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Accordions, Beer And God: Zydeco In Gran Texas

If it's Sunday in Houston, get ready to dance up and down the aisle at church. Zydeco music is the soundtrack to spirit-filled parties fueled by beer, boudin, and red beans and rice. It's a joyful continuation of a decades-old tradition.
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From 'Crouching Tiger' To 'Secret Songs': Composer Tan Dun's Next Move

This week, harpist Elizabeth Hainen and the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun's Nu-Shu: The Secret Songs of Women. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Tan and Hainen about the work, which was inspired by an ancient secret language spoken by women in Tan's home province.
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For 'All Is Lost,' A Songwriter Embraces Silence

Alexander Ebert is the singer and songwriter of the band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Now, he's also a film composer. He speaks with NPR about his work on All Is Lost, which stars Robert Redford as a solitary man lost at sea.
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A Teenage Music Phenom, Infographics, Motorcycles In Vietnam

Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about a teenage singer with a grown-up voice, two tutors turned bloggers, and Vietnam's Harley Davidson craze.
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Color On A Canvas: Alex Ebert On Writing A Musical Score

Alex Ebert, lead singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, speaks to host Arun Rath about the musical score he composed for the film All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford.
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Katy Perry On The 180 That Saved Her Career

Perry is among the world's biggest pop singers, but fans know her current career is actually a second take. She speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about failing to break out as a Christian artist, and how she rose again as the star we know today.
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Los Campesinos! Lighten Up With 'No Blues'

Lead singer Gareth David talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his band's upcoming album, which he calls a turning point for the group. Hear the surprisingly upbeat "What Death Leaves Behind," which seems destined to be heard as a film's end credits scroll by.
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Katy Perry, Through A 'Prism'

Perry, perhaps the biggest pop star in the world, joins host Scott Simon (on her birthday, no less) to talk about her new album.
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Arcade Fire's Takes A Dancey Turn Down A Well-Trod Path

With a new record, the band Arcade Fire is trying to top their 2011 release, which won a Grammy for Album of the Year. Critic Will Hermes says that on Reflektor, they turn to dance music to try to reinvigorate their sound.
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The Life Of Doc Pomus, Songwriter To The Stars

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with director Peter Miller about his recent documentary, A.K.A. Doc Pomus, about the obscure songwriter behind Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas," The Drifters' "This Magic Moment" and many more pop hits.

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