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In the digital era, accusations of surreptitious chart manipulation are common throughout the world — in South Korea, it's called <em>sajaegi</em>.

Once a motorcycle repair and parts shop, Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, Mo., has become a jewel in the city's music scene.

It's not as mean as it might sound (though it does involve a little electrocution) and the results can be both beautiful and, well, eye-opening.

Chris Dave, your favorite musician's favorite drummer, takes listeners on a journey through a virtual record store, picking up different genres along the way and putting them in your bag.

Hear a mélange of sounds and styles from across Latin America and the U.S., centered on the sentiment of loves lost and found in unlikely places.

"Raleigh Days" tugs at weathered heart strings with a reckless rock and roll abandon — just like yesteryear's Archers Of Loaf.

These five artists make music that is singular enough to stand out among the thousands of others who enter the Contest each year with high hopes of playing at the Desk.

The Po' Ramblin' Boys stopped by the <em>Mountain Stage</em> to share songs from <em>Toil, Tears & Trouble</em>, the band's 2019 debut.

Distortion is familiar to most of us — a 'staticky noise,' a 'noisy static.' But in the right hands, its uses can bloom and its rigid contours soften.

For our series <em>One-Hit Wonders/Second-Best Songs</em>, NPR Music Senior Director Lauren Onkey recommends "Out of Left Field" by Percy Sledge. He's known mostly for his 1966 hit, "When a Man Loves a Woman."

The Canadian singer-songwriter gives a deep, soulful performance against a sometimes moody backdrop of bass saxophone and bowed guitars.

Doctors wanted to ensure they didn't compromise parts of the brain necessary for playing the violin, so they asked their musician patient to play for them mid-operation.

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A keen observer of the world around him, Camilo Lara or Mexican Institute of Sound, has written a love letter dedicated to his beloved Mexico City in the form of an album.

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