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Homework: Odd Musical Instruments

Last week, host Andrea Seabrook asked listeners to send in home recordings and photographs of their oddest musical instrument. The responses were eclectic, and some were indeed strange. Here is a smattering of some of the more interesting instrument descriptions from listeners.

Homework: Odd Musical Instruments

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Christopher O'Riley's Bad Plus Epiphany

O'Riley enjoys his Bach and Beethoven, but he's also a serious fan of pop music and jazz: He's recorded piano arrangements of songs by Radiohead and Nick Drake. O'Riley's latest passion is the adventurous jazz trio The Bad Plus.

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Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen makes captivating music. Her songs are raw and infectious, her voice has a distinctive swagger, and she's a nimble guitarist. She stopped by NPR's offices to give an intimate performance.

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Smog's Bill Callahan Bares His 'Whaleheart'

KUT 90.5

When Bill Callahan (a.k.a. Smog) came to KUT to promote the release of 2007's Woke on a Whaleheart, he brought members of Shearwater to back him up. His performance was hopeful, big and explicitly in touch with his influences.

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American Rapper Eli Sweet Reflects On China

Atlanta native Eli Sweet moved to Chengdu, China, nearly two years ago to improve his Chinese and discover a new way of life. The energetic American raps in underground clubs with Chinese hip-hop artists. He says he encounters "an endless stream of adventure."

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Amos Lee At The Studio 4A 'Lodge'

Before pursuing a career in music, Lee was a Philadelphia schoolteacher. Then he started going to open-mic nights with a car stereo full of classic R&B records. He recently brought his folky, soulful style to NPR headquarters for a solo performance.

Amos Lee At The Studio 4A 'Lodge'

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Lang Lang: A Life In Music, So Far

Coming from meager beginnings in middle-class China, the 26-year-old superstar pianist describes his drive to be the best in the world — and the struggles along the way — in his new autobiography, Journey of a Thousand Miles.

Lang Lang: A Life In Music, So Far

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Playing For Brooklyn, The Headlights Shine

The band from Champaign, IL brings Phil Spector and his doo wop groups to mind as well as classic mid-90s indie rock bands. A video shoot with the band even revealed them to be five of the nicest people we could have hoped to meet.

Playing For Brooklyn, The Headlights Shine

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St. Vincent Wants You To 'Marry' Her

Annie Clark of St. Vincent stops by the BPP studios to play a few songs and talk about her music. Her debut album is Marry Me.

St. Vincent Wants You To 'Marry' Her

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