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Juana Molina

Molina sounds as if she'd been raised by wolves and discovered the world of music on her own. She takes familiar elements and renders them bewildering, attractive and polished.

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Mannie Fresh Live: 'Real Talk'

The legendary producer and DJ flew in from New Orleans to regale a Washington D.C. crowd with stories about Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne's career plan, Mantronix and working with Mos Def.

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Mannie Fresh DJ Set: 'We Bounced Everything'

At the close of Microphone Check's onstage conversation with the producer and DJ, he took to the decks to demonstrate what he meant when he said, "When I want you to understand something, I remix it."

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Thomas Dybdahl, 'This Love Is Here To Stay' (Live)


The Norwegian singer-songwriter's music has been in heavy rotation on KCRW's airwaves. Watch Dybdahl perform the station's favorite song of the moment, "This Love Is Here To Stay."

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Norah Jones' Dream Band

At her record company's 75th-anniversary gala, the singer-songwriter performs with her labelmates — some of whom, like Wayne Shorter and Jason Moran, happen to be modern jazz stars.


Wayne Shorter Revises Himself

During the '60s, Shorter came to the fore not only as a saxophonist, but as a composer with a sixth sense for how to break the rules of harmony. His band launches new ideas off old themes in concert.

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Salty Laughs And A Greasy Helping Of The Blues

In the '50s, '60s and beyond, they were among the artists who defined hard bop and soul jazz. They revisit the hits in concert, but not without some chortling commentary from Sweet Poppa Lou.

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A Half-Century Of Collaboration In Duet

They first recorded together in 1966, around the time both were signed to Blue Note Records. The pianist and vibraphone player have been working together ever since. Watch a duet performance.

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Son Lux, 'Build A Pyre (Begin Again)'

Son Lux's jittery new video for the song "Build A Pyre" intercuts flickering images of flames and ash with the visage of a beautiful but troubled woman, as an artful testament to ruin and rebirth.

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Andrew Hozier-Byrne, a 24-year-old Irish singer-guitarist, wraps his rich, vital, soulful voice around songs rooted in the blues. Here, Hozier and his band perform in the NPR Music offices.