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Carolina Chocolate Drops: Hooked On Old-Time Sounds

Singer Rhiannon Giddens was classically trained, but says she's been in love with string- and jug-band music since she first started going to contra dances.

Anthony Hopkins Lives Out A Long-Deferred Musical Dream

The Oscar winner, who first began writing music more than 50 years ago, has just released an album of original classical compositions.

Sharon Van Etten On World Cafe

Hear the confessional folk-rock singer and rapidly rising star perform her songs in the studio.

Willie Nile On World Cafe

Listen to the folk-rock singer perform pensive but infectious songs from The Innocent Ones.

A Struggling City Finds Inspiration In Classical Music

The symphony of beleaguered Stockton, Calif., is premiering a new piece of music from Israeli composer Avner Dorman. Organizers say they hope it will help heal old wounds.

Bruce Springsteen: A Universal, Original 'Wrecking Ball'

Springsteen told Rolling Stone that Wrecking Ball is "as direct a record as I ever made." It's also one of his most stylistically diverse, including elements of gospel and hip-hop as well as rock and the blues. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the music "testifies to a bottomless ingenuity, invention and exhilaration."