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Peter Gabriel's Favorite Artists Remake His Music From 'Scratch'

On the 2010 album Scratch My Back, Gabriel covered songs by the musicians he loves. For the follow-up, he invited those artists — who include Arcade Fire, Randy Newman, David Byrne, Regina Spektor, Lou Reed, Bon Iver and more — to cover his own material.
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A Debut Album At 81 Years Old

Leo Welch had played at picnics and parties and sang with a gospel group, but he didn't record an album until he cold-called a Mississippi record label. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the blues musician about his new release, Sabougla Voices.
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Nash, Ronstadt Remember The Everlys' 'Sibling Sound'

Phil Everly, half of the record-setting sibling duo The Everly Brothers, died on Friday. Legendary musicians Graham Nash and Linda Ronstadt offer remembrances of Phil Everly, and explain why the Everly Brothers had such a profound influence on their music.
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Pushing A Tradition Forward, Bandolim In Hand

A master of the Brazilian version of the mandolin, Hamilton de Holanda is determined to show the world what the instrument can do — and he's found friends in disparate musical worlds who are helping him prove is point.
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Hip-Hop's Aboriginal Connection

Beat Nation is a traveling art exhibition that mines the similarities between hip-hop and indigenous culture. It's made a big splash in Canada, where indigenous protest movements have recently captured headlines.
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Phil Everly Dies; Transformed Rock 'N' Roll With Brother Don

The tight harmonies in the Everly Brothers' string of hits in the '50s and '60s were huge influences on others such as Simon & Garfunkel, The Hollies, and The Beach Boys. Among their biggest songs: "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream." Everly was 74. Brother Don is 76.
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'Our Soul Music Is Mariachi Music': Houston's Mexican Mass

The mariachi Mass brings an ensemble of garishly dressed folk musicians — with their guitars, trumpets and violins — right down to the front of the church, where they play liturgical music.
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When Memphis Made A Move On Nashville's Country Monopoly

A new nine-hour box set, titled Sun Country Box: 1950-1959, collects Sun Records' country output.
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Blues Musician Tabby Thomas Dies At 84

Thomas was probably best known for opening Tabby's Blue Box in Baton Rouge, La. The club attracted blues-lovers from across the globe.
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Athlete-Turned-Jazz Musician Gregory Porter On His Influences

The jazz artist Gregory Porter, who turned to singing when an injury ended his football career, claims three people as his main influences: his minister mother, his absentee father, and Nat King Cole. He discusses his musical life and the album Liquid Spirit with NPR's Audie Cornish.You can read more about Porter, and see a video of Porter singing on the New York City subway here.

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