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October 21, 2014 | NPR · The Atlanta rapper, actor and businessman spoke about being mentored by Andrew Young and using songwriting to talk to himself, as well as everybody else.
 

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October 20, 2014 | NPR · The pop singer and songwriter sounds more comfortable and assured on her second album, Tough Love. “This life is quite bizarre sometimes,” she tells NPR’s Audie Cornish.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · There are plenty of things about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s induction process that are worthy of complaint, but the most common gripe isn’t one of them.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · On Oct. 19, 1814, an Austrian teenager named Franz Schubert wrote “Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel,” a boldly innovative song that remains an inspiration for singers and songwriters.
 

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October 18, 2014 | NPR · Mystical Russian composer Alexander Scriabin saw music, heard colors and wrote music that goes from ecstasy to frenzy. Baltimore Symphony conductor Marin Alsop explores Scriabin’s best-known piece.
 

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October 17, 2014 | NPR · Some critics charge that John Adams’ opera is anti-Israel, even anti-Semitic. But the opera’s supporters dispute that. With its Met debut on Monday, there are calls to burn the set to the ground.
 

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October 16, 2014 | NPR · Legerdemain, out next April, will be the first album of original songs from the pop songwriter and Broadway composer since 2009, and you can download two songs from it here.
 

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October 9, 2014 | NPR · The lovelorn underdogs that populate the band’s debut album combat conformity in every way imaginable.
 

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October 8, 2014 | NPR · For four decades, U2 has delivered huge rock songs and taken shots for being too serious. The band’s new album, Songs of Innocence, provides a key to its long search for universal significance.
 

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October 3, 2014 | NPR · The hometown shows the duo played had a bittersweet quality because people thought it might be their last chance to see one of the most-respected and best-loved groups of all time together.
 

 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · A three-run first inning was all San Francisco needed to top Kansas City and steal home field advantage. They tacked on another four runs anyway to win 7-1.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · As editor, Bradlee led the newspaper to national eminence with charm, drive, instinct and, most notably, an epic confrontation with the Nixon White House.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · Bradlee was the editor who ushered in the paper’s golden era, overseeing its reporting during the Watergate scandal.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday’s announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · “The Hot Dog Clock” and “The Forever Diaper” are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · In what may be a last gasp for DVD collections, some of the new box-set releases are aimed at baby boomers and Gen X-ers with favorites like The Wonder Years and Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · Will Oldham may guest in this new song from rustic songwriter Doug Paisley, but the star of “Until I Find You” is visual artist Heather Goodchild.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · This week on All Songs Considered: the reunion of a band very dear to our hearts, The Flaming Lips cover Sgt. Pepper’s and selections from NPR Music’s showcase during the CMJ music festival.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · The D.C. instrumental rock band’s hefty track sends vibrations through the chest. Black Clouds’ melodies are tastefully driven through what’s surely a spaceship-console-worthy rack of effects pedals.
 

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