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The Jonas Brothers chat with NPR's Michel Martin about gaining fame young, taking time off and getting back together for the band's latest album, <em>Happiness Begins</em>.

The now Nashville-based Josh Rouse strolls back for his third visit to <em>Mountain Stage, </em>making himself right at home during a four-song set.

The musician and magazine publisher talks to <em>Alt.Latino</em> about guitar players and issues of representation on this week's show.

There really was no precedent for Maybelle Carter, who learned to play from her own mother and spent much of her life teaching her children — as well as generations of country stars that followed.

Coltrane recorded the album in New Jersey, at the admiring behest of a Québécois filmmaker named Gilles Groulx, who used it to score his docufictional film <em>Le chat dans le sac</em>.

<em>The Center Won't Hold</em> casts an uneasy gaze on technology and politics; it's also the band's last album with its longtime drummer. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker.

Our sprint through the best new albums out this week include Sleater-Kinney's <em>The Center Won't Hold, </em>Boston rapper Cousin Stizz, R&B singer Snoh Aalegra, the country singer Lillie Mae and more.

Watch a young cellist on the rise, offering music of virtuosity, sweet lyricism and a little fire from his Persian roots.

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Patricia Wulf, a mezzo-soprano who says she was uncomfortable with aggressive advances made by revered opera star Plácido Domingo.

We celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis going electric for <em>Bitches Brew</em> — part controversial, part revolutionary and as a whole, historic.

We rarely place Mendoza and Carter, both great guitarists and lead vocalists in family bands, in conversation — though listeners to border radio stations in the late 1930s were often fans of both.

Maybelle Carter's guitar innovation helped revolutionize the way the instrument is played. Watch Americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews show you how it's done.

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