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'It's Hard To Stay Patient': A Conversation With John Mayer

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"You may have to go someplace like Montana to 'get' this record." John Mayer tells NPR's Ari Shapiro about his new album, Paradise Valley. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Hear Two Songs By Phèdre

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Stars On World Cafe

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Singer and songwriter Bob Schneider invented "The Song Game" a decade ago, inviting a closed group of fellow musicians to submit a new song every week. Chris Miller/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For A Few Musicians, Beating Songwriter's Block Is A Game

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Memoryhouse On World Cafe

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Laura Veirs On World Cafe

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Lady Gaga's new album, ARTPOP, is out now. Inez and Vinoodh/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP'

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Lucius' new album, Wildewoman, is out now. Peter Larson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In Lucius, Two Singers Find An Arresting Harmony

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Pentatonix's album, PTX Vol. 2, is out now. Brandon Lyon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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No Instruments? For Pentatonix, It's No Problem

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fun. On World Cafe

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Katy Perry's new album, Prism, is out now. Cass Bird/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Katy Perry On The 180 That Saved Her Career

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Was (Not Was) On World Cafe

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