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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.

'I Built The Platform Myself': M.I.A. On Being Heard

While making the new album Matangi, the singer-rapper discovered she had a divine counterpart: a Hindu goddess who shares both her birth name and her taste for self-expression. She speaks with NPR's David Greene about fame, war and controversy.

Amir ElSaffar Navigates Uncharted Blue Notes On 'Alchemy'

Alchemy is a step forward in defining and refining the trumpeter's mix of jazz and Iraqi rhythms.

Ashley Monroe: Country Music Has Always 'Sliced Me In The Heart'

Still only in the early stages of her career, Monroe has already collaborated with Jack White, Wanda Jackson and Miranda Lambert. She speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about her latest album, Like a Rose.

A Male Belly Dancer, Social Activism On Instagram, 'Thriller'

Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about an Instagram artist with a social conscience, one man breaking into the world of belly dancing, and the timeless innovation of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."