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Elizabeth LaPrelle sings during The Floyd Radio Show, a monthly program streamed live online.

Watch Elizabeth LaPrelle: Carrying On The Appalachian Tradition

December 2, 2012 – Though she's only 25, the ballad singer says she's "excited to sound like a creepy old lady."

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Ricky Martin performs as Ché in the current Broadway run of Evita. Martin will leave the show in January 2013.

Watch Ricky Martin's Second Act

December 1, 2012 – By turns a pop idol and an actor, the singer has combined his passions this year — on Broadway.

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Joe Smith poses with Rod Stewart, circa 1974. The former record executive conducted informal interviews with dozens of musicians in the mid-1980s.

Read A Trove Of Chats With Music Icons, Now Online

December 1, 2012 – As a record executive in the 1980s, Joe Smith recorded dozens of informal interviews with musicians.

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Dolly Parton, known as "The Queen of Country Music," has won eight Grammys and sold more than 100 million records.

Read After Decades Of Dreaming, Dolly Parton Says, 'Dream More'

November 27, 2012 – In her new book Dream More, Parton explains the principles behind her enormous commercial success.

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Meshell Ndegeocello says she hopes her new album, a tribute to Nina Simone, revives interest in the work and life of the late artist.

Read Meshell Ndegeocello Honors Simone's 'Sovereign Soul'

November 26, 2012 – The singer performs the songs of Nina Simone on her new album, Pour Une Âme Souveraine.

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Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

Read Michel Van Der Aa Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

November 25, 2012 – Watch an excerpt of a cello concerto/short film that has earned the Dutch composer the prize.

Martha Wainwright's newest album, Come Home to Mama, was inspired by the death of her mother and birth of her son, which happened about two months apart.

Read Martha Wainwright On New Motherhood, And A Mother Lost

November 25, 2012 – Wainwright's newest album was inspired by two big changes in her family — a birth and a death.

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Alicia Keys' latest album is called Girl on Fire.

Watch Alicia Keys: How A 'Girl On Fire' Keeps From Burning Out

November 25, 2012 – Now married and a mother, Keys says she's more vigilant than ever about remaining productive.

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Piney Gir grew to love performing after getting solos in the choir at church.

Read Piney Gir: From 'The Muppets' To 'Geronimo'

November 24, 2012 – The singer pays homage to an iconic Native American while channeling '60s pop on her newest album.

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Paloma Faith's newest album is called Fall to Grace.

Read Songwriter Paloma Faith's 'Fall To Grace'

November 24, 2012 – Faith spent time as a magician's assistant and a burlesque dancer before finding her way to music.

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Composer Max Richter's new album takes on Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Read Max Richter Recomposes 'The Four Seasons'

November 21, 2012 – The composer has done a brave thing for any artist in any medium: He's messed with a classic.

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Red Baraat performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 3, 2012.

Read Tiny Desk Brings 250 Concerts To The Masses

November 22, 2012 – NPR's Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson look back on their favorite Tiny Desk shows.

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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

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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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