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Randy Newman performs "We Belong Together," his Academy-Award-winning entry in the Best Original Song category from the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Newman has been nominated 15 times for the award.

Read Best Original Song, Least Original Category

February 22, 2013 – Adele! Barbra Streisand! Norah Jones! Is this enough to perk up the Oscars telecast?

Magic Slim performing in Memphis in April of 2011.

Watch Magic Slim, Chicago Bluesman, Dies At 75

February 21, 2013 – The singer and guitarist who led the Teardrops was known for his raw vocals and biting guitar.

Camper Van Beethoven.

Read Camper Van Beethoven On World Cafe WXPN

February 21, 2013 – The band's new album, La Costa Perdida, explores its California roots and midlife nostalgia. WXPN


Duke Ellington's compositions present a timeless contribution to American music's legacy.

Read History As Symphony: The African-American Experience In Jazz Suites WFIU

February 21, 2013 – Composers such as Duke Ellington have captured black history in long-form works. Hear five examples. WFIU

Alexis Cuadrado sets surrealist Spanish poems to music in a concert at 92Y Tribeca.

Listen Alexis Cuadrado's 'A Lorca Soundscape' On JazzSet WBGO

February 21, 2013 – Cuadrado sets surrealist Spanish poems to music in a concert at 92Y Tribeca. WBGO

Cat Martino

Watch A Dance Video Inspired By An Encounter With An Oddball

February 21, 2013 – Cat Martino wrote her song "Yr Not Alone" after meeting a creepy admirer dressed as Charlie Chaplin.

G Dep in "Let's Get It."

Watch Where Does The Harlem Shake Actually Come From?

February 21, 2013 – It all started with mummies and a basketball tournament, depending on whom you ask.


Singer Mala Rodriguez with the JabbaWockeeZ dance crew.

Listen Yo Tranquilo: 7 New Songs For Kicking Back

February 21, 2013 – This week's episode of Alt.Latino features mellow music from Spanish rapper Mala Rodriguez and more.


This member of Middle Brother had someone send an MP3 to All Songs Considered a couple years back, and now look at him: He's on the NPR Music website again.

Read Playing SXSW? Send Us Your Song

February 21, 2013 – The All Songs Considered gang is gathering MP3s to prepare for its coverage of the music festival.

Gilda Grey, the dancer who is sometimes credited with naming the shimmy, in London in 1928.

Watch Long Before The Harlem Shake, We Did The Shimmy

February 21, 2013 – A century ago, a different dance craze swept from African-American clubs to the world.

Watch This Music Is Bananas (Really)

February 21, 2013 – A circuit board called the MaKey MaKey is making it possible for people to play music using food.

A Struggle For The Identity Of Puerto Rican Music

February 21, 2013 – Puerto Rico's uncertain economic future not only affects day-to-day life, but also its music.


Michael Cerveris performs on Mountain Stage.

Listen Michael Cerveris On Mountain Stage

February 21, 2013 – From West Virginia to Broadway and back again, the folksinger-turned-actor has returned home.


Barry Manilow performing at the opening night of his show Manilow On Broadway in January.

Watch After 30 Years, I Finally Went To A Barry Manilow Concert

February 21, 2013 – For writer Danyel Smith, the show wasn't kitschy — it fulfilled the dreams of her 13-year-old self.

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