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The Killers perform on the season finale of NBC's The Voice last week.

Watch The Killers Return, Guitar-Rock Holdouts In A Pop World

December 26, 2012 – One of few stadium-rock acts left on the radio, the band emerged from a five-year hiatus this fall.

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The stars of 2012, online and on air (from left): Nate Ruess of fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy.

Read The Year In Pop Charts: Return Of The Monoculture

December 25, 2012 – Two things make for great years in pop: variety and shared pleasure. 2012 had both.

2 Chainz performing in London in November.

Watch 2 Chainz: A Pop Star For All Of Us

December 25, 2012 – He laces his bouncy, terse rhymes with a charisma reminiscent of another musician — Ringo Starr.

Storied Cajun Record Shop Is Going Out Of Business

December 24, 2012 – Floyd's Record Shop in Ville Platte, La., is closing for good Christmas Eve.

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Ernie K-Doe and his fans at the Warehouse in New Orleans in 1974.

Read The Rise, Fall And Redemption Of New Orleans' 'R&B Emperor'

December 23, 2012 – Ernie K-Doe pierced the national consciousness in 1961 with the song "Mother-in-Law."

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Choir! Choir! Choir! performs at the Toronto venue Lee's Palace, led by Daveed Goldman (left, with guitar) and Nobu Adilman.

Watch In Toronto, An Ad-Hoc Choir Becomes A Community

December 23, 2012 – The group Choir! Choir! Choir! opens its doors to anyone and tackles just about any pop song.

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Dancer Fogo de Deus, who is part of the Os Kuduristas project of traveling kuduro artists.

Watch 'Kuduro,' The Dance That Keeps Angola Going

December 22, 2012 – Exuberant, fast-paced electronic dance music from southwest Africa is traveling around the world.

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Tenor Rolando Villazon: "I don't think you learn anything from blogs and reviews."

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

December 21, 2012 – Revealing interviews, peacocks who talk, and support — moral and financial — for two orchestras.

Geddy Lee of Rush performs at the Barclays Center on October 22, 2012 in Brooklyn.

Watch Loving Rush, With All My Heart And Brain

December 20, 2012 – For one nerd, mean, mean pride in the band and its election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Joe Strummer performs with his solo project, The Latino Rockabilly War, in 1989. The Clash frontman died of heart failure in December 2002.

Watch Joe Strummer's Life After Death

December 20, 2012 – The singer, co-founder and potent political voice of The Clash died 10 years ago this week.

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Cellist Juan Manuel Chavez, whose instrument is made from an oil can and discarded bits of wood.

Watch The Landfill Harmonic: An Orchestra Built From Trash

December 19, 2012 – An upcoming documentary highlights one extraordinary orchestra in Paraguay; watch the trailer.

The One Voice Choir is not officially part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but the ensemble is invited to perform this weekend at an LDS church-sponsored event intended to reach out to the LGBT community.

Read Singing Loud And Proud: Choir For LGBT Mormons Breaks Out KUER

December 14, 2012 – The choir believes it's making strides for a community that's long felt neglected by the LDS church. KUER

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"He changed the whole approach to how an artist is perceived," sitarist Shubhendra Rao says of his teacher, Ravi Shankar (pictured).

Read Indian Musicians Remember Their Teacher, Ravi Shankar

December 14, 2012 – "He changed the whole approach to how an artist is perceived," says sitarist Shubhendra Rao.

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The late sitar master and Indian cultural legend Ravi Shankar performing in Bangalore in February 2012.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

December 14, 2012 – A string of sorrow this week after four artists' deaths, tempered by one very uplifting orchestra.

The cover of Sofrito: International Soundclash, a compilation of Tropical music recently released by the Strut label.

Read Now That's What I Call A Compilation

December 13, 2012 – In the Internet era, single-artist albums are suffering, but compilations are thriving.

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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.

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.

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.

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