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First Listen: Juana Molina, 'Halo'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:02 -0400

On the Argentine singer's new album, she's reached a zen place where the very texture of a tone becomes its own language.

First Listen: Various Artists, Brandi Carlile's 'Cover Stories'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:02 -0400

Adele, Pearl Jam, The Avett Brothers, Dolly Parton and 10 more beloved musicians cover songs from Carlile's revered album, The Story.

First Listen: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, 'Best Troubador'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:02 -0400

Will Oldham and his band pay tribute to Merle Haggard by reaching across the country legend's discography to paint a vivid, chronology-busting, album-length portrait.

First Listen: Carl Craig, 'Versus'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:02 -0400

The Detroit techno colossus reimagines his greatest tracks with a concert pianist and a symphony orchestra.

First Listen: 'The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:02 -0400

Stream a compilation of cosmically scaled, rarely heard sounds from a largely unheralded master.

First Listen: Joan Shelley, 'Joan Shelley'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:02 -0400

On her fourth solo album, the Kentucky singer-songwriter's music once again functions as a headache remedy, nerve tonic and comfort food rolled into one.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Spring Sounds

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:44:55 -0400

The new spring shoots of music from Celtic roots are ready for broadcast. Hear new songs from Molly's Revenge, Eamon Friel, Runa and more.

David Byrne Remembers Jonathan Demme, Collaborating On 'Stop Making Sense'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:17:00 -0400

Jonathan Demme directed Stop Making Sense, among the greatest concert films of all time, featuring David Byrne's band, Talking Heads.

Aimee Mann On World Cafe

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:56:30 -0400

Mann performs songs from her first solo record after taking time to collaborate with Ted Leo in The Both. While the two of them were on tour, she says, they listened to a lot of Bread.

Jonathan Demme And The Simple Power Of The Close-Up

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:11:00 -0400

Demme, who directed 36 feature films and documentaries over the course of his long and varied career, died this morning. He was a filmmaker fascinated by the pure emotional force of the human face.

Shred Math-Rock Duo Gnarwhal's New Song, 'Light-Up City'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:02 -0400

The Nashville duo offers a raw and switchback-crazy seven minutes of chaotic math-rock.

The Legacy Of The Jazz Epistles, South Africa's Short-Lived But Historic Group

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:46:32 -0400

Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim, two of the biggest stars to emerge from South Africa, achieved success independently. But the two are cosmically linked by a single 1960 recording session.

What The World Listened To Most In 2016

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:41:00 -0400

Deep within an annual report on the global music industry is a listing of the most popular songs and albums from around the world. We listen to 2016's biggest from Croatia, India, Ecuador and more.

Jonathan Demme, Director Of 'Silence Of The Lambs,' Dies At 73

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:04:00 -0400

During more than four decades behind the camera, the Oscar-winning filmmaker forged a wide-ranging career — from documentaries to horror. He died Wednesday from complications of esophageal cancer.

The Ella Fitzgerald Centennial: Our 'First Lady Of Song'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:54:15 -0400

Her incredible technical abilities were self-evident, but in front of a microphone, she radiated pure joy.