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'Louie Louie': Indecipherable, Or Indecent? An FBI Investigation

Saturday, May 02, 2015

The Kingsmen's 1963 version of the song was a huge hit — though no one could make out the words. Some fevered imaginations and misheard lines led to an FBI investigation into alleged obscenity.

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3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

Saturday, May 02, 2015

You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab.

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All Things Considered

Ben E. King, Soul Singer Best Known For 'Stand By Me,' Dies

Friday, May 01, 2015

Ben E. King, best known for the classic soul song "Stand By Me," has died at 76.

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Singer Ben E. King, Best Known For 'Stand By Me,' Dies At 76

Friday, May 01, 2015

Phil Brown, King's publicist, says the soul singer died of natural causes. King began his career with The Drifters, but it was "Stand by Me," released in 1961, that sealed his worldwide fame.

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Dazzling Trumpeter Rolf Smedvig Dies Suddenly

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A founding member of the Empire Brass, the trumpeter played with a lustrous tone and extraordinary technique. At age 19, he was the youngest musician to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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Waka Flocka Flame Is Hiring

Friday, April 24, 2015

The rapper isn't using a headhunter. He's interviewing applicants — for the position of fulltime blunt roller — himself.

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Julia Wolfe Wins Music Pulitzer For 'Anthracite Fields'

Monday, April 20, 2015

The composer is the second from the New York music collective Bang on a Can to win the award with a choral work. Her oratorio explores the lives of coal miners and their families a century ago.

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Morning Edition

Jazz's 'Sound Seeker' Finds Ancient Strings From Hungary And Greece

Monday, April 20, 2015

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd has built his career on merging musical styles, places and times. For his latest album, the newly minted NEA Jazz Master worked in two old European instruments.

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Live At Guitar Center: A Lot Of Noise And A Little Fun

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New York musician Noah Wall surreptitiously recorded amateurs fiddling with guitars, pianos, keyboards, drums and more at a Guitar Center. He captured a lot of bad music and some wild ambition.

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It's Record Store Day – Here Are Pictures To Prove It

Saturday, April 18, 2015

From new releases to vintage finds, people have been posting photos of their favorite albums and record stores Saturday.

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In 'Song Of Lahore,' A Race To Revive Pakistani Classical Music

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In 1977, classical music virtually died in Pakistan when the government banned live concerts. Seven musicians are working to bring the art back, and a film premiering Saturday documents their quest.

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It's Thin, It's Plastic, It's Back: Flexi Discs Find New Fans

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In the '60s, the cheap music format was stocked in vending machines and embossed on cereal boxes. Now, magazines like Decibel and bands like Deerhoof are reviving the once-dead flexi disc.

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Solving The Vinyl Comeback's Big Problem, One Antique Machine At A Time

Friday, April 17, 2015

What's getting in the way of the much touted resurgence of vinyl albums? There are very few functioning record presses, and nobody's making new ones.

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Morning Edition

Demand Increases For Vinyl Records

Friday, April 17, 2015

Saturday is World Record Day, a celebration of independent record stores. Jay Millar of United Record Pressing, says people have a connection to vinyl that you just can't get with a digital download.

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All Things Considered

Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' Breaks Spotify Streaming Record

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The song by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth broke the record this week for Spotify streams in a single day with 4.2 million plays.

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A Rational Conversation With Mac McCaughan And Waxahatchee

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Songwriter Katie Crutchfield and her boss, Merge Records' Mac McCaughan (who has a new solo album) talk about motivation, listening to their own music and the differences between DIY in 1994 and 2015.

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José González On Finding Light In A Comforting Darkness

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In an interview, the soft-spoken musician says the songs on his latest album, Vestiges & Claws, look outward, with optimism, toward something universal.

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Soul Singer Percy Sledge Dies

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sledge is perhaps best known for his hit "When A Man Loves A Woman." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Morning Edition

How Asian-Americans Found A Home In The World Of K-Pop

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

For all the unique "Asian-ness" of K-pop, many of its stars are American-born and raised. And now that K-pop's gone global, Asian-American artists are more at home than ever.

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This Date In History: Wham! (Awkwardly) Opens Doors In China

Sunday, April 12, 2015

30 years ago this month, Wham! became the first Western band to perform in communist China. NPR's Rachel Martin reflects on the anniversary.

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