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Baba Salah: A Malian Musician Speaks To His Nation's Displaced

The guitarist comes from the northern city of Gao, which has made headlines lately due to fighting by Islamist militants and French-backed Malian forces. Salah now plays at a club in Mali's capital, Bamako, where, he says, people gather to relax, reminisce and "see images other than war."
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Designing A New Memorial To Godfather Of Go-Go

We meet the designers of a new performing arts venue dedicated to the godfather of go-go music: Chuck Brown.


Kacey Musgraves: A Millennial Musician Reframes Country

On her major-label debut, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter explores themes steeped in tradition, yet views them through the lens of youth culture.

Barry Altschul: The Jazz Drummer Makes A Comeback

On his new album, The 3dom Factor, Altschul is great at mixing opposites: abstract melodic concepts with parade beats, open improvising and percolating swing. The album is the sort of comeback that reminds you how much good music the artist made the first time around.

Billy Bragg On World Cafe

The British singer-songwriter plays songs from his quiet and introspective new album Tooth & Nail, inspired by the collection of Woody Guthrie songs he produced with Wilco in 1998.

Justin Timberlake Returns To Music With Enthusiasm and 'Experience'

On his first album since 2006, The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake explores his range, from soul-man groove to falsetto croon, taking inspiration from neo-soul and the expansiveness of '60s and '70s rock song formats.