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Ben Folds On World Cafe

Folds' energetic piano rock endures on a new three-disc retrospective. Here, he visits World Cafe to talk about nurturing young singers on the a cappella competition show The Sing-Off.

Jay-Z 'Decoded:' The Fresh Air Interview

Jay-Z is one of the most successful hip-hop artists of all time. On Fresh Air, he discusses growing up in Brooklyn surrounded by drugs and violence, and the stories behind many of his famous songs.

Iron Butterfly Stretches Its Wings On 'Fillmore East'

The psychedelic band has a complex legacy that goes beyond its big hit, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," critic Milo Miles says. A newly released concert recording from 1968 provides the best chance in decades for a fresh look at Iron Butterfly.

New Holiday Songs: A Smart Career Move That's Fun, Too

Transforming traditional songs — and writing new ones — makes both money and good times.

Ingrid Gerdes: A Tomboy With Soul

Gerdes is a neo-soul performer out of Boston, but she considers herself a Southern singer. She talks with NPR's Guy Raz about her latest album, Shred, and letting go.