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The Record
12:04 am
Thu October 17, 2013

The Year Onyx's 'Slam' Crashed Pop Radio

Onyx in an undated photo. From left to right, Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, Suave and Big DS.
Al Pereira Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 7:23 am

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Ecstatic Voices
2:17 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

The Greatest Living Figure Of Chasidic Music

Ben Zion Shenker (right) is a world-renowned composer in the Modzitzer tradition of Chasidic Judiaism.
Joel Lowy Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 3:39 pm

The role of music in Jewish life was elevated by a Polish rabbi known as the Baal Shem Tov, who is credited with founding the Chasidic movement in the 18th century. He taught that melody is one of the paths to divine service.

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Mountain Stage
1:55 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

The McGarrigle Sisters On Mountain Stage

Anna McGarrigle performs on Mountain Stage in 1989.
Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:03 am

When sisters Kate and Anna McGarrigle sang together, their voices were almost magically beautiful. Their songs — such as "Heart Like a Wheel," which was famously covered by Linda Ronstadt — could be at once achingly fragile and tremendously powerful. They performed songs written by each, and sometimes co-wrote their material, until Kate's death in 2010.

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1:27 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Announces 2013 Nominees

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 8:03 am



Today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its annual class of nominees. In total, there are 16 bands and artists up for induction and we're going to tick through a few in a not-so-veiled attempt to play some rock on our airways, starting with a 1990s mainstay, Nirvana. We'll take our teenage angst in flannel please.


NIRVANA: (Singing) Well the lights out, it's less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us...

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World Cafe
12:37 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Sam Phillips On World Cafe

Sam Phillips.
Courtesy of the artist

Known initially as a Christian singer named Leslie Phillips, Sam Phillips eventually changed her name and started working with producer T-Bone Burnett, who would later become her husband. The music she made with the legendary producer was richly layered, with melodies reminiscent of The Beatles.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
11:32 am
Wed October 16, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: Fiddle Styles

Kevin Burke.
Courtesy of the artist

Sample a variety of fiddle flavors from the wide world of Celtic music.

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Microphone Check
10:56 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Pusha T On A Tribe Called Quest, His Frustrations And Pharrell (Part 2)

Pusha T.
Courtesy of Def Jam Records
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Pusha T (Part 2)

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Code Switch
2:03 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami

Pitbull is one of a growing list of celebrities who have opened their wallets or given their names to charter schools.
Jeff Daly AP

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 6:52 am

Rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) is the latest in a long list of celebrities lending their star power to the flourishing charter school movement. Alicia Keyes, Denzel Washington, Shakira, Oprah — all support or sponsor charter schools.

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Music Interviews
2:02 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

What Makes Paul McCartney Nervous?

Paul McCartney's latest album, New, is out now.
Mary McCartney Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 5:05 pm

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World Cafe
1:30 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Foy Vance On World Cafe

Foy Vance.
Courtesy of the artist

When Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance was a kid, he traveled the American South with his preacher father. On Tuesday's episode of World Cafe, he sits down with host David Dye to discuss how that experience and his father's death have affected his writing.

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