May 23, 2013 — The underground singer-songwriter has influenced many contemporary indie-folk and rock acts. Hear four songs from Paleface, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.
May 19, 2013 — Marling's songs dig well beyond the everyday, with each sung in a wise, dusky, brooding voice that always seems in control of its surroundings. The U.K. folksinger's fourth album, Once I Was an Eagle, takes a remarkable journey over the course of 16 hypnotic, subtly inventive songs.
May 17, 2013 — Shape-note singing is a communal form of music that began in New England 200 years ago, mostly from townsfolk without any musical training. Sam Amidon says the melodies of shape-note hymns are some of the "deepest-seated for me."
May 13, 2013 — The death-obsessed singer-songwriter explores a dark, folk-infused sound on her new album, Wheel.
May 13, 2013 — The veteran country players mix corny humor, musical merrymaking and timeless vocal harmonies. With three songs from their album-length collaboration Buddy and Jim, Miller and Lauderdale perform an endearing set at the NPR Music offices.
May 12, 2013 — The duo returns with a concept album about wildlife, with an emphasis on nature's capacity for destruction. Animals may burrow in and out of each of these songs, but they're merely helping humanity forge a pathway to madness.
May 6, 2013 — The British singer-songwriter plays songs from his quiet and introspective new album Tooth & Nail, inspired by the collection of Woody Guthrie songs he produced with Wilco in 1998.
May 6, 2013 — The Handsome Family's song "Woodpecker" tells the true story of Mary Sweeney, a woman who lived in the late 19th century and was known as the Wisconsin Window Smasher for her compulsive habit of breaking windows.
Apr 29, 2013 — Sam Beam says he isn't "worried about people understanding exactly what's happening" in any given song. In this interview, he discusses the "exposed, vulnerable place" described in "Caught in the Briars," as well as the themes that run through Ghost on Ghost, Iron and Wine's new album.
Apr 29, 2013 — The folk-rock trio brings its soulful harmonies to the studio and discusses the tragedy that inspired many of its songs.