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Before James Mercer became famous in The Shins, he sang in a like-minded band called Flake Music. Its newly remixed, remastered and reissued 1997 debut contains many ideas he would later revisit.

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Folk Alley

Watch the husband-and-wife banjo duo perform the chilling murder ballad "Shotgun Blues," a vengeful guilt trip of a tune, live from a New York stage.

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Fiddler Mark O'Connor claims Shinichi Suzuki, creator of the popular Suzuki Method of violin instruction, was a fraud. O'Connor has created his own teaching system.

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Famed film director Melvin Van Peebles joined the band The Heliocentrics to create music inspired by the sounds and signals of deep space exploration.

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Not everyone wants to watch football or parades. Can a whole family agree on one holiday playlist?

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