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A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage

Composer Mark Adamo has made his mark turning classic books, including Little Women and the Greek drama Lysistrata, into operas. His latest, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, covers more sensitive territory, examining the titular figure's relationship to Jesus — outside the canonical Bible.
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Bob Dylan's Tribute To Medgar Evers Took On The Big Picture

Fifty years ago, Dylan's career was just taking off when he heard the news that the civil rights activist had been killed. "Only a Pawn in Their Game," his response to Evers' assassination, highlights the victimization of poor whites and blacks alike.
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Fame Studios And The Road To Nashville Songwriting Glory

One of America's great songwriters, Dan Penn has written dozens of soul classics, often with keyboardist Spooner Oldham. For a while, the two were on the staff of Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Ace Records has just released an entire CD of Penn's demos.
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'20 Feet From' The Spotlight, There's Singing Worthy Of One

A new documentary directed by Morgan Neville profiles backup singers whose voices you know but whose names you probably don't: Lisa Fischer, Darlene Love, Judith Hill and Merry Clayton.
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Boards Of Canada Tap A Devout Following To Push New Album

By leaking details of its new release through codes and numbers, the Scottish electronic duo worked the press game backwards.
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Low Cut Connie On World Cafe

The piano-pounding Philadelphia rock band plays songs from its newest album, Call Me Sylvia.

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