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7:49 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Benjamin Clementine Trades 'Sleeping On The Floor' For 'Sleeping In A Palace'

Paris-based singer and pianist Benjamin Clementine makes his U.S. debut with the new EP I Dream, I Smile, I Walk, I Cry.
Micky Clement Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 10:12 am

Benjamin Clementine's haunting voice and songwriting made him a star on Spotify after a single television appearance on BBC Two. These days, he's headlining sold-out shows in Europe. He recently signed with Capitol Records, and his first American EP, I Dream, I Smile, I Walk, I Cry, is out now.

Clementine's recent fame comes after years of busking on the streets of Paris and, before that, a challenging upbringing he still has trouble discussing. Now, the 26-year-old prefers to focus on what makes him fortunate.

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Music
7:49 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Soul Singer Jerry Lawson's 'Just A Mortal Man' Almost Came True

The 71-year-old soul-singer Jerry Lawson had spent three months in a hospital due to an infected esophagus, and when got out, he wasn't sure how his voice would sound.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 10:12 am

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Music Interviews
6:59 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Kurt Cobain Speaks — Through Art And Audio Diaries — In 'Montage Of Heck'

Kurt Cobain with daughter Frances.
Courtesy of HBO

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 10:50 am

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Author Interviews
3:37 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

John Lydon: The Foul-Mouthed Yob Sets The Record Straight

John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon, seen here with his band Public Image Ltd at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival, is the former frontman of the Sex Pistols.
Ian Gavan Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 6:27 pm

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Music News
7:59 am
Sat May 2, 2015

'Louie Louie': Indecipherable, Or Indecent? An FBI Investigation

The "Louie Louie" record, shown in 2003 ahead of an eBay auction, was a huge hit in the '60s. The hard-to-decipher lyrics led to some sordid speculation among teen listeners — and some fretting among those teens' parents.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

Everyone knows the song — or, well, parts of it.

"Louie, Louie." "Ohhhhhh, baby." "A fine little girl, she waits for me."

But the next line ... How's it go again?

The voice growling out those indecipherable lyrics belonged to Jack Ely, the lead singer of The Kingsmen, who died this week at the age of 71.

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Music Interviews
7:59 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Actor Alicia Witt Turns Musician With 'Revisionary History'

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

In "Mr. Holland's Opus," a young actress named Alicia Witt played a high school student who's struggling to play the clarinet.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS")

RICHARD DREYFUSS: (As Glenn Holland) Why are you crying?

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Deceptive Cadence
2:03 am
Sat May 2, 2015

3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

Sina Shahbazmohamadi places a 3-D printed copy of a recorder foot joint into a measuring device in a lab at the University of Connecticut's Center for Clean Energy Engineering.
Peter Morenus UConn

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

In a recital hall at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, a group of musicians got together to play Jean-Baptiste Singelée's 1857 quartet for saxophones on some very old, very special instruments.

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Recommended Dose
6:06 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of April

Courtesy of the artist

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a mix called Recommended Dose.

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Remembrances
4:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Ben E. King, Soul Singer Best Known For 'Stand By Me,' Dies

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:18 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

One of the most distinctive voices of 1950s and '60s R&B has died. Ben E. King, best known for the song "Stand By Me," died yesterday in New Jersey of natural causes. He was 76. NPR's Elizabeth Blair has more.

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All Songs Considered
3:36 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

All Songs +1: 'Baltimore'

When we asked listeners to tell us about a song they turned to this week — one that spoke in some way to weighty events unfolding around the world and how they felt — we weren't sure what we'd get. Would it be mostly songs of solace? Songs of grief, or anger?

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