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Susanna Hoffs.

Read Susanna Hoffs On World Cafe WXPN

December 11, 2012 – Hoffs, best known as the singer of The Bangles, performs songs from her latest solo album, Someday. WXPN

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Villagers

Watch First Watch: The Return Of Mercury Prize Finalist Villagers

December 11, 2012 – A new album, {Awayland}, will be out in the U.S. in April. Watch a video for "Nothing Arrived" now.

Soprano Galina Vishnevskaya was once caleld the "Russian Maria Callas" for her intense interpretations.

Watch Outspoken Russian Diva And Muse Galina Vishnevskaya Dies At 86

December 11, 2012 – The soprano was known for her electrifying performances and her dissident political views.

Lucy Kaplansky.

Listen Lucy Kaplansky On Mountain Stage

December 11, 2012 – Kaplansky's set is drawn entirely from Reunion, inspired by her relationships with family members.

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Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (left) and singer/bassist Geddy Lee.

Read Rush Is In! The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, That Is

December 11, 2012 – The Canadian trio was among the bands that many fans thought had been unfairly excluded.

Bruno Mars draws inspiration from across the pop landscape on his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox.

Watch Bruno Mars Goes Anyplace And Everyplace On 'Jukebox'

December 11, 2012 – The star traverses the pop landscape, pulling in far-flung influences and making them his own.

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The Valdons at The Current's studios in St. Paul, Minn.

Watch The Valdons: After Decades, A Funky Soul Reunion KCMP

December 11, 2012 – Watch the soul group play "Love Me Or Leave Me" with the Twin Cities Funk & Soul All-Stars. KCMP

Jazz great Charles Mingus performs at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September 1964.

Read Bass Note: Mingus And The Jazz Workshop Concerts

December 11, 2012 – A new, seven-disc Charles Mingus box set chronicles the jazz legend's mid-'60s live performances.

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Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel... is a sustained mood piece, a series of intricate word puzzles swaddled in ferocious emotion.

Read Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2012

December 11, 2012 – From the inescapable "Call Me Maybe" to Fiona Apple, the Fresh Air critic counts down the year.

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Prominent musicians remember American composer Elliott Carter (who would have turned 104 today) through his music. Carter died last month.

Read Musicians Remember Elliott Carter

December 11, 2012 – From singers to conductors, musicians pay homage to Elliott Carter by discussing his music.

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Read Gustavo Dudamel Leads The Simon Bolivar Symphony At Carnegie Hall WQXR

December 11, 2012 – Gustavo Dudamel brings the young Venezuelan orchestra and thrilling Latin music to Carnegie Hall. WQXR

Swiss soprano Lisa Della Casa's sweet and silvery voice was perfect for the music of Richard Strauss.

Watch Soprano Lisa Della Casa, Strauss And Mozart Specialist, Dies At 93

December 11, 2012 – The Swiss soprano with the sweet and silvery voice was a regular in Vienna and New York.

The Rolling Stones perform at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Dec. 8.

Read Should The Rolling Stones Hang It Up?

December 11, 2012 – Still performing after 50 years, the Stones make you wonder: Are aging rock stars the future?

Donna Summer, a possible Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, poses for a portrait circa 1976.

Watch Who Should Be In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?

December 11, 2012 – Every year, music fans and the industry debate the inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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David Wax Museum.

Listen David Wax Museum On Mountain Stage

December 10, 2012 – The band mixes traditional American roots music with Mexican rhythms and instrumentation.

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