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Kishi Bashi: Unique Performances In Time

The Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist creates sound from his voice, his violin and his looping machine. His loop-heavy debut album is named after a Japanese expression meaning "one time, one place."

How 'The Queen Of British Ska' Wrestled With Race

One of few women in a musical movement dominated by men, Pauline Black helped lead the 1970s U.K. ska revival with her band The Selecter. She discusses her complicated family history in a new memoir, Black by Design.

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros On World Cafe

Singer Alex Ebert explains the origin of the band's name, which evolved from a childhood superhero fantasy.

A Record Label With A Midas Touch

Tiny XL Recordings, the home of Adele, Vampire Weekend, the XX and just a few more, has become among the most relevant record labels in the world while releasing just a few albums each year.

Music Review: 'Can You Canoe'

A month-long trip down the mighty Mississippi river is the inspiration behind the Okee Dokee Brothers' latest album Can You Canoe? The mix of fun song-writing and folksy rhythms takes the younger listeners on an adventurous trip from the river's headwaters in Minnesota to the Gateway Arch in Saint Louis.

Bankrupt At Home, Philly Orchestra Looks To China

When the Philadelphia Orchestra first visited China four decades ago, it was a prestigious, well-funded institution performing in a poor, underdeveloped nation. Now the orchestra is emerging from bankruptcy and hoping that an increasingly wealthy China can provide new streams of revenue.