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L.A.'s Own 'Amazing And Unique Instrument' Turns 10

This coming week, Disney Hall celebrates its 10th anniversary. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with conductor and music director Gustavo Dudamel, as well as other figures from the Los Angeles classical scene, about the highlights since then.
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The King Of The '60s Sidemen Returns, 'Only Slightly Mad'

A highly sought-after guitarist, David Bromberg worked with everyone from George Harrison and Dr. John to Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan (including a prominent role on Dylan's recently released vintage collection Another Self Portrait). Now Bromberg is back with a new album.
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The Poets Of Rhythm: A Troop Of German James Browns

In the early 1990s, a group of young musicians from Munich perfected the sounds and rhythms of '60s and '70s American funk. NPR correspondent Oliver Wang reviews a new anthology of their music.
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Tal National: The Rock Stars Of West Africa

Led by a guitar-playing judge, the Niger-based group is well known for epic live performances and grooves bursting with exuberance. Critic Banning Eyre discusses the band's latest album, Kaani.
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'First Deaf Rapper' Connects With Hearing And Hearing-Impaired Audiences

Prinz-D — who calls himself "The First Deaf Rapper" — is working on a new album for both hearing and hearing-impaired audiences.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Connections

From rappers and tappers to phones and food, we'll look at the ties that bind us, as we bring you a show about "Connections."

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The Year Onyx's 'Slam' Crashed Pop Radio

In 1993 Onyx's raucous single became an unlikely hit on MTV and pop radio. The song was on the leading edge of a media change of heart.
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The Greatest Living Figure Of Chasidic Music

The Modzitzer sect of Chasidic Judaism, which originated in the Polish town of Modzitz, is known for its beautiful melodies. Among the most emblematic and prolific composers in this tradition is Brooklynite Ben Zion Shenker — who, at 88, continues to create new works.
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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Announces 2013 Nominees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the 2013 class of nominees. Sixteen acts have made the cut, and the run the gamut from 90s grunge gods Nirvana and rapper LL Cool J to singer Linda Ronstadt and folk singer Cat Stevens — now known as Yusuf Islam.
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Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt And KISS Among Rock Hall Nominees

Will "Rock and Roll All Nite" be blaring at next year's induction ceremony? For years, fans (and some bloggers) have been saying that KISS should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Members of KISS Army could help make that happen.

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