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Trey Anastasio

Read Trey Anastasio: The Truth About 'Valentine' WXPN

February 4, 2013 – Listen to an in-depth interview with the lead singer of the beloved jam-rock band Phish. WXPN

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At age 76, musician Kris Kristofferson is still writing songs. His new album is called Feeling Mortal.

Read Kris Kristofferson On Writing For — And Outliving — His Idols

February 3, 2013 – The legendary songwriter is still performing at 76. His latest album is called Feeling Mortal.

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Ron Sexsmith's new album, Forever Endeavour, comes out Feb. 5.

Read Ron Sexsmith: At Midlife, A Songwriter Ponders Mortality

January 31, 2013 – The Canadian musician reflects on personal setbacks and the strange comfort of sad songs.

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Thom Yorke of Atoms For Peace. Not pictured from the band: Nigel Godrich, Flea, Mauro Refosco and Joey Waronker.

Watch Thom Yorke And Friends On Making Music As Atoms For Peace

January 29, 2013 – The Radiohead singer and two bandmates discuss the process of recording their new album, Amok.

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Trixie Whitley first emerged several years ago as the lead singer of the Daniel Lanois project Black Dub. Her debut as a solo artist is called Fourth Corner.

Read Trixie Whitley: Songs For A Charmed — And Checkered — Life

January 27, 2013 – Whitley was born with a musical pedigree and began her career with a super-producer's endorsement.

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Adam Ant's first album in 17 years, Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter, is an ersatz musical memoir.

Watch After 17 Years, Adam Ant Transforms Again

January 26, 2013 – The man behind "Goody Two Shoes" hasn't made a record in two decades, but he's been busy all along.

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Sean Lennon in the studio, during production of the Alter Egos soundtrack.

Read For Sean Lennon, Music Is Not A Solo Act

January 20, 2013 – Like his father, John, Lennon prefers collaboration. That spirit comes through in his new albums.

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Big Star's members pose in front of their barn.

Read Big Star, Ardent Music And Defining American Power-Pop WXPN

January 16, 2013 – Listen to an interview with Big Star drummer Jody Stephens about Memphis' power-pop scene. WXPN

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Sun Studio in Memphis.

Watch The History Of Sun Studio WXPN

January 15, 2013 – Listen to an interview with Sun founder Sam Phillips about the legendary Memphis studio. WXPN

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Christopher Owens' first solo album is called Lysandre.

Read Out Of A Cult, Into The World: Owens' Transformation

January 12, 2013 – After Christopher Owens fled the cult he grew up in, he used his musical talent to launch a career.

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Scott Walker.

Watch Scott Walker: 'I Don't Listen Again And I Move On' WXPN

January 9, 2013 – The ambitious, venerated singer and composer says he has reached the "point of no return." WXPN

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The singer Skin of Skunk Anansie performs at Brixton Academy in London last month. She wrote the foreword to Laina Dawes' What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal.

Read The 'Life And Liberation' Of A Black Female Metal Fan

January 4, 2013 – Laina Dawes has loved heavy metal since she was 8, but her peers haven't always loved her back.

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In Bernie, Jack Black plays a small-town mortician who murders his live-in companion after she won't stop nagging him. The movie is based on a true story.

Listen Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

January 1, 2013 – Actor Jack Black plays a funeral director who murders his live-in companion in Bernie.

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"Rose Tattoo," by the Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, memorializes the grandfather of singer and bassist Ken Casey (left of center, at table).

Watch Dropkick Murphys: A 'Rose Tattoo' Tells A Life Story

January 1, 2013 – The new single from the Irish punk band serves as a memorial to singer Ken Casey's grandfather.

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Beck's newest album, Song Reader, is a collection of sheet music intended to be arranged and recorded by his fans.

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.

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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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