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Blur Announces First Album In 12 Years

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The classic Brit-pop band's eighth studio album will be called The Magic Whip. It will be out on April 28.

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'It's My Party,' ' You Don't Own Me' Singer Lesley Gore Dies At 68

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lesley Gore was most known for her anthem of teen angst, but her career had multiple hits, as well as an Oscar nomination. She was only 16 when she released "It's My Party."

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One Night Only: The Streets Meet The Opera House

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Dallas Street Choir recently performed to a sold-out house. The group, comprised of homeless people, sang with renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade.

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A Hero At Home, Deacon John Moore Is New Orleans' Best-Kept Secret

Saturday, February 14, 2015

He formed his first dance band in 1960, and adopted the pious nickname Deacon on the suggestion of a mischievous drummer. Now 73, Moore is one of the city's most beloved musicians.

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Singer Anita Darian Remembered For Genre-Spanning Career

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Robert Siegel talks to Lynda Wells about her best friend of 47 years, singer Anita Darian, who was known for her wide range of pitch and musical genres. Darian died last week at the age of 87.

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The Tiny Desk Concert Contest Winner Is...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Out of thousands of submissions, one soulful musician came out on top.

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Centuries-Old Cello Is Awakened; Smells Like The Maestro's Pipe

Thursday, February 12, 2015

In the second part of a conversation, David Greene talks to Amit Peled about playing the cello of his idol, the late Pablo Casales. Peled performs a recital at Baltimore's Peabody Institute Thursday.

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Tiny Desk Concert Judges To Announce Contest Winner

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

More than 400 performances since the Tiny Desk Concert series began, NPR Music on Thursday will announce the winner of the Tiny Desk Concert Contest to find a great undiscovered musician.

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D'Angelo At The Apollo: We Were All Here Before

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The concert, like Black Messiah, was bulwark: it was a reminder that music's ability to bring people together to celebrate soulful feeling is, as Fela once remarked, a weapon of the future.

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All Things Considered

One Of Sam Smith's Grammys A Win For Tom Petty, Too

Monday, February 09, 2015

The four Grammys awarded Sunday night to Sam Smith are good news not just for Sam Smith, but for Tom Petty, too. Petty and another songwriter will get a quarter of the royalties from the hit, "Stay With Me." It's not the first time a pair of songs have striking similarities to one another.

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The Rise And Fall Of Marion 'Suge' Knight

Monday, February 09, 2015

David Greene talks to music journalist Alan Light about Marion "Suge" Knight's legacy in hip-hop music. The former CEO and co-founder of Death Row Records has been charged with murder.

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Sam Smith Wins Four Grammy Awards, Including Song Of The Year

Sunday, February 08, 2015

The British singer also won Best New Artist and Record of the Year, for "Stay With Me." Beck won Album of the Year for his subdued, folky Morning Phase.

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Radio, Radio: How Formats Shaped, Splintered And Remade Pop Music

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Over the second half of the 20th century, radio gave music its deepest connection to Americans. By splitting the dial into different formats, it produced a pop scene of striking diversity.

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Grammys Show Producer Explains The Origin Of Onstage Mashups

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift are just a few of the musicians up for Grammy Awards. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the executive producer of the award show, Ken Ehrlich.

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The Cold Wrath Of Nature, Given Operatic Voice

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The new opera Everest tells the story of a real-life expedition on world's highest mountain — and the unforgiving blizzard that interrupted it.

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A Friday Surprise: Alan Gilbert Will Leave The New York Philharmonic

Friday, February 06, 2015

After eight seasons, the Philharmonic's very first homegrown conductor will leave the orchestra at the end of the 2017 season.

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Prolific Songwriter Rose Marie McCoy Was Largely Unknown

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Rose Marie McCoy was one of the most prolific songwriters of last century, though her name is not well known. She died last month at the age of 92.

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Unfinished Business

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Bands like Pixies, Pavement and Sleater-Kinney might reunite for money, unfulfilled glory or a renewed creative spark. But can album sales help us measure how much they have been missed?

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To Promote A New Album, Bob Dylan Gave His Only Interview To... The AARP?

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

"He thought that this record would be more appreciated by people who have more wisdom and experience in life," says Bob Love, editor in chief of AARP The Magazine.

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'We Need Her': At The Super Bowl, Missy Elliot's Incredible Return

Monday, February 02, 2015

The rapper and producer hasn't released an album of new songs since 2005, but on Sunday night her old hits were more than enough.

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