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More Than Just 'Somebody': Kimbra's New Groove

Most listeners know Kimbra as the woman who crashes Gotye's pity party on the 2011 hit "Somebody That I Used To Know." The guest spot lent a pop-world boost to an eclectic career already in progress.
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Smokey Robinson Sings The Hits, With A Few Good Friends

The singer's career has spanned decades, but his style has remained sweet and loving. Hear Robinson discuss his latest album, a collection of star-studded duets, with NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
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For Benjamin Booker, A Missed Shot Became A Music Career

The 25-year-old "punk blues" musician talks learning from religion and relationships, and how a professional rejection turned out to be a lucky break.
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Florida Shooting Among Caroline Rose's Rockabilly Inspirations

Architect Caroline Rose decided to chuck her career to travel around the country in a van and make rockabilly music. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Caroline Rose about her new album, I Will Not be Afraid.
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Painting Her Songs In The Air, Imogen Heap Keeps Innovating

The Grammy-winning songwriter has a Midas touch of sorts: Everything she touches turns to tech. Heap speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about her new album and the electronic gloves she used to make it.
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In 10 Songs, A Pair Of Brothers Beat Tracks Across History

Ethan Johns' sophomore album, The Reckoning, follows the tale of two brothers as they travel across the 1850s American frontier.
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In Stockton, Calif., Punks Are The New Mall Rats

Abandoned storefronts in strip malls are common here in one of the largest cities to file for bankruptcy. But one abandoned storefront plays host to a thriving punk indie music scene.
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Help Find The Man Who Inspired Passenger's 'Riding To New York'

A chance encounter with a cancer-stricken man on a motorbike had an impact on singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg. But Rosenberg, who records under the name Passenger, never tracked down his identity.
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Musical Interlude: Pianist Wows Passengers At Prague Airport

A traveler wins fans in an airport terminal — and online — by playing different versions of Beethoven's "Für Elise."
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Album Review: 'Beware The Fetish'

Fifteen different musicians from five different ethnic groups have gathered to create music under the name Kasai Allstars. Banning Eyre reviews Beware the Fetish, the latest album from the collective, which hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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