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Hunt For 6-String Treasures Ends At Portland's Black Book Guitars

OPB | Aug. 28, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Son of a professional treasure hunter, Nate Fasold buys and sells rare, vintage guitars belonging to the likes of Elliott Smith and Kurt Cobain at his Portland shop, Black Book Guitars.

Music | World

His Drum Talked And Everyone Listened: Remembering A 'Human Treasure'

NPR | Aug. 27, 2015 5:40 p.m.

Senegalese percussionist Doudou N'Diaye Rose has died at age 85. He mastered his local drum language and brought it to the world, creating rhythms for the likes of Miles Davis and the Rolling Stones.

Nation | Music

As New Orleans Recovers, Will The Dew Drop Inn Swing Again?

NPR | Aug. 24, 2015 11:55 a.m.

The popular New Orleans club welcomed everyone, even when the city code enforced segregation.

Nation | Music

Hip Hop Mogul Dr. Dre Apologizes to Women He's Hurt: 'I Deeply Regret What I Did'

NPR | Aug. 21, 2015 7:23 p.m.

The rumblings about Dr. Dre and his abusive treatment of women are nothing new. They've been around for decades. He says he's changed.

Economy | Music | Business | Nation

'8 CDs For A Penny' Company Files For Bankruptcy

NPR | Aug. 20, 2015 3:13 p.m.

The parent company of Columbia House, the music-subscription king of the '80s and '90s, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Two NPR music editors remember the good and the bad.

Music | World

A Witness To History: Guest DJ Arturo O'Farrill

NPR | Aug. 20, 2015 10:43 a.m.

Alt.Latino talks to a bandleader with deep roots in Cuban music and a role in current events.

Music | World

Stop The Foreign Music! African Pop Stars Ask For Government Help

NPR | Aug. 19, 2015 10:31 a.m.

Musicians in Kenya want a law forcing radio stations to play 70 percent local music. Nigeria and South Africa have similar rules. But this kind of protectionism could backfire.

Music | World

Syrian Rockers, Fleeing War, Find Safety And New Fans In Beirut

NPR | Aug. 19, 2015 10:05 a.m.

Members of a Syrian indie rock band escaped their country's bloodshed and have become a mainstay of Beirut's music scene. "In spite of all the deaths," the band sings, "you are still alive."

Music | Entertainment | Arts

The Creative Limitations Of Sampling In Hip-Hop

Marketplace | Aug. 18, 2015 10 p.m.

Run the Jewels rapper and producer El-P talks about the sampler that started it all.

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Shall I Compare Thee To An Algorithm? Turing Test Gets A Creative Twist

NPR | Aug. 10, 2015 10:05 a.m.

Can a computer program craft passable prose — something readers can't distinguish from human-authored stuff? How about poetry, or dance mixes? New contests pose those challenges.