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For Carrie Brownstein, Music Fandom Started At The Record Store


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Carrie Brownstein has made a name for herself as creator and star of Portlandia and as one-third of the beloved riot grrl band Sleater-Kinney, whose seminal album Dig Me Out recently turned 20. But before all that, Brownstein was just… [Read More]


Prince Without Permission


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His albums are back on Spotify. New releases full of unheard recordings are on the way. For a fan, there is joy and pain in knowing the work Prince guarded so tightly won't stay that way for long. [Read More]


In The Wake Of Prince’s Death


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A year ago today, fans made a pilgrimage to Paisley Park, the home of Prince. What they found there was a communal altar, separated from the building by about 100 feet. [Read More]


Prince Contained Multitudes, New Book Confirms


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When Prince first signed with Warner Bros. Records, he didn’t want to be categorized as a black musician. This was the late 1970s, before music by black artists was widely marketed to multiracial audiences; before kids in every household in… [Read More]


‘I Think It’s Hard To Be A Person’: Aimee Mann On Compassionate Songwriting


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The singer-songwriter's music has long been characterized as melancholy. For her album Mental Illness, she leaned into that stereotype, writing songs that empathize with other people's struggles. [Read More]


What Do Hanson And Madonna Have In Common? Hits Ideal For Saving A Life


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The first time cardiologist Sonia Tolani performed CPR outside a hospital was in 2009. She was on the subway in New York City, headed home from work, when she saw a man slump to the ground and stop breathing. “It… [Read More]


David Dye, Signing Off


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Editor’s note: Friday marks David Dye’s last day as full-time host of World Cafe, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. I am certainly the luckiest radio host I know. I have come to work each day to find… [Read More]


Hear The First Single From Dan Auerbach’s New Solo Record ‘Waiting On A Song’


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There's new music coming from Black Keys guitarist and songwriter Dan Auerbach — despite the fact that the video for his new song clearly shows he's been abducted by aliens. [Read More]


When Valerie June Writes Music, It Begins With A Voice In Her Head


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The folk-blues singer describes her creative process as "receiving" a song. "It usually starts with one voice," she says, "And as soon as I hear one, then 500 more come in and surround it." [Read More]


Watch Sylvan Esso Bring Bass And Twists To NPR Music’s SXSW Showcase


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“We’re gonna play a whole bunch of new songs for you,” said Amelia Meath as she introduced her electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso, adding, “because we’re tired of playing the old ones.” The phrase “we’re gonna play new songs” often elicits… [Read More]