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Cuba: While The Politicians Argued, The Musicians Jammed

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:00:49 -0400

The musical exchange between the United States and Cuba goes back to the 19th century. Thankfully, the two countries' political standoff never filtered down to musicians.

Shovels & Rope On World Cafe

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:41:47 -0400

The Charleston, S.C., duo gets back to writing great songs on its new album, Little Seeds. Hear a conversation and performance.

Songs We Love: Opeth, 'Strange Brew'

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:00:00 -0400

The smartest thing Mikael Åkerfeldt ever did was to stop writing extreme metal and focus on progressive rock. This creepy, occult-themed number keeps you guessing, but never wavers.

All Songs +1: John Paul White Sings The Song That Changed His Life

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:14:00 -0400

Hear Bob Boilen talk with John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars, about the songs that have transformed the songwriter's life.

Bon Iver's Long-Awaited '22, A Million' Is Here

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:16:00 -0400

After weeks of anticipation fueled by cryptic imagery, Justin Vernon and company have finally released the first Bon Iver album in five years.

Songs We Love: Gillian Welch, 'Dry Town (Demo)'

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:00:29 -0400

Welch celebrates Revival's 20th anniversary with a two-disc set of unreleased songs. "I have always learned more from other artists' imperfect works than from their masterpieces," she says.

Hear Solange's Bold And Beautiful 'A Seat At The Table'

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:45:00 -0400

Solange calls her new album "a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing." It's a floating melange of R&B, bold in its quiet and understated sounds, bolder in its message.

Joshua Bell & Jeremy Denk: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Two A-list classical artists work up a sweat as they revel in the tender and turbulent music of Brahms and Schumann.

Lucius On Mountain Stage

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:59:38 -0400

The band, led by singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, performs live in West Virginia.

First Listen: Helado Negro, 'Private Energy'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:11:00 -0400

The latest album by musician Roberto Lange mixes his unmistakable keyboard sounds with stripped-down dance beats and lyrics waiting to be assigned a narrative from your own life.

Kate Bush To Release Rare Live Recordings

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:48:00 -0400

A three-disc set, due out Dec. 2, features highlights from her 2014 concert series at London's Hammersmith Apollo theater. It was her first set of live performances in 35 years.

Watch Norah Jones Perform 'Flipside' Live In The Studio

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:43:00 -0400

The song is from the jazz and pop singer-songwriter's new album, Day Breaks. Here, Jones and her band play it live at KCRW.

Songs We Love: Empire of the Sun, 'To Her Door'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0400

"When you've got the undeniable, magical aura of Doctor Buckingham, things blossom." The Australian synth duo gets a lush assist from the Fleetwood Mac guitarist on its breezy new song.

Watch Paul Simon's Ageless And Animated Performance Of 'Wristband'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:00:28 -0400

The legendary singer and songwriter makes his first-ever appearance at Austin City Limits for a rare live performance.

First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:00:29 -0400

Oberst's distinctive warble is set against a spare patchwork of acoustic guitar, piano and the occasional harmonica, drawing most of the attention to his dark, personal words.