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Juan Atkins, whose 1983 debut album was reissued this year.
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December 31, 2013 This year four releases, a Brooklyn party and a festival announcement confirmed a music continuum and a sensibility whose allure refuses to fade.
Macklemore (left) and Ryan Lewis, whose "Thrift Shop" was the biggest song of 2013, according to Billboard's year-end chart.
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December 31, 2013 The major lesson of a year in which YouTube helped change the rules of the charts: When it comes to pop, past performance is no guarantee of future results. But a few artists seem likely to buck the trend.
December 27, 2013 A look back at the year's performances in the NPR Music offices, from OK Go to a well-placed gorilla suit. Highlights include John Legend, The National, a 17-piece chamber-rock band, an operatic tenor and more.
Wayne Shorter, who turned 80 in 2013, won the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll by a large margin.
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December 18, 2013 In a year where pop culture looked back at the 1960s, it makes sense that jazz critics lauded the 80-year-old Shorter, who made his first recording in 1959. His latest album displays him as enigmatic as ever — and as committed to finding new sounds.
December 16, 2013 When music criticism promotes an environment of immunity for the insipid, the unimaginative and the superficial, do artists, perhaps subconsciously, take note?
Jay Z (left) and Drake at Kevin Durant's birthday party in New York City on September 22.
December 6, 2013 We all listen to music differently. What we hear is shaded by our history, our knowledge, our equipment, our mood, our taste. But every year there are moments when everybody who lives and breathes hip-hop is on the same subject.
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Lorde performs in Sydney, Australia, in October.
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December 5, 2013 The story of 2013's wild-haired teenage pop phenomenon has more than a few parallels with the 1991 emergence of grunge kingpins Nirvana, but recast for the millennial age.
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Top row, left to right: Laura Marling, Valerie June, Mike Milosh of Rhye; bottom row: Ty Segall, James Blake, Earl Sweatshirt.
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December 4, 2013 Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson for a special edition of All Songs Considered that brings together the themes of the year, the albums that won us over and the musicians we lost in 2013.
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Mish Way onstage with White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas, in November.
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December 4, 2013 The musician and writer talks about the year in music from where she sits, which is right up front.
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