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"I hope I don't piss off Gene Wilder," Les Claypool says of Primus & The Chocolate Factory, a cover of the soundtrack to the 1971 film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

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A reader grew up listening to Rick Astley in the '80s and needs to know if it's too late to change.

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The Icelandic singer's voice is angelic and yearning, his songs simple and universal. At the Tiny Desk, his raw, slowed-down arrangements bring a sense of grace to what were already elegant songs.

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Mystical Russian composer Alexander Scriabin saw music, heard colors and wrote music that goes from ecstasy to frenzy. Baltimore Symphony conductor Marin Alsop explores Scriabin's best-known piece.

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The former one-man band, who used an old suitcase as a kick drum on his 2011 debut, talks with Scott Simon about the "shinier" sound of his new album.

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