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Strange Stories Surrounding Street Pianos

Designed to provide pleasure, street pianos in 19th and 20th century America were also magnets for some mischief and malevolence.

Grateful Dead Plays Final Shows With Record-Breaking Audiences

Music critic Will Hermes went to one of the Grateful Dead's last shows that broke all kinds of records.

Country's Kacey Musgraves Mixes Wit And Sincerity In 'Pageant Material'

The 26-year-old singer focuses on cleverly constructed lyrics — instead of rebellion — in her new record. Critic Ken Tucker says the singer falls short of creating a "sustained great album."

Stacy Barthe's 'BEcoming' Is A Story Of Near-Death And Rebirth

At 25, Barthe was already writing songs for pop stars, but life outside the studio felt like a battlefield. She speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about the hard road to her full-length debut.

The Grateful Dead's Laid-Back, Yet Surprisingly Shrewd, Business Plan

Famous for its live jams, the band also benefited from spontaneity in its business dealings — especially once it realized fan loyalty could be used to create new fans.

A Dazzling Tune For Summer Driving

On this week's Wingin' It, journalist and musician Sylvie Simmons talks to NPR's Lynn Neary to share her favorite road trip song, "Bohemian Rhapsody," by Queen.

Diversify Your Playlist And Find The Song Of The Summer

As of now, there's no frontrunner for Song of the Summer. Ann Powers, NPR Music's critic and correspondent, talks to NPR's Lynn Neary about the open field and some songs that shouldn't be overlooked.

Larry Campbell And Teresa Williams Step To The Mic, Together

He's from New York City; she's from rural Tennessee. But the husband and wife, each known for backing up roots music's biggest stars, make it work on their new album.

From Jazz To Latin To R&B, NPR Music's Favorite Albums Of 2015 So Far

NPR's favorite albums of the year so far range from hip-hop to Latin music.