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For Singer Ane Brun, 'Freedom Is Really An Absence Of Fear'

"Let your mind and body rest so it can heal." That's the mantra that inspired the Norwegian artist on her latest album, When I'm Free.

Love The Music Of Coen Brothers Films? You Can Thank Carter Burwell

Burwell has scored 16 movies for the Coens, but his work on Hail, Caesar! — as well as Todd Haynes' Carol, for which he's nominated for an Oscar — presented a few brand-new challenges.

A Fearless Soprano's Case For Contemporary Music

With more than 80 world premieres to her credit, Barbara Hannigan, an intrepid soprano and conductor, has a knack for making modern music sound effortless and approachable.

School Of Seven Bells, A Musical Partnership Cut Short, Crosses The Finish Line

The duo School of Seven Bells wrote its final album together in 2012. Alejandra Deheza didn't know then that her bandmate and songwriting partner wouldn't live to see its release.

Theft And Artistry: Coldplay, Beyoncé In India Spark Discussion On Appropriation

These days, it's pretty much impossible to miss a discussion on cultural appropriation. But we explore where we draw the line between what's acceptable and what's downright offensive.

Sia Reclaims Songs She Wrote For Others On 'This Is Acting'

The Australian songwriter who has written hits for Rihanna, Beyonce and Katy Perry just released an album of her own. Critic Ken Tucker likes Sia's singing, in part, because of its imperfections.

KCRW Presents: Savages

Savages‘ first album, Silence Yourself, was a ferocious and angry record. On the follow-up, Adore Life, the message is no less powerful, but the focus has shifted to love and the...

Spike Lee On Michael Jackson's Evolution From Child Star To 'Off The Wall'

The director's new documentary, called Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, explores the King of Pop's seminal LP. "Michael is alive, because his music is still here," he says.

Musical Prognosticator Picks Carolina To Win Super Bowl

Renee Montagne talks to music commentator Miles Hoffman who predicts the Super Bowl winner based on the musical prowess of each team's home city, Denver, Colo., and Charlotte, N.C.

Maurice White Of Earth, Wind & Fire Dies At 74

One of the musicians behind "September," perhaps the happiest-sounding wedding song of all time, died in his sleep. Verdine White announced the death of his "brother, hero and best friend."