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Mike Doughty Annuls The 'Dark Marriage' Of His Former Band

The former Soul Coughing frontman is revisiting his old band's work. Doughty's new album, Circles Super Bon Bon, presents those songs the way he says he'd always wanted them to sound.
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Barbez Mines Resistance And Tradition Of Italian Jews

Inspired by an ethnomusicologist, musician Dan Kaufman revives forgotten melodies on Bella Ciao.
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A Vintage Filter On Today's Top 40

Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" as doo-wop? Scott Bradlee imagines pop music in a time machine.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

Creative director Ben Jaffe discusses the band's new album — titled That's It! — and spotlights four live songs, recorded live at City Winery in New York City.
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'90s Nostalgia Revisited: 6 Musicians We Miss

We all know what's most often excavated: Nirvana's roar, Biggie's cool murmur, the futuristic sigh of Aaliyah. But there's more to the decade than those obvious landmarks.
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Ray Dolby, Who Pioneered Recorded Sound, Dies

Dolby's inventions helped remove the hiss from tapes and screen Star Wars in Dolby Stereo. He was 80 years old.
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Taking Back 'Funkytown': Songwriters Prepare For A Custody Battle

Steven Greenberg of the disco group Lipps, Inc. joins Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Loretta Lynn among artists currently trying to reclaim ownership of their work from labels, per a 1976 revision of copyright law. But the record industry is expected to put up a legal fight to retain the rights.
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The Greyboy Allstars On World Cafe

These acid jazz veterans visit with David Dye and perform three songs from their new album, Inland Emperor.
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Treetop Flyers On World Cafe

David Dye sits down with this rising British folk-rock group, who also perform four songs live in the World Cafe studio.
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'Singing Just To Me': Gregory Porter On Musical Inheritance

The jazz artist, who turned to singing when an injury ended his football career, claims three people as his main influences: his minister mother, his absentee father, and Nat King Cole. He discusses his musical life and the new album Liquid Spirit with NPR's Audie Cornish.

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