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Tracey Thorn's new holiday-themed album is called Tinsel and Lights.

Read Tracey Thorn Finds Joy And Angst In Christmas Songs

December 8, 2012 – On Tinsel and Lights, the English singer confronts the holiday season's mixed blessings.

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Scottish producer Calvin Harris presents the fruits of a prolific year and a half on the new album 18 Months.

Watch Calvin Harris On Dance-Pop As A 'Futuristic Experiment'

December 8, 2012 – The Scottish producer behind Rihanna's "We Found Love" has thoroughly infiltrated American pop.

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Daniel Bachman was a teenager when he struck up a friendship with Jack Rose, the prolific guitarist who died in 2009 at 38.

Read Fingerstylist Jack Rose Remembered As A Friend

December 9, 2012 – Fellow guitarist Daniel Bachman was a teen when he struck up a friendship with the late musician.

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The dreamy cover image of The Smashing Pumpkins' landmark 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the work of illustrator John Craig.

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December 7, 2012 – The visual icon of the Smashing Pumpkins' landmark 1995 album is a woman of multiple personalities.

Barry Manilow's latest release, The Classic Christmas Album, includes holiday classics from his previous three Christmas albums.

Watch Barry Manilow On Singing Standards And His Real Job

December 7, 2012 – The pop legend spoke to Morning Edition about the Great American Songbook, his career and "Mandy."

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Dave Brubeck rehearses with the San Diego Symphony in 1995.

Watch Dave Brubeck: Beyond 'Take Five'

December 6, 2012 – The late pianist and composer took his craft to college kids, to churches and around the world.

To mark the group's 25th anniversary, Anonymous 4 commissioned the new piece love fail from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

Read Anonymous 4 Marks A Milestone Year, Together And Alone

December 6, 2012 – Composer David Lang's work for the vocal quartet reflects the modern world, not mythology.

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Dave Brubeck performing on the pilot episode of a television program in 1965.

Read Remembering The Vital Force Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck

December 5, 2012 – One of the most recognized and recognizable musicians of the postwar era has died one day shy of 92.

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Malian guitarist Lobi Traore died in 2010, at just 49. His last album is called Bwati Kono.

Read Two Malian Guitar Greats, Gone But Still Wailing

December 4, 2012 – Posthumous albums from Zani Diabate and Lobi Traore capture both musicians in their creative prime.

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The Numero Group's Eccentric Soul: Omnibus includes 45 seven-inch singles highlighting local soul scenes from around the country.

Watch Saviors Of Local Soul: The Archival Science Of The Numero Group

December 4, 2012 – Reissue labels generally fly below the radar, but the Numero Group has made a name for itself.

The $100 guitar proves once again that it's not just the instrument, it's what you do with it.

Watch A $100 Guitar Makes A 30,000-Mile Odyssey

December 4, 2012 – Nels Cline, Fred Frith and Elliott Sharp are among the 65 guitarists who recorded for the project.

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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.

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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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