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On Her U.S. Debut 'Maria', Fado Singer Carminho Finds Beauty in Melancholy

Maria finds Carminho at her most intimate and personal, a collection of original tunes that honor the past while still defining her own voice as a trailblazing vocalist.

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Carlos Paredes: Guitarra Portuguesa / Movimento Perpétuo

The first two albums by the Portuguese guitar maestro -- and maestro of the Portuguese guitar -- are re-issued by Drag City. If Vivaldi ever created anything this hauntingly, violently sensual, he kept it to himself.

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I Do It For Music, I Do It For Love: PopMatters Meets The Gift

PopMatters traveled all the way to Spain to find out what was so unique about The Gift, one of Portugal's most famous acts, now attempting to break through to America. These are the wonderful results ...

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The Gift: Explode

Explode, as an artistic statement, simply sputters and fizzles out, except when it whispers.

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Ana Moura: Leva-me aos Fados

Another excellent showcase for Moura's art. Backed by Custódio Castelo's subtle guitar, she evokes a number of fado's most important elements: its sense of melancholy, of fatalism, and of itself.

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Deolinda: Canção Ao Lado

Canção ao Lado is fado music that grins at moody aesthetes and applauds practicality and humour.

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Lura: Eclipse

Describing Lura as a younger, nonsmoking Cesária Évora is partly right yet partly wrong.

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The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget by

This guide will help you pinch your pennies along the journey so you can splash out when it counts.

Lara Killian
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