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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtEIuz71tEk It's been an emotional week for Americans in the wake of election results. Many have been talking about what it all means and how this country can find common ground and reunite. One particular person who has been pondering on this is British rock star, Sting, who has made the U.S. his home for several years now. The 16-time Grammy-award winning musician has sold millions of records and this week, he released a new album called, 57th & 9th . It's his...

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell has died in Nashville at the age of 74. His wife, Jan, said through an intermediary that the legendary musician and songwriter had passed away in his sleep in Nashville. Russell "had heart bypass surgery in July and was recovering from that," his record company tells NPR in confirming Russell's death. The musician had been hoping to resume touring in January. A native of Oklahoma, Russell's talents — and his unique ability to span country and gospel,...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-8fTjnQwEc Jazz pianist Chick Corea is celebrating his 75th birthday this year with a marathon of live performances. He was on the road all summer and has finally settled into an eight-week run at the Blue Note Club in Greenwich Village in New York. The birthday bash features 15 different bands, playing music from every phase of Corea's long career. Corea walks one day through the door of the Blue Note on West 3rd Street, greets the staff and walks past the...

Music in Exile is a recording project that collects songs and stories from people displaced by humanitarian crisis. Alex Ebsary, a member of the Music in Exile team, explains that its mandate is straightforward: "What we do is go around, either to refugee camps or to places that we know there will be refugees or internally displaced Iraqis, and try to find musicians," he says. "They can be anyone, from somebody who knows how to sing a few songs to professionals." One of the musicians featured...

A year ago today, terrorists attacked six locations in Paris, killing 130 people. Most of them were shot during a rock concert at a venue called the Bataclan. The attacks led to heightened security throughout Europe, and they've also led to some changes in how rock bands tour. Will Hackney is packing gear into a van on a loading dock in Portland, Ore. He's the bass player and tour manager for the band Flock of Dimes . They've got four amps, a ton of guitars and keyboards — and, Hackney says, ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9oGPI-MxX8 I've written about Gustav Mahler and his monumental symphonic achievements before , but right now I'm not sure there has ever been a more fitting symphony for our time than Mahler's Symphony No. 6. Today, as we have become immune to shock, where nothing seems too extreme and where hyperbole rules, Mahler and his Sixth Symphony seem to fit right in. Mahler was a man of excess, spectacle, illusion and indulgence. Most likely a narcissist, he was also...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0qrinhNnOM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTtrnDbOQAU Solange Knowles ' newest album, A Seat At The Table , is her most commercially successful yet — it hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts last month. It's also her most political. On the record, Solange explores what it means to be black in America today. The songs in this album celebrate black culture, confront prejudice and explore the trauma of witnessing black people killed. This is Solange's most personal...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: This is Veterans Day 15 years into the war in Afghanistan. Though it is now the longest war in American history, it's one that few Americans have experienced firsthand. That makes for a growing gap between military families and other Americans. To bridge that gap, singer-songwriter Becky Warren put the experiences that she knows well into a new album. She talked about it with NPR's Quil Lawrence. QUIL LAWRENCE,...

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I had not heard this interview with Leonard Cohen since 1993, the second year of World Cafe 's existence, until we revisited it upon hearing of his death this week. I'd traveled to talk with Cohen backstage at a 1,000-seat theater he was playing in the suburbs outside Philadelphia. This was different from the large, triumphant tours he played in his 70s — it was almost workaday, a performance for the gathered faithful. The man who passed away Monday at the age of 82 was spry in his 60s. He...

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