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Dessa: A Twin City Rapper Explores A Softer Side

The Minneapolis performer is part of the hip-hop collective Doomtree, but her latest record hints more at the jazz-inflected, spoken word poetry of Gil Scott Heron than today's rap stars.
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Cesária Évora, Grammy-Winning Cape Verdean Singer, Has Died

Nicknamed the "barefoot diva," Évora was perhaps the most widely known performer of morna, a style of music indigenous to Cape Verde. She was 70.
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Chet Atkins: The Lasting Influence Of 'Mr. Guitar'

Atkins climbed from humble beginnings to become a major record producer and one of the most famous guitarists of his era. Ten years after his death, he's the subject of continued adoration — and a new exhibition at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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Cam Penner Spins Road Stories On 'Gypsy Summer'

The songwriter grew up in a small Mennonite community in Canada, but skipped town at 18 to live on a commune in Chicago. His lyrics reflect a life spent wandering and connecting with strangers.
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The Black Keys On World Cafe

The road-tested, Grammy-approved electric blues and roots duo puts its signature power on display.
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Music In Holiday Concerts Thorny Subject For Public Schools

Music teachers are heroes, but their trickiest task might be picking songs for the winter concert.

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