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Tom Waits

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Concerts

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July 29, 2008 Hear a stunning two-and-a-half-hour performance by the iconic singer, recorded live in Atlanta, Ga.

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Studio Sessions

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February 5, 2007 Waits' newest album, Orphans, is a three-disc, 56-song collection of old and new material.

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Interviews & Profiles

Tom Waits.

December 26, 2011 On his new 20th album Bad As Me, Waits reflects on loneliness, life, death and heartbreak.

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Tom Waits.

October 31, 2011 On his new 20th album Bad As Me, Waits reflects on loneliness, life, death and heartbreak.

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Tom Waits.

March 4, 2011 Fresh Air honors the gritty singer, who's about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Portrait of Tom Waits (Courtesy Anti-Records)

March 1, 2011 The gravel-voiced balladeer will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month.

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December 28, 2009 Besides musician Tom Waits, the movie also stars Christopher Plummer and the late Heath Ledger.

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February 5, 2007 Waits' newest album, Orphans, is a three-disc, 56-song collection of old and new material.

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November 21, 2006 Singer-songwriter Tom Waits' new, three-CD set Orphans collects both old and new songs.

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Discover Songs

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July 28, 2008 Hear part of a Tom Waits concert only available at NPR Music, and songs from Cape Breton and NOMO.

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January 2, 2007 "Lie To Me" is immensely disarming, with a roar that can knock listeners sideways.

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December 7, 2006 Count down the year's best CDs as selected by NPR listeners.

December 5, 2006 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen counts down listener picks for the 10 best CDs of 2006, wit...

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October 26, 2006 The year's best pop music from Lily Allen; The quiet and contemplative Damien Rice; Chilling out...

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December 27, 2004 Below are the 20 most mentioned songs from both listeners and reviewers with randomly selected c...

September 21, 2004 Bob Boilen speaks with All Things Considered music reviewers Will Hermes, Tom Moon and Meredith ...

July 24, 2004 In this election year it seemed a good idea to put out a call for music about politics. What we ...

June 3, 2002 The Tuku music of Oliver Mtukudzi; Classical guitarist John Williams; A Spanish classic from Dav...

News

Jennifer Lopez onstage at Mohegan Sun on Oct. 22 — unfortunately without her ex-lookalikes.

October 27, 2011 How can we know what's real and what is staged in the distant world of the super-famous?

Tom Waits, one of five stars inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2011 tonight.

March 14, 2011 The Hall's five newest members talk about the decisions that gave them their musical identities.

Reviews

Tom Waits has just released his latest album, Bad As Me.

October 26, 2011 Waits' latest, Bad As Me, dispenses hard-luck tales that fit this moment in history like a glove.

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"Bad As Me" continues in Tom Waits' tradition of romanticizing figures on the fringes of society.

October 17, 2011 "Bad As Me" continues in Waits' tradition of romanticizing figures on the fringes of society.

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May 20, 2008 Music critic Andy Langer previews albums by Scarlett Johansson, Foxboro Hot Tubs, and more.

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January 2, 2007 "Lie To Me" is immensely disarming, with a roar that can knock listeners sideways.

More Stories

Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon's most recent book, The Polish Boxer, mesmerized us.

May 10, 2013 This week on Alt.Latino, Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon discusses his latest book.

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Clockwise from upper left: Lisa Germano, Ra Ra Riot, Tom Waits, Keith Richards, Blaudzun.

January 8, 2013 Tom Waits and Keith Richards do a traditional sea chantey. Hear that and more on this week's show.

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Tom Waits.

August 7, 2012 Waits' dim view of war and those who wage it is anything but softened in a video by Matt Mahurin.

Cover art for Shabazz Palaces.

December 5, 2011 The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Tom Waits and more artists from S to W.

The Songs That Scare

October 28, 2011 Forget "Monster Mash" — this Halloween, All Songs looks at music that is truly, deeply terrifying.

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Tom Waits' new album, Bad As Me, is out on Oct. 24.

October 23, 2011 Waits' 20th album toggles constantly between heartsick vulnerability and hell-bound defiance.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (top), Lisa Hannigan, James Blake, Jesse Sykes (middle row left to right), Neutral Milk Hotel (bottom).

August 30, 2011 Also this week: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah readies its first album since 2007.

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February 8, 2006 Hear a mix of listener-selected music for Valentine's Day.

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Orphans

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Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards

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