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100 Years After The Riot, The 'Rite' Remains

San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas guides us through the infamous Rite of Spring premiere, the music's longevity and its surprising singability.
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Red Baraat On World Cafe

The Brooklyn Bhangra band performs high-energy, genre-bending songs from its recent Shruggy Ji.
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Coming Home: The Woody Guthrie Center Opens In Tulsa

The folk music icon's relationship with his home state has always been complicated. To many in Oklahoma, Guthrie's progressive political views didn't fit with a strong conservative streak during the Cold War period. His reputation there is now closer to full restoration as Tulsa opens his archives.
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Darius Rucker: Busted Hearts And Pickup Trucks

Rucker is a rock star, courtesy of his years as leader of Hootie and the Blowfish. But on his new country album, you hear the guy who still lives in and loves his home state of South Carolina, right down to its sweet tea and kudzu.
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Ivan And Alyosha On World Cafe

The Seattle band plays songs from its hooky and heartfelt full-length debut, All the Times We Had.
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Vampire Weekend Comes Of Age In 'The City'

The band just released its third album, Modern Vampires of the City. Chief lyricist and singer Ezra Koenig has described it as the third part of a trilogy about maturing. As part of that process, the album finds sustenance invoking Desmond Dekker and The Rolling Stones.
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Dirty Beaches: A Nomad Musician Starts Over (And Over, And Over)

Alex Zhang Hungtai is a musician who has spent his life drifting from home to home. His parents were children of communist China, and since setting out, he's lived in places as far-flung as Honolulu, Montreal and most recently, Berlin.

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