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Singing To The Strength Of New Orleans

As the voice of the band Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alynda Lee Segarra spins stories about her adopted hometown — not the genteel uptown life or the bawdy scene on Bourbon Street, but from the neighborhoods most tourists never see.

In Session: Frank Wess' 'Magic 201' Offers One Last Lesson

There's something tender and specific about the ways elders like Frank Wess shaped their notes.

Hangin' Tuff: Eric Church Takes A Chance On 'The Outsiders'

Church uses the power he's accrued from hit records to make exactly the kind of album he wants.

The Other Guys: 5 Bands Missing From The British Invasion

The Beatles may have opened the gates for British acts to find success on the American charts — but Lenny Kaye, guitarist of The Patti Smith group and curator of the legendary '60s rock compilation Nuggets, says plenty of worthy groups simply never made the trip.

The Beatles, As America First Loved Them

Later, they'd get weird, experimental, and rebellious, but when the Beatles made their U.S. television debut 50 years ago, they were still just a band — but a magically brilliant band.

The Handy Ambassador To New Zealand's Music Scene

New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn is the front man for the pop band Crowded House. He speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new solo album, called Dizzy Heights.

'Philomena' And The Power Of A Quiet Film Score

Compared to his work on Zero Dark Thirty and the Harry Potter films, Alexandre Desplat's Oscar-nominated score is strikingly spare. The composer says the film's tragic true story, contrasted with the lightness Judi Dench brought to the title role, made it one of the hardest he's ever worked on.

The Beatles' Yearlong Journey To 'The Ed Sullivan Show'

Even as they reached the Top 10 in Britain, appeared on TV and had young women swooning by the thousands across the pond, their first singles in the U.S. were released on tiny independent labels and went nowhere. What went wrong, and finally right, in the leadup to the night of Feb. 7, 1964.
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Beatles '64: D.C.'s Time In The Rock And Roll Spotlight

On Feb. 11, 1964, Washington, D.C. was thrown into the center of the musical universe when the Beatles played their first North American concert right in the heart of Washington, D.C.


Fresh Air Celebrates The 50th Anniversary Of The Beatles' Arrival

On Feb. 7, 1964, the Beatles touched down at JFK airport. To mark the day, we'll listen back to a 1995 interview with Ringo Starr and a 2001 interview with Paul McCartney.