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Strange But True: Music Doesn't Make Some People Happy

Researchers say a small number of people appear to lack the brain circuitry to get pleasure from music.
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Pharrell Williams: Just Exhilaratingly Happy

To hear G I R L, you'd think Pharrell's world consisted of grooving on catchy beats and flirting with women. It's a lightweight image that draws gravitas from his prolific work ethic.
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Moo-d Music: Do Cows Really Prefer Slow Jams?

Some farmers have long sworn by mellow tunes to boost Bessie's milk production. The science is hardly conclusive. But a study hints at what might top the barnyard playlist. (Psst: They liked R.E.M.)
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Regina Carter's Jazz Genealogy

"The beauty was in the rawness," says the violinist, who based her latest album around field recordings from the American South.
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The Legend Of Linda Perhacs, 'A Most Unlikely Rock Star'

A California dental hygienist who never quit her day job, Perhacs released one album in 1970 that failed to find an audience — or so she thought.
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In Rio, A Universe Of Samba

In Brazil, samba isn't just the music of Carnival. With throngs headed to the country for this summer's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, samba de rota has become an act of cultural resistance.
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Where Did All The Female Rappers Go?

2014. This, we're told, is the year female rappers will break their way back into the mainstream, ending the long period of silence for women in the industry.
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Chuck Mead: Gleefully Sinister Country Serenades

Mead hooks the listener, eager to show us the bleak side of what seemed like a bright scenario. That's the way he operates during much of Free State Serenade.
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Philippe Jaroussky And The Impossibly High Male Voice

The French opera singer takes on the repertoire of a famous 18th-century castrato. Jaroussky cuts a masculine figure on the cover of his new album, but you might do a double take upon hearing it.
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ABBA's 1970s Costumes Decidedly Worth The Tax Break

ABBA singer Bjorn Ulvaeus has revealed a secret behind the band's costumes. It was not only fashion that determined their sartorial choices.

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