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Tegan And Sara Reach Out To New Audiences With 'Heartthrob.'

The twin sisters from Canada depart from their indie singer-songwriter roots with their latest album. The music on Heartthrob is often loaded with a carefully articulated sense of doubt that Tegan and Sara suggest needs to be shaken off through a triumph of the pop-music will.


On 'Banga,' Patti Smith Pays Homage To Friends.

Banga is Smith's 11th studio album, her first collection of original material since 2004 and the first record she's released since the publication of her memoir Just Kids. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the music on Banga is marvelously uneven and frequently transporting.


Patti Smith And Robert Mapplethorpe: Kindred Spirits.

Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids, just nominated for a National Book Award, describes her path of artistic self discovery and her relationship with the provocative photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe.

This interview was originally broadcast on January 19, 2010. 'Just Kids' was recently nominated for a National Book Award and will be released in a paperback edition on November 2, 2010.


Two Divas, Both Alike in Mononyms

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker reviews two albums from two one-named singers: Madonna's Hard Candy and the self-titled release from Swedish pop singer Robyn.


Amy LaVere, Throwing 'Anchors & Anvils'

Anchors & Anvils is the jazzy, torchy, after-a-breakup second album by singer, actress and stand-up bassist Amy LaVere. Jim Dickinson, who's worked with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Replacements, produced the disc.


Patti Smith Recognized as a Rock Legend

Singer and poet Patti Smith will be inducted into the Rock and roll Hall of Fame on March 12. Smith got her start in the punk movement of the 1970s with the album Horses.

Smith's upcoming album, Twelve, is a collection of covers of classic rock tunes, including "Gimme Shelter," "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Are You Experienced?" Twelve will be released on April 12. Smith will go on tour in Europe this spring. (Contains excerpt of 1998 Michael Stipe interview)

Originally broadcast on June 24, 1996.


The Trucks Debut with Abundant Attitude

Four women musicians from Bellingham, Wash., who call themselves "The Trucks" have released a debut album of the same name, with language and attitude that is not going to get them much airplay on mainstream radio.

The Trucks are another entry in a long line of female rock bands that know and find their audience.


CD Review: 'C'Mon DJ'

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews C'Mon DJ, the third album by the Boston based duo Mr. Airplane Man, featuring singer-guitarist Margaret Garrett and drummer-organist Tara McManus.


Biographer Vicki Wickham

With writer Penny Valentine, Wickham recently published Dancing with Demons: The Authorized Biography of Dusty Springfield. Wickham was a close friend of Springfield's, and managed her for more than a decade. This interview first aired January 2, 2002.


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