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Ian McLagan's Song For A Muse

The British rocker's wife was a driving force through his time playing with The Faces, The Rolling Stones and others. Years after her death, he still finds her in his songs.

Can't Follow The Beat? Just Add Butter

Certain musical rhythms trip us up: We try to dance or count along and keep losing our place. Two musicians explain what makes some beats so slippery, and what butter has to do with making them stick.

Miguel Enjoys A Bit Of Storytelling In His Favorite Songs

Singer Miguel recently released a video for his song "Simplethings." He's known for his creative musical style and for Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series, he shares the music that drives him.

Stromae, Global Star In The Making, Set To Touch Down In The U.S.

The Belgian pop artist took Europe by storm in 2009 with the song "Alors On Danse." Five years later, he hopes to ride a wave of new hits across the Atlantic.

Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

The bandleader and composer shifted the jazz landscape of the 1950s and '60s with his bluesy, funky music. Along the way, he mentored major musicians and devised future jazz standards.

Album Review: 'Ultraviolence'

NPR music critic Tom Moon reviews Lana Del Ray's latest album, Ultraviolence.

Jazz Pianist, Composer Horace Silver Dies At 85

He created a rhythmic style that combined R&B, gospel and jazz that became known as "hard bop," and performed with such jazz greats as Stan Getz and Miles Davis.

Album Review: 'While You Were Sleeping'

Singer-songwriter Jose James' music lives at the intersection of jazz harmony, pop songcraft and hip-hop rhythm. Reviewer Tom Moon says that James' latest album, While You Were Sleeping, shows phenomenal growth.

A Young Man's Loneliness, And His Soulful Falsetto

The 22-year-old British singer Sam Smith broke through as the high-note voice snaking through an international club anthem. Now, he's written and recorded a debut album about love and loss.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott

Scott, who had a rare genetic condition that made him sound like a woman, was popular in '50s but didn't make any records between 1975 and 1992. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1992 about his comeback.