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Bret McKenzie: A Very Manly Muppet [Extended Cut]

McKenzie, half of the New Zealand musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, wrote five songs in the recent Muppets movie. "Man or Muppet" is nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards. [extended cut]

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In Newark, Fans Mourn Whitney Houston

As the singer was laid to rest in a celebrity-filled funeral, fans in her hometown took to the streets to offer memories.
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Gretchen Peters: Personal Pain As Universal Truth

The Country Music Award winner channeled the events of a tumultuous year into a revealing new album called Hello Cruel World.
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Sleigh Bells: Something To Shout About

Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss discuss the roots of their creative partnership, shouting as a natural extension of singing and their new album, Reign of Terror.
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Houston Fan: 'We Got Tears Outside The Perimeters'

Celebrities joined Whitney Houston's family Saturday at a private funeral service for the pop superstar at her hometown church in Newark, N.J. On the streets outside, hundreds of fans gathered to pay their respects, but police barricades kept them several blocks away from the church.
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Three Poetic Traditions Inspire A Mideast Symphony

Mohammed Fairouz, a 26-year-old American composer, has just debuted his third symphony, Poems and Prayers — featuring text in Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic.

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