Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.

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The Norwegian group has a age-old salve for those who can't stand "Jingle Bell Rock" — 15th-century English carols.

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Thoughts on whether superior technique actually detracts from music's quality.

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The Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges is known as an actor, but he's been playing music for just as long. "Whenever I'm working, I'll have my guitar with me," he says.

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The Dinosaur Jr. frontman, one of the world's loudest musicians, performs unplugged and acoustic in the NPR Music offices.

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