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In Memoir, Neil Young Wages 'Heavy Peace'

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Waging Heavy Peace is about his music, raising two sons with special needs, and his own medical conditions, which have included polio, epilepsy and a brain aneurysm.

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Janis Martin, 'The Female Elvis,' Returns

The co-producer of the singer's posthumous album talks about getting her idol back in the studio.

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Grizzly Bear On Candor, Democracy And Too Much Music

The Brooklyn band talks about its division of labor and how to break through the indie ceiling.

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Rickie Lee Jones' new album, The Devil You Know, is a collection of covers. "I think [I recorded the album] partially to remind people that a singer is the one who interprets the song," she says. "And once you do that, it's yours." Myriam Santos/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rickie Lee Jones: 'One Devil With One Guitar'

On her newest project, The Devil You Know, the singer-songwriter covers a set of cult classics.

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John Convertino and Joey Burns have been performing as Calexico since 1996. Their latest album is called Algiers. Jairo Zavala/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Calexico: Road Songs For Wandering Souls

The Tucson, Ariz., band's newest batch of story-songs about people in transition is titled Algiers, named for the New Orleans neighborhood where it was recorded.

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Summer's Over, But fun.'s Just Getting Started

We've been following the band on a growth spurt as it crosses the country, and a couple of oceans.

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Chan Marshall's new album as Cat Power, her first set of new songs in more than six years, is called Sun. Austin Conroy/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cat Power: 'I'm Not Ashamed To Hear My Voice'

Chan Marshall discusses Sun, her first album of original work in six years — and the winding process behind its creation.

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Bloc Party Gets Back To Basics

The British band's goal was simple: sound like four guys playing music in a room.

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The Zombies: Reaching Across Decades

Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, founding members of the influential band, discuss what keeps bringing them back after all these years.

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Aerosmith's 'Sixth Member' Takes Center Stage

After touring for 15 years with the rock band, pianist and singer Russ Irwin has released an album of his own.

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Passion Pit's Not-So-Silver Lining

Beneath the sunny surface of the band's new record, Gossamer, singer Michael Angelakos' lyrics detail his struggles with addiction, relationships and more.

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Elton John: Old Songs, Old Friends, New Perspectives

In his new memoir Love Is the Cure, John says his struggles with addiction have left him stronger as both a man and a musician.

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Def Leppard's Joe Elliott On Covering Def Leppard

The frontman says he's laughing more than crying as the band re-records its hits for online retail.

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Milo Greene: Born Of A Music-Industry Phantom

The rising rock band — yes, it's a band, not a person — tells NPR's Scott Simon the story behind its deceptive name.

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16 Musical Odes To Very Strange Animals

The latest album from Brooklyn musician Michael Hearst (best known as a member of One Ring Zero) was inspired by the misfits of the natural world.

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