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November 22, 2014 | NPR · Two composers became instrument builders to score the film, set in the pioneer days of the American West. “We both knew what the movie sounded like. We just had to find it,” Tommy Lee Jones says.
 

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss join Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to discuss the band’s new album, No Cities To Love.
 

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · “The Same Road” is the first offering from Nora Jane Struthers’ next album, and shows off her band’s propulsive new direction. Rooted in bluegrass, Struthers is a serious woman with a light heart.
 

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November 19, 2014 | NPR · Jazz’s highest-profile competition recently crowned a new victor in a star-studded gala. But for the Thelonious Monk Institute, competition is only a small part of its desire to be back out West.
 

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November 18, 2014 | NPR · If we now know about albums languishing in the clutches of major labels, are they more likely to see the light of day? Will they be any good when they get here?
 

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November 14, 2014 | NPR · For the past week, Stevie Wonder and Usher have been on the same tour path. Both shows hawk nostalgia, but to crowds whose expectations are shaped by two different generations of the music industry.
 

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November 13, 2014 | NPR · After initial success, the 30-year-old singer and songwriter, known for his Auto-Tuned hits, became a target for derision. It took time but now he’s made it clear: “I’m not fake.”
 

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November 13, 2014 | NPR · Past the hype of the newcomer, not yet granted the deference of veterans, the allure of a band making a go of it in the murky middle may be subtle, but it can still be potent.
 

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November 11, 2014 | NPR · “Me and Mike have managed to find a decent way to express something symbolically that kids need to be able to say simply,” says El-P. “I’m taking it over.”
 

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November 8, 2014 | NPR · After he was publicly denounced, Shostakovich rebounded with the compelling and calculated Symphony No. 5. The music supplied a soundtrack for the Soviet people and satisfied the apparatchiks.
 

 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · In this installment of our semi-regular Word Watch series, we look at a popular term for the practice of never being on time.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · By Monday, Buffalo could see a high temperature of 60. Authorities warned that the quickly-melting snowpack could cause some serious flooding.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they’re often left out of the conversation.
 

Arts & Life

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Given two words, change the first consonant sound in each word to the same new consonant sound and you’ll phonetically name two things in the same category.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · God’ll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with the book’s author, John Safran.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · The Norwegian group has a age-old salve for those who can’t stand “Jingle Bell Rock” — 15th-century English carols.
 

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · The Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges is known as an actor, but he’s been playing music for just as long. “Whenever I’m working, I’ll have my guitar with me,” he says.
 

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