Jennifer Hudson 'Jenniferizes' New Album With Positive Energy

The Oscar and Grammy Award-winning R&B singer says her new album, JHUD, has more energy than her previous ballad-heavy albums, and expresses more of her "everyday person."

The Song That Never Ends: Why Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September' Sustains

NPR | Sept. 19, 2014 6:20 a.m.

"Do you remember?" The Earth, Wind & Fire hit still unites generations on the dance floor.

The Donkeys at OPB

opbmusic | Sept. 16, 2014 5:10 p.m.

The San Diego quartet plays summertime jams from their new record, Ride the Black Wave.

Stagepass: Run On Sentence

opbmusic | Sept. 10, 2014 12:54 p.m.

Watch the newest video in our Stagepass series, featuring Portland's Run On Sentence.

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

NPR | Sept. 11, 2014 8:55 a.m.

A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.

The Delines at OPB

opbmusic | Aug. 25, 2014 1:17 p.m.

The Delines bring their country soul to OPB studios with a set of songs from their debut album.

One Song: Liz Vice - 'Empty Me Out'

OPB | Aug. 28, 2014 8:45 a.m.

Last year, Liz Vice sang lead vocals on a gospel album that has generated quite a stir in the Portland music scene. Watch her perform "Empty Me Out" from the Bungalo 9 recording studio in Southeast Portland.

'Canticle' Explores Veterans' Experiences Through Opera

OPB | Sept. 01, 2014 5 a.m.

A new contemporary opera, The Canticle of the Black Madonna, takes the stage in Portland this weekend.

A Rational Conversation: Is PC Music Pop Or Is It 'Pop?'

NPR |Sept. 23, 2014 6:46 a.m.

How cynical are the reference-heavy, saccharine songs of the British record label PC Music?

Tweedy: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR |Sept. 22, 2014 11:57 a.m.

With his drummer son Spencer, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy performs songs from their new album, Sukierae.

KEXP Presents: Strand Of Oaks

NPR |Sept. 22, 2014 11:12 a.m.

Philly songwriter Tim Showalter performs a cathartic single, "Shut In," from his new album Heal.

Carl Newman And Neko Case On What Makes a Pop Song Work

NPR |Sept. 22, 2014 6:28 a.m.

The two musicians discuss making their new album with The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers.

A Pianist Hears Chopin From Inside His Instrument

NPR |Sept. 21, 2014 3:21 p.m.

Chad Lawson finds an intimate, otherworldly sound on his new album, The Chopin Variations.

A Vulnerable Voice, Singing From Another Era

NPR |Sept. 20, 2014 8:16 a.m.

Soul singer Paolo Nutini speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about finding strength in fragility.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Go 'Cheek To Cheek' On New Album

NPR |Sept. 20, 2014 8:16 a.m.

The legendary crooner and pop superstar make a natural team on their new collaborative album.

If It's Not Scottish ... Classical Contributions Of The Scots

NPR |Sept. 19, 2014 5:47 a.m.

To mark the historic Scottish referendum, time to salute the country's classical music.

The Rise And Fall Of The Fade-Out

NPR |Sept. 17, 2014 3:03 p.m.

A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song.

As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

NPR |Sept. 17, 2014 11:01 a.m.

"Your intelligence doesn't override your desire to destroy yourself," Darnielle tells Fresh Air.

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