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Nonesuch At 50: A Record Label Without Borders

It began as a small classical label selling records at modest prices. A half-century later, it issues albums from big names in a spectrum of contemporary music from all parts of the globe.

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music.

A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.

Karen O's Intimate, Unpolished Solo Debut

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman follows her Oscar-nominated contribution to the Her soundtrack with Crush Songs, a collection of stripped-down recordings that take their tone from the album's name.

With Prince In Your Corner, It's Good To Be KING

They may have the endorsement of the Purple One, but the women of the R&B group KING have made a point of handling their own affairs. The trio speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about its debut album.

How The Four Seasons Clashed, Dealt With The Mob And Made Lasting Hits

Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons' hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band's history, including why its songs had some "anger" in them.

Kate Bush Sells Out 22 Shows In Less Than 15 Minutes

Kate Bush fans have waited 35 years for her to go on tour. The rather reclusive British singer-songwriter has launched her first live shows since 1979 — but she's performing all of them in London.

The Re-Education Of Robert Plant

Plant has spent the past half-decade exploring Americana and America itself, traveling through the U.S. and collaborating with roots musicians. Now 66, he's just hoping to stay unpredictable.

Ryan Adams Rips It Up, Starts Again

The prolific songwriter's new self-titled album has the sound of an artist in thrall to making music on his own terms. NPR's Arun Rath visits him at his studio in Hollywood.

Wainwright's New Album: Death, Depression And Parking Spaces

NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Loudon Wainwright III about his new album, Haven't Got the Blues Yet. It deals with death and heartbreak and guns — but always with a sense of humor.

In Tennessee, Scenes From A Nearly Lost Musical History

Thanks to an intrepid park ranger who became a part-time folklorist, an archive of sound recordings and lyric sheets bears witness to a tradition that could well have died off.