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Ocean's 'Orange' Revolution

Frank Ocean has written songs for Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and John Legend; last year his mixtape Nostalgia Ultra attracted wide attention and acclaim. Now Ocean has released his first major-label album, Channel Orange. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of Ocean's album and career thus far.
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Bright Moments On World Cafe

Multi-instrumentalist Kelly Pratt has toured with Coldplay and Arcade Fire, among others. Now at the helm of a sunny, shiny pop band called Bright Moments, Pratt joins World Cafe's David Dye to show off his solo work.
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An Indie Rock Baseball Tribute: 'Ichiro's Theme'

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie is a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan, and such an Ichiro Suzuki devotee he wrote a song about the outfielder. Though he wrote it years ago, he decided this week — when Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees — was the right time to release "Ichiro's Theme."
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A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music

Don't be caught empty-headed when talk turns to the music of the London Games.
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In Pakistan, Sounds Of A Different Kind Of Drone

The thought of bagpipes usually conjures up images of Scottish men in skirts — not auto-rickshaws and South Asian spices. But no country manufactures more bagpipes than Pakistan, and no place in Pakistan makes more of them than Sialkot, a bagpipe-crazy city near India-administered Kashmir.
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The Practical Side Of The Great American Jam Band

Filled with press clippings, newsletters and receipts, the new Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California, Santa Cruz, reveals that rock 'n' roll's quintessential hippies were also savvy businessmen.

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