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No Need To Cook The Books: Booker Ervin's Debut LP Reissued

Down-home and majestic, the tenor saxophonist's sound was like a cane stalk shooting up out of rich earth. His 1960 album The Book Cooks features fellow sax-man Zoot Sims in a friendly square-off.

In Lucius, Two Singers Find An Arresting Harmony

The New York band's sound veers from girl-group pop to sunbaked psychedelia. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, whose entwined vocals are what make the group stand out.

Heidecker And Wood, Inspired By The '80s

Tim Heidecker is one half of the comedy team behind the absurd sketch/talk show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. He and David Wood get semi-sincere on the duo's second album, Some Things Never Stay the Same, a slightly goofy but affectionate tribute to '70s and '80s soft rock. They join host Rachel Martin.

Cumbia: The Music That Moves Latin America

The Alt.Latino crew stops by Weekend Edition Sunday to talk about one of Latin music's most pervasive rhythms.

Can I Kick It? Organ Master Lonnie Smith Can

As a bandleader in the 1960s and '70s, Smith wrote timeless music — and secured that label during the '80s and '90s, when hip-hop producers sampled his work left and right. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Smith on the occasion of a new album that revives the out-of-print gems of a six-decade career.

Garland Jeffreys Applies His 'Truth Serum'

Jeffreys has gone as long as 13 years between releases, but now he's back in full force and recently celebrated his 70th birthday. Guest host Don Gonyea talks with New York rocker Garland Jeffreys about his new album, Truth Serum.

¡Aparato! Takes Latin Music Traditions Into The Future

The Los Angeles trio draws inspiration from Mexico's son jarocho tradition and blends it with rock and punk, and the result is a celestial mix. The band chats with NPR's Audie Cornish, instruments in hand.
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Inescapable Melodies: The Legacy Of Video Game Music

Some of the most memorable melodies of the past few decades came not from the pop charts but from video games.


Across America, Voices Rise To Reinvent India

Kanniks Kannikeswaran writes groundbreaking Hindu sacred music and forms community choirs to perform it. "When a group of about 20 strangers get together and sing raga-based music with choral harmony for the first time," he says, "something magical begins to happen."

Vince Giordano: The Fresh Air Interview

Giordano has been obsessed with 1920s jazz since he first heard it on his grandparents' Victrola. His band the Nighthawks performs the music heard on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.