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Big Freedia (the stage name of New Orleans native Freddie Ross) is one of the biggest stars of the hip-hop subculture known as bounce.

Watch Big Freedia Lays Out The Basics Of Bounce

January 27, 2013 – Freedia may be the most visible star of the hard-dancing hip-hop subculture out of New Orleans.

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Trixie Whitley first emerged several years ago as the lead singer of the Daniel Lanois project Black Dub. Her debut as a solo artist is called Fourth Corner.

Read Trixie Whitley: Songs For A Charmed — And Checkered — Life

January 27, 2013 – Whitley was born with a musical pedigree and began her career with a super-producer's endorsement.

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Adam Ant's first album in 17 years, Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter, is an ersatz musical memoir.

Watch After 17 Years, Adam Ant Transforms Again

January 26, 2013 – The man behind "Goody Two Shoes" hasn't made a record in two decades, but he's been busy all along.

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Petra Haden's new album is titled Petra Goes to the Movies.

Read Petra Haden Covers Classic Film Scores With A Single Voice

January 26, 2013 – Haden's new album, Petra Goes to the Movies, recasts movie scores in an a cappella setting.

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Aaron Neville's latest album, My True Story, is a collection of the doo-wop songs he grew up singing in New Orleans.

Read The 'True Story' Inside Aaron Neville's Doo-Wop World

January 24, 2013 – Neville's latest album is a collection of the songs he grew up singing in the New Orleans projects.

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The interior of the auditorium at the new SFJAZZ Center.

Read The New SFJAZZ Center, As Seen By Its Musicians

January 22, 2013 – Two artists who played the first SFJAZZ festival 30 years ago reflect on its new $64 million home.

Jose James' new studio album is titled No Beginning No End.

Read Jose James: A Broad-Minded Singer Lets The Beat Build

January 22, 2013 – Known for his proficiency in jazz, the singer employs the tools of hip-hop on his latest album.

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New Opera Immortalizes Spat Between Paul Krugman, Estonian President

January 21, 2013 – Robert Siegel speaks with the composer about his work and the debate over austerity and stimulus.

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Sean Lennon in the studio, during production of the Alter Egos soundtrack.

Read For Sean Lennon, Music Is Not A Solo Act

January 20, 2013 – Like his father, John, Lennon prefers collaboration. That spirit comes through in his new albums.

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Sunny Jain (center, with drum) leads Red Baraat. The band's latest album, Shruggy Ji, came out this month.

Read Red Baraat: A Bhangra-Powered Party Starter

January 20, 2013 – Bandleader Sunny Jain discusses the group's new album and its sweaty, explosive live shows.

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On the new album Migrations, Cristina Pato plays the gaita, a bagpipe from her native region of Galicia in northwest Spain.

Read A Bagpipe-Slinging Spaniard Finds A Home In New York Jazz

January 19, 2013 – Cristina Pato plays the traditional gaita, a bagpipe from her native region of Galicia.

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American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tenn.

Read American Sound Studio On World Cafe WXPN

January 18, 2013 – Learn a bit about the renowned Memphis studio, which produced roughly 120 hits in the late '60s. WXPN

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The late Willie Mitchell of Royal Studio in Memphis.

Read Royal Studio On World Cafe WXPN

January 17, 2013 – Hear interviews with Al Green, Cody ChesnuTT and the son of Royal Studio producer Willie Mitchell. WXPN

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Emeli Sande.

Read After Big Year, Emeli Sande's 'Version Of Events'

January 17, 2013 – The Scottish singer-songwriter performs for Michel Martin and chats about her whirlwind success.

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The Memphis rock band Lucero.

Watch Lucero, Live At Ardent Studios WXPN

January 16, 2013 – Listen to a stripped-down set from the Memphis rock band, recorded live at Ardent Recording Studios. WXPN

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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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