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Lisa Robinson interviews a young Michael Jackson at his family's house in Encino, Calif., in October 1972.

Read How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

April 19, 2014 – Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk.

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Rufus Wainwright joins Wade Goodwyn in NPR's Studio 1 to play a few of his hits.

Read Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

April 19, 2014 – The singer-songwriter stopped by NPR's studios to perform a few of his hits.

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Jeremiah Jae and Oliver the 2nd of Black Jungle Squad.

Watch Jeremiah Jae And Oliver The 2nd: 'Take It Back To The Essence'

April 17, 2014 – "We just want to make the music the focal point and make that as great as we can make it."

Sturgill Simpson's second album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, takes inspiration from both Ray Charles and research into near-death experiences.

Watch God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

April 17, 2014 – Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

Emicida.

Watch Emicida: 'People Sample What Is Nearest To Them'

April 14, 2014 – The rapper has earned a global name for rapping about the plight of Brazil's minorities.

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Ted Leo and Aimee Mann join forces on a new album named for their collaborative songwriting project, The Both.

Read Ted Leo And Aimee Mann On Ego, Humor And The Uncanny Valley

April 12, 2014 – The pair say a shared obsession with a too-real statue sparked their collaboration as The Both.

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Gustav Mahler wanted each of his symphonies to contain a world of emotions and ideas.

Read A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

April 12, 2014 – An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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Rob Gullatte during an interview with Microphone Check in Austin, Texas.

Watch Rob Gullatte: 'I Just Can't Seem To Get These Raps Out My Head'

April 11, 2014 – "I got a job," says the Houstonian. "I like my job, it's cool. But I'm sitting there writing raps."

Frozen is the tale of sisters Anna and Elsa, whose relationship is captured in music by songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Read Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology

April 10, 2014 – Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez tell Terry Gross about the inspiration for "Let It Go."

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E-40.

Watch E-40: 'I'm On The West Coast, Eating'

April 9, 2014 – The Bay Area legend on his career, Master P, Lil Jon, T-Pain, Tupac and Too Short.

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The view at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.

Read A Rational Conversation: A European's View On Coachella And U.S. Festivals

April 8, 2014 – One of the founders of Barcelona's Primavera Sound on booking adventurously and lazy promoters.

LiV Warfield

Read LiV Warfield Lets Her 'Unexpected' Voice Out

April 7, 2014 – Warfield talks about her musical journey and performs songs from her new album The Unexpected.

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First Listen

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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