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This year, Sondre Lerche has had a regular studio album, Phantom Punch, and done the entire soundtrack for the film Dan in Real Life. Lerche talks about bursting through to the mainstream and performs a few songs live.
Before embarking on a solo career, Olson was a founding member of The Jayhawks. Since the band's demise in 1995, he's remained one of the most respected singer-songwriters in roots music. Hear Olson play songs from his most recent album, Salvation Blues.
The Pipettes, an ultracool British pop trio, put a postmodern spin on songs that throw back to the sound of Phil Spector. The group is defiantly catchy, a new kind of bubblegum for listeners' ears. "We are the Pipettes," its members sing, "and we have no regrets."
After 34 years of making music, Sweet Honey in the Rock has kept its flavor and its fan base, even as its lineup has changed. The group recently visited NPR for a performance and interview, sharing old favorites and songs from its latest CD, Experience...101.
Josh Ritter describes his new album as an attempt to stop seeking perfection and instead embrace wild music. Live in the Bryant Park studios, the Idaho-born songwriter performs "To the Dogs or Whoever."
Stephin Merritt records a Project Song for NPR.
Unsigned and living in a van, Hoop took the Los Angeles area by storm with only a demo recording. Several years later, she has a fully fleshed-out major-label album, one that draws on sundry sounds and shape-shifting voices.
Several years ago, influential bluegrass musician Del McCoury decided to do away with modern concert amplification and go back to the basics: three microphones. With his sons at his side, McCoury performs and answers questions about his life in music.