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Big Songs, Big Hype (Oh Yeah, They're Women)

Three heavily hyped new bands have little in common, except being led by women. How important is that?
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The Beyonce Experiment: How Far Can She Go?

As a pop star, no one comes close to dominating culture and conversation the way Beyonce does. Because she exerts such control over her image — from advertisements to films, politics to pop songs — should we think of her differently?
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Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dies

Hanneman was one of the most influential guitarists in thrash metal. He died Thursday in Southern California of liver failure. He was 49.
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Natalie Maines On Motherhood, Eddie Vedder And Leaving Country Music

A decade after the Dixie Chicks' frontwoman came out against the Iraq War — the response to which brought the band's career to a halt — Maines returns with her solo debut, Mother.
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Rapper Chris Kelly, Half of Duo Kris Kross, Dies

Known as "Mac Daddy," he teamed with Chris Smith ("Daddy Mac"). As kids in 1992, they scored big with "Jump." Later, they toured with Michael Jackson. Kelly was 34. The cause of death has not been determined, but investigators suspect a drug overdose.
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Time For Three

We hear from Time for Three, a trio of classically trained musicians who bend genres, incorporating jazz, pop and bluegrass into their music.

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Pickwick On World Cafe

Hear three songs from Pickwick's debut album — and the story behind the Seattle band's reinvention.

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