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The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Rush Fans, It's Time To Rock: Band's Been Nominated To The Hall Of Fame

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (left) and singer/bassist Geddy Lee.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 1:37 pm

This blogger had a fit last year about Canada's Rush still not being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The Record
11:50 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Diana Krall Brings Sexy Back In Time

Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 2:26 pm

When listening to Diana Krall's fun, smart new recording Glad Rag Doll, it's helpful to consider a question recently posed by Gyp Rosetti, the sensitive psychopath lending sparks to this season of HBO's Prohibition-era series Boardwalk Empire.

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All Songs Considered Blog
10:40 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The Drop: Bedroom Dancing With The 2 Bears

The 2 Bears' Joe Goddard and Raf Daddy in their natural habitat: the record store.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:53 am

The idea of dancing alone has inspired pop stars from Billy Idol to Robyn, while Le Tigre's members were happy to sway in front of the bedroom mirror in the aptly named "Eau D'Bedroom Dancing."

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Music
10:38 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Mars Teen Reveals 'Curiously' Inspiring Playlist

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 2:30 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for the occasional series we call In Your Ear. That's where guests of our program tell us about songs they listen to for a little inspiration. Today, we are hearing from Clara Ma. She won an essay contest when she was 12, which earned her the right to name NASA's Mars rover. She called it "Curiosity." And here's what's playing in her ear.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I WANT THE SKY")

CLARA MA: My name is Clara Ma, and this is what's playing in my ear.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I WANT THE SKY")

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:56 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Antibalas: Tiny Desk Concert

Antibalas performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 25.
Ryan Smith NPR

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 7:19 pm

There just aren't many bands like Antibalas. These are jazz players making dance music: Their music is big and fun, and their guiding spirit is Fela Kuti, the brilliant big-band leader and Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer. Afrobeat is a musical style featuring nearly endless songs, mixing funk and jazz, grooves and riffs, with the rhythm carried by not only the drums, but everyone. Everyone — horn players, bass players, guitarists — plays rhythm in Afrobeat music.

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