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Video: Grandaddy's Jason Lytle At SXSW

Through the '90s, until the group disbanded in 2006, Grandaddy built a loyal audience by making beautifully orchestrated, neo-psychedelic space-pop. Former frontman Jason Lytle returns this year with his debut solo album, Yours Truly, The Commuter. He showcased some of his new songs for this NPR Music video session.

Remixing YouTube, One Video At A Time

The latest viral video doesn't just come from YouTube — it's a remix of it. Amateur musicians with video cameras and homemade gadgets are all the playthings of an Israel-based musician and producer named Kutiman, who blends their sounds and images into unique songs.

Remixing YouTube, One Video At A Time

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SXSW 2009 Preview

On this edition of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen chats with Carrie Brownstein, Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson about some of the bands they're most looking forward to seeing at SXSW.

SXSW 2009 Preview

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India.Arie: 'Love And Politics,' Live In Studio

The popular singer-songwriter says her new album, Testimony, Vol. 2, is about "the oneness of all things." Watch video from a studio session by India.Arie, recorded live in NPR's Studio 4A.

India.Arie: 'Love And Politics,' Live In Studio

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In Studio: Ben Kweller's Country Makeover

As a teenager, the singer-songwriter was already touring the world with his rock band. His new album takes him back to before then, when country music blasted out of Texas radio stations. He performs a solo acoustic set in NPR's Studio 4A.

In Studio: Ben Kweller's Country Makeover

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David Dondero

He should be a name everyone knows by now. Instead, troubadour David Dondero returned to NPR having slept the night before in his car.

Janis Ian: Behind Her Songs And Life

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By the time she was 16, Janis Ian already had a Grammy and a permanent place in the American consciousness. Her new autobiography shares the sometimes shocking stories behind her life and music. In a session from Folk Alley, she performs a cross section of her songs.

Rachael Yamagata Writes To Overcome

The singer-songwriter's newest project is a double album focusing on two different parts of her personality. Elephants is contemplative, while Teeth Sinking Into Heart is upbeat, rhythmic and fun.

Rachael Yamagata Writes To Overcome

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Homework: Odd Musical Instruments

Last week, host Andrea Seabrook asked listeners to send in home recordings and photographs of their oddest musical instrument. The responses were eclectic, and some were indeed strange. Here is a smattering of some of the more interesting instrument descriptions from listeners.

Homework: Odd Musical Instruments

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Christopher O'Riley's Bad Plus Epiphany

O'Riley enjoys his Bach and Beethoven, but he's also a serious fan of pop music and jazz: He's recorded piano arrangements of songs by Radiohead and Nick Drake. O'Riley's latest passion is the adventurous jazz trio The Bad Plus.

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Thao Nguyen makes captivating music. Her songs are raw and infectious, her voice has a distinctive swagger, and she's a nimble guitarist. She stopped by NPR's offices to give an intimate performance.

Smog's Bill Callahan Bares His 'Whaleheart'

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When Bill Callahan (a.k.a. Smog) came to KUT to promote the release of 2007's Woke on a Whaleheart, he brought members of Shearwater to back him up. His performance was hopeful, big and explicitly in touch with his influences.

American Rapper Eli Sweet Reflects On China

Atlanta native Eli Sweet moved to Chengdu, China, nearly two years ago to improve his Chinese and discover a new way of life. The energetic American raps in underground clubs with Chinese hip-hop artists. He says he encounters "an endless stream of adventure."

Amos Lee At The Studio 4A 'Lodge'

Before pursuing a career in music, Lee was a Philadelphia schoolteacher. Then he started going to open-mic nights with a car stereo full of classic R&B records. He recently brought his folky, soulful style to NPR headquarters for a solo performance.

Amos Lee At The Studio 4A 'Lodge'

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