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Antibalas was founded in 1998 by baritone sax player Martin Perna (far right, in hat) and is fronted by singer-percussionist Amayo (center, in head wrap). The group has seen many lineup changes in its decade and a half together.

Read Antibalas: Cooking Up Afrobeat In A Sweltering Kitchen

January 6, 2013 – The band relies on two things to play well: tropical temperatures and a relaxed pace.

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Professor Longhair performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, circa 1970.

Read Preserving The Home, And History, Of New Orleans' Piano Professor

January 5, 2013 – Any Big Easy pianist worth his fingers owes a debt to Henry Roeland Byrd, aka Professor Longhair.

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Emel Mathlouthi

Watch Emel Mathlouthi: Voice Of The Tunisian Revolution

January 5, 2013 – One of her songs became an anthem for protesters in her homeland during the December 2010 uprising.

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Wynton Marsalis.

Listen Wynton Marsalis On 'Song Travels'

January 4, 2013 – The trumpeter and composer joins host Michael Feinstein to discuss the music that affects him most.

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The singer Skin of Skunk Anansie performs at Brixton Academy in London last month. She wrote the foreword to Laina Dawes' What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal.

Read The 'Life And Liberation' Of A Black Female Metal Fan

January 4, 2013 – Laina Dawes has loved heavy metal since she was 8, but her peers haven't always loved her back.

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In Bernie, Jack Black plays a small-town mortician who murders his live-in companion after she won't stop nagging him. The movie is based on a true story.

Listen Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

January 1, 2013 – Actor Jack Black plays a funeral director who murders his live-in companion in Bernie.

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Gospel Star Vicki Yohe's Shares Songs Of Strength

January 2, 2013 – Gospel star Vicki Yohe shares songs that lift her up in tough times.

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Band members (from left) Justin Poree, Ulises Bella, Jiro Yamaguchi, Raul Pacheco, Asdru Sierra and Wil-Dog Abers.

Watch Ozomatli Turns To A New Cool: Kids' Music

January 3, 2013 – The Grammy-winning band spent years singing about tough social issues. Now it's making kids' music.

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Ed Sheeran.

Watch Ed Sheeran: All Pluses, No Minuses

January 2, 2013 – The rising British singer-songwriter talks about his do-it-yourself beginnings and his new album.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the science-fiction thriller Looper.

Read 'Looper': A World Of Musical Clicks And Pops

January 1, 2013 – Composer Nathan Johnson crafted the film's score by immersing himself in its nonmusical sounds.

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"Rose Tattoo," by the Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, memorializes the grandfather of singer and bassist Ken Casey (left of center, at table).

Watch Dropkick Murphys: A 'Rose Tattoo' Tells A Life Story

January 1, 2013 – The new single from the Irish punk band serves as a memorial to singer Ken Casey's grandfather.

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Miguel, whose album Kaleidoscope Dream was released in 2012, is nominated for five Grammy Awards.

Watch Miguel: An 'Honest Introduction' To An R&B Star

December 31, 2012 – The Grammy-nominated singer says his 2012 breakout is the introduction he's waited a decade for.

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Beck's newest album, Song Reader, is a collection of sheet music intended to be arranged and recorded by his fans.

Read Beck Explains 'Song Reader,' An Album Fans Perform Themselves

December 29, 2012 – The shape-shifting musician's latest release is less an album than a blueprint.

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The Cash family house today.

Read Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town

December 29, 2012 – With guidance from Cash's siblings, the tiny, dilapidated house is being painstakingly restored.

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Terry Gross, shown above in 1987, has been host of Fresh Air since 1975, when it was broadcast only in greater Philadelphia.

Read 'Fresh Air' At 25: A Live Musical Tribute

December 31, 2012 – To celebrate 25 years, Fresh Air looks back at some great live performances from its archive.

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First Listen

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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