Read Beck Explains 'Song Reader,' An Album Fans Perform Themselves
December 29, 2012 – The shape-shifting musician's latest release is less an album than a blueprint.
Read 'Prayer Flags,' A Song About Waiting On Heavenly Help
December 29, 2012 – Inspired by Tibetan prayer flags flying near her home, Kristina Olsen spun a theological riddle.
Watch KCRW Presents: Robert Glasper Experiment
Read What's In A Song: The Real 'Prayer Flags'
December 29, 2012 – Singer Kristina Olsen describes the inspiration for a song.
Watch Reflecting On EMI, An Industry Giant Felled In 2012
December 29, 2012 – The label's demise raises big questions about a business now dominated by just a few players.
Read Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town
December 29, 2012 – With guidance from Cash's siblings, the tiny, dilapidated house is being painstakingly restored.
Remembering Fontella Bass, Voice Of A Soul Classic
Read Lord Huron On World Cafe WXPN
Listen April Verch Band On Mountain Stage
Read Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros On World Cafe WXPN
December 28, 2012 – Singer Alex Ebert explains the origin of the band's name, which evolved from a childhood fantasy. WXPN
Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week
Read O Fortuna, Why So Negative?
Watch The Most Stylish Music Videos Of 2012
Listen John Lewis On Piano Jazz
Read Cafe Tacvba: A Legendary Mexican Rock Band Stays Fresh
December 28, 2012 – The group's vital sound fuses Mexican rock with universal lyrics and music from around the world.