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The Record
2:33 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Mumford & Sons Preaches To Masses

Mumford & Sons is led by singer Marcus Mumford (second from left). The band's second album, Babel, was released on Sept. 25 and is on pace to be the highest-selling debut of 2012.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 6:24 pm

Marcus Mumford may not seem like the kind of guy who'd start a bar fight.

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Mountain Stage
2:32 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

The dB's On Mountain Stage

The dB's.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:02 am

The newly reunited power-pop pioneers in The dB's make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Often described as the band that filled the gap between Big Star and R.E.M. in the early '80s, The dB's helped change the course of guitar-driven power-pop for years to come.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:45 am
Thu September 27, 2012

The 2012 Gramophone Awards: Some Surprises, Lots Of (Repeated) Familiar Names

Tenor Joseph Calleja, the 2012 Gramophone Artist of the Year.
Mathias Bothor courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 12:07 pm

In terms of international prestige, it's hard to think of bigger prizes in the classical community than those given annually by the British classical music magazine Gramophone (where I served as the North America editor for several years). Sure, the Grammys have more general name recognition, but these Eurocentric awards, completely dedicated to classical music, offer far more depth and breadth than their nearest American counterparts, both in terms of artists and repertoire.

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Music Interviews
10:43 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Why Lupe Fiasco 'Can't Pledge Allegiance' To Flag

For his latest release, Lupe Fiasco says he didn't want to make a "radio record."
Reid Rolls

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 1:24 pm

Rapper, activist and entrepreneur Lupe Fiasco has just released his fourth studio album, Food and Liquor Part II: The Great American Rap Album Part I. The Chicago-born rapper skated onto the music scene in 2006 with his hit single "Kick, Push." Since then, he's stayed true to the unique, hard-hitting lyrics that propelled him to stardom.

Food and Liquor is a return to the content, depth and art of rap, according to Lupe Fiasco, and on the album he tackles some controversial topics, including his decision to not pledge allegiance to the American flag.

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Live in Concert
9:33 am
Thu September 27, 2012

NPR Music Presents: Tori Amos In Concert

Tori Amos live from (Le) Poisson Rouge.
Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:29 pm

"Don't you want more than my sex?" is just one of many memorable lines on Tori Amos' 1992 album Little Earthquakes, jauntily tossed off in the cabaret singalong "Leather." But it encapsulates the challenge the singer-songwriter posed to the music world 20 years ago.

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