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This Is Musician Mickey Hart's Brain On Music

Peering inside our mind and capturing images of our thoughts has become a preoccupation in much of neuroscience. It's also an unlikely part of the light show at a Mickey Hart Band concert. Yes, the Grateful Dead's former drummer jams with a light show powered by his mind.
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Franz Ferdinand On World Cafe

The always fashionable Glaswegians stop by the World Cafe studio to perform songs from their new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.
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Turns Out Your Kids Really Did Love That Music You Played

Music evokes strong memories. That's true not just for the music of your generation, but what your parents listened to, too, a study says. Researchers found a strong "reminiscence bump" for music of the early 1980s in people in their early 20s.
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The Dawn Of Sun Records: 15 Hours Of Blues

In 1950, a red-haired Alabama boy who'd learned about radio and electronics in the U.S. Army opened a recording studio to document the blues and country music he loved. A new box set compiles the beginnings of Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service, and the record label he would soon create.
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James Cotton On World Cafe

The 78-year-old harmonica master stops by to perform songs from his new album, Cotton Mouth Man.
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On Its New Album, Superchunk Makes The Downtrodden Sound Upbeat

The long-running rock band's latest album is driven by themes of loss and grief, set against ferocious guitars and soaring vocals. Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker says the provocatively titled I Hate Music is full of typically superlative moments.
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Virginia Musician Introduces New Album, New Moniker

We talk with singer-songwriter Andy Zipf about his new moniker, The Cowards Choir, and his newly-released album, Reunion.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Fame

This week we'll delve into stories of famous and infamous Washingtonians, and once-celebrated but nearly-forgotten history.

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Dancing With The Dictators: Kanye West Joins The Club

There's a long history of American artists traveling the globe and collecting huge checks to appear at private events for dictators. Kanye West spent last weekend at a wedding in Kazakhstan.
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Trent Reznor: 'I'm Not The Same Person I Was 20 Years Ago'

The Nine Inch Nails frontman announced several years ago that it was time to let his band "disappear for a while." The hiatus ends this week with Hesitation Marks, a dense and dynamic new album that has stirred a little controversy with fans. Read his extended conversation with NPR's Melissa Block.

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