NPR Music Podcast
Cory Branan: A 'No-Hit Wonder,' Making Small-Batch...08/26/14
Branan's lonesome road anthems aren't likely to make him a Top 40 star. He tells NPR's Melissa Block he's learned to be content playing a smaller game.
Shovels & Rope: In Marriage And Music, A 'Psychic' Bond
Relationships are complicated, and as Cary Ann Hearst says of her marriage and musical partner Michael Trent, "It's a strange thing to be held accountable as part of the musical act."
The Private Eye Who Made Cool Jazz His Calling Card
The late-'50s detective series Peter Gunn was popular, but Henry Mancini's music for it became iconic. NPR's Linda Wertheimer finds out what makes the jazzy score so indelible.
Son Records A Testimonial To Muddy Water's Electric Blues
NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks Mud Morganfield, son of blues legend Muddy Waters, along with harmonica great Kim Wilson, about their new album of Muddy music, For Pops: A Tribute to Muddy Waters.
Bruce Hornsby's Modern Classical Moment
The pianist who spent 25 years writing pop hits says he's long been interested in the work of Charles Ives, Arnold Schoenberg and others. Now he's sharing that interest with his audience.
Jessica Hernandez: Singing To The Rafters, No Matter The Style
In song after song on the Detroit artist's genre-hopping full-length debut, one thing is consistent: a powerful, undeniable voice.
Guest DJ Ty Segall
The fuzz-rock mastermind joins host Robin Hilton to share new music and explain how he changed his entire process to make his terrific new album Manipulator.
More Than Just 'Somebody': Kimbra's New Groove
Most listeners know Kimbra as the woman who crashes Gotye's pity party on the 2011 hit "Somebody That I Used To Know." The guest spot lent a pop-world boost to an eclectic career already in progress.
Smokey Robinson Sings The Hits, With A Few Good Friends
The singer's career has spanned decades, but his style has remained sweet and loving. Hear Robinson discuss his latest album, a collection of star-studded duets, with NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
For Benjamin Booker, A Missed Shot Became A Music Career
The 25-year-old "punk blues" musician talks learning from religion and relationships, and how a professional rejection turned out to be a lucky break.
Florida Shooting Among Caroline Rose's Rockabilly Inspirations
Architect Caroline Rose decided to chuck her career to travel around the country in a van and make rockabilly music. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Caroline Rose about her new album, I Will Not be Afraid.
Painting Her Songs In The Air, Imogen Heap Keeps Innovating
The Grammy-winning songwriter has a Midas touch of sorts: Everything she touches turns to tech. Heap speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about her new album and the electronic gloves she used to make it.
In 10 Songs, A Pair Of Brothers Beat Tracks Across History
Ethan Johns' sophomore album, The Reckoning, follows the tale of two brothers as they travel across the 1850s American frontier.
Help Find The Man Who Inspired Passenger's 'Riding To New York'
A chance encounter with a cancer-stricken man on a motorbike had an impact on singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg. But Rosenberg, who records under the name Passenger, never tracked down his identity.
Who's The Boss? Sinead O'Connor Has A New Answer
In an extended interview, the singer addresses exploitation in the music industry, her own troubled childhood and what she's learned from Beyoncé, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin.
Magos Herrera And Javier Limon Serve Up Musical Tapas
The jazz singer and flamenco guitarist paired up for the new album Dawn, which features both American and Latin jazz standards, as well as classic Mexican folk songs.
'Soft Suicide' And Other Southern Troubles In 'Roses'
Christopher Denny's music can be described as Arkansas soul. He talks with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro about a new album that fuses rock, folk and gospel, called If the Roses Don't Kill Us.
Douglas and Caine Find 'Present Joys' In The Sacred Harp Songbook
Virtuoso jazz musicians Dave Douglas and Uri Caine perform from their new album of duets. It features hymns based on a tradition called shape-note singing, which dates to the early 1800s.
Before War, A Punk Drummer Preserved Syrian Chants
Jason Hamacher wasn't trained as a photographer, a musicologist or a member of a religious community. The former Frodus drummer simply felt compelled to document this music.
Billy Joe Shaver Writes Country Songs — And Lives Them, Too
The 75-year-old, who helped pioneer the "outlaw" sound, is one of the most respected songwriters in country music. Decades after his big break, Shaver's life still resembles the tales in his songs.
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