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After The Flames, Notre Dame's Centuries-Old Organ May Never Be The Same Again

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Chief organist Olivier Latry looks ahead at the church's extensive renovation process after the Notre Dame cathedral fire on April 15.


3 Decades In, Bruce Hornsby's Style Is Constantly Evolving

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Grammy-winning pianist and composer branches out from his soundtrack work to create his latest album, Absolute Zero.


Dervish Finds New Ways To Celebrate Tradition With 'The Great Irish Songbook'

Saturday, April 13, 2019

As the Irish band Dervish approaches its 30th anniversary, they musicians have released The Great Irish Songbook with guests including Steve Earle, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill and more.


The Valkyrie Who Maxed Out Her Credit Cards: Christine Goerke Sings Brünnhilde

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Goerke, who's singing in the current Metropolitan Opera Ring cycle, overcame a vocal crisis to become one of today's leading dramatic sopranos.


Alt.Latino's New Music Discoveries At SXSW 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

From the heart of music madness in Austin, Felix Contreras shares the hottest new Alt. Latino sounds from SXSW Festival.


Jeremy Denk's Musical Odyssey Through 7 Centuries Of Music

Saturday, March 16, 2019

On his new album titled c.1300-c.2000, the pianist begins with a medieval song by Machaut and ends with an étude by Philip Glass.


Galactic's Funk Sound Finds Permanent Home In Legendary New Orleans Club

Saturday, March 02, 2019

As Mardi Gras approaches, the music of New Orleans is in the air. The band Galactic not only has a new album, Already Ready Already, but the members bought the legendary New Orleans club Tipitina's.


Bobbie Gentry's 'The Delta Sweete' Gets A Much-Belated Tribute

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Scott Simon discusses a star-studded reimagining of Gentry's 1968 cult classic with two of its contributors, country artist Margo Price and Rolling Stone editor David Fricke.


Rosanne Cash On The Importance Of Living Out Loud

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Cash's latest album, She Remembers Everything, cuts a path through gun violence, sexism and the relentless march of time. "There's no point in hedging my bets about what I write about anymore."


Kitka Brings 'Powerful Women's Voices, Joined Together' From East To West

Sunday, December 16, 2018

For four decades the Oakland ensemble Kitka has sung intricate harmonies from Eastern Europe. Members Shira Cion and Kelly Atkins talk about the group's new album, "Harmonies of Heaven and Earth."


A 'Cosmic Connection' Between 2 Violinists

Saturday, October 27, 2018

For decades, Cologne-based violinist Geoffry Wharton has played jazzy crowd-pleasing encores written in the 1930s by an obscure composer, Audrey Call. Wharton discovered a spooky connection with her.


Back To Bach: Hilary Hahn Rekindles An Old Love

Sunday, October 07, 2018

When the violinist was just 17, a stunning Bach debut album launched her career. Over two decades later, she returns to finish up the set of pieces she started as a teenager.


The Necks' Latest Composition 'Body' Clocks In At Over 56 Minutes

Sunday, September 23, 2018

A typical album from the Australian band The Necks may have only one long track — music that stretches out in a jazzy mesmerizing flow. Pianist Chris Abrahams talks about their latest, called Body.


Tony Bennett And Diana Krall On Reincarnating Gershwin Classics: 'It Never Goes Out Of Style'

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall share their love of George and Ira Gershwin with a new album, Love Is Here to Stay.


A Guantanamo Guard And His Detainee Reunite

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Former Guantanamo guard Steve Wood recently took a trip to Mauritania to visit Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the prisoner he watched for almost a year.


A Songwriting Mystery Solved: Math Proves John Lennon Wrote 'In My Life'

Saturday, August 11, 2018

John Lennon and Paul McCartney have differing memories of who wrote the music for "In My Life." A mathematics professor has spent 10 years working with statistics to decide once and for all.


Yasmin Williams Transcends All Guitar Norms In Her Tiny Desk Contest Entry

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Virginia's Yasmin Williams is a captivating acoustic finger-style guitarist who incorporates cello bows and tap shoes into making her sound.


These Tiny Desk Contestants Set Stories Of The Asian-American Experience To Music

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Brown University doctoral students Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama submitted an outstanding entry in this year's NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest. Together, they make up No-No Boy, the duo that presents the Asian-American experience through song.


Remembering The Engineer Who Created Rock's Unmistakable Fuzz

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Glenn Snoddy, who died May 21, invented the distinctive fuzz tone adopted by The Rolling Stones, Iron Butterfly, The Guess Who and more.


Natural Born Leaders Turn A Tiny Convenience Store Into A Tiny Desk Contest Entry

Saturday, June 02, 2018

The Asheville band were the only ones of nearly 5,000 Tiny Desk Contest entrants to play in a convenience store. Lead vocalist Mike Martinez says that setting is more poignant than you might think.