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For Singer Ane Brun, 'Freedom Is Really An Absence Of Fear'

"Let your mind and body rest so it can heal." That's the mantra that inspired the Norwegian artist on her latest album, When I'm Free.

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Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard On Small-Town Life, Big-Time Music

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Howard was raised on her father's junkyard in the small town of Athens, Ala. "It was a really interesting way to grow up," she tells Fresh Air.

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All Songs +1: David Bowie Fulfills His Jazz Dream

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and longtime David Bowie producer Tony Visconti talk Blackstar and Bowie's deep dive into jazz.

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Jon Anderson And Jean-Luc Ponty On World Cafe

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Hear what happens when jazz fusion comes together with the lead singer of the prog-rock band Yes.

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Wild Winter, a new seasonal album by the British band Smoke Fairies, frames the holidays with chilly ambivalence. Kamil Kustosz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Wild Winter' Inverts The Holiday Album Formula

Scott Simon speaks with Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies of the British band Smoke Fairies, whose new album frames the holidays with chilly ambivalence.

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Neon Indian: A Musician With The Mind Of A Filmmaker

Alan Palomo says he deliberately took his time making his band's latest LP: "At some point I was just kind of like, 'I don't want to spend my 20s in a van."

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Carrie Brownstein is the co-creator and co-star of the TV series Portlandia. Autumn de Wilde/Riverhead Books hide caption

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Joanna Newsom's new album, Divers, is out now. Annabel Mehran/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Joanna Newsom On Nabokov, Songwriting And Music Journalism

A decade after her breakout debut, The Milk-Eyed Mender, Newsom unvelied her fourth album, Divers, this week. She speaks with NPR's Scott Simon.

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