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Kate McGarry: A Singer Inspired By The Spoken Word

To prepare for her new album, Girl Talk, McGarry researched what her singing idols — including Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day — sounded like in conversation.

One Father, Eight Sons, Nine Shiny Brass Bells

A veteran jazzman and his musical family put their horns together on their first collaborative release, Kelan Philip Cohran and The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Bonnie Raitt: A Brand-New Model For A Classic Sound

The roots-rock singer-guitarist's latest album, Slipstream, is her first in seven years. It's Raitt's debut release on Redwing Records, the label she founded and runs with the help of a small staff.

Glen Hansard: The Best Songs Come 'As A Gift'

On the occasion of his first proper solo album, the Oscar-winning singer-songwriter says his favorite tunes to play are those that arrive in sudden flashes of inspiration.

The Most Annoying Songs Of The Summer (So Far)

Jim Nayder, host of Chicago Public Radio's The Annoying Music Show!, joins Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon to share four summery songs that make him cringe with glee.

The Euro Crisis Has A Beat (And You Can Cry To It)

Who says disco is dead? Or that it can't be used to explain complicated news events, like the debt crisis that threatens to disassemble Europe as we know it. A number of eurzone-themed songs are making their way up the monetary charts.