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The Welsh performer sings blues, gospel and Leonard Cohen on his new album, Spirit in the Room.
The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer visits the WXPN studios to reflect on his days in The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash. His new autobiography, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, takes readers on a page-by-page journey through the musician’s life.
As the year comes to a close, NPR’s Neda Ulaby takes a look at a particular category of artists that has had an outstanding year in music. While female country musicians have had a banner year, their work also went against prevailing radio and industry trends — for better or worse.
Listen to a clip. We can almost guarantee it will raise a smile. I Want To Hold Your Hand is the song that kicked off Beatlemania in the U.S.
The story of 2013’s wild-haired teenage pop phenomenon has more than a few parallels with the 1991 emergence of grunge kingpins Nirvana, but recast for the millennial age.
On this holiday edition of Latin Roots, musician, record producer and writer Rachel Faro compares Puerto Rican Christmas celebrations by region.
In addition to performing songs from his new holiday album, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family, the English singer-songwriter discusses how he gets into the Christmas spirit.
The gigantic band has taken its joyful, exuberant Christmas music on the road, touring the country with its “Holiday Extravaganza.” Hear the group play classic Christmas tunes in this studio session.
After more than a decade apart, the ’90s band reconvened for a new album, Magic Hour. But along with it, the trio — all mothers — released a children’s album called Baby DJ. Reviewer Stefan Shepherd says Baby DJ played a role in Luscious Jackson getting back together.
Often, great words are the secret ingredient in great songs: the emotion, the insight, the connection hidden beneath the surface. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares the lyrics that caught his ear this year.
At the end of a year in which pop songs were a constant, provocative part of the national conversation, NPR Music critic Ann Powers sifts through the 100 most popular songs of the year to highlight 10 pure pop pleasures worth remembering.
Finding new and excellent R&B is a scavenger hunt, one that winds through blogs, Tumblr and Twitter. Here are the 10 songs that didn’t make the pop charts, but should have got more love.
Discover 10 surprising, sophisticated and stellar albums released this year by artists around the globe, from electronica by way of Sudan to 1960s-style French/Brazilian cool.
2013 was a big commercial year for all things R&B and soul music. But you can’t exactly call it a banner year artistically. From throwback to eccentric to gut-wrenching, these songs suggest the state of R&B in 2013.
The song by Venezuelan rappers Apache y Canserbero tackles the rampant police corruption plaguing their country — but with a light touch.
Hear two tracks from the Irish band’s infectious debut Swoon when you download this week’s podcast.
Recognized as two of roots music’s most respected singers, songwriters and instrumentalists, O’Brien and Scott took a break from their busy solo careers in 2000 to record their first album as a duo, titled Real Time. This year, the two joined up again for Memories and Moments. Hear them perform songs from both albums live on stage in Tennessee.
Wielding many instruments and a remarkable whistling ability, Bird has developed an offbeat marriage of classical and pop music over the course of his decade-long career. Hear the relentlessly inventive singer-songwriter perform songs from Noble Beast in this archived session from 2009.
This week’s two-hour mix from Metropolis host Jason Bentley features a new song from Phantogram, music from London’s Metronomy, a Photek remix of Bob Marley & The Wailers, back-to-back cuts from Kaskade and much more.
For Tell Me More‘s ‘In Your Ear’ segment, actress Naomie Harris shares the music she grew up with. Harris’ portrays Winnie Mandela in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.