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Anonymous 4 Marks A Milestone Year, Together And Alone

For its 25th anniversary, the vocal quartet commissioned a new piece from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Despite the fact that the group is mostly famous for singing very old music, love fail reflects the world we live in — not some distant and remote mythology.

For One Day, NPR Gets A House Band: Los Straitjackets

The surf-rock band spends a day hanging out at NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters and helping to provide All Things Considered's soundtrack. It's the first (and perhaps only) time the show has had its own in-house band playing interstitial music live.

Jovanotti On World Cafe

Italian star Jovanotti plays pop and hip-hop from throughout his career and talks about his recent "pilgrimage" to America — the home of the music that has influenced him most.

Legendary Jazz Musician Dave Brubeck Dies

Brubeck distinguished himself from other jazz musicians by defying conventions, playing unusual time signatures and proving that complex music could find a larger audience.

Stars On World Cafe

The band plays songs from its new album and discusses the recording process with host David Dye.

Two Malian Guitar Greats, Gone But Still Wailing

The West African nation of Mali is a hotbed of blazing electric guitar players. In recent years, two of the best — Zani Diabate and Lobi Traore — died suddenly while in the prime of their creative lives. Both have posthumous releases out this year worth tracking down.