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My Morning Jacket's 'The Waterfall' Can Beat You Down Or Lift You Up

Beneath the band's musical strata is deeply ingrained spirituality. On its new album, My Morning Jacket directs its attention toward the natural world.
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Willie Nelson: 'Ain't Many Of Us Left'

The Red-Headed Stranger has a new memoir out, titled It's A Long Story. On a tour bus in Thackerville, Okla., Nelson explains to NPR's David Greene why no one can tell him what to do.
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Junkyard Band Bassist, Passenger Die In Motorcycle Crash

Just one day after his go-go band played a Funk Parade event, Junkyard Band bassist and manager Derek Anthony “House” Colquitt, 47, died Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash in Waldorf, Maryland.

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A New Jazz Suite For Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes

Saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman's new album for large ensemble is called Synovial Joints, after the different ways the human body moves. The MacArthur Fellow explains how nature inspires him.
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Kurt Cobain Speaks — Through Art And Audio Diaries — In 'Montage Of Heck'

"The idea was not to tear him down, nor was it to put him on a pedestal," says director Brett Morgen. Instead, executive producer Frances Bean Cobain told Morgen to "make it honest."
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Soul Singer Jerry Lawson's 'Just A Mortal Man' Almost Came True

"Boy, the truth of that song really came out," says the 71-year-old soul artist and former lead singer of The Persuasions. He spent three months in a hospital due to an infected esophagus.
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Benjamin Clementine Trades 'Sleeping On The Floor' For 'Sleeping In A Palace'

The singer and pianist went from busking on the streets of Paris to eliciting Nina Simone comparisons and headlining sold-out shows, but he says he's just lucky to be able to express himself.
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John Lydon: The Foul-Mouthed Yob Sets The Record Straight

"After reading so much rubbish written about me over the years, it became obvious that I had to just tell it like it is," Lydon tells NPR's Arun Rath. Lydon just wrote his memoir, Anger Is An Energy.
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3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab.
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Actor Alicia Witt Turns Musician With 'Revisionary History'

In lean years she played piano in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Otherwise she's acted in roles for Justified and Mr. Holland's Opus. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Alicia Witt about her debut album.

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