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"These are just the strongest melodies and the strongest ideas that occurred to me over a three to four year period, distilled."

Tonight, Showtime presents a new documentary on the late pop star Michael Jackson, called Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall. Director Spike Lee explores his journey from child prodigy to recording his best-selling 1979 album. It's the second in what Lee hopes will be a trilogy of films dedicated to Jackson's musical legacy.

Off the Wall was Michael Jackson's first solo album as an adult.

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During the climactic final scene of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Brad Fiedel's moody, pummeling synth score turns tender as industrial sounds clang in the background. That melody is as seared into viewers' memory as the scene itself. So it's hard to shake that melody from the first half of Good Willsmith's "What Goes In The Ocean Goes In You," which is centered on a modal, minor key as synths whir to life around it.

Savages' first album, Silence Yourself, was a ferocious and angry record. On the follow-up, Adore Life, the message is no less powerful, but the focus has shifted to love and the importance of living in the moment. The British post-punk band is incredible live, as this performance of "Adore" for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic demonstrates.


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These days, the idea of home is on the mind of the fantastically gifted singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Rokia Traoré. It's been four years since Mali, Traoré's native west African country, began descending into ongoing bedlam.

Tift Merritt On Mountain Stage

Feb 3, 2016

Tift Merritt returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minn. Born in Texas and raised in North Carolina, Merritt rose to the top of the alt-country singer-songwriter scene back in 2002, with the release of Bramble Rose. With an assist from fellow North Carolinian Ryan Adams, Merritt released the Grammy-nominated Tambourine in 2004.