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Inescapable Melodies: The Legacy Of Video Game Music

Some of the most memorable melodies of the past few decades came not from the pop charts but from video games.


Across America, Voices Rise To Reinvent India

Kanniks Kannikeswaran writes groundbreaking Hindu sacred music and forms community choirs to perform it. "When a group of about 20 strangers get together and sing raga-based music with choral harmony for the first time," he says, "something magical begins to happen."

Vince Giordano: The Fresh Air Interview

Giordano has been obsessed with 1920s jazz since he first heard it on his grandparents' Victrola. His band the Nighthawks performs the music heard on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

'I Built The Platform Myself': M.I.A. On Being Heard

While making the new album Matangi, the singer-rapper discovered she had a divine counterpart: a Hindu goddess who shares both her birth name and her taste for self-expression. She speaks with NPR's David Greene about fame, war and controversy.

Amir ElSaffar Navigates Uncharted Blue Notes On 'Alchemy'

Alchemy is a step forward in defining and refining the trumpeter's mix of jazz and Iraqi rhythms.

Ashley Monroe: Country Music Has Always 'Sliced Me In The Heart'

Still only in the early stages of her career, Monroe has already collaborated with Jack White, Wanda Jackson and Miranda Lambert. She speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about her latest album, Like a Rose.

A Male Belly Dancer, Social Activism On Instagram, 'Thriller'

Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about an Instagram artist with a social conscience, one man breaking into the world of belly dancing, and the timeless innovation of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

Betto Arcos Brings The Heat From Brazil

KPFK's global music DJ recently visited Brazil, and he brings NPR's Arun Rath a stack of new music he discovered there.

Midlake Makes The Most Of Its Leader's Departure

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Eric Pulido from the Denton, Texas band Midlake. The group, formed in 1999 by a group of jazz students from the University of North Texas, has rebooted — after the departure of lead singer Tim Smith — for a new album called Antiphon.

Digital Music, In The Truest Sense

Like a tap dancer of the hands, Darren Drouin slaps, clicks, claps and snaps his way to YouTube stardom. He even includes a tutorial on "freestyle finger snapping" so you can snap your own tune.