Apple's U2 Album Promotion Backfires

NPR |Sept. 15, 2014 6:29 a.m.

Last week, U2 and Apple teamed up for what Apple CEO Timothy Cook called, "the largest album release of all time." They released U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," for free to everyone with an iTunes account, but not all were happy about it.

'Your Call Is Important ... ' Which Is Why You Hear Music

NPR |Sept. 14, 2014 8:56 a.m.

We've all been put on hold. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to journalist Tom Vanderbilt who says that music on the other end of the phone line helps keep customers sane while they wait.

Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies At 75

NPR |Sept. 14, 2014 8:36 a.m.

Sample was a founder of the band the Jazz Crusaders and reportedly played with musicians from Miles Davis and B.B. King to Steely Dan and the Supremes. NPR's Arun Rath has this remembrance.

Kate Bush Sells Out 22 Shows In Less Than 15 Minutes

NPR |Sept. 12, 2014 1:37 p.m.

Kate Bush fans have waited 35 years for her to go on tour. The rather reclusive British singer-songwriter has launched her first live shows since 1979 — but she's performing all of them in London.

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 Thistle & Shamrock: Clear Sounds

NPR |Sept. 11, 2014 6:57 a.m.

Enjoy the pure beauty of the unaccompanied voice, solo and layered, along with solo performers.

Jazz Arranger Gerald Wilson Dies At 96

NPR |Sept. 11, 2014 5:24 a.m.

Bandleader, composer and arranger Gerald Wilson died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96. Wilson's career stretched from the swing era of the 1930s into the 21st century.

George Harrison, 'This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)'

NPR |Sept. 10, 2014 12:36 p.m.

George Harrison's first six solo albums are being reissued as a box set. Hear a bonus track.

Manliness In Music: The XY Hits The Hi-Fi

NPR |Sept. 05, 2014 10:29 p.m.

There's no shortage of songs about what it means to be a man. But what makes some music sound "manly — and what attracts men to play and listen to certain genres of music? The answers are changing.

Glenn Gould In Rapture

NPR |Sept. 04, 2014 6:15 a.m.

You don't get to see this too often; a man (in this case, a very talented man) totally possessed by his muse. Watch pianist Glenn Gould deep in what psychologists call "A Flow State."

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