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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Neil Young has released a video that shows him recording his take on Scottish folk singer Bert Jansch’s “Needle Of Death.” The solo acoustic cut appears on Young’s new covers album, A Letter Home.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · It’s a helluva time to be a ’90s emo kid. Teased over social media for weeks, the band behind the influential albums The Power of Failing and EndSerenading will tour this September.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · While visiting Tokyo, the pop star posed for photos in front of the highly controversial Yasukini Shrine, which honors Japanese war criminals.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · The Las Vegas production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest features music by Tom Waits and direction by the usually silent magician Teller, who you can hear speak (!) about the production here.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · Take Beyonce. Take Sinatra. Take whomever you love and set them on fire — with a “Pyro Board.” It plays music by pulsing the beats in flame, and when the singer hits a high note — stand back.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced recipients of its 2014 performing arts grants. Noted composers such as Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake and Randy Weston received a first tier award.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · A new song from Jamie xx, the producer behind the stylish, seductive British trio The xx, manages to push his sound in new directions while getting back to bedroom basics.
 

April 23, 2014 | NPR · Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela had a strange path to success. They started as a failed heavy metal band in Mexico, before moving to Ireland and changing to flamenco music.
 

April 22, 2014 | NPR · Singer songwriter Kelis Rogers, who’s also a trained chef, goes by just Kelis. She’s best known for the 2003 hit song “Milkshake.” Steve Inskeep talks to the R&B artist about her new album Food.
 

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April 22, 2014 | NPR · Molina’s songs turned a tiny Midwest indie label into an industry mainstay and influenced scores of musicians — facts borne in two new releases around the anniversary of his death.
 

 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Secretary of State John Kerry said there is no question Russia is behind an effort to destabilize eastern Ukraine.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal would let Web companies pay for faster access. But entrepreneurs, like Reddit’s co-founder, are wondering how they would have fared with such rules.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has a fatality rate of about 30 percent. An uptick in new cases in Saudi Arabia has health specialists concerned that the virus could spread outside the region.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · Who Is Dayani Cristal?, a documentary narrated by actor Gael Garcia Bernal, examines the journey that costs many migrants to the United States their lives.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · The revenge drama Blue Ruin demonstrates that the famous dish, often served more cool than cold, can sometimes be more dangerous in the hands of the sincere but inept.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · The office has long been seen as a symbol of boredom: It’s a killer of spirits, a destroyer of spontaneity. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says a new book brings out its entertaining side.
 

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April 24, 2014 | WXPN · Though today’s guests call Athens, Ga., home, they have roots in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where the father of lead singer Patterson Hood recorded with the legendary studio band.
 

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April 24, 2014 | WBGO · We’re about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who’s launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
 

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April 24, 2014 | KCRW · Kelis Rogers recently packed her 12-piece band onto the small stage at Santa Monica’s Apogee Studios for a raucous good time. Watch her perform “Friday Fish Fry” from her new album, Food.
 

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