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Flutist Hubert Laws is one of many jazz artists to have recorded an adaptation of themes from The Rite of Spring.

Watch Why Jazz Musicians Love 'The Rite Of Spring'

May 26, 2013 – Whether covered, quoted or praised, Stravinsky's ballet has inspired generations of improvisers.

Don't be caught "Stravinsky deficient" as the big centennial of his Rite of Spring approaches.

Read The Cocktail Party Guide To Igor Stravinsky

May 24, 2013 – Get a crash course in Stravinsky as the 100th anniversary of his iconic Rite of Spring approaches.

Kai Campos (right), with his partner in Mount Kimbie Dom Maker, says he's happy with Cold Spring Fault Less Youth and he's relieved it's done.

Watch It's A Process: Mount Kimbie On Making Their New Album

May 24, 2013 – The British duo struggled, broke through and got by with a little help from its friends.

Duke Ellington rehearses for a 1973 concert in London's Westminster Abbey.

Read Duke Ellington: Highlights Of His Twilight WFIU

May 23, 2013 – After writing partner Billy Strayhorn died, the great composer experienced a burst of productivity. WFIU

The Toronto band Kobo Town plays a mix of old-school calypso, ska and West Indian styles.

Read Kobo Town: A Haunted 'Jukebox' Filled With Caribbean Sounds

May 24, 2013 – The Toronto band plays a mix of old-school calypso, ska and West Indian styles.

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Kanye West performing "Black Skinhead" on Saturday Night Live last weekend.

Listen Kanye West Stands Alone

May 21, 2013 – On his new songs, the rapper points fingers in every direction, including back at himself.

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The Valkyries, led by Brunnhilde (soprano Debra Voigt, lower left), are the warrior maidens of Richard Wagner's epic Ring cycle.

Listen Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments

May 21, 2013 – For the bicentennial of the composer's birth, author William Berger picks his favorite Wagner.

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Ray Manzarek (far right) stands with fellow members of The Doors Jim Morrison (from right), Robby Krieger and John Densmore in 1968. Manzarek died Monday in Germany. He was 74.

Watch The Doors' Keyboard Counterpoint Goes Silent

May 21, 2013 – Manzarek brought Chicago sound to L.A.'s beaches with the trailblazing band. He died Monday at 74.

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The Uncluded features Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson.

Watch Aesop Rock And Kimya Dawson Showcase Their Strengths

May 20, 2013 – Critic Robert Christgau says The Uncluded's debut album is almost like two halves of a whole.

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Sarah Vaughan performs during the International Jazz Festival of Nice in southeast France in July 1984.

Read Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections

May 20, 2013 – A new anthology packs four CDs with music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small.

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Marques Toliver's debut album is called Land of CanAan.

Watch Marques Toliver: An R&B Crooner With Strings Attached

May 19, 2013 – Toliver's music is anchored by the violin, an instrument that, in a way, chose him.

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Bobby McFerrin's new album is titled Spirityouall.

Watch Bobby McFerrin: Spirituals As Sung Prayers

May 17, 2013 – Spirityouall, a collection of old and original spirituals, was influenced by the singer's father.

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Sam Amidon's new album is titled Bright Sunny South.

Read Sam Amidon: Reshaping An American Folk Tradition

May 17, 2013 – Amidon says the melodies of shape-note hymns are some of the "deepest-seated for me."

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Woody Herman in 1946.

Read Woody Herman At 100: 'A Blues Player From His Heart'

May 16, 2013 – A reedman, talent scout and bandleader, Herman led "Herds" that were both popular and respected.

Watch Andris Nelsons Named Music Director Of The Boston Symphony

May 16, 2013 – The announcement puts an end to years of uncertainty at the storied orchestra.

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