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The Original Funky Drummers On Life With James Brown

Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks should have been rivals: James Brown hired both of them to do one job. Instead, they stuck together, and laid the foundation for modern funk drumming in the process.

Tapping The Sounds Of Portugal

World music DJ Betto Arcos is back with a stash of music he collected while traveling through Portugal, including a song by someone he considers to be the Frank Sinatra of fado.
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Prince Paul, Dan The Automator Reunite In D.C.

The hip hop duo behind the classic group Handsome Boy Modeling School came together for a brief reunion this weekend.


Songs From The Obituaries Are 'The Afterneath'

After writing obits for scientists, Jascha Hoffman began to use obituaries as inspiration for songs. He tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he was driven to write his album The Afterneath.

A Light Goes Out In Memphis: Remembering John Fry

Music producer Rick Clark remembers John Fry, co-founder of Ardent Studios, who died last month after 50 years of nurturing some of the best music to ever come out of Memphis.

Weapon Of Choice: Why The Stratocaster Survives

When an instrument sounds as good playing Daft Punk as it does Lawrence Welk, you know it's got something. The Strat just turned 60, but it's barely aged a day.

Wilko Johnson Set Out To Make One Final Album, But It Didn't Work Out That Way

Facing a fatal diagnosis, Wilko Johnson made what was to be his final album with singer Roger Daltrey of The Who. Then doctors intervened. "Maybe," Daltrey says, "there's a Part 2 to this record."

Encore: A Basic Training Workout Mix

We're again asking listeners to tweet us their favorite workout tunes. In 2012, we asked people about what music makes them move. (This piece initially aired on May 8, 2012 on Morning Edition).

Hear Long-Lost Rock 'N' Roll From The Native American Heartland

Native North America, Vol. 1 sketches out an entire chapter of American music that, remarkably and shamefully, largely had been lost until now.

Ahmad Jamal, 'A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,' Keeps On Building

At 84, the acclaimed jazz pianist is still recording and touring. Among his many achievements is one that often eludes even the most beloved jazz artists: mainstream popularity.