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Andrew Bird's World Of Wit, Whimsy And Whistling

The new album Break It Yourself continues the balancing act that Bird has carried on for much of his career: celebratory, upbeat music paired with lyrics that drip with heavy subject matter.
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Far From Fading, Mexico's Son Huasteco Style Flares

More than 40 years ago, four friends — three scientists and one musician — went to the Huasteca region in Northeastern Mexico in search of music they wanted to record for their own enjoyment. Now, some of that work has been released on a two-CD compilation titled El Gusto.
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Zieti: Amid Brutal Conflict, A Musical Friendship Survives

The afropop ensemble formed when two American expats met two Ivorian musicians in the late 1990s. Separated for a decade by civil war in Ivory Coast, the group has reassembled to record its lost songs.
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Carolina Chocolate Drops: Hooked On Old-Time Sounds

Singer Rhiannon Giddens was classically trained, but says she's been in love with string- and jug-band music since she first started going to contra dances.
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Anthony Hopkins Lives Out A Long-Deferred Musical Dream

The Oscar winner, who first began writing music more than 50 years ago, has just released an album of original classical compositions.

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