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4:32 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

James King Distills Country Gems To 'Three Chords And The Truth'

James King's Three Chords and the Truth, an album of country songs reimagined as bluegrass, is up for a Grammy.
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Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 12:02 pm

James King is a musician with a sterling bluegrass pedigree. He was born and raised in the cradle of country music, southern Virginia's Carroll County. His father and uncle were both bluegrass musicians, and had a band called The Country Cousins. King also performed alongside one of the all-time greats, Ralph Stanley.

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All Songs Considered
3:34 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Viking's Choice 2013: We Saved The Weirdest And Loudest For Last

Clockwise from top left: Circuit des Yeux, Jeremiah Cymerman, Katie Gately, Satan, SubRosa.
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Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 3:03 pm

We've saved the best (and weirdest ... and loudest) for last. It's been a couple of years since we last had NPR Music producer Lars Gotrich on the show to highlight the year in metal and what he sometimes calls "outer sound," a nebulous grouping of experimental music. It was time to bring his weird sonic world back.

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Best Music Of 2013
2:03 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

10 Favorite Cassettes Of 2013

Pitch-shifted soul and a pop song's game of chutes and ladders were among 2013's awesome tapes.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 4:18 pm

Cassettes have been a medium of choice since I bought my first car outfitted with a tape deck in college (RIP Maude). They force a full listening experience, their dimensions inspire designers in ways that a square doesn't and, for the most part, are cheap. Yes, you can find a $12 cassette, and unless it's a beautiful monstrosity encased in broken glass, it's a rip-off. But in a year when budgetary priorities fell more in the direction of a six-month engagement and wedding, cassettes were the way I connected with music.

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Best Music Of 2013
12:24 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

The Year In Charts: Legacy Hits In The Age Of Memes

Macklemore (left) and Ryan Lewis, whose "Thrift Shop" was the biggest song of 2013, according to Billboard's year-end chart.
John Keatley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 4:19 pm

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Best Music Of 2013
11:04 am
Tue December 31, 2013

10 Favorite Metal Albums Of 2013

America should listen to more Manilla Road.
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Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 3:59 pm

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Music
3:29 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Here Are 68 Of 2013's Biggest Songs In 5 1/2 Minutes

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Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 8:10 am

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Music
2:03 am
Tue December 31, 2013

In Memoriam: 2013

In Memoriam 2013: remembering some of the greats who died this year.
NPR

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 8:52 am

Each December, NPR Music draws up a tribute to some of the great musicians, composers, producers and other visionaries who died during the course of the year. Inevitably, the list is incomplete, but it provides a sense of how much talent and vision has been lost in the past 12 months.

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Music
2:03 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Blessed Feathers: Nomadic And Loving It

Blessed Feathers.
CJ Foeckler Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 12:11 pm

The two members of Blessed Feathers started off as an unlikely pair. Donivan Berube moved to West Bend, Wis., and got a job at a pizzeria; that's where he met Jacquelyn Beaupre. Both singers and songwriters, the two were brought together by music — first as friends, then as musical partners, then as a romantic couple.

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The Record
12:03 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Pharrell Williams On Juxtaposition And Seeing Sounds

Pharrell Williams.
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Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 1:44 pm

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Metropolis
11:03 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

The Metropolis Interview: Cut Copy

Jason Bentley sat down with Australian band Cut Copy during their stop in New York City.
Shaun Regan for NPR

Metropolis host Jason Bentley sat down with Australian electro-pop giants Cut Copy to discuss the band's new album, Free Your Mind, and its connection to the rave-rock boom of the early 1990s.

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