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'It Crackles With Life': Beauty Pill Returns

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A virus caused Chad Clark's heart to tear with every beat, giving him a 22 percent chance to live. Eleven years after Beauty Pill's debut LP, he and his band come back resilient.

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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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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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All Things Considered

Percy Sledge Had A Voice The Whole World Heard

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Best known for 1966's iconic hit "When A Man Loves A Woman," the Alabama singer found success blending R&B with a hint of country. Sledge died Tuesday at 74.

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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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A Rational Conversation: Colleen Green And Going Hi(gher)-Fi In 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

What type of signal does it send when a musician moves from the bedroom to the studio?

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Morning Edition

Winning In Country Music, With No Help From Nashville

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Traditional country musicians, the kind who never get airplay on mainstream country radio stations, are thriving in regional scenes supported by devoted live audiences.

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Assassin: Rap's Best Kept Secret Weapon

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Call it weaponized wordplay. When rappers want to make a statement, they call this Jamaican dancehall star — but they don't call his name.

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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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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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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 Things Considered

Andraé Crouch, Who Moved Gospel Into The 21st Century, Has Died

Friday, January 09, 2015

The singer and songwriter played a major role in creating a contemporary, conservative gospel sound.

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On 'The Pinkprint,' Nicki Minaj Speaks The Language Of Love

Thursday, December 18, 2014

When she's at her most vulnerable as a woman, she's at her best creatively. The same way Mary J. Blige's pain drove My Life, Nicki's believable heartache steals the show on The Pinkprint.

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Redman On Music And Marijuana: Now Is The Time For Some Action

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"I think the audience is becoming more aware," he said backstage at the last date of his fall tour with Method Man. "Smarter."

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Listen To 'The Eye,' A New Song By Brandi Carlile

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Brandi Carlile will put out her fifth album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, in March. She talks with Ann Powers about family, her new album and the necessary recklessness of first-take rock and roll.

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The Political Folk Song Of The Year

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A brand new video for Hurray for the Riff Raff's "The Body Electric," which questions the long history of the murder ballad and gender-based violence, brings the song's activism to searing life.

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Living Just Enough For The Music

Friday, November 14, 2014

For the past week, Stevie Wonder and Usher have been on the same tour path. Both shows hawk nostalgia, but to crowds whose expectations are shaped by two different generations of the music industry.

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The Pop-Punks Of Anarchy

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The lovelorn underdogs that populate the band's debut album combat conformity in every way imaginable.

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Outkast And Atlanta: Until They Close The Curtain

Friday, October 03, 2014

The hometown shows the duo played had a bittersweet quality because people thought it might be their last chance to see one of the most-respected and best-loved groups of all time together.

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An Emerging Voice Of Americana (And Oklahoma)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Parker Millsap, a 21-year-old with a thick rubber-band tenor, has potential to burn and a new video for one of our favorite songs of the year, "Truck Stop Gospel."

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