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March 28, 2015 | NPR · Millennial musicians are reshaping the South African jazz scene in a culture of open exchange. Hear from pianists Nduduzo Makhathini, Kyle Shepherd and Bokani Dyer.
 

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March 24, 2015 | NPR · The singer-songwriter pulls back the curtain on her band’s beautiful-but-mysterious new album, Escape From Evil. “All of these songs are based in personal experience,” she writes.
 

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March 24, 2015 | NPR · “This is the first thing that I’ve said that I fully stand behind,” the 21-year-old rapper says of his new album. “I’ve never been this transparent with myself or with music.”
 

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March 22, 2015 | NPR · There are plenty of musicians pouring into Austin this week for SXSW. But not all are cut from the same indie cloth. Meet Riyaaz Qawwali.
 

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March 19, 2015 | NPR · For the centennial of the great Russian’s birth, critic and piano maven Steve Wigler recalls a herculean talent who shook Carnegie Hall to its foundation.
 

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March 19, 2015 | NPR · What type of signal does it send when a musician moves from the bedroom to the studio?
 

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March 18, 2015 | NPR · The pillar of New York’s ASAP Mob speaks about his aesthetic choices, the way he imagines our far off future and what he’s learned from Missy Elliott.
 

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March 17, 2015 | NPR · Traditional country musicians, the kind who never get airplay on mainstream country radio stations, are thriving in regional scenes supported by devoted live audiences.
 

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March 12, 2015 | NPR · Call it weaponized wordplay. When rappers want to make a statement, they call this Jamaican dancehall star — but they don’t call his name.
 

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March 11, 2015 | NPR · In a double-length video for two songs from his debut album, the punk-influenced blues singer struggles with civil rights issues that we can’t seem to settle.
 

 

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March 29, 2015 | NPR · A missed free throw sent Michigan State-Louisville to overtime, where the Cardinals couldn’t hang on. Gonzaga hung with Duke but couldn’t quite keep up.
 

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March 29, 2015 | NPR · A program in Hawaii aims to reduce the number of older people who spend their final days of life in a hospital. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of hospital deaths for those over age 65 in the U.S.
 

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March 29, 2015 | NPR · The two sides are reportedly close to a deal ahead of a Tuesday deadline, but diplomatic sources caution that an agreement could still fall apart.
 

Arts & Life

March 29, 2015 | NPR · During the Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu’s great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to keep it safe. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.
 

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March 29, 2015 | NPR · The Bronx native grew up in a blue-collar household; a life in show business seemed far from reality. He spent time in the Air Force and as a cop before he finally gave his childhood dream a chance.
 

March 29, 2015 | KVCR · Palm Springs was the desert playground of golden-era Hollywood. Then its glamour faded. Now its midcentury architecture, its retro style and the allure of its past are fueling a rebirth.
 

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March 29, 2015 | NPR · The Global Village host is back with a stack of music that tests the sonic limits of the squeezebox.
 

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March 29, 2015 | NPR · The electronic act scored its first hit with “Dangerous,” a hard-grooving single that exuded digital-age fears about privacy. Founder Alan Wilkis spoke with Rachel Martin about the new album 2.0.
 

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March 29, 2015 | NPR · The Melbourne rocker makes her witty songcraft look easy. Performing and socializing, however, are a whole other battle.
 

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