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For One Day, NPR Gets A House Band: Los Straitjackets
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Dave Brubeck performing on the pilot episode of a television program in 1965. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Remembering The Vital Force Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck
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In a new memoir, jazz guitarist and son of jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli tells stories from growing up in a musical household and making a name for himself as a musician. Goldberg McDuffie Communications hide caption

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'World On A String': John Pizzarelli Jazzes It Up
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Alisa Weilerstein Plays Elgar: Exploring Music With An Intense Past
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The $100 guitar proves once again that it's not just the instrument, it's what you do with it. Courtesy of The $100 Guitar Project hide caption

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A $100 Guitar Makes A 30,000-Mile Odyssey
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Ian MacKaye, co-founder of Dischord Records and the bands Fugazi and Minor Threat, and Amy Farina, formerly of The Warmers, form The Evens. Their third album together is called The Odds. Charles Previtire/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Evens: The Power Of Turning Down The Volume
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In 1994, a cover by the late Jeff Buckley helped save "Hallelujah" from musical obscurity. hide caption

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Dozens Of Covers Later, 'Hallelujah' Endures
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Elizabeth LaPrelle sings during The Floyd Radio Show, a monthly program streamed live online. Woody Crenshaw/Courtesy of the Floyd Country Store hide caption

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Elizabeth LaPrelle: Carrying On The Appalachian Tradition
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Ricky Martin performs as Ché in the current Broadway run of Evita. Martin will leave the show in January 2013. Richard Termine hide caption

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Ricky Martin's Second Act
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Joe Smith poses with Rod Stewart, circa 1974. The former record executive conducted informal interviews with dozens of musicians in the mid-1980s. Jeff Smith hide caption

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A Trove Of Chats With Music Icons, Now Online
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Dolly Parton, known as "The Queen of Country Music," has won eight Grammys and sold more than 100 million records. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images hide caption

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After Decades Of Dreaming, Dolly Parton Says, 'Dream More'
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Meshell Ndegeocello says she hopes her new album, a tribute to Nina Simone, revives interest in the work and life of the late artist. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Meshell Ndegeocello Honors Simone's 'Sovereign Soul'
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Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Marco Borggreve/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Martha Wainwright's newest album, Come Home to Mama, was inspired by the death of her mother and birth of her son, which happened about two months apart. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Martha Wainwright On New Motherhood, And A Mother Lost
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Alicia Keys' latest album is called Girl on Fire. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alicia Keys: How A 'Girl On Fire' Keeps From Burning Out
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