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The mountainside Montserrat monastery, north of Barcelona, inspired Paul Moravec to write a cello concerto.

Read Musical Google Earth: Composer Paul Moravec's Sense Of Place

January 22, 2013 – The Pulitzer Prize winner composer has written appealing pieces inspired by far flung locations.

Pantha du Prince collaborates with the percussion ensemble The Bell Laboratory on Elements of Light.

Read As Bell Ringers Chime In, A Laptop Musician Branches Out

January 15, 2013 – Pantha du Prince collaborates with The Bell Laboratory on his latest album, Elements of Light.

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Vissarion Shebalin's music, like that of his compatriots Shostakovich and Prokoviev, was denounced by Soviet officials.

Read Classical Lost and Found: The Lighter Side Of Vissarion Shebalin

January 15, 2013 – A Soviet composer's fortunes swayed with the dictates of the regime, from success to condemnation.

Read Grant Green: The 'Holy Barbarian' Of St. Louis Jazz

January 11, 2013 – An album recording of the guitarist from 1959 captures the thrilling sound of Midwestern jazz.

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Connie Britton (pictured) and Hayden Panetierre star as country singers of different generations on the ABC series Nashville.

Read 'Nashville' Soundtrack Stands On Its Own

January 9, 2013 – An album of songs from the show captures the vocal talents of Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.

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Violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

Read Leonidas Kavakos: Letting Beethoven Shine

January 8, 2013 – A new recording of Beethoven's violin sonatas keeps the spotlight on the music, not the soloist.

Joe Barry was a pioneer of "swamp-pop" in the early 1960s.

Read The Unsung Pioneer Of Louisiana Swamp-Pop

January 8, 2013 – In the early 1960s, Joe Barry combined Cajun and country music into a whole new sound.

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Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt have an album coming out in March.

Read In January's Drought, Three Albums Worth Waiting For

January 3, 2013 – January is a slow month for new albums. Still, we offer an exclusive sampler of unreleased treats.

Homeboy Sandman's fourth album is called First of a Living Breed.

Read Homeboy Sandman: A Rapper Leaves Law Behind

December 19, 2012 – The New York MC gave up a promising career path to rap full time.

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Music by guitarist Fields Ward appears in the new collection Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music, 1923-1936.

Read Tunes To 'Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard' To

December 19, 2012 – Critic Milo Miles says these rare old-timey songs contain "the currents of long-ago lives."

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On their new album, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Thomas Adès guide the listener to far-flung locales, conjured by an odd assortment of composers.

Read When A Thoughtful Cellist Meets An Imaginative Composer

December 18, 2012 – Cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist-composer Thomas Adès shine in a recital of disparate pieces.

The Boogers, pogo-ing to their punk rock for kids.

Watch The Boogers And Play Date Make Punk Rock For Kids

December 12, 2012 – On their latest albums, each band makes kids' music using the infectious hooks of classic punk rock.

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Ke$ha's new album is titled Warrior.

Read Ke$ha: A 'Warrior' In Search Of Legitimacy

December 12, 2012 – On her new album, the pop star tries to show that she's not just in the business for the money.

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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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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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