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October 30, 2014 | NPR · As a solo artist, Damian Master is unbound by the metal in his catalog. “Born To Ruin” contains his most anthemic statement of purpose yet, curled under a swaggering riff and his fire-spitting bark.

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October 29, 2014 | NPR · Suspense builds throughout Greylag’s mesmerizing video for the song “Yours To Shake.” It’s a moody study on good and evil, and the struggle to know not only which is which, but which we want.

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October 29, 2014 | NPR · “May As Well” is a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Burn Your Fire For No Witness, an album that started as one of Bob Boilen’s favorites of the year and has only gotten better with time.

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October 29, 2014 | WXPN · The heartland rock singer-songwriter takes a mellower approach on his new album, Plain Spoken.

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October 29, 2014 | NPR · As outrageous power-pop hooks go note-for-note with a series of ecstatic 8-bit blips, the soulful coo of Elaiza Santos nicely offsets Crying’s penchant for playful excess.
October 29, 2014 | NPR · Think you know your musical ghouls and ghosts? From country and classical to rock and jazz, try this hair-raising Halloween puzzler.

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October 28, 2014 | NPR · On this week’s All Songs Considered, we share dance music from Belle & Sebastian and unreleased Velvet Underground, plus Bob Boilen discusses new discoveries from this year’s CMJ Music Marathon.

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October 28, 2014 | NPR · Led by singer Augusta Koch and her bright blue hair, the Philadelphia punk band performs most of the songs from its melodic debut album, Nervous Like Me, during NPR Music’s recent CMJ show.

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October 27, 2014 | WXPN · The Philadelphia college student plays intimate, shambling indie rock. Download two of his songs.

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October 27, 2014 | WXPN · Hear songs from the former Stooges guitarist’s re-recording of a lost album by the iconic punk band.


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October 31, 2014 | NPR · Where do you live? Health specialists think that simple question could make a difference in how doctors prevent and treat diseases for individuals. That’s expanding its storied role in public health.

October 31, 2014 | NPR · Fear of the virus has prompted Pyongyang to ban tourism and quarantine all foreigners. It’s a curious stance since the Hermit Kingdom has plenty of more pressing health woes.

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · The government had proposed taxing Internet usage, but opponents claimed it the government was trying to impose a digital iron curtain on Hungary.

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · There’s nothing like a good ghost story on Halloween — and some of the best tales were told by the late storyteller and NPR commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham.

October 31, 2014 | NPR · “The more carny it got, the better I liked it,” King says of his new thriller, Joyland. King talks with Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · The HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand is based on a collection of stories about residents in a small town in Maine. It’s about family, friends and the tenuous relationships that make up life.


October 31, 2014 | NPR · The Metropolitan Opera will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow in a new production starring soprano Fleming. But its greatest incarnations have been on film.

October 31, 2014 | NPR · Hear music for the season and spine-chilling Scottish tales, narrated by host Fiona Ritchie.

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · Leftover Cuties’ sound is both retro and refreshing. Hear the Los Angeles noir-pop band perform its unique interpretation of “You Are My Sunshine.”

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