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The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams puts unreleased works by the country legend in the hands of a dozen contemporary songwriters.

October 1, 2011 Some contemporary songwriters are giving new life to the late legend's wealth of incomplete songs.

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Tiyiselani Vomaseve

November 9, 2010 Tiyiselani Vomaseve employs hauntingly oblique harmonies in "Na Xaniseka (I'm Suffering)."

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August 6, 2009 Spend the latter part of the season reveling in classical composers who embraced summer nights.

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June 3, 2009 A newly unearthed soul gem from Kansas, "I Was Made to Love Her" pushes falsettos to their limit.

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April 27, 2009 Feist's flair for dusky portent mixes perfectly with Ben Gibbard's moody, openhearted croon.

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March 28, 2009 March is the month of tournaments, but why should college basketball have all the fun?

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News

Rapper Amkoullel had one of his songs banned by Mali's government, which controls the southern part of the country. It's even worse in the north, where militants linked to al-Qaida have outlawed virtually all music.

January 8, 2013 Militants linked to al-Qaida have banned music from the northern part of the country.

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Ruggiero Ricci at age 11, playing at the Berlin Philharmonie in Germany.

August 6, 2012 The legendary American violinist made a specialty of solo repertoire. He was 94.

The Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini, captured in a 1968 portrait. He turns 70 years old today.

January 5, 2012 Celebrating three of the world's great pianists — who happen to share a January 5th birthday.

Vybz Kartel

July 22, 2010 Hear tunes by today's most popular Jamaican artists, all performing at this year's Reggae Sumfest.

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In Trance.

May 31, 2012 "Presidente," as reissued on a "minimal wave" compilation, sounds both dated and futuristic.

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Singing "Wild Card in the Hole," Madeleine Peyroux would have been perfectly at home when the song was written in 1949.

November 14, 2011 Singing "Wild Card in the Hole," Peyroux would have been at home when the song was written in 1949.

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Woody Guthrie is the subject of a new tribute album, Note of Hope.

October 3, 2011 Note of Hope: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie features 13 artists working with Guthrie's lyrics.

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An irresistible funk workout, Segun Robert's "Big Race" is what happens when you export an import.

September 12, 2011 An irresistible funk workout, Segun Robert's "Big Race" is what happens when you export an import.

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The 1958 song "Peggy Sue Got Married" is so richly   evocative, it took 57-year-old John Doe to get at the core of it.

August 22, 2011 "Peggy Sue Got Married" is so richly evocative, it took a 57-year-old to get at the core of it.

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Tiyiselani Vomaseve

November 9, 2010 Tiyiselani Vomaseve employs hauntingly oblique harmonies in "Na Xaniseka (I'm Suffering)."

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June 3, 2009 A newly unearthed soul gem from Kansas, "I Was Made to Love Her" pushes falsettos to their limit.

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April 27, 2009 Feist's flair for dusky portent mixes perfectly with Ben Gibbard's moody, openhearted croon.

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March 28, 2009 March is the month of tournaments, but why should college basketball have all the fun?

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More Stories

Mexican singer Magos Herrera mixes bolero and jazz in "Luz de Luna."

July 3, 2011 Host Betto Arcos shares a playlist of modern artists who make use of some very old Latin sounds.

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Rene Perez Joglar from the Puerto Rican duo Calle 13.

April 5, 2014 The Puerto Rican rap duo is one of the most controversial bands in Latin music today.

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Clockwise from upper left: Damon Albarn, Sharon Van Etten, Beach House, Slow Club

March 4, 2014 Good for the winter blues: New music from Beach House, Damon Albarn, Sharon Van Etten, more.

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Magda Giannikou and one of her co-conspirators from her Banda Magda.

December 17, 2013 Discover 10 surprising, sophisticated and stellar albums from artists around the globe.

Lulu Jankilevich, singer of the Argentine band Los Labios.

November 14, 2013 Join Alt.Latino for Peruvian and Argentine cumbia, Puerto Rican garage rock and a Mexican rockera.

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Singer Alsarah, whose life has taken her from Sudan to Yemen to Brooklyn and who is part of The Nile Project.

October 1, 2013 Discover great genre-benders, from a cumbia-channeling Bollywood classic to Asia Minor rebooted.

The Space Project comes out on Record Store Day, which takes place April 19.

April 11, 2014 On a new compilation, an all-star cast makes songs out of sounds recorded from space.

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Herencia De Timbiqui, one of the many Afro-Latino artists on this week's show.

February 6, 2014 The show kicks off its Black History Month coverage with the creators of the LatiNegr@s Project.

Detroit luminary Moodymann is included in this month's Recommended Dose.

January 28, 2014 Listen to a mix of some of the best electronic dance songs from the past month.

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Sound City: Real to Reel, the soundtrack to a new documentary directed by Dave Grohl, comes out March 12.

March 3, 2013 Grohl joins Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Paul McCartney and more to honor the art of recording.

Keith Richards collaborates with Tom Waits in "Shenandoah" for Son of Rogues Gallery, out Feb. 19.

February 10, 2013 Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Dr. John and more form a bleak-music Murderer's Row.

Coleman Hawkins in 1946.

November 21, 2012 Starting in the 1920s, Hawkins made an afterthought of an instrument into a star attraction.

Alex Cuba.

November 15, 2012 Alt.Latino picks songs that mix Cuban rhythms and sounds with funk, electronic beats and beyond.

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John Leguizamo is currently touring on his one man show Ghetto Klown.

March 7, 2012 The performer shares his favorite songs and thoughts about being Latino in Hollywood today.

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Rave On Buddy Holly, a tribute to the rock 'n' roll pioneer, features Holly covers by Paul McCartney, The Black Keys, Patti Smith and many more. The album comes out June 28.

June 19, 2011 Hear Holly covers by Paul McCartney, Fiona Apple, Cee Lo, The Black Keys, Patti Smith and many more.

Miguel Campello.

May 25, 2011 We hear new music from amazing lyricists.

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Bennie Moten

November 16, 2010 The blogger and the Boss Lady have a listen to the Kansas City bandleader's 1932 classic.

NPR Artist Directory

Chopin

Frederic Chopin

Hear Chopin's music in performance and perspective.

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Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

Enjoy archival interviews and performances from the folk revivalist.

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Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Hear and watch exclusive performances from the guitar-playing Mexican duo.

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

Hear performances and profiles of the jazz innovator's work.

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Hear essential recordings and performances from the lauded quartet.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

Hear concerts and interviews with the grandiose art-rock band.

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Note Of Hope

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The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams

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Rhumb Line

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East Timor Benefit Album

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Our Bright Future

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Oh, Ramona

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Island Intervals

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The Space Project

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Minimal Wave Tapes, Vol. 2

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Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times & Nigerian Boogie Badness

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Rave on Buddy Holly

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Portrait

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1930-1932

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  • Album: 1930-1932
  • Artist: Bennie Moten
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Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music

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Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa

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Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace

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Dark Was the Night [4AD]

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