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Brown was one of the pioneers of R&B. In a 1993 session, she sang to host Marian McPartland's accompaniment in "Skylark" and "Fine And Mellow."

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Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a selection of handpicked fills from Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. Hear the drum fill (or intro) and match it to the song.

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Recorded with Liz Harris' voice, a piano and not much else, Ruins achieves striking intimacy, its emotional heft commanding attention throughout.

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NPR TV critic Eric Deggans looks at the new documentary, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, featuring rare and never-before-seen footage. The film premieres on HBO Monday.

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The mockingbird is known for latching on to sounds and repeating them. But in the case of a certain four-note phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate, the bird may be the original artist.

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