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Atheists Take Old Hymns Out Of The Chapel And Into The Streets

For 40 years, the Renaissance Street Singers have given free public performances of sacred music. But they insist that their mission is not religious in nature.

Black Joe Lewis And His Band Stay The Course, Lose The Name

The leader of the blues-rock ensemble formerly known as Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears discusses its latest album, Electric Slave.

Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos On The Importance Of Structure

"Too much jamming kills the band," the leader of the Glasgow quartet says. On the new Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, the band tries to lead with good concepts and let the music follow.

For more than 30 years, composer and pianist Marian McPartland brought jazz into the homes of public radio listeners through her interviews and duets with some of the greatest musicians in the world.


Haven't I Heard This Song Before?

A pinch of melody, a dash of groove. Pop music is built on making a song sound just new enough to be intriguing. So what happens when one song sounds a little too familiar?

Buddy Guy On World Cafe

The legend performs songs from his new album, Rhythm & Blues, and celebrates his 77th birthday.
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D.C. Breaks Ground On Park Commemorating Godfather Of Go-Go

Mayor Vince Gray used what would have been Chuck Brown's 77th birthday to break ground on a park in Northeast D.C. that will commemorate the memory and musical legacy of Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go.


A Unique Digital Music Service, For Locals Only

Just as e-books have begun working their way into libraries, librarians are grappling with how to embrace digital music. At the Iowa City Public Library, an unusual licensing arrangement with local artists is having some success.

Robin Thicke: Smirky But Sincere On 'Blurred Lines'

Listen and look past his roué image, and the chart-topper is revealed as an earnest nostalgist.

'You're What I Wanted': Assembling The Family Stone

Members Cynthia Robinson and Jerry Martini say that, when crafting the lineup of his pioneering funk and soul band, Sly Stone was a man on a mission.