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Simple Idea, Spooky Result: Latin American Ballads Get A Ghostly Makeover

Frankie Reyes is a Los Angeles-based artist who remakes classic Mexican and other Spanish-language ballads and waltzes using a vintage synthesizer. His new album is called Boleros Valses y Mas.
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Encore: The Science Of Freddie Mercury's Voice

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with professor Christian Herbst, who was part of the team that released a study that explores the science behind Freddie Mercury's amazing voice.
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'King of Highlife Anthology' Finally Does Justice To African Bandleader Mensah

E. T. Mensah, who died 20 years ago, played highlife, an offshoot of jazz that for years was the most popular style of music in southern Africa. Milo Miles reviews a new anthology of Mensah's music.
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Photos: 2016 Fields Festival

Scenes from the 2016 Fields Festival at Susquehanna State Park near Darlington, Maryland:...

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John Lennon's Deportation Fight Paved Way For Obama's Deferred Action Policy

John Lennon once fought a deportation order to stay in the U.S. His lawyer uncovered documents that eventually led to a program to temporarily protect unauthorized immigrants from deportation.
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Lydia Loveless Mixes Desire With Distraction In 'Real'

The singer-songwriter began performing at age 14 in a band with her sisters and her father. Critic Ken Tucker says the songs on Loveless' latest solo album, Real, have a "tough edge."
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In Mariachi Music, A Distinctive Yell Speaks To The Soul

The grito is a spontaneous burst of emotion — a shout — that is part of the mariachi tradition. Some younger Mexican-Americans are reclaiming the grito for a new generation.
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Toots Thielemans, Jazz Harmonica Baron, Dies At 94

The Belgian-American musician, also known for his guitar playing and whistling, performed with the stars of postwar jazz and was widely heard on film scores and commercial jingles.
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Encore: Comedian Jon Benjamin Records Experimental Jazz Album

Voice actor and comedian H. Jon Benjamin released a jazz album in which he plays piano. Unfortunately, he cannot play the piano at all.
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Stunned Silence, Then A Standing Ovation For 'Let Me Tell You'

Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen explores questions of time, memory, nature and human isolation. His recent collaboration with soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan has garnered worldwide attention.

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