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1:24 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

In 282 Songs, Blur Comes Into Focus

Blur, from left: Graham Coxon, Alex James, Dave Rowntree and Damon Albarn.
Steve Pyke

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:41 pm

Blur was never huge in the U.S. Even the British group's best-known song (the two-minute explosion "Song 2") failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. So the moment the group is having right now might be confusing for casual listeners. Blur has reunited in recent years to play live (it'll headline the closing ceremony of the Olympics this weekend) and release a few new songs (last month's "Under the Westway" is lovely). Last week, the band put out a career-spanning box set.

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The Record
1:15 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch, Movie And Broadway Composer, Has Died

Marvin Hamlisch (left) with Liza Minnelli and Barry Manilow in 1987.
Time & Life Pictures Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:22 pm

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All Songs Considered
11:54 am
Tue August 7, 2012

This Week's Essential Listening: Blur, Tame Impala, More

Blur (clockwise from upper left), Drop Electric, Miguel, Tame Impala
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 11:45 am

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Deceptive Cadence
11:18 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Magdalena Kozena's Labor of 'Love And Longing'

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená collaborated with a conductor she knows well, the Berlin Philharmonic's Simon Rattle — who's also her husband.
Mathias Bothor DG

One of the toughest tricks for a singer to pull off is putting a fresh face on each composer in a program. All too often, the Handel starts sounding like the Mozart, which in turn takes on too much of the Verdi and it all becomes indistinguishable.

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The Record
11:18 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Antony's 'Future Feminism': Stage Banter As Statement Of Purpose

Antony performs in Oslo, Norway in 2011.
Jan Erik Svendsen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:22 pm

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