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Doritos Stage Pulled From SXSW But Issues Remain

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

As the Austin, Texas, music festival enters its 28th year, concerns continue over corporate branding and security.

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All Things Considered

In South Africa, Soulful Music Delivers Serious Messages

Monday, March 16, 2015

Johannesburg-based band The Muffinz tackles AIDS, politics and education while blending jazz, soul and R&B with their country's choral traditions.

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From Bored To Blown Away: Feline Reactions To 'Music For Cats'

Saturday, March 14, 2015

David Teie talked with us last week about his cat-friendly music. This week, we share how some of Weekend Edition's feline listeners reacted to Teie's tunes.

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Hear Lydia Loveless Cover Prince's 'I Would Die 4 U'

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

This roughed-up, rootsy take on one of Prince's most ecstatic pop songs — out on Record Store Day — makes good on an April Fools' Day prank that fans wished wasn't a joke.

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Benjamin Booker Faces The Past

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In a double-length video for two songs from his debut album, the punk-influenced blues singer struggles with civil rights issues that we can't seem to settle.

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These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Composer David Teie's most recent compositions are catered to our feline friends. His music mimics purring, and might be just the thing to perk your cat up.

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All Things Considered

Saying Goodbye To A Manhattan Classical Music Mecca

Friday, March 06, 2015

The last store in Manhattan devoted exclusively to classical sheet music is closing its doors today — having been lapped by online retailers and free file sharing.

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Young Composer's Work Dropped For Nazi Melody

Friday, March 06, 2015

The New York Youth Symphony canceled its Carnegie Hall performance of a piece that it recently premiered by Estonian-American composer Jonas Tarm. At issue is his use of a Nazi theme.

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Planet Of Sound: The Long, Unmistakable Orbit Of Aphex Twin

Thursday, March 05, 2015

A flood of music — official and semi-secret, after years of silence — puts the career of the electronic musician Richard D. James, best known as Aphex Twin, into new and revealing perspective.

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All Things Considered

Legendary Jazz Producer Orrin Keepnews Dies At 91

Monday, March 02, 2015

Jazz producer and record label found Orrin Keepnews died on Sunday at the age of 91. Keepnews was behind landmark recordings by jazz legends like Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and Cannonball Adderley.

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Sympathy For The Devils

Saturday, February 28, 2015

From Lana Del Rey to Father John Misty, musicians in the current pop moment who expose themselves, warts and all, do so in isolation, without support or challenge from a like-minded community.

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All Things Considered

A Wrong Note Sets The Right Mood In 'House Of Cards'

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The show's distinctive score is the work of Jeff Beal, who ushers viewers into its clandestine, manipulative and sometimes violent world by breaking a few musical rules.

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Madonna's Tumble At Brit Awards Lights Up Twitter, Stirs Ageism Debate

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The 56-year-old singer fell off the steps next to the stage while performing her song "Living for Love." But she picked herself up and continued her performance.

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All Things Considered

Podium Diplomacy: Conductor Takes Chinese Music West And Vice Versa

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

5 years, 40 works: Long Yu wants China and the West to know each other's contemporary music better. He's launching a big project to accomplish just that.

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All Things Considered

Clark Terry, Ebullient Jazz Trumpeter, Has Died

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A member of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras, Terry also enjoyed a long freelance career which included jazz education and a featured slot in NBC's Tonight Show band. He was 94.

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Taylor Swift, Savvy Trademark Titan

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Thinking of putting "speak now" on a T-shirt or bed linens? You'll have to ask Taylor Swift first. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to intellectual property lawyer Mark Lemley about Swift's branding empire.

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In Oscar Nominations For Best Score, Some Hear Sour Notes

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The distinctive music in the movie Birdman will not win an Oscar — in fact, it wasn't even nominated. Like other acclaimed film scores from years past, it didn't comply with academy rules.

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To Set The Mood In Period Drama, A Composer Paints Around The Emotions

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gary Yershon is up for an Oscar for the score of Mr. Turner, his fourth collaboration with director Mike Leigh. The two men share a philosophy: Never tell the audience exactly how to feel.

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Morning Edition

First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting's 'Race For Space'

Friday, February 20, 2015

Public Service Broadcasting's new album, The Race For Space, combines news footage and music to tell the story of the first 15 years of the Space Age.

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All Things Considered

Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Grand Budapest Hotel might take place in a fictional world, but Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat was there to make it feel authentic.

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