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Your Favorite Songs, Abridged

A Top 40 radio station in Calgary, Alberta, is promising listeners "twice the music" — by cutting the length of its songs in half.

Billy Joe Shaver Writes Country Songs — And Lives Them, Too

The 75-year-old, who helped pioneer the "outlaw" sound, is one of the most respected songwriters in country music. Decades after his big break, Shaver's life still resembles the tales in his songs.

Tom Petty On Cheap Speakers And George Harrison

Petty says his new album, Hypnotic Eye, takes an observational look at the American dream: "I don't really take a side," he says. "I just invented characters that had their points of view."

Album Review: 'The Lagos Music Salon'

Somi is a jazz singer and songwriter currently based in New York City. Banning Eyre reviews her latest album, The Lagos Music Salon, a collection of songs composed while she lived in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti, the son of pioneering Afrobeat musician and dissident Fela Kuti, forged his own path with a band in the 80's, using music to push for change. He joins us in studio to discuss his activism through music, his father's legacy, and Africa's future.


Getting Spooky With Spoon

They Want My Soul is the band's first album in four years. Singer Britt Daniel says the recording process often felt like being in a horror movie.

Got A Girl: A Musical Match Made In Hollywood

Dan Nakamura and Mary Elizabeth Winstead met by chance while shooting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The two struck up a friendship, and are now on the cusp of releasing their first album.

Met Opera's Union Lockout Postponed; Financial Analysis To Come

The drama continues. For months now, unions have been negotiating with the Metropolitan Opera's leadership over compensation and benefits; employees also accuse the Met of financial mismanagement.

The Latest Stop On Jazz Singer Somi's Journey

Her parents were from Uganda and Rwanda; she was born in Illinois and spent time in Nigeria. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with jazz artist and singer Somi about her latest project, The Lagos Music Salon.

Beethoven's 'Eroica,' A Bizarre Revelation Of Personality

Born in a moment of despair, as its creator was staring down hearing loss, Beethoven's Third Symphony is as odd as it is transcendent.