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Dr. Lonnie Smith's In the Beginning, a new album that reimagines the artist's older, out-of-print work, is out now.

Watch Can I Kick It? Organ Master Lonnie Smith Can

November 9, 2013 – Smith's music is timeless; just ask the dozens of hip-hop producers who have sampled him.

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¡Aparato! is a Los Angeles trio that fuses rock with sounds and instruments from Mexico's son jarocho tradition.

Read ¡Aparato! Takes Latin Music Traditions Into The Future

November 8, 2013 – The L.A. trio fuses rock with sounds and instruments from Mexico's son jarocho tradition.

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Disclosure's Guy and Howard Lawrence with Jason Bentley.

Listen Disclosure On Working Beyond 'Build-Ups And Drops' KCRW

November 8, 2013 – Hear Jason Bentley interview British brothers and in-demand producers Guy and Howard Lawrence. KCRW

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Boardwalk Empire features music by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

Read The Man Behind The 'Boardwalk Empire' Big Band

November 6, 2013 – Giordano's band the Nighthawks performs the music heard on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

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The real TLC (from left to right, Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas) in the early-'90s.

Read A Rational Conversation: Molly Lambert On Music Biopics

November 5, 2013 – What do we want from musician biopics, like last month's VH1 movie about TLC, and why do some fail?

M.I.A.'s fourth album, Matangi, is out now.

Watch 'I Built The Platform Myself': M.I.A. On Being Heard

November 5, 2013 – The singer-rapper goes long on fame, war and controversy with NPR's David Greene.

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Broken Bells — James Mercer (left) and Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) — are back with a new album. After The Disco is due out in January.

Listen Broken Bells Shares New Song, Accidentally Channels Bee Gees

November 4, 2013 – Danger Mouse and James Mercer's new LP has us thinking the Gibb Brothers. Read on to find out why.

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Ashley Monroe's latest album is Like a Rose.

Read Ashley Monroe: Country Music Has Always 'Sliced Me In The Heart'

November 3, 2013 – Monroe speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about her latest album, Like a Rose.

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Midlake's new album, Antiphon, is out Nov. 5.

Watch What Do You Do When Your Lead Singer Quits?

November 2, 2013 – Two years into the making of its fourth album, the band found itself without a frontman.

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Lonnie Holley.

Watch Lonnie Holley: Self-Made Man

October 31, 2013 – "I'm not trying to copy nobody, not trying to outdo nobody with my music."

Luscious Jackson has reconvened after more than a decade for its new album, Magic Hour, which comes out Nov. 5.

Read Luscious Jackson Is Ready For Its 'Magic Hour'

October 31, 2013 – The musicians discuss how everyday life inspired the band's first new record in 14 years.

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This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II.

Read Bach Unwigged: The Man Behind The Music

October 29, 2013 – In his new book, conductor John Eliot Gardiner hunts for the personality of the great composer.

"[Lou Reed] really saw the beauty of life, and wanted to be a person who could live in that beauty as often as possible," longtime publicist Bill Bentley says.

Watch Never Back Down: Fresh Air Remembers Lou Reed

October 29, 2013 – "In Lou Reed's world, when you were Lou's friend you knew it," his longtime publicist says.

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Johnny Cash: The Life delves more deeply into Cash's dark side than the 2005 film Walk the Line.

Read Biography Doesn't Hold Back On Darkest Years Of 'The Man In Black'

October 29, 2013 – Through all the pain and redemption, "Johnny Cash was a good man," author Robert Hilburn tells NPR.

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Arcade Fire's new album, Reflektor, comes out Tuesday.

Watch Arcade Fire On Its Brand-New Beat

October 28, 2013 – Regine Chassagne and Win Butler explain the cross-cultural themes behind the new album Reflektor.

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First Listen

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

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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