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'New Age Becomes Old Age Very Quickly': Yanni Speaks

After dozens of albums and world-spanning tours, the king of new age says he's still baffled by the term. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon.
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As 'X-Files' Returns, Meet The Man Behind The Theme Song

At creator Chris Carter's request, composer Mark Snow tried to make the X-Files theme sound like The Smiths. In the process, he stumbled on a very different sound — that would become iconic.
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First Listen: Benji Hughes, ‘Songs In The Key Of Animals’

Until now, Benji Hughes has had just one full album to his name, 2008’s under-appreciated double-length A Love Extreme, so you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve never heard one of his...
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First Listen: Walter Martin, ‘Arts & Leisure’

After The Walkmen announced an “extreme hiatus” at the end of 2013, the band’s members scattered in many artistic directions: Singer Hamilton Leithauser, for example, made a Walkmen-esque solo...
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First Listen: Aubrie Sellers, ‘New City Blues’

The ominous guitar intro that opens Aubrie Sellers‘ album — 45 seconds of tense, reverberating chord changes that move with exaggerated sluggishness — primes listeners for a brutish display of...
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First Listen: Saul Williams, ‘MartyrLoserKing’

If there is one phrase that captures the overall mood and attitude of Saul Williams‘ latest album, MartyrLoserKing, it’s “F*** you. Understand me.” The refrain, from the song entitled “All...
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River Whyless: Tiny Desk Concert

This immensely talented band from Asheville, N.C., was my favorite discovery at this year’s Americana Music Festival. River Whyless builds its music around fiddle, guitar and harmonies, with...
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Groove Master Benji Hughes Sings 'Songs In The Key Of Animals'

The singer-songwriter plays most of the instruments himself on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says you can hear a love for pop music in Hughes' silly sentiments and artful arrangements.
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Comedian Jon Benjamin's Jazz Album Is Full Of 'Real, Untapped Un-Talent'

Best known as the lead voice on Bob's Burgers and Archer, Benjamin has no expertise in jazz music. "It's a real insult to people who try," he says of Well, I Should Have ... Learned How To Play Piano.
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Music Review: 'I Long To See You,' Charles Lloyd

Tom Moon reviews the new album from 77-year-old jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd, I Long to See You.

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