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Headphones, Technology And Culture

Headphones help create a space of one's own, even in a crowded room. We consider the technology, culture and safe use of headphones.


Kaki King: A Guitar Wizard Conjures New Colors

The notorious shredder says her latest album began as a set of solo guitar pieces — but once she entered the studio, she enhanced them using every instrument at her disposal.

'Looper': A World Of Musical Clicks And Pops

The score of the time-travel thriller has little in common with the slick orchestral scores of science-fiction classics. Composer Nathan Johnson found his source material by immersing himself in the sounds of the film.

Blake's Poems, Reborn As Bluesy Folk Tunes, Burn Bright

Martha Redbone, a singer of Native American and African-American descent, sets 12 of William Blake's poems to music on her new album, The Garden of Love.

Debo Band On World Cafe

With its Ethiopian roots, the group infuses its worldly sound with funk, R&B, rock and brass music.

An Immigrant's 'Star-Spangled Banner,' En Espanol

In 1945, the U.S. government commissioned a Peruvian immigrant to write a Spanish translation of the national anthem. It was lost to history until recently.