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Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

Read Michel Van Der Aa Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

November 25, 2012 – Watch an excerpt of a cello concerto/short film that has earned the Dutch composer the prize.

Martha Wainwright's newest album, Come Home to Mama, was inspired by the death of her mother and birth of her son, which happened about two months apart.

Read Martha Wainwright On New Motherhood, And A Mother Lost

November 25, 2012 – Wainwright's newest album was inspired by two big changes in her family — a birth and a death.


Alicia Keys' latest album is called Girl on Fire.

Watch Alicia Keys: How A 'Girl On Fire' Keeps From Burning Out

November 25, 2012 – Now married and a mother, Keys says she's more vigilant than ever about remaining productive.


What do you want for the holidays?

Read The NPR Music Holiday Gift Wish List

November 23, 2012 – Our staff picks out a lavish holiday wish list, from the practical to the fantastical.

The Mallett Brothers Band is, from left to right, Brian Higgins, Wally Wenzel, Luke Mallett, Will Mallett, Nate Soule and Nick Leen.

Watch How Much Does Crowd Funding Cost Musicians?

November 23, 2012 – Two bands add up what they've spent while asking you for money.


For just one day, let's pretend like it's 1967.

Read Five Reasons To Visit Your Local Record Store On Black Friday

November 21, 2012 – This Friday, independent record stores will offer new, reissued and limited-edition vinyl.

Coleman Hawkins in 1946.

Read Coleman Hawkins: Tenor Saxophone, Front And Center Jazz24

November 21, 2012 – Starting in the 1920s, Hawkins made an afterthought of an instrument into a star attraction. Jazz24

Composer Max Richter's new album takes on Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Read Max Richter Recomposes 'The Four Seasons'

November 21, 2012 – The composer has done a brave thing for any artist in any medium: He's messed with a classic.


A still from the video for "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Watch It Isn't (Just) Ironic: In Defense Of The Hipster

November 20, 2012 – A rising hit by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis helps refute the idea that irony dominates youth culture.

Bessie Smith, "The Empress of the Blues," gave voice the listeners' tribulations and yearnings of the 1920s and '30s.

Read The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

November 21, 2012 – A new 10-CD box set collects the complete works of the colossus who straddled jazz and blues.


The Insect Trust.

Watch The Insect Trust: An American Band Deconstructed

November 20, 2012 – Free jazzers, hippie rockers and country-blues musicians made up this ragtag late-'60s band.


The L.A. duo Foxygen just released a new song, "Shuggie," which Philadelphia's WXPN quickly embraced.

Read Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

November 20, 2012 – Download new music from Foxygen, bassist Marcus Miller, folk singer Rayna Geller and more.

An autographed portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Read Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music

November 19, 2012 – A leading conductor and an author explain the resonances behind a famous phrase in music.


Bill Withers onstage in 1973.

Read Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet's Soul

November 19, 2012 – Since the singer's 1971 debut, he has had nine albums, all of which are now available in a box set.


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