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NPR Music's Best Classical Albums Of 2018

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The music on our list takes you to Tsarist Russia, the New Mexico desert, 18th century Spain, the austere landscapes of Iceland and Vienna, at the dawn of the 20th century. Happy travelling.

Poolside Yuletide: 51 Songs To Paint Your Holidays Pink

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Soundtrack your holiday spirit with a glass of rosé and our playlist featuring Bruce Springsteen's good cheer, Bright Eyes' Christmas blues, Big Freedia's twerkin' reindeer and more.

Interns' Choice: Our Favorite Music Of 2018

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A rundown of the NPR Music interns' year-end highlights, from Camila Cabello to Juana Molina, Raquel Sofia and Hundred Waters.

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Unfurling 'Sweet Home Alabama,' A Tapestry Of Southern Discomfort

More than 40 years after its release, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama is still one of the most recognized rock anthems celebrating the deep South. It's also a song with a complicated legacy.

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Remembering Nancy Wilson: The Best Of 'Jazz Profiles'

Tim Owens, lead producer of the Jazz Profiles series, looks back on the creation of the long-running documentary series, working with Wilson and some of her favorite episodes.

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'Music Is Anything': Jeff Tweedy Shares Stories From His New Memoir

A chat with the Wilco frontman on complicated relationships with bandmates, his struggle to kick addiction and conversations with his wife on how much of his life to commit to paper.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Roots And Branches

Fiona Ritchie explores the evolving sounds that contribute to a new Celtic music, featuring Solas, Robin Bullock and Capercaillie.

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Sunwatchers' Rhapsodic 'Beautiful Crystals' Weaves A Mutant Groove

Sunwatchers' noise-induced trance sends out an ecstatic call to arms. The Brooklyn band's fourth album in three years, Illegal Moves, comes out Feb. 22.

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Rhiannon Giddens Forms Our Native Daughters, Shares Harrowing 'Mama's Cryin' Long'

Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Allison Russell and Leyla McCalla all contribute to Songs of Our Native Daughters, out Feb. 22.

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week

This week, our playlist features nostalgic hits by Nancy Sanchez and Bad Bunny alongside exploratory tracks by Natti Natasha and Sol Pereyra.

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Cleveland Orchestra At 100: The Heartland Band With The World Class Sound

Who knew that a little orchestra in America's Midwest, born in 1918, could grow up to be one of the world's best? Through a century of trials and triumphs, the Cleveland Orchestra still shines.

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Glaring Omissions: The Music We Missed In 2018

We all had to kill some darlings to finalize NPR Music's list of the Top 50 Albums and Top 100 Songs. Here are the ones that really should have made the cut.

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Lawsuit Against Boston Symphony Orchestra Exposes Extensive Gender Pay Gap

Rachel Martin talks to Geoff Edgers of The Washington Post about a lawsuit brought against the Boston Symphony Orchestra that has put a spotlight on the gender pay gap in the classical music world.