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Isaac Hayes.

Read Isaac Hayes: Memphis Was 'Wonderfully Incestuous" WXPN

January 14, 2013 – Hear a 2003 interview with the late singer, part of World Cafe's "Sense of Place" series on Memphis. WXPN

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The Stax Records recording studio in Memphis, Tenn.

Watch The History Of Stax WXPN

January 14, 2013 – Listen to interviews with Memphis author Robert Gordon and Stax Museum curator Levon Williams. WXPN

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Christopher Owens' first solo album is called Lysandre.

Read Out Of A Cult, Into The World: Owens' Transformation

January 12, 2013 – After Christopher Owens fled the cult he grew up in, he used his musical talent to launch a career.

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Sam Cooke in the studio in the early 1960s.

Watch A Night Out With Sam Cooke: 'Harlem Square' Turns 50

January 12, 2013 – Though now beloved, Cooke's 1963 live album was shelved by his label for more than 20 years.

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Nuyorican trombonist Willie Colon.

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January 10, 2013 – In an interview, Grammy-winning producer Aaron Levinson discusses two beloved traditional genres. WXPN

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Scott Walker.

Watch Scott Walker: 'I Don't Listen Again And I Move On' WXPN

January 9, 2013 – The ambitious, venerated singer and composer says he has reached the "point of no return." WXPN

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Gloria Gaynor, whose cover of the Jackson 5's"Never Can Say Goodbye" was one of the first songs included in a side-long megamix, in the 1970s.

Watch You Can Never Say Goodbye To The Dancefloor

January 8, 2013 – Tom Moulton, who made the first beat-matched DJ mix, talks about his long life in dance music.

Schoolhouse Rock!, the series of educational shorts that ran on Saturday mornings in the 1970s and '80s, is 40 this year.

Watch The Voice Of 'Schoolhouse Rock' On The Series At 40

January 6, 2013 – Bob Dorough composed, conducted and sang much of the music in the beloved children's series.

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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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First Listen: Pixies, 'Indie Cindy'

The songs here form a worthwhile, frequently terrific document of a band forever in transition.

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After a deal with his old record label, Prince will reissue <em>Purple Rain</em> for its 30th anniversary.

Prince Fans, Prepare For The Deluge

After a deal with his old record label, Prince will reissue Purple Rain for its 30th anniversary.

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.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

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.

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