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The Tale Of Mingering Mike, Who Painted Himself A Music Career

A self-taught visual artist who longed to make soul records, Mingering Mike ended up realizing his dreams on paper rather than vinyl. Decades later, his work is paying off.


Influential Guitarist John Renbourn, Co-Founder Of Pentagle, Dies

Renbourn co-founded the popular folk/jazz group Pentangle and was one of the most respected and influential acoustic guitarists in the world. He died this week at his home in Scotland; he was 70.

Singer And Composer Goes Home To Make Brazilan Music

For the first time since moving to the U.S. in 1981, Eliane Elias recorded an album in her native Brazil. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the musician about her new album, Made in Brazil.
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Cuban Music's Most Successful Accident Rises Again

Producer Nick Gold discusses a new release from the musicians behind 1997's landmark album Buena Vista Social Club, and the extended family of artists they've inspired.

Earl Sweatshirt: 'I'm Grown'

"This is the first thing that I've said that I fully stand behind," the 21-year-old rapper says of his new album. "I've never been this transparent with myself or with music."

First Listen: 'Carrie & Lowell' By Sufjan Stevens

All Songs Considered co-hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton discuss the latest from Sufjan Stevens. His new album, Carrie & Lowell, is being featured by NPR Music.

From Kate Tempest To Torres, Female Artists Shone At SXSW

A throat singer, a hip-hop preacher, an Irish introvert: NPR Music's Bob Boilen says it was the Year of the Woman at the South By Southwest music festival. He shares some of his favorite performances.

Twin Shadow Meets His Muse At The Cemetery Gates

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with frontman George Lewis Jr. about his new album, Eclipse.

Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Muslim Music Blossoms

There are plenty of musicians pouring into Austin this week for SXSW. But not all are cut from the same indie cloth. Meet Riyaaz Qawwali.