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  1. Beach Slang: Portrait Of A Punk Who Never Grew Up

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    It's been a remarkable 12 months for James Alex, a year full of contradictions and firsts. The lead singer and songwriter for the band Beach Slang, Alex and his wife Rachel had their first child,…

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    • Lawrence Brownlee: NPR Music Field Recordings

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      Opera singer Lawrence Brownlee is known for portraying kings and princes. But lately he's been thinking about real people: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, to name a few. He's…

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      • Jazz Lives At Duke Ellington's Resting Place

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        Each June 21, the one-day Make Music New York festival (MMNY) celebrates not just sound but community. It's a summer solstice gathering of the tribes for music makers and music lovers alike,…

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        • Jazz Night in America: Arranging a one-man band for 10.

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          When trumpeter and composer/arranger Steven Bernstein first met the virtuoso pianist Henry Butler, he says he was floored. "This is it," he recalls thinking. "This is like the music…

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          • Joyce DiDonato Takes A Stand At Stonewall

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            On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village. A riot broke out, sparking successive nights of protest and, many say, the emergence of the modern…

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            • 'What Is A Polyrhythm?' with Miguel Zenón

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              People in jazz circles often talk about complexity, and often as an accusation. That guy's music is too complex! It's too far removed from the blues! It sounds like math! Bah! If you…

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              • Jon Batiste Leads A Private Street Parade

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                Jon Batiste is from New Orleans, where a street parade might assemble around the corner on any given day. Evidently, he likes a good walkabout: He's liable to lead his band at a guerrilla concert…

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                • The Fastest Fingers At The Festival, For Django Reinhardt

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                  Every year for the last decade and a half, select groups of hot swing musicians have come from Europe to tour the U.S. The exact lineups change, but they all feature masters of the "gypsy jazz"…

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                  • Wild Beasts: A 'Beautiful Truth' In A Beautiful Bar

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                    You can be 10 feet from The Campbell Apartment, a bar tucked into the corner of New York's Grand Central Station, and not have any idea it's there. The office of a member of the New York…

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                    • Jesse Boykins III Breaks It Down

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                      The day after playing a set at the Superdome during the Essence Music Festival this summer, eclectic R&B singer Jesse Boykins III wandered into Mardi Gras World — an expansive, airy warehouse…

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                      • KING Makes A Record Lover's Paradise Even Better

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                        On a steamy morning upstairs in a record lover's paradise KING laid down a gorgeous version of one of the songs that lit up Twitter three years ago and put the trio on Prince's radar. Sisters…

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                        • Benjamin Booker: Newport Folk Gets The Summertime Blues

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                          It wouldn't be an overstatement to suggest that New Orleans singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker had a pretty good summer. Even before releasing his debut album last month, Booker's gravelly…

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