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Minnie Driver Sings, Stripped Down And Haunting

Minnie Driver is probably best known for her acting roles, but the husky-voiced actor is also an accomplished singer. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Driver about her third album, Ask Me to Dance.

Becoming The Barr Brothers, A Band Of Friends And Neighbors

Thin walls can ruin a great apartment. Not so for Brad Barr, who met harpist Sarah Page when he overheard her playing next door.

OutKast And Atlanta: Until They Close The Curtain

The hometown shows the duo played had a bittersweet quality because people thought it might be their last chance to see one of the most-respected and best-loved groups of all time together.

'People Don't Expect You To Write Your Own Music': Jhené Aiko On 'Souled Out'

The R&B artist, who started her career singing (or singing in) other people's songs, speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about her solo debut and the difficulty of making a space for her own voice.

'Follow The Music': Alice Gerrard's Life In Folk

The title of the singer's new album neatly summarizes the thrust of her career, from her influential collaborations with Hazel Dickens in the '60s to her work as a folk music documentarian.
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Singing And Praying Band's Traditions Stretch Back To Slavery

The Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware have been key in the African-American Methodist community for generations.


Dionne Warwick, Reduced To An Essence

On an unlikely tribute album, singer Dionne Farris and guitarist Charlie Hunter tackle Warwick classics with revealing subtlety — and nods to the musicians' own origins in early-'90s rap.
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Eight Years Later, Violinist Joshua Bell Performs Metro Station Encore

World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell reprised his role as Metro station musician on Tuesday, but the turnout for his performance was considerably improved.


Julian Casablancas: New Band, New Album, No Compromises

The Strokes frontman — now with a new band, The Voidz — returns with his most challenging release yet: a strange, dark album influenced by '80s hardcore and underground world music.

Queen Of Soul Gives Adele Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Aretha Franklin is covering Adele's song "Rolling in the Deep." The song is included on Franklin's new album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, which is due out later this month.