Songs Of Death'

Narcocorrido singer El Imperial was once the favorite balladeer of the Sinaloa Cartel, living a life that mirrored his songs about drugs, women and death. Then he decided to walk away from it all.
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'Flaco And Max' Keep A South Texas Musical Tradition Thriving

Flaco Jimenez has been playing the accordion for most of his 75 years. He makes conjunto music with guitar player Max Baca. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the pair about their album, Flaco & Max.
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For Kelis, Music Is Back On The Menu

The "Milkshake" singer has a new album, and recently gave her first U.S. performance in years.
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From Preacher To Grass Cutter To Earth-Shaking Soul Singer

Paul Janeway's mother threw away his copy of Nirvana's Nevermind when he was a kid. The leader of St. Paul and the Broken Bones says his strict religious upbringing is key to the musician he became.
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With 10 Songs Of Silence, Band Puts Free Tour On Spotify's Tab

The band Vulfpeck has a new album called Sleepify. The 10-song set is absolutely silent. The Michigan-based funk group is using Spotify's royalty-payment system to fund its upcoming tour.
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For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

The mezzo-soprano discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. She took "a crack at a singing career" and has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years. Now she's helping emerging singers.
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Jazz Composer Tries Something New With 'A Trumpet In The Morning'

Musician Marty Ehrlich doesn't play much on his new album; instead, he conducts an ensemble that performs his compositions. He tells Fresh Air about his first album devoted to his orchestral music.
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For Foster The People Frontman, Fame And Isolation

David Greene talks to Mark Foster of Foster the People about the band's second album, Supermodel.
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'Rebel Music': When Hip-Hop Met Islam

From Afrika Bambaataa to Public Enemy and beyond, hip-hop has long been a culture to which young urban Muslims around the world can relate.
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Tycho: Music By A Visual Imagineer

On the new album Awake, Scott Hansen has taken his passion for design and merged it with his interest in ambient music.

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