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Arcade Fire's Takes A Dancey Turn Down A Well-Trod Path

With a new record, the band Arcade Fire is trying to top their 2011 release, which won a Grammy for Album of the Year. Critic Will Hermes says that on Reflektor, they turn to dance music to try to reinvigorate their sound.
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The Life Of Doc Pomus, Songwriter To The Stars

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with director Peter Miller about his recent documentary, A.K.A. Doc Pomus, about the obscure songwriter behind Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas," The Drifters' "This Magic Moment" and many more pop hits.
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Europe Swings The Body Electric

What had been an infrequent novelty — mixing electronic and '30s beats with scat and big band-ish horn solos — has become more and more common among European dance musicians and producers. Critic Milo Miles looks at two compilations that highlight this European dance trend.
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The 1975, Influenced By The '80s

The pop-rock group debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. this year with its self-titled debut record. Lead singer Matthew Healy describes how films from the 1980s inspired the band's songs of teenage love and lust.
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Lucy Wainwright Roche: In The Family Business

But on her new album, There's a Last Time for Everything, Roche doesn't feature any of her famous family of musicians. She tells NPR's Melissa Block it was "great to do it in a little bubble away from the family." The album includes an unlikely cover — the Robyn anthem "Call Your Girlfriend."
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It's A Family Affair On Linda Thompson's 'Won't Be Long Now'

The singer-songwriter's new album sounds like a collection of songs that could have been sung a hundred years ago, or written and recorded just a few weeks ago. She's joined on the album by her ex-husband, Richard Thompson, and their three children.
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'Traces Of You': Anoushka Shankar's Memorial To Her Father

The sitar player and composer's father, Indian music pioneer Ravi Shankar, died while she was recording her new album, Traces of You. Banning Eyre reviews the record, which features Anoushka's half-sister, Norah Jones.
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TLC: A Girl Group's 20 Years Of Ups And Downs

The surviving members of the R&B trio talk with NPR's David Greene about the trials and successes of their careers, which have spanned two decades. The group's journey will be revisited in an upcoming biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.
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Engineering A Cooler Climate, Robo-Roaches, Anoushka Shankar

In this weekend's podcast of All Things Considered, host Arun Rath investigates the controversial practice of engineering the planet's climate with man-made chemicals. Plus, music from Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones.
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Anoushka Shankar And Norah Jones: Half-Sisters Collaborate At Last

The sitar-playing daughter of the late Ravi Shankar discusses teaming up with her half-sister, Norah Jones, on the new album Traces of You. Hear how their collaboration elicited an unexpected echo of their father's work, a sign that they were meant to work together.

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