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The Record
6:03 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Ann Powers' Top 15 Albums Of 2014

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All Songs Considered
5:58 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Robin Hilton's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

Robin Hilton calls Weezer's Everything Will Be Alright In The End "a breathtaking work of art, brilliantly produced.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 8:14 am

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All Songs Considered
5:53 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

Beyonce unleashed the year's grandest and most enduring pop juggernaut (even if it technically came out in 2013).
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 8:15 am

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
11:52 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Ellis Marsalis At 80

Ellis Marsalis celebrated his 80th birthday in performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Lawrence Sumulong Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 4:59 pm

Ellis Marsalis has four famous musical sons — Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis — but considering his career, he's a father figure for many more musicians. In high school and college classrooms, he's been the major figure in New Orleans jazz education since the time that formal jazz education didn't exist. And as a pianist, he carved out a space for contemporary jazz in his hometown, and has grown into an elder statesman of the scene.

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Microphone Check
3:28 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Rick Ross: 'It Was Just So Powerful To Me'

Rick Ross.
Courtesy of Def Jam Records

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:16 am

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The Record
2:23 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Cornell To Digitize A Rich Hip-Hop Archive

Bill Adler (center) with LL Cool J (left) and Fab 5 Freddy at LL's mother's house in 1988.
Daniel Root Courtesy of Bill Adler

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:12 am

Aaliyah, Ace Hood, the Afros, Ali D, Arrested Development: In Bill Adler's extensive collection of hip-hop history, some of the genre's biggest names are arranged next to lesser mainstream artists.

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World Cafe
1:35 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Hot Rize On World Cafe

Hot Rize.
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Formed in 1978, the Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize has found itself straddling tradition and innovation since its inception.

"When we were in Colorado, we were the traditional bluegrass band. And when we went east of the Mississippi, we were the progressive one," songwriter and mandolin player Tim O'Brien says. "We were kind of an interesting middle ground there."

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Music
1:29 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

An Americana Christmas, feature CD, 12/12

An Americana Christmas is a collection of classic Christmas songs and brand new holiday recordings from the icons and today’s current stars of the Americana genre. It features 16 songs, including 6 brand new recordings exclusive to the collection. Artists include John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Valerie June, The Band, Bob Dylan and more.  KSUT will play the CD in its entirety 12/12/14 at noon. Take a chance at our trivia question at 12:30, for your chance to win free lunch at Zia Taqueria.

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A Blog Supreme
12:45 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Eighty Years Of Master Educator Ellis Marsalis

Ellis Marsalis performs at the NBA All-Star Game in 2008 in New Orleans.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

If anyone has earned the nickname Pops, it's Ellis Marsalis.

As jazz's best-known father figure, the senior Marsalis has four noted musical offspring: Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. But if you consider all the musicians he's taught or mentored, his clan is even more extensive, diverse and influential.

I talked to six musicians who gave us the long view of the Marsalis family tree, and how they were schooled by its patriarch.

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The Best Music Of 2014
9:05 am
Wed December 10, 2014

NPR Music's Favorite Songs Of 2014

NPR

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 2:58 pm

We made you a mixtape. A really long mixtape. In the past, we've kept this list, of our favorite songs of the year, to 100 songs. A nice, round, semi-arbitrary number that always meant leaving out dozens of our favorites.

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