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'Follow The Music': Alice Gerrard's Life In Folk

The title of the singer's new album neatly summarizes the thrust of her career, from her influential collaborations with Hazel Dickens in the '60s to her work as a folk music documentarian.
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Singing And Praying Band's Traditions Stretch Back To Slavery

The Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware have been key in the African-American Methodist community for generations.

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Dionne Warwick, Reduced To An Essence

On an unlikely tribute album, singer Dionne Farris and guitarist Charlie Hunter tackle Warwick classics with revealing subtlety — and nods to the musicians' own origins in early-'90s rap.
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Eight Years Later, Violinist Joshua Bell Performs Metro Station Encore

World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell reprised his role as Metro station musician on Tuesday, but the turnout for his performance was considerably improved.

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Julian Casablancas: New Band, New Album, No Compromises

The Strokes frontman — now with a new band, The Voidz — returns with his most challenging release yet: a strange, dark album influenced by '80s hardcore and underground world music.
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Queen Of Soul Gives Adele Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Aretha Franklin is covering Adele's song "Rolling in the Deep." The song is included on Franklin's new album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, which is due out later this month.
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Two Princes: The Purple One Returns In Stereo

Two new albums, a solo effort and a collaboration with the band 3RDEYEGIRL, mark Prince's return to the studio. Tom Moon says that only one fully captures what an explosive performer he can still be.
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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Grab yourself two free handfuls of new tunes selected by our panel of public-radio hosts, including new music from King Tuff, Sarah Jaffe, Frazey Ford, The Gotobeds, Hollie Cook and more.
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Three Quick Lessons From The Violin Wunderkind Who Became A Master

At 46, Joshua Bell leads nine young musicians in the 30-minute HBO documentary Masterclass. Here, the violinist gives advice on finding yourself in the music.
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Tsapiky: Dance Music Fit For A Funeral

In the West, we're used to hearing dance music at weddings. In southern Madagascar, guests might hear tsapiky, a regional guitar-band music, at funerals, as well as any other number of ceremonies.

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