NPR Music Podcast
More Than Just 'Somebody': Kimbra's New Groove08/17/14
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.
Tom Petty On Cheap Speakers And George Harrison
Petty says his new album, Hypnotic Eye, takes an observational look at the American dream: "I don't really take a side," he says. "I just invented characters that had their points of view."
Getting Spooky With Spoon
They Want My Soul is the band's first album in four years. Singer Britt Daniel says the recording process often felt like being in a horror movie.
Got A Girl: A Musical Match Made In Hollywood
Dan Nakamura and Mary Elizabeth Winstead met by chance while shooting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The two struck up a friendship, and are now on the cusp of releasing their first album.
Beethoven's 'Eroica,' A Bizarre Revelation Of Personality
Born in a moment of despair, as its creator was staring down hearing loss, Beethoven's Third Symphony is as odd as it is transcendent.
The Latest Stop On Jazz Singer Somi's Journey
Her parents were from Uganda and Rwanda; she was born in Illinois and spent time in Nigeria. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with jazz artist and singer Somi about her latest project, The Lagos Music Salon.
Better Late Than Never: Soul Singer Hits National Spotlight
Soul singer Naomi Shelton had to wait until her 60s to see the release of her debut album. NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks with her about her latest release with her band The Gospel Queens, Cold World.
No Lie: Shakira's 'Hips' Gets An Oxford Makeover
The Oxford University men's a cappella group Out of the Blue has its own version of "Hips Don't Lie" — and an endorsement from the pop star herself.
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