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Simone Felice: The Solemn Sound Of A Brush With Death

The poet, novelist and musician wrote the songs on his new solo album while recovering from emergency open-heart surgery.

Fractions Curriculum Strikes Right Note In California

A music-focused math program in the San Francisco Bay Area is showing significant results. Third graders in San Bruno, Calif., who took two 30-minute music classes better understood fractions than those who did not follow the curriculum.

Gotye: 'Less Of A Musician, More Of A Tinkerer'

In spite of his swift success, the Australian pop artist says he still doesn't feel like a rock star.

Rascal Flatts: 'Rekindling The Fire' Of Its Country Roots

After a decade making music together, the country band is returning to its early sound with a new album, Changed.

New Multitudes On World Cafe

Formed in honor of Woody Guthrie, the folk supergroup (Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker and Jim James) performs songs arranged from Guthrie's unpublished lyrics and musings.

Finding And Curating The Roots Of Soul Music

Mike McGonigal runs the literary magazine Yeti. In his spare time, he's been collecting gospel 45s on vanity and tiny independent labels for years. He's now released a pair of three-CD sets featuring amazing, long-forgotten African-American gospel tracks from his collection.