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Gospel's Blind Boys Meet Changing Times With Open Minds

Formed in the 1930s during Jim Crow, The Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing gospel for seven decades. For the new album I'll Find a Way, the group has teamed up with a younger artist: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

Chronicle Of A Death Foretold: New York City Opera Shuts Its Doors

After a round of emergency fundraising failed, New York's "People's Opera" is shutting down. Unfortunately, many — including the company's current director and its musicians — saw this coming.

Steady And Swingin': Tootie Keeps The Tempo

At 78, jazz drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath is still displaying his aptitude for making songs swing while keeping them firmly in time. Critic Tom Moon reviews Tootie's Tempo, Heath's collaboration with two younger jazz players.

Dave Holland's 'Prism' Goes To 11, Elegantly

Prism features one of the loudest bands of the bassist's career. The pleasures of the groove here are complex and deep — it's not just about moving feet.

Don't Call This 12-Year-Old Concert Pianist A Prodigy

Kicking off a week of stories on Morning Edition about the extraordinarily talented children often known as prodigies, NPR's David Greene spends a few minutes with a preteen musician who has already performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House.

Lorde Doesn't Have A Bentley, But The Charts Will Do

All Things Considered's Audie Cornish speaks with the teenage New Zealand singer about her new album, Pure Heroine. "Royals" is just about the opposite of anything you'd hear from Lorde's pop peers.
Monday, September 30, 2013

Julie Fowlis Performs At BlackRock Center for the Arts

Julie Fowlis, one of the foremost interpreters of Gaelic music currently on the scene, will be performing at BlackRock Center from September 30 to October 26, 2013.

Don't Feel Too Bad For Sad-Sack Bob Schneider

Schneider's Burden of Proof is a frequently beautiful, often morose, downcast album. You get the sense that, when he sings about not connecting with someone he loves, he's also singing about not connecting with a bigger audience.

Vijay Iyer On Learning From War

For three years, the jazz musician and his collaborator Mike Ladd have been working with war veterans-turned-poets to bring their words to light. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Iyer and Iraq veteran Maurice Decaul about the album that resulted, Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project.

O'Brien And Scott Return To Stripped-Down Roots

Roots musicians Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott first recorded together in 2000 and fans have waited 13 long years for another studio release. The wait is over, with their new CD, Memories and Moments. O'Brien and Scott tell host Rachel Martin what got them back in the studio together.