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Almost Intermediate: Adults Learn Lessons In 'Late Starters Orchestra'

Ari Goldman created the Late Starters Orchestra for adults who wanted to take up a musical instrument. He and other musicians play in a strictly enforced egalitarian and non-judgmental environment.

Tom Freund Is Oddly Upbeat In 'Two Moons'

California-based troubadour Tom Freund sings of skateboarding kids, impending doom and Happy Days lunch boxes on his new album, Two Moons. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to him about the record.

Bobby Hutcherson's Good Vibes For Fiery Times

"You could stop on a street corner and hear Malcolm X," the vibraphonist says of 1960s New York, where he made his controversial debut as a bandleader. His new Blue Note album is Enjoy The View.

Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane

A new opera from composer Ricky Ian Gordon, best known for his adaptation of The Grapes Of Wrath, uses tiny moments to tell the story of a big personality.

Lana Del Rey: 'I Don't Have Other People In Mind'

On the new Ultraviolence, Del Rey remains a pop star with the power to elude and confound. "I'm so used to writing for myself," she says. "I do it because I feel like I have to."

Ian McLagan's Song For A Muse

The British rocker's wife was a driving force through his time playing with The Faces, The Rolling Stones and others. Years after her death, he still finds her in his songs.

Can't Follow The Beat? Just Add Butter

Certain musical rhythms trip us up: We try to dance or count along and keep losing our place. Two musicians explain what makes some beats so slippery, and what butter has to do with making them stick.

Miguel Enjoys A Bit Of Storytelling In His Favorite Songs

Singer Miguel recently released a video for his song "Simplethings." He's known for his creative musical style and for Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series, he shares the music that drives him.

Stromae, Global Star In The Making, Set To Touch Down In The U.S.

The Belgian pop artist took Europe by storm in 2009 with the song "Alors On Danse." Five years later, he hopes to ride a wave of new hits across the Atlantic.

Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

The bandleader and composer shifted the jazz landscape of the 1950s and '60s with his bluesy, funky music. Along the way, he mentored major musicians and devised future jazz standards.