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Anthony Hamilton Has Something To Prove

The soul singer's recently released album is finally earning him some wider appeal, after two decades in the music business.

Swag: Hip-Hop's Word Of The Year

Not trinkets, or party favors, not an acronym for Stuff We All Get, "swag" comes from swagger.

Brooklyn Band Makes Literate Music For The Littles

Forget the ABCs or childhood friendships. Brooklyn band the Deedle Deedle Dees infuses its music with lessons on subjects as diverse as Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence and the letters of John and Abigail Adams, coupled with catchy, sing-along choruses.

Skylar Grey: And The Hits Keep Coming

This year has been good for the pop singer-songwriter, who's also a producer and industry veteran.

It Was A Good Year For Women In Music

Many of the artists getting the most buzz in pop music this year are female! Think Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Adele, Nicki Minaj. There are some less obvious examples too. Three female music journalists spoke to Tell Me More host Allison Keyes about some of the best and most talked about music by women this year. Danyel Smith, the editor of Billboard Magazine, NPR Music editor Frannie Kelley and Jasmine Garsd, co-host of NPR Music's Alt.Latino podcast.

The Decemberists On World Cafe

Ditching the prog-folk for a more straightforward sound, the Portland, Ore. quintet has taken a cut-and-dried approach to its new record, The King Is Dead. Hear the group perform songs from its latest release live on World Cafe.