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Mayer Hawthorne.

Listen Mayer Hawthorne On World Cafe WXPN

October 25, 2013 – The retro-soul singer revisits the World Cafe for this week's Sense of Place: Detroit feature. WXPN


Dennis Coffey.

Listen Dennis Coffey On World Cafe WXPN

October 23, 2013 – The guitarist talks about being a Detroit musician, then and now, in this Sense of Place feature. WXPN


TLC's Chilli and T-Boz attend the New York premiere of CrazySexyCool on Oct. 15, 2013.

Watch TLC: A Girl Group's 20 Years Of Ups And Downs

October 21, 2013 – The surviving members talk with NPR's David Greene about the trials and successes of their careers.


The Poets of Rhythm were a group of young retro-soul musicians from Germany. An anthology of their work was recently released.

Watch The Poets Of Rhythm: A Troop Of German James Browns

October 18, 2013 – Oliver Wang reviews a new anthology of music from the Munich-based, 1990s retro-soul musicians.


D'Angelo in his video for "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," right, and Brendon Urie, in Panic! at the Disco's video for "Girls/Girls/Boys."

Watch Still-Unanswered Questions In 'Untitled' Video Remake

October 18, 2013 – An imitation of D'Angelo's 2000 clip cannily inserts race into a song about bisexuality.

I'll Find a Way is the latest album in The Blind Boys of Alabama's seven-decade run. Left to right: Ricky McKinnie, Paul Beasley, Jimmy Carter, Ben Moore, Joey Williams.

Watch Gospel's Blind Boys Meet Changing Times With Open Minds

October 2, 2013 – Through Jim Crow and the civil rights movement, The Blind Boys of Alabama have kept on singing.


James Ingram.

Listen James Ingram On 'Song Travels'

September 13, 2013 – The co-writer behind hits like "P.Y.T." and "Somewhere Out There" shares his journey.


Kiss Land is singer Abel Tesfaye's major-label debut as The Weeknd.

Watch The Weeknd Revels In Raw Emotion On 'Kiss Land'

September 10, 2013 – The producer and singer-songwriter uses his debut album to showcase a haunting perspective on love.


Janelle Monáe's new album, The Electric Lady, features collaborations with Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel and Esperanza Spalding.

Watch 'Electric Lady' Janelle Monae On Creating The Unheard

September 7, 2013 – The singer discusses her new album, which features appearances from Erykah Badu, Miguel and Prince.


Willis Earl Beal's new album, Nobody knows., comes out Sept. 10.

Read First Listen: Willis Earl Beal, 'Nobody knows.'

September 1, 2013 – The singer's second album fans out into a deft mix of spare blues confessionals and classic soul.

Robin Thicke on the cover of Blurred Lines.

Read Robin Thicke: Smirky But Sincere On 'Blurred Lines'

August 22, 2013 – Listen and look past his roué image, and the chart-topper is revealed as an earnest nostalgist.


Record producer Huey Meaux wound up in jail twice, but he sure had a knack for finding talent in unlikely places. Some of those songs are included on South Texas Rhythm 'n' Soul Revue.

Read 'South Texas' Collects Producer's Checkered Career

August 12, 2013 – Huey Meaux wound up in jail twice, but he sure had a knack for finding talent in unlikely places.


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.


Ron Isley

Read For R&B's Ron Isley, Music Is 'Just Like Magic'

July 16, 2013 – Ron Isley began as one of the Isley Brothers, recording hits like "Shout" before his solo career.


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