Minnie Driver Sings, Stripped Down And Haunting

Minnie Driver is probably best known for her acting roles, but the husky voiced actor is also an accomplished singer. NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Driver about her third album, Ask Me to Dance.

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Becoming The Barr Brothers, A Band Of Friends And Neighbors

By NPR Staff

Thin walls can ruin a great apartment. Not so for Brad Barr, who met harpist Sarah Page when he overheard her playing next door.

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The Good Listener: How Do I Avoid ‘The iTunes Pit Of Despair’?

By Stephen Thompson

Music has become so abundant, it’s hard to keep track of your library — let alone give songs the time they deserve. But there are ways to start over and discover great new songs you already own.

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The Good Listener: How Do I Avoid ‘The iTunes Pit Of Despair’?

By Stephen Thompson

Music has become so abundant, it’s hard to keep track of your library — let alone give songs the time they deserve. But there are ways to start over and discover great new songs you already own.

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Herb Alpert On ‘Song Travels’

The jazz legend joins host Michael Feinstein for an instrumental duet of “When Sonny Gets Blue,” and singer Lani Hall (Alpert’s wife) performs “That Old Black Magic” with Feinstein’s accompaniment.

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Joe Wilder On Piano Jazz

Piano Jazz honors the legendary trumpeter Joe Wilder. In this 2000 session, Wilder joins host Marian McPartland and bassist Rufus Reid for the Gershwin’s “Lady Be Good.”

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OutKast And Atlanta: Until They Close The Curtain

By Frannie Kelley

The hometown shows the duo played had a bittersweet quality because people thought it might be their last chance to see one of the most-respected and best-loved groups of all time together.

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The New Pornographers On World Cafe

The Canadian supergroup visits the studio to perform songs from its new album, Brill Bruisers.

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Drum Fill Friday, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Edition

By Robin Hilton

Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a sampling of songs from the soundtrack to the year’s biggest movie. Hear the drum fill (or intro) and match it to the song.

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What Does A Creative Brain Look Like?

By NPR/TED Staff

What happens in the brain during musical improv? Researcher Charles Limb scanned the brains of jazz musicians to find out.

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