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The London-based a cappella choir Stile Antico brings a program of Christmas music to Cambridge, Mass.

Listen A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico WGBH

December 5, 2012 – Hear the acclaimed British choral group's concert of sacred music from 16th century England. WGBH

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cover art for It's OK to Do Stuff

Watch 40 Years After 'Free To Be,' A New Album Says 'It's Okay To Do Stuff'

December 5, 2012 – The new album It's Okay To Do Stuff pays tribute — sort of — to Free To Be ... You And Me.

Watch Make Your Mark On Austin's Music Map

December 5, 2012 – A new effort documents Austin's well-known and surprising music venues on an interactive sonic map.

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Steve Wilson (saxophone), Renee Rosnes (piano) and Peter Washington (bass).

Listen Wilson, Rosnes, Washington: Live At The Village Vanguard WBGO

December 5, 2012 – A sax player, a pianist and a bassist hit the fabled jazz club where they're each already regulars. WBGO

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Vote!

Read Vote For The Best Music Of 2012

December 5, 2012 – You've listened to us blather all year about the music we love most. Now, it's your turn.

Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean.

Read The Year In Music, 2012

December 5, 2012 – The All Songs Considered gang gabs about the year's biggest surprises, best new artists and more.

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Best Music of 2012: The Complete List.

Read Best Music Of 2012: The Complete List

December 5, 2012 – The list of lists. See all of NPR Music's 2012 favorites in one place.

Stars

Read Stars On World Cafe WXPN

December 4, 2012 – The band plays songs from its new album and discusses the recording process with host David Dye. WXPN

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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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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein

Read Alisa Weilerstein Plays Elgar: Exploring Music With An Intense Past

December 4, 2012 – The celebrated young American cellist walks us through her recording of a "devastating" concerto.

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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.

Catherine Russell.

Listen Catherine Russell On Mountain Stage

December 4, 2012 – Hear one of the best contemporary jazz and blues vocalists working today perform on Mountain Stage.

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The Polyphonic Spree, under a shower of confetti.

Watch The Polyphonic Spree Covers John Lennon For The Holidays

December 4, 2012 – See a gorgeous animated video set to the super-sized group's cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas."

A 1910 portrait of King George V in procession. A new album of choral works by Hubert Parry features music he wrote for the king's coronation one year later.

Read Classical Lost And Found: Hubert Parry's Glorious England

December 4, 2012 – A new album of Hubert Parry's neglected works for chorus and orchestra swells with English pride.

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