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1:30pm

Tue February 28, 2012
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Carnaval In Uruguay: Choir Competitions In The Streets

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 1:00 pm

The murga choir Los Curtidores de Hongos performes at the Teatro de Lavalleja in Minas, Uruguay, in February.
Martina Castro for NPR

Uruguay boasts that it has the longest Carnival celebration not just in Latin America, but the world. The 40-day celebration is dotted with makeshift stages all around the capital city of Montevideo for performances of choral music called murga. Murga is both entertainment and a sociopolitical commentary that survived the military dictatorship of the 1970s.

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10:00am

Sat October 8, 2011
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21st Century Protest Music: Will There Be Another Dylan? Should There Be?

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 2:23 pm

Zuccotti Park on Oct. 6. The people making music during the Occupy Wall Street protests are not celebrities.

David Shankbone flickr.com

The other day I posed a question on my Twitter feed: What is the music of Occupy Wall Street? As a veteran of many street protests and an amateur historian of popular music rabble rousing, I've been waiting for someone to grab center stage in Zuccoti Square and emerge as a new Bob Dylan or Joan Baez.

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6:25am

Tue September 20, 2011
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Songs Of The Summer: 'Party Rock Anthem'

LMFAO (Redfoo on the left, SkyBlu on the right), so named because the response of SkyBlu's grandmother to their original name, Sexy Dudes, was, "LMFAO. Are you serious?"
Stephanie Ma Universal Records

8:09am

Sun June 26, 2011
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In Through The Out Door: Turning Abandoned Buildings Into Recording Studios

The Mason Jar team conducts a recording session with a chamber orchestra and The Wood Brothers (sitting on the desk, Chris on the left and Olive on the right) in a classroom at St. Cecilia's Church in Brooklyn.
Sasha Arutyunova Courtesy of Mason Jar Music

For a hundred years, there was singing in the classrooms of St. Cecilia's School in Brooklyn. But since the parish closed it down a couple of years ago, the space has been pretty quiet. The empty rooms are rented by artists or for the occasional film shoot.

This spring, musician Dan Knobler got the keys to the five-story school building from the church, and when he opened the door, he says he knew it could work.

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4:30pm

Tue March 1, 2011
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Suze Rotolo, Dylan's Cover Girl, Has Died

Suze Rotolo, an American artist and author who became famous because of her four-year relationship with Bob Dylan, has died. She was 67.

Rolling Stone has described Rotolo as the muse behind some of Dylan's classic songs, including "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right." In Dylan's autobiography Chronicles: Volume One, he compares Rotolo to "a Rodin sculpture come to life."

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