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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson’s classic-sounding country music and you’ll hear plenty of surprises, including twists on every element of modern country’s church-trucks-and-beer trinity.
 

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April 15, 2014 | NPR · Longtime friends and collaborators Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter headline the numerous performing artists, ensembles and recordings awarded for achievement in the year 2013.
 

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April 15, 2014 | NPR · We sent photographer Adam Kissick out to the desert to get happy with a giant astronaut, OutKast’s reunion, an Este Haim mask and much more at the music festival in Indio, Calif.
 

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April 15, 2014 | NPR · Two writers dig to the bottom of why other people’s bad taste in music bothers us so much, and along the way, lay out the new rules for thinking and writing about pop.
 

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April 14, 2014 | NPR · Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams, whose music is rich with references to and concern about nature, won for his orchestral Become Ocean. The judges said it “suggests a relentless tidal surge.”
 

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April 14, 2014 | NPR · The rap duo OutKast launched what may be its farewell tour over the weekend at Coachella, but the group and its fans, who have waited a decade for the reunion, might not have the same expectations.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · When she’s not touring the world with her band or playing impromptu sets on public transit, Rupa Marya is an internist at a San Francisco hospital.
 

April 11, 2014 | NPR · Revered by other musicians, Winchester began recording in 1970. He had a hit of his own with “Say What.” Artists such as Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Costello covered his songs. He was 69.
 

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April 10, 2014 | NPR · Besides their legions of fans, the artists entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year — KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and others — have inspired scores of imitators.
 

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April 9, 2014 | NPR · If you know Ciroc and Patron, you may well be listening to a lot of songs that name-check brand-name alcohol. And if you’re a teenager, you may be binge drinking a lot more, researchers say.
 

 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · In high school, Cristina Pena was afraid to tell her boyfriend, Chris Ondaatje, that she was HIV-positive. She needn’t have worried. More than a decade later, they’re still together.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Fed up with what they say is years of discrimination by the Shiite-led government, ordinary Sunnis have joined Islamist fighters. There are echoes of past conflicts, with a few important distinctions.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was once considered a model of desegregation. Today, the school’s population is 99 percent black. One family’s story underscores three generations of change.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Actress Tatiana Maslany talks with Morning Edition about the return of her BBC America series Orphan Black. On the show, she plays multiple roles, and advanced technology helps her pull it off.
 

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April 17, 2014 | NPR · The film Heaven Is For Real tries hard to be about faith, but mostly winds up being about not bothering anybody. It’s a shame, because it’s a lost opportunity to say something interesting.
 

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April 17, 2014 | NPR · On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we’ve sampled Jelly Belly’s newest flavors.
 

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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Aimee Mann and Ted Leo began performing together in 2012, when Leo was Mann’s opening act. Mann began joining Leo onstage during his set. Their debut album is “The Both.”
 

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April 17, 2014 | NPR · The Secret Sisters’ new album, Put Your Needle Down, displays their sophisticated, timeless sound and the country-twang influences of their hometown, Muscle Shoals, Ala.
 

April 17, 2014 | NPR · A reader asks, “Will there be a place for cassette tapes in the future? What should I do with cassette tapes — especially those beloved mixtapes — that don’t have a place to live anymore?”
 

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