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Anais Mitchell performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 23, 2012.

Watch Anaïs Mitchell: Tiny Desk Concert

December 6, 2012 – The singer-songwriter performs three of Young Man in America's most bracingly beautiful songs.

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Los Lobos.

Listen How The Wolf Survived: 40 Years Of Los Lobos

December 6, 2012 – Louie Perez and Steve Berlin visit Alt.Latino to share new favorites and the music of their youth.

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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.

Laetitia Sadier performs on KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: Laetitia Sadier KCRW

December 6, 2012 – Watch the former Stereolab singer perform "Find Me the Pulse of the Universe" live in the studio. KCRW

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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Los Straitjackets' members rehearse in NPR's Studio 4A.

Read For One Day, NPR Gets A House Band: Los Straitjackets

December 5, 2012 – The surf-rock band spends a day hanging out at NPR and providing All Things Considered's soundtrack.

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Patty Seddon

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Patsy Seddon

December 5, 2012 – Harper and singer Patsy Seddon joins Fiona for a musical chat.

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Jovanotti.

Read Jovanotti On World Cafe WXPN

December 5, 2012 – The Italian star plays pop and hip-hop songs — and talks about his recent "pilgrimage" to America. WXPN

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Remembering Jazz Great Dave Brubeck

December 5, 2012 – Jazz musician Dave Brubeck died Dec. 5, 2012, one day before his 92nd birthday.

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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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Eliza Gilkyson.

Listen Eliza Gilkyson On Mountain Stage

December 5, 2012 – The singer-songwriter stops by to play lyrical folk-Americana songs from her latest record.

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In a new memoir, jazz guitarist and son of jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli tells stories from growing up in a musical household and making a name for himself as a musician.

Read 'World On A String': John Pizzarelli Jazzes It Up

December 13, 2012 – In a new book, the guitarist, singer and songwriter shares stories from a musical life.

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Few artists were played as much on public radio this year as the Mercury Prize winners in Alt-J.

Read Heavy Rotation: Public Radio's Top Songs Of 2012

December 5, 2012 – DJs and music directors curate a 24/7 continuous mix collecting their favorite music of the year.

Dave Brubeck performs along with his Dave Brubeck Quartet in November 2005.

Watch Legendary Jazz Musician Dave Brubeck Dies

December 5, 2012 – Brubeck distinguished himself from other jazz musicians by defying conventions.

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