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Kelly Hogan: Cashing In An Album's Worth Of Favors

A self-proclaimed "backup singing ninja" with a host of famous friends and admirers, Hogan has just released her first solo album in 11 years.

How An Author And A Singer Became Musical 'Kin'

Writer Mary Karr and musician Rodney Crowell share more than respect for each other's work. A new collaborative album draws upon their common experiences growing up on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Diamond Rugs: Carefully Constructed Drinking Songs

Diamond Rugs is a new group formed by members of other bands, including John McCauley and Robbie Crowell of Deer Tick, Steve Berlin from Los Lobos and Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate. Rock critic Ken Tucker says their new collaboration is positively timeless.

Lana Del Rey On World Cafe

The polarizing singer discusses her Saturday Night Live visit and performs songs from Born to Die.

Brandi Carlile: Bending Notes Until They Break

Known for her soaring melodies and rich, rugged voice, the singer-songwriter performs songs from her new album, Bear Creek, in NPR's Studio 4A.

Melody Gardot Aims For The Space Between Notes

Gardot captures the sensibility that guides, shapes and defines so much Brazilian music.