Dec 5, 2013 — The story of 2013's wild-haired teenage pop phenomenon has more than a few parallels with the 1991 emergence of grunge kingpins Nirvana, but recast for the millennial age.
Dec 5, 2013 — A look back at the diverse, exciting and adventure-filled year in Latin Alternative music.
Dec 4, 2013 — Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson for a special edition of All Songs Considered that brings together the themes of the year, the albums that won us over and the musicians we lost in 2013.
Dec 4, 2013 — The smart songwriter behind the much-beloved "Hey Sandy" returns after eight years. Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You is full of smart wordplay and Mulcahy's unmistakable voice, but it's also driven by loss.
Dec 5, 2013 — The songs were a byproduct of slavery in the U.S. But after being passed along by generations of African-American musicians, they were later embraced by a variety of improvisers, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Grant Green and John Coltrane.
Dec 5, 2013 — Can non-belief in God become a belief system itself? NPR's John Burnett has the story of the Texas indie band Quiet Company, who made a splash with a surprisingly positive album about frontman Taylor Muse's crisis of faith.
Dec 4, 2013 — Actor Oscar Isaac disappears into the title role of the new Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, a black comedy about a '60s folk singer who just can't make it, no matter what he does. He speaks with NPR's Melissa Block about playing the less-than-likable character.
Dec 5, 2013 — With six concerts spread over eight discs, Wood Flute Songs documents the bassist's exhaustive and creative live output.
Dec 2, 2013 — This week's two-hour mix from Metropolis host Jason Bentley features an epic new tune from Todd Terje, the latest from ambient producer Tycho, the Mat Zo anthem "Easy" and much more.
Dec 4, 2013 — The musician and writer talks about the year in music from where she sits, which is right up front.