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Chad Lawson's new album is The Chopin Variations.

Read A Pianist Hears Chopin From Inside His Instrument

Chad Lawson finds an intimate, otherworldly sound on his new album, The Chopin Variations.


Sarah McLachlan gets called a "songstress" a lot. Translation: "Look everyone, a lady is singing a song!"

Read Saying No To 'Songstress' And Other Forbidden Words

September 20, 2014 – A certain someone hates the word "songstress." What else should be abolished from music writing?

Paolo Nutini's new album is called Caustic Love.

Watch Paolo Nutini: A Vulnerable Voice, Singing From Another Era

September 20, 2014 – Soul singer Paolo Nutini speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about finding strength in fragility.


Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's collaborative album is called Cheek To Cheek.

Watch Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Go 'Cheek To Cheek' On New Album

September 20, 2014 – The legendary crooner and pop superstar make a natural team on their new collaborative album.


The Hold Steady.

Watch The Hold Steady On World Cafe WXPN

September 19, 2014 – Hear the band survey its decade-long history — including the song singer Craig Finn calls his best. WXPN


Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap.

Listen Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes On Piano Jazz

September 19, 2014 – It's a rare thing to have three pianists at three pianos in one studio.


Robby Hecht.

Listen Robby Hecht On Mountain Stage

September 19, 2014 – The award-winning Nashville singer-songwriter performs four songs from his new, self-titled album.


Drummer Simon Kirke is so going to let those cymbals have it in this 2009 performance with Bad Company.

Read Puzzler: Name That Drum Fill

September 19, 2014 – Hear a series of classic rock and iconic pop drum fills and match them to the song.

The Scottish bagpipes make a surprise appearance in a beloved piece by Peter Maxwell Davies.

Read If It's Not Scottish ... Classical Contributions Of The Scots

September 19, 2014 – To mark the historic Scottish referendum, time to salute the country's classical music.


Earth, Wind & Fire onstage in 1979.

Watch The Song That Never Ends: Why 'September' Sustains

September 19, 2014 – "Do you remember?" The Earth, Wind & Fire hit still unites generations on the dance floor.


Christian McBride in rehearsal at the Kennedy Center.

Listen They Drive At 55: The Monterey Jazz Anniversary Tour WBGO

September 18, 2014 – JazzSet catches the anniversary show featuring Christian McBride at the Kennedy Center. WBGO


Chris Staples in his new video "Hold Onto Something"

Watch First Watch: Chris Staples, 'Hold Onto Something'

September 18, 2014 – Three sleazy characters roam the streets in slow motion in this song from the album American Soft.

A young Phil Elverum, circa late '90s.

Read Breaking A Song Apart, Note By Note

September 18, 2014 – Phil Elverum says The Microphones' "I Want Wind To Blow" is about breaking up and changing weather.


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