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Bard Ylvisaker (L) and Vegard Ylvisaker of Ylvis perform "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)" in September.

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December 23, 2013 – The NPR Music critic sifts through the most popular songs of the year to find 10 worth remembering.

Pianist Lang Lang sits down with his own revered mentor Gary Graffman, to discuss what makes great teachers — and bad ones.

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December 22, 2013 – Classical superstar Lang Lang in a wide-ranging talk with his mentor and friend Gary Graffman.


Ernie "Ghoulardi" Anderson on the set of his show at WJW-TV.

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December 28, 2013 – For a generation of Ohio musicians, a short-lived Cleveland TV show remains hugely influential. WKSU



Watch Top 10 Slept-On R&B Songs Of The Year

December 20, 2013 – These songs didn't make the pop charts, but they should have got more love.

The audience at Beyonce's Dec. 3 performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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December 19, 2013 – The album is capping off a year in which we frequently grappled with the boundaries of feminism.


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 of '60s retrospection, jazz critics lauded an 80-year-old who first recorded in 1959.

Ray Price on the Dean Martin Comedy Hour in 1973.

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December 17, 2013 – Price, who helped change the sound of country music twice, died Monday afternoon at age 87.


Steve Lukather, vocalist and guitarist, is Toto's frontman.

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December 16, 2013 – People use a simple rule to decide when something's about race: Does it involve people of color?

The audience at a Liars performance in 2010.

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December 16, 2013 – A songwriter is done with the environment of immunity for lyrics that bring nothing to the table.

A still from Machel Montano's video for "The Fog."

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December 11, 2013 – What do you have to do, as a song, to win our hearts? You have to sink in.

Brian (left) and Brady Blade.

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December 10, 2013 – The Shreveport, La. siblings on growing up, divergent paths and the lessons of their parents.

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2013.

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December 10, 2013 – These albums might be strange bedfellows, but they're what shook us up and sucked us in this year.


It was a big year for extravagant classical box sets.

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December 6, 2013 – Amid a banner year for classical music box sets, advice on what to splurge on.

South African President Nelson Mandela joins the choral group at the signing of the country's new constitution at Sharpeville stadium in 1996.  Mandela lived a life filled with rich musical associations.

Watch The Mandela Playlist: A Life And Legacy, Told In Music

December 7, 2013 – The former South African president lived a life filled with rich musical associations.


The gospel/folk singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was accompanied by a jazz orchestra on her debut recording.

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December 5, 2013 – The African-American folk songs, a byproduct of slavery, were later embraced by many improvisers. WFIU

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