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Talking Blues With Hozier, A One-Man Irish Invasion

The 24-year-old singer is poised to be the next big music export from across the Atlantic. Hear Hozier speak with NPR's Melissa Block and perform a few songs live in the studio.

Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

How much of what we think of as the beautiful sound of a Stradivarius is the instrument itself — and how much is the brand?

In 1970, Miles Davis Played Four Sets For A New Audience

That June, Miles Davis played four nights at the New York rock palace Fillmore East. Those performances are now out in full for the first time.

Breaking Up Helped Ledisi Find 'The Truth' In Her Music

Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi pulls no punches when talking about a failed relationship. She says it even became the inspiration of her latest album.

Kishi Bashi: Holding A Mirror To Pop Music's Many Faces

The musician describes the way he blends violin, electronics and far-reaching cultural influences to create a unique sound on his new album, Lighght.

Sylvan Esso: Finding Humanity Between The Synths

The duo's self-titled debut brims with slow tempos and spacious electronic arrangements, making plenty of room for the gorgeous vocals of folk veteran Amelia Meath.

Last Chance To See Astronaut's 'Space Oddity' Video

The YouTube video of astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station is set to come down as the licensing agreement on the iconic David Bowie song expires.

Ray LaMontagne Finds The Bright Side On 'Supernova'

The achievement of Supernova is that, five albums in, LaMontagne hasn't settled into a formula or a fall-back recurring mood. Here, the singer-songwriter explores a sunny, psychedelic side.

Is The 'Xscape' Deluxe Version Worth It? 3 Words: Michael Jackson Demos

For Xscape, Timbaland and other producers flesh out various songs the King of Pop never finished. But the demos included in the expanded edition provide a rare glimpse into Jackson's creative process.

'Bound To Sound Different': The Black Keys On Going Big

In an extended conversation with NPR's Steve Inskeep, the band offers insights on the relationship between creative process and success.