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Billy Eckstine: A Crooner Who Crossed Barriers

"Maybe black male singers are not supposed to sing about love," Eckstine said. "You're supposed to sing about hurt." Born 100 years ago this week, he ushered in a new era of modern jazz.

For Audra McDonald, Experience And Raw Emotions Make Better Music

McDonald has won more Tony Awards than any other actress in Broadway history. In this encore broadcast, McDonald talks about funneling her personal emotions into the songs she sings on stage.

Lake Street Dive And The Chemistry Of Harmony

The band's four men and women met at music school and experimented with different sounds before landing on their signature: pop and soul with jazz instrumentation and lots of harmony singing.

After Years Of Performing, Lake Street Dive Reaps Sold-Out Shows

The members of the band Lake Street Dive have been making music together for nearly 10 years — but only recently have experienced commercial success.

How To Create A Song: Lake Street Dive Style

The band Lake Street Dive struggled in its early days to use its jazz education without scaring off audiences. For inspiration, they turned to another band, known for transforming the sound of pop.

Years After 'The Killing Moon,' Echo & The Bunnymen Still At It

The band Echo & The Bunnymen has released its first new album in five years, called Meteorites. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with frontman Ian McCulloch about the release.

The Kentucky Sisters And Old-Time Tunes As Doorways To History

Though not yet 30, The Kentucky Sisters sing songs that date back to the 1920s. Along the way, they've found that a little emotional involvement can make learning history a lot more fun.

To Sign Or Not To Sign: Artists Big And Small Face The Label Question

Land a deal with a label or put out records on your own: Both options carry big risks. For musicians today there's a middle ground, but getting your songs in front of people will still cost you.

Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick

Sheldon Harnick, the lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof and Fiorello!, wrote dozens of songs for those shows and others that never saw the stage.

Longtime Rockers NRBQ Get Down To 'Brass Tacks' In New Album

Founder and frontman Terry Adams speaks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about teaming up with new musicians, battling throat cancer and keeping things fun.