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Billie Holiday: A Singer Beyond Our Understanding

Most artists belong to their times. But Holiday, born 100 years ago Tuesday, fits in the present.

Lord Huron Wants You To Dance At The Apocalypse

The band's new album, Strange Trails, spins around a strong visual theme, with an imagined cast of characters that "collide sometimes" in Ben Schneider's world.

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' new memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels through Asia and when his music provoked violence.

Cassandra Wilson 'Couldn't Wait' To Reinvent The Billie Holiday Songbook

On Coming Forth By Day, one of today's premier jazz singers pays an imaginative tribute to one of her idols, born 100 years ago. As Wilson says, a simple imitation "would be almost insulting."

Tobias Jesso Jr. Explains His Swift Ascent From Rock Bottom

The Adele-endorsed piano man tells Rachel Martin how a very bad week turned into a very good year.

Exploring Songs In Native Languages From Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia

When you think of Latin American music, you may think of songs in Spanish or Portuguese. This week, Jasmine Garsd of NPR's Alt.Latino brings NPR's Rachel Martin music sung in indigenous languages.

After One Very Bad Week, Tobias Jesso Jr. Finds His Voice

Canadian musician Tobias Jesso Jr. is having great success with his debut album, Goon. But he had to bottom out with a terrible week in Los Angeles. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to the musician.

Violinist Hilary Hahn Remembers Her Earliest Influences

The internationally celebrated soloist convinced violinist Klara Berkovich to teach her when she was just five years old. Student and teacher join NPR's Arun Rath to reflect on their relationship.

'The Man From Muscle Shoals' On Shame And FAME

Producer and FAME Studios founder Rick Hall discusses growing up poor in rural Alabama and crafting the unmistakable Muscle Shoals sound.

Bringing Mothers In Prison Closer To Their Children, Through Music

Mothers in prison rarely get a chance to see or touch their children — or sing them a lullaby. A group of professional musicians is helping female inmates in New York City to create those connections.