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A Studio On The Road To 'Fame' For Soul Musicians

One capital of soul in the 1960s? Muscle Shoals, Ala., a fly-speck on the map which spawned some of the era's greatest recordings, via productions in Rick Hall's Fame Studios. Rock historian Ed Ward has their story.

Ani DiFranco: Embracing Stability, Remaining Outspoken

The singer-songwriter's latest album, her most striking release in more than a decade, is as personal as it is political.

Review: Ani DiFranco's 'Which Side Are You On?'

In the 1990s, the young singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco enjoyed unprecedented success on her own Righteous Babe Records. But since the turn of the century, she's been taken for granted as she relied on an aging cult audience.

JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound On World Cafe

Hear the group bring '70s soul music into the present day with infectious, toe-tapping vigor.

Lana Del Rey: The Self-Made Pop Star As Target

Rock critic Ken Tucker says questions of identity and authenticity have come to dominate heated discussions of the singer-songwriter's music.

Starr Soldiers On With 'Ringo 2012'

The prolific ex-Beatle discusses songwriting, marriage and his 17th solo album, released earlier this week.