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Doo-Wop Dies Another Little Death As Store Closes

The style of music known as doo-wop had at least two heydays: One in the 1950s and '60s, when the music was first recorded, and again during a revival in the '70s, thanks in part to nostalgic movies such as American Graffiti and Grease. But doo-wop is in a slump again, and one of its beacons is about to close its doors after decades in business.
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Esperanza Spalding: Jazz As 'Radio Music'

The bassist and 2011 Grammy winner for Best New Artist explores the link between jazz and African-American identity on a new album.
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On 'Port Of Morrow,' The Shins Sail Back To The 1970s

Singer, songwriter and driving creative force James Mercer discusses changing lineups and embracing vintage sounds on a long-awaited new album.
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Moot Davis: A Rocker With A Honky-Tonk Heart

The guitarist grew up in New Jersey but absorbed the country music his West Virginian parents loved. His new album is Man About Town.
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Vijay Iyer: The Physical Experience of Rhythm

The jazz pianist and composer imagines music as human movement: rhythms that pulse and shift, intricate patterns of notes, a wide range of references. There are plenty of examples on his new trio album Accelerando.
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The Shins On World Cafe

Hear the Portland indie rock staples perform their joyful, introspective songs on today's show.

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