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'Made For This': The Rootless Life Of A Roving Musician

Guitarist and songwriter David Dondero has been touring the world and putting out records for nearly two decades. He's a favorite among critics and other musicians, but he's barely making a living — and he seems fine with that.
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Gimme The Beat (Box): The Journey Of The Drum Machine

What began as little more than a glorified metronome has worked its way into bedroom studios and state-of-the-art recording facilities alike. A new book chronicles the history and influence of the drum machine in all its wood- and plastic-paneled glory.
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'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Is Capable Of 'Mild Diversion'

If the name of the title character in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit sounds familiar, it should. Ryan has been the focus of numerous Tom Clancy novels and also been the protagonist of five previous films.
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Troubadour Radio: 'Jam Band' Releases A New Album For Kids

Husband and wife duo Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis are the act behind Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. The Latin Grammy winners have released a new album, and it comes in the form of a radio show. Kids music reviewer Stefan Shepherd says that this couple has demonstrated they're not afraid to reinvent their sound.
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The Minnesota Orchestra's Labor Dispute Is Over. What's Next?

Musicians and management ended a 15-month standoff on Tuesday night, with each side offering some concessions. Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr found out what people are saying on the ground.
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The Soul Singer Who Never Quite Made It

There was a time when people in the know in Memphis described James Govan as Otis Redding's natural successor. A new compilation collects some of his unreleased recordings.
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VIDEO: Springsteen, Fallon Do 'Gov. Christie Traffic Jam'

The New Jersey governor gets skewered by NBC's late-night comic and The Boss. Check out their "Born to Run" parody about the scandal surrounding Christie's staff.
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Strike Up The Band! Minnesota Orchestra Lockout Ends

After 15 months, management and the musicians have agreed on a contract that will settle their dispute. The performers agreed to pay cuts and to pay more of their health care expenses. Management did not get concessions that were as large as they first sought.
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The 'Ode To Joy' As A Call To Action

Melissa Block talks with Kerry Candaele, director of the documentary Following the Ninth. The film explores how Beethoven's Ninth Symphony continues to "offer hope in an unhappy world."
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Uneven But Vital, Bruce Springsteen Has 'High Hopes'

His 18th album is a mixed-bag assortment of covers and originals brimming with undimmed eagerness.

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