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St. Vincent Is The 21st Century's Guitar Vanguard

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For Annie Clark, the guitar is not an appendage, not an extension of the body. It is its own body with its own voice. She doesn't use it to embellish her songs; she uses it to build worlds.

New Music, New Stories From Century-Old Celluloid

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Watch an excerpt from The Unchanging Sea, the latest commingling of filmmaker Bill Morrison's decaying reels of silent film and Michael Gordon's undulating music.

The Sound Made Flesh

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Franklin's gospel recordings presented black life itself as a sacred practice. On albums like Amazing Grace, she is less individual genius than willing instrument of the world that created her.

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Aretha's Bridge

Amidst an instantly historic performance in 1971 that led to one of her best-known albums, Aretha Franklin's rendition of a single song carries inside it the weight of pop, soul and gospel history.

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Aretha Franklin Knew How To Make Us Laugh, Too

The Queen of Soul had quite the sense of humor.

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Yo-Yo Ma, A Life Led With Bach

If the celebrated cellist could soundtrack his life, the music would be J.S. Bach's six Cello Suites. Yo-Yo Ma explains why they mean the world to him while he played the music at the NPR offices.

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'The Voice Of A Century': Michael Eric Dyson Looks Back On Aretha Franklin's Life

Noel King talks to Dyson, a professor at Georgetown University, about the legacy of Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul died August 16 at the age of 76.

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Aretha Franklin: The Deep Cuts

Staff members of NPR remember the Queen of Soul beyond her No. 1 hits. These are Aretha Franklin's most essential deep cuts.

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We Still Can't Comprehend The Power Of Aretha Franklin's Voice

No one's voice has ever soared like this.

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Aretha Franklin: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

The Queen of Soul rarely gave interviews, so we were delighted when she sat down for a Fresh Air interview in 1999.

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The Life And Legacy Of Aretha Franklin: An All Songs Considered Remembrance

In this career-spanning conversation, we trace Aretha Franklin's journey, from her earliest days singing gospel in her father's church to becoming one of the most influential artists of all time.

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Janet Jackson Marks Her Comeback With The Help Of Daddy Yankee

Ms. Jackson returns with "Made For Now," a vibrant, Afrobeat-inspired song that will compel you to seize the day.

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Kim Viera, Daddy Yankee Show You 'Como': Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week

Nuyorican newcomer Kim Viera teams up with Daddy Yankee for a summer love hit, Arcangel and J Balvin go disco-over-dembow and Dillon Francis and De La Ghetto keep moombahton alive.