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Music Review: 'You're Dead!' By Flying Lotus

Steven Ellison has built an impressive reputation among critics and fans in the know for mixing hip hop, jazz and electronica into something original. But even for the aforementioned followers, the new album from Ellison — better-known as Flying Lotus — is a surprise. It's all about death, not as something to be mourned but as a journey to be anticipated.
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Taylor Swift Sells White Noise In Canada

A single for Taylor Swift's upcoming album came out on iTunes in Canada Tuesday. But it was only a few seconds of white noise, likely a technical glitch. The track shot to No. 1 on the charts.
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Are These The Next Crossover Country Stars?

Now that Taylor Swift has left Nashville behind, a handful of other up-and-coming stars are showing how country crosses over with other genres — and hoping for success that does the same.
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Big Names, Extra Trains For Veterans Day Concert On The Mall

Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, Eminem and Carrie Underwood are among the headliners.

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Listen To A Concert Cellist Play A Duet With Her Brain

Ever wonder what your brainwaves sound like? Concert cellist Katinka Kleijin did, and then worked the sound into a strange and beautiful musical duet.

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'You Cannot Go Back': Annie Lennox On 'Nostalgia'

The singer and activist tackles jazz standards, including "Strange Fruit" and others, on her new album. Here, she and NPR's Steve Inskeep discuss how she connects with the present through the past.
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Jessie Ware On Learning To Trust Herself

The pop singer and songwriter sounds more comfortable and assured on her second album, Tough Love. "This life is quite bizarre sometimes," she tells NPR's Audie Cornish.
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Primus: Music Makers, Dreamer Of Dreams

"I hope I don't piss off Gene Wilder," Les Claypool says of Primus & The Chocolate Factory, a cover of the soundtrack to the 1971 film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.
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Postlude To A Kiss: Scriabin's Raging 'Poem Of Ecstasy'

Mystical Russian composer Alexander Scriabin saw music, heard colors and wrote music that goes from ecstasy to frenzy. Baltimore Symphony conductor Marin Alsop explores Scriabin's best-known piece.
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A Suitcase Musician Comes Home: Shakey Graves On 'And The War Came'

The former one-man band, who used an old suitcase as a kick drum on his 2011 debut, talks with Scott Simon about the "shinier" sound of his new album.

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