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In subtropical Japan, the sanshin is a ubiquitous part of life.

Watch 3 Strings And A Snakeskin: Okinawa's Native Instrument

December 6, 2012 – In subtropical Japan, the simple-looking, tough-to-master sanshin is a ubiquitous part of life.

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J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. performing in Los Angeles in September.

Read The Week In Music: What To Read Now, Been Around The Block Edition

December 2, 2012 – An anniversary celebration, a conversation about reminiscing and an interview with a lifer.

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.

Read The Evens: The Power Of Turning Down The Volume

December 2, 2012 – Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina, punk veterans and a married couple, discuss their new album, The Odds.

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In 1994, a cover by the late Jeff Buckley helped save "Hallelujah" from musical obscurity.

Watch Dozens Of Covers Later, 'Hallelujah' Endures

December 2, 2012 – Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is a popular power anthem now, but almost never saw light of day.

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Elizabeth LaPrelle sings during The Floyd Radio Show, a monthly program streamed live online.

Watch Elizabeth LaPrelle: Carrying On The Appalachian Tradition

December 2, 2012 – Though she's only 25, the ballad singer says she's "excited to sound like a creepy old lady."

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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.

Read A Trove Of Chats With Music Icons, Now Online

December 1, 2012 – As a record executive in the 1980s, Joe Smith recorded dozens of informal interviews with musicians.

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A garden serves as the stage in the opera.

Read The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

November 30, 2012 – An adapted version of the 16th century Chinese opera will take place at the Metropolitan Museum.

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Joe Hill Louis, B.B. King and Rufus Thomas appear on a new multi-disc compilation of electric blues, Plug It In! Turn It Up!

Read Turning Up The Volume On The Electric Blues

November 29, 2012 – A new compilation traces the history of electric blues from its rocky start through its heyday.

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Austin Peralta.

Watch Austin Peralta: A Young Prodigy's Search, Cut Short

November 29, 2012 – The death of 22-year-old pianist prematurely ended a rapidly expanding career.

Musicians and friends Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale team up on a new album of country duets called Buddy and Jim.

Read 'Buddy And Jim': Friends In Life And Songwriting

November 28, 2012 – Friends and songwriters Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale just released a new album of duets.

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Spencer Manio in front of his office (his door is the one with the Ghostface poster) at PlayNetwork.

Read Who Picks The Music You Hear At The Mall?

November 28, 2012 – Spencer Manio tries to communicate a brand, intrigue consumers and expose people to good music.

Benjy Melendez (right) founded and led The Ghetto Brothers in the early 1970s.

Read Ghetto Brothers: Guitars Over Guns

November 28, 2012 – The group's one and only album, Power Fuerza, captures music and politics in 1970s New York City.

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R. Kelly (left) as Sylvester, and Eric Lane as Twan, in Trapped in the Closet, which relaunched with new chapters last week on IFC.

Read R. Kelly's Queer, Campy 'Closet' Reopens

November 27, 2012 – The R&B singer recently unveiled new chapters in his melodramatic Trapped in the Closet series.

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After years of waiting, the Kennedy Center has a new symphonic organ replacing its old Filene organ. The $2 million project will culminate in the organ's debut on Nov. 27. William Neil (left), the National Symphony Orchestra organist, speaks with NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl (center) during the organ's test with the orchestra on Oct. 18.

Read Kennedy Center's New Organ No Longer A Pipe Dream

November 27, 2012 – The Kennedy Center finally replaced its not-quite-up-to-the-task pipe organ.

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Does This Guy Matter? Conductor Leonard Bernstein during rehearsal with the Cincinnati Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1977.

Read Do Orchestras Really Need Conductors?

November 27, 2012 – A computer science study shows that conductors play decisive roles in the performance of orchestras.

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