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Gyptian: New Album 'Like Insanity'

Although Jamaica is a small island, it packs a big punch in the world of music. Host Michel Martin speaks with dancehall reggae artist Gyptian about his latest album Sex, Love & Reggae.

On Becoming Llewyn Davis, A Hero Who Excels At Failing

Actor Oscar Isaac disappears into the title role of the new Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, a black comedy about a '60s folk singer who just can't make it, no matter what he does. He speaks with NPR's Melissa Block about playing the less-than-likable character.

Mark Mulcahy Is The 'Moving Forward Type'

The smart songwriter behind the much-beloved "Hey Sandy" returns after eight years. Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You is full of smart wordplay and Mulcahy's unmistakable voice, but it's also driven by loss.

27 Years Ago, Keith Jarrett Was A One-Man Band

In 1986, the iconic jazz pianist experimented with drums, bass and electric guitar in his home studio. Decades later, he's finally released the tapes. Reviewer Banning Eyre says that on No End, Jarrett seems to cherish rediscovering a side of his younger self.
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Actor Gary Sinise Headlines Show For Navy Yard Workers

Emmy-winning actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will be playing at DAR Constitution Hall Tuesday night for service members and others affected by the Navy Yard shooting earlier this year.


CDZA Doesn't Just Play Music, They Play With It

Collective Cadenza, or CDZA for short, is a loose-knit group of musicians, many graduates of Julliard. They've made a name for themselves with funny YouTube videos that have received millions of views. CDZA will perform live this weekend at the inaugural YouTube Music Video Awards alongside Eminem, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire.

Yuja Wang: Rooted In Diligence, Inspired By Improvisation

The 26-year-old classically trained pianist tackles Rachmaninov's dense and intimidating "Concerto No. 3" in a new recording. The musician says she hears a connection between the challenging piece and improvisations from the late Art Tatum.

Ben Allison: Leading A Stellar Band Far Beyond The World

Jazz bassist and composer Ben Allison looks back on an era when sci-fi sounds began infiltrating popular music, and discusses his new album, The Stars Look Very Different Today.

Bringing Jazz On Walkabout: Jon Batiste And Stay Human

Host Rachel Martin is joined by pianist Batiste and his band, who hope to make jazz transcend genres and generations, as they play live at NPR's headquarters.

Tony Joe White's Steamy 'Hoodoo' Rock

Even if you haven't heard of Tony Joe White, you've probably heard his music. His songs have been performed by Elvis, Ray Charles and Tina Turner. He's even been sampled by Kanye West. Host Scott Simon talks with White about his distinctive swamp rock sound, and his new album, Hoodoo.