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Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise

The British musician is a fast-rising newcomer who's drawn both high praise and vicious pans in his home country. His debut album, Long Way Down, will likely draw similar reactions in the U.S., but the 22-year-old has considerable potential.
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She & Him On World Cafe

The duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward stops by World Cafe to perform songs from the recent Volume 3. The New Girl, the TV sitcom starring Deschanel, begins its third season Tuesday night.
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In Memoir, Linda Ronstadt Describes Her 'Simple Dreams'

Last month, Ronstadt revealed that she has Parkinson's disease and can no longer sing. Her new memoir, Simple Dreams, reflects on a long career. In this conversation with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, she offers frank insights on sex, drugs, and why "competition was for horse races."
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The Masters At His Fingertips, Art Hodes Pays Tribute To Bessie Smith

The jazz pianist's powerful 1976 album I Remember Bessie conveys a profound sense of loss.
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Honoring A Duty To Make Music In Silent Mali

The songwriter and guitarist Sidi Touré is a superstar in Mali. But in the last 18 months, a violent insurgency from the country's northern regions made life very difficult — especially for artists. Now, he's set to release a new album, Alafia, recorded while rebels occupied his home town.
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Mike Doughty Annuls The 'Dark Marriage' Of His Former Band

The former Soul Coughing frontman is revisiting his old band's work. Doughty's new album, Circles Super Bon Bon, presents those songs the way he says he'd always wanted them to sound.
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Barbez Mines Resistance And Tradition Of Italian Jews

Inspired by an ethnomusicologist, musician Dan Kaufman revives forgotten melodies on Bella Ciao.
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A Vintage Filter On Today's Top 40

Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" as doo-wop? Scott Bradlee imagines pop music in a time machine.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

Creative director Ben Jaffe discusses the band's new album — titled That's It! — and spotlights four live songs, recorded live at City Winery in New York City.
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'90s Nostalgia Revisited: 6 Musicians We Miss

We all know what's most often excavated: Nirvana's roar, Biggie's cool murmur, the futuristic sigh of Aaliyah. But there's more to the decade than those obvious landmarks.

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