James Mercer and Brian Burton have put out an album that explores what happens once the party is over: What happens after you've grown up? Recording a second album together as Broken Bells turned out to be a musical and artistic refuge for them both.
Shelby Earl worked behind the scenes in the music industry for years — until the late 2000s, when she decided to take the plunge and become a full-time singer/songwriter. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Earl about her second album, Swift Arrows.
When Nicole Atkins sings, she sounds like Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Janis Joplin all rolled into one voice. Atkins talks with NPR's Scott Simon about her new self-published album, Slow Phaser, which was funded by fans.
The song "Alone Yet Not Alone" had been nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Oscars. Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter tells NPR's Scott Simon why the Academy rescinded the nomination.
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