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Aldo Ciccolini, An Italian Pianist With A French Soul, Dies At Age 89

Monday, February 02, 2015

Pianist Aldo Ciccolini was born in Naples, but he had a French spirit, championing music by Erik Satie, Debussy and Ravel. He died overnight Saturday at age 89.

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Court Awards Sly Stone $5 Million In Lost Royalties

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Singer Sly Stone has been awarded $5 million in damages and lost royalties. He claimed his manager and lawyer didn't pay him royalties between 1989 and 2000.

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In A Few Fateful Years, One Record Label Blew Open The Blues

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Music was an afterthought for Paramount Records, a short-lived label founded by a furniture company. But in its final years, it gave vital exposure to the artists who would come to define Delta blues.

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All Things Considered

'Suge' Knight Charged With Murder After Fatal Hit-And-Run

Friday, January 30, 2015

The former rap music mogul, Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested again — this time, on suspicion of murder. Knight allegedly ran over two people, killing one, on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton.

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Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.

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Morning Edition

Pop's New Old Sound: Retro Without Rules

Thursday, January 29, 2015

From Sam Smith to Meghan Trainor to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, many of the biggest hits on today's charts pilfer from the past, but not all borrowing works the same way.

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All Things Considered

Buzz Bin: A Proper Look At Where Kazoos Come From

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

They're the instrument anyone can play — but only two places in the U.S. make them, and only one makes the colorful plastic kind most people know. Karen Michel pays a visit to the latter.

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From The Isleys To Aaliyah To Frank Ocean, The Evolution Of 'Love'

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Frank Ocean's cover of The Isley Brothers' "At Your Best (You Are Love)" shows how the singer is re-imagining R&B for the future by exploding stereotypes about gender.

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Fifty Years Of Steve Reich's 'It's Gonna Rain'

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In 1965, a happy accident with tape machines, and the words of a Pentecostal preacher, helped launch the celebrated composer's career.

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Morning Edition

Punch Brothers May Look Like A Bluegrass Band But Their Sound Is Unique

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Punch Brothers sing of distraction and isolation in the digital age on their new album The Phosphorescent Blues. While the group may look like a typical bluegrass band, the sound is all their own.

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From Prog-Rock Pioneer To Kitsch King: Remembering Demis Roussos

Monday, January 26, 2015

Greek songman Demis Roussos lived an enormously colorful life, from his start as a prog-rock pioneer to being held captive by Hezbollah terrorists. He died Sunday at age 68 in Athens.

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In Modern Klezmer, 'The Oldest Old Guy' Is The King Of The Scene

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pete Sokolow has been called irascible and a tough-as-nails teacher. He's also one of the last living links to klezmer's immigrant pioneers — and to a new generation of musicians, he's invaluable.

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All Things Considered

Virginia Searches For A New State Song

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Robert Siegel speaks with Professor James "Bud" Robertson about his campaign to help his home state of Virginia find its missing state song.

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Morning Edition

Sleater-Kinney's Deleted Scenes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The beloved punk trio is back after nearly a decade away. Hear a few candid thoughts from the members about singing, live performance and having famous fans.

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Kim Fowley, Producer And Rock Svengali, Dies

Friday, January 16, 2015

Checkered barely begins to describe Fowley's long, crazy career in music. He was the infamous first manager and producer of the all-girl band The Runaways.

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All Songs At 15: How To Get The Greatest Job In The World

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Here's the complete and unabridged answer to the question that the hosts of All Songs Considered get asked most often. White lies, all-nighters and a $100,000 sampler are involved.

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How One Of Gospel's Essential Songs Gave 'Selma' Its Soul

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A hymn favored by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. helps the Oscar-nominated film make a well-known historical story powerfully intimate. But the song has a tragic story of its own.

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All Things Considered

'Everything Is Cyclical': Christian McBride Looks At 2015 In Jazz

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The bassist, host of NPR's new program Jazz Night In America, talks to Audie Cornish about two exciting new jazz records, as well as two birthdays he says he can't wait to celebrate.

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All Things Considered

Country Quartet Little Big Town Finds Fun In Being A Foursome

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Nashville country pop band doesn't have a single lead singer; they take turns, which opens artistic and emotional possibilities. The band recently released its sixth studio album, Pain Killer.

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The More, The Better: Repetition Propels Songs Up The Charts

Sunday, January 11, 2015

It's an age-old question: What makes a hit song? NPR's Rachel Martin turns to USC professor Joseph Nunes for the answer. He says the secret formula may not be as complicated as we think.

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