provided by:

Music archive

Ebony Bones' new album, Behold, A Pale Horse, comes out August 5.

Read First Listen: Ebony Bones, 'Behold, A Pale Horse'

July 21, 2013 – The British songwriter and producer is an explosive performer who's unafraid to take creative risks.

Timo Andres' new album, Home Stretch, comes out July 30.

Read First Listen: Timo Andres And The Metropolis Ensemble, 'Home Stretch'

July 21, 2013 – The 27-year-old composer and pianist weaves together the DNA of Mozart, Charles Ives and Brian Eno.

Grant Hart has had an enigmatic career since his days drumming with the influential punk trio Hüsker Dü.

Read Hüsker Dü's Timekeeper Finds A Lost Paradise

July 21, 2013 – Grant Hart's latest project in an enigmatic solo career is an ambitious album with a biblical hook.


Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Watch OMD: New-Wavers Look Backward To Go Forward

July 21, 2013 – The "If You Leave" duo has been making music together for three and a half decades.


Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner

Read Thundercat On Making Music Outside The Lines

July 20, 2013 – The session bassist plays metal, R&B, hip-hop and jazz, folding all of it into his own music.


Left to right: Daniel Machalak, James Philips and Stuart Robinson of Bombadil.

Read Bombadil: Scattered By Fate, A Band Regroups And Rebuilds

July 20, 2013 – The indie-folk act nearly collapsed in 2009, when one member found himself suddenly unable to play.


The Long Walk, Brian Castner's memoir of PTSD and a difficult homecoming, will soon be an opera.

Watch A Veteran's Piercing True Story Leaps From Page To Stage

July 20, 2013 – The Long Walk, Brian Castner's memoir of PTSD and a difficult homecoming, will soon be an opera.


Cheyenne Mize performs a Tiny Desk Concert on May 16, 2013.

Watch Cheyenne Mize: Tiny Desk Concert

July 20, 2013 – The singer, instrumentalist and music therapist plays slinky, forceful songs at NPR Music.


"Grandma Drummer" in action.

Watch UPDATE: 'Grandma Drummer' Revealed

July 19, 2013 – In La Crosse, Wis., "Mary" drops into a drum shop every couple months, sits down and starts wailing.

Kassin performs on World Cafe.

Read Kassin On World Cafe WXPN

July 19, 2013 – Watch a special performance by the Brazilian guitar player, recorded live in Rio de Janeiro. WXPN


Bebel Gilberto.

Read Bebel Gilberto On World Cafe WXPN

July 19, 2013 – World Cafe revisits a 2004 session with the best-selling Brazilian bossa nova star. WXPN


Vinicius Cantuária.

Read Vinicius Cantuária On World Cafe WXPN

July 19, 2013 – As part of its Sense of Place: Rio series, World Cafe revisits the Brazilian singer's 2004 session. WXPN


Zhang Junmin (second from right) and his band perform the Lao Qiang music special in northwest China's Shaanxi province. The character behind the stage means "drama"; Lao Qiang music used to accompany puppet plays and includes a strong storytelling component.

Read A Secret Folk Music Holds Firm In China's Badlands

July 19, 2013 – The nation's hardscrabble northwest is home to a centuries-old musical tradition called Lao Qiang.


Valerie Simpson.

Listen Valerie Simpson On 'Song Travels'

July 19, 2013 – One of the architects of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" joins host Michael Feinstein.


Bebel Gilberto performs at City Winery in New York City.

Read Latin Roots: Bossa Nova, Brazil's Answer To Jazz WXPN

July 19, 2013 – A Latin music critic details the origins of bossa nova as a fusion of American jazz and Latin samba. WXPN


NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor