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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.

Met Opera's Union Lockout Postponed; Financial Analysis To Come

The drama continues. For months now, unions have been negotiating with the Metropolitan Opera's leadership over compensation and benefits; employees also accuse the Met of financial mismanagement.

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.

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.

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.

At The Cradle Of Country Music, A Monument You Can Hear As Well As See

Bristol, a Virginia border town, hosted the first recording sessions of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. Now, a museum stands to honor what is known as country music's "big bang."

Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk'

James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In '80s and '90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.

'As Long As They Want To Play': Newport Jazz At 60

Since its inception in 1954, the event has survived rainstorms, genre wars and a few near-riots. Producer George Wein says it survives for the same reason jazz does — the musicians love to perform.

Marcus Johnson Trio Offers A Musical Treat For TMM's Final Show

Six years after playing at Tell Me More's first anniversary, the the jazz group performs as the show closes.