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Brandi Carlile: Bending Notes Until They Break

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Chely Wright performs at the "Reading, Writing, Rhythm" show in Nashville, Tenn. Tanya Braganti hide caption

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Chely Wright: From Nashville Star To Outcast Activist

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Fresh Air Remembers Traditional Music Legend Doc Watson

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Audra McDonald is nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. She tells All Things Considered about the song that started her on her theater journey. Michael Wilson hide caption

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Why 'Edelweiss' Makes Audra McDonald Think Of Home

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"There is no character, you know?" Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Alex Ebert says. "I'm trying to be the most open and powered-by-the-universe version of myself than I can summon." Julie Ling hide caption

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Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros Are 'Here'

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The monks of The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, on the grounds in Abiquiu, N.M. Sergio Salvador/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Deep In The Desert, Monks Make Transcendent Music

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"Given that we were brass players when we started out, we had a very tall hill to climb just to get people interested in our music," says Canadian Brass founding member Chuck Daellenbach (center). Bo Huang/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Canadian Brass: Spiking The Recital With Humor

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The Denver folk ensemble The Lumineers has released its self-titled debut album. From left: Wes Schultz, Neyla Pekarek and Jeremiah Fraites. Hayley Young/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Lumineers: Chasing Big Dreams Out West

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Hope in Dirt City is the third album by Cadence Weapon, the performing name of Canadian poet Rollie Pemberton. Evan Prosofsky/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cadence Weapon: A Poet Hones A Musical Personality

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Twelve years after uploading his band's songs on MP3.com, Jim's Big Ego lead singer Jim Infantino (center) still thinks digital music is "pretty neat." Liz Linder/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In A Clouded World, The CD Can 'Stay'

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The songs on What We Saw From the Cheap Seats don't come just from the past year but from a span of "10 years or more," Regina Spektor says. Shervin Lainez hide caption

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Regina Spektor Still Doesn't Write Anything Down

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Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman star in Wes Anderson's latest film, Moonrise Kingdom. Courtesy of Focus Features hide caption

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How Wes Anderson Soundtracks His Movies

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Birth Of An Album: In The Studio With Neko Case

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Jeremy Denk: Playing Ligeti With A Dash Of Humor

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