Posted: 2020-08-07 03:31:47
Esther Ngumbi, a professor from Kenya, and Ifeanyi Nsofor, a doctor in Nigeria, react to the megastar's movie-length music video — and to criticism from other Africans....
Posted: 2020-08-07 03:31:47
Esther Ngumbi, a professor from Kenya, and Ifeanyi Nsofor, a doctor in Nigeria, react to the megastar's movie-length music video — and to criticism from other Africans....
Helen Jones Woods, Groundbreaking Female Trom...

Helen Jones Woods, Groundbreaking Female Trombonist, Has Died From COVID-19


Woods played in the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a history-making all-female big band. She was 96....
Posted: 2020-08-05 09:03:27
Helen Jones Woods, Groundbreaking Female Trombonist, Has Died From COVID-19
Woods played in the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a history-making all-female big band. She was 96....
Bon Iver Collaborates With Bruce Springsteen,...

Bon Iver Collaborates With Bruce Springsteen, Hints At New Album


In a guest-filled new single called "AUATC (Ate Up All Their Cake)," Justin Vernon teams up with Springsteen, Jenny Lewis, Jenn Wasner and others....
Posted: 2020-08-05 07:57:00
Bon Iver Collaborates With Bruce Springsteen, Hints At New Album
In a guest-filled new single called "AUATC (Ate Up All Their Cake)," Justin Vernon teams up with Springsteen, Jenny Lewis, Jenn Wasner and others....
Rapper Christylez Bacon On His New Song About...

Rapper Christylez Bacon On His New Song About Inequality In Quarantine


David Greene talks to Christylez Bacon, a rapper based in Washington D.C., about his song "Quarantined," which describes the conditions he's seen in the nation's capital during the COVID-19 ...
Posted: 2020-08-05 09:50:00
Rapper Christylez Bacon On His New Song About Inequality In Quarantine
David Greene talks to Christylez Bacon, a rapper based in Washington D.C., about his song "Quarantined," which describes the conditions he's seen in the nation's capital during the COVID-19 ...

Posted: 2020-08-04 08:20:17
The singer and songwriter has filed a copyright infringement complaint over the use of "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk" at numerous rallies and campaign events....
Posted: 2020-08-04 01:33:16
The film project, released Friday on Disney's new streaming service, finds the star seeking out a shared history of Black excellence....
Irish Pub In Spain Bans Neil Diamond's &...

Irish Pub In Spain Bans Neil Diamond's 'Sweet Caroline'


That song can get an entire bar or stadium singing along. "Sweet Caroline" was banned because of fear aggressive singing creates droplets that linger in the air and help spread the coronavir...
Posted: 2020-08-04 10:54:00
Irish Pub In Spain Bans Neil Diamond's 'Sweet Caroline'
That song can get an entire bar or stadium singing along. "Sweet Caroline" was banned because of fear aggressive singing creates droplets that linger in the air and help spread the coronavir...
Announcing The Winner Of The 2020 Tiny Desk C...

Announcing The Winner Of The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest


This year's Tiny Desk Contest was truly like no other. Our winner stood out from the over 6,000 entries with a song about slowing down and enjoying life that captivated our judges....
Posted: 2020-08-04 09:53:00
Announcing The Winner Of The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest
This year's Tiny Desk Contest was truly like no other. Our winner stood out from the over 6,000 entries with a song about slowing down and enjoying life that captivated our judges....
John Legend: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert...

John Legend: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert


This four-song set for Tiny Desk's quarantine series is utter joy....
Posted: 2020-08-03 02:00:22
John Legend: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
This four-song set for Tiny Desk's quarantine series is utter joy....

Posted: 2020-08-03 02:07:08
The beloved pianist was a young lion of his generation until a hand injury forced him to rethink his relationship to music....
Posted: 2020-07-31 09:00:00
Singer Richard Butler talks about the power of '80s nostalgia, the state of rock and roll today and the freedom of making the band's new record, Made of Rain, on its own terms....
Beyonce's Visual Ode, 'Black Is Kin...

Beyonce's Visual Ode, 'Black Is King,' Arrives


The project leapfrogged from last year's Bey-curated soundtrack to The Lion King to now arriving on Disney's new streaming service....
Posted: 2020-07-31 07:00:56
Beyonce's Visual Ode, 'Black Is King,' Arrives
The project leapfrogged from last year's Bey-curated soundtrack to The Lion King to now arriving on Disney's new streaming service....
Beyonce's Visual Ode, 'Black Is Kin...

Beyonce's Visual Ode, 'Black Is King,' Arrives


The project leapfrogged from last year's Bey-curated soundtrack to The Lion King to now arriving on Disney's new streaming service....
Posted: 2020-07-31 07:00:56
Beyonce's Visual Ode, 'Black Is King,' Arrives
The project leapfrogged from last year's Bey-curated soundtrack to The Lion King to now arriving on Disney's new streaming service....
Stream Billie Eilish's New Song, 'M...

Stream Billie Eilish's New Song, 'My Future'


If anyone could take her career to the next level during lockdown, it's Billie Eilish. "My Future," written and recorded in Los Angeles during lockdown, is a dreamy ode to freedom....
Posted: 2020-07-31 12:28:46
Stream Billie Eilish's New Song, 'My Future'
If anyone could take her career to the next level during lockdown, it's Billie Eilish. "My Future," written and recorded in Los Angeles during lockdown, is a dreamy ode to freedom....

Posted: 2020-07-30 04:00:55
Live on YouTube, Bob Boilen and Kevin Cole will watch their favorites entries to the 2020 Contest and discuss what made them stand out from the thousands we saw this year....
Posted: 2020-07-30 01:05:00
Mary Poppins is out and Matilda is in, according to the new high school theater rankings from the Educational Theatre Association. The organization has been publishing its list since 1938....
Drummer Makaya McCraven, The 'Beat Scien...

Drummer Makaya McCraven, The 'Beat Scientist,' Talks About His New Album


The jazz drummer records live performances and then manipulates those recordings in creative ways. His new album pulls from the pool of recordings that shaped his 2018 work, Universal Beings...
Posted: 2020-07-30 09:03:00
Drummer Makaya McCraven, The 'Beat Scientist,' Talks About His New Album
The jazz drummer records live performances and then manipulates those recordings in creative ways. His new album pulls from the pool of recordings that shaped his 2018 work, Universal Beings...
Malik B., Early Member Of The Roots, Dies At ...

Malik B., Early Member Of The Roots, Dies At 47


The Philadelphia rapper was part of the band's first four albums....
Posted: 2020-07-29 08:07:31
Malik B., Early Member Of The Roots, Dies At 47
The Philadelphia rapper was part of the band's first four albums....
Classical Music Tries To Reckon With Racism ...

Classical Music Tries To Reckon With Racism — On Social Media


Pianist Yuja Wang, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and several prominent academics have been accused this week of making anti-Black comments. Ensuing debates have been playing out on Twitter and ...
Posted: 2020-07-29 04:01:43
Classical Music Tries To Reckon With Racism — On Social Media
Pianist Yuja Wang, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and several prominent academics have been accused this week of making anti-Black comments. Ensuing debates have been playing out on Twitter and ...

Posted: 2020-07-29 03:38:30
The guitarist and singer, whose distinctive guitar and soulful voice propelled the band's early success, died over the weekend at the age of 73....
Posted: 2020-07-29 09:04:00
After a 25-year career as the announcer of the Grand Ole Opry, Eddie Stubbs is leaving after Tuesday night's show. He says he has seen one amazing performance after another....
Remembering Radio Host Patrick Ellis, Who Bro...

Remembering Radio Host Patrick Ellis, Who Brought The 'Gospel Spirit' To D.C.


For more than 40 years, 96.3 WHUR-FM broadcast Patrick Ellis's beloved and popular radio show Gospel Spirit Sunday mornings, filling the homes and cars of Washington, D.C., with the sound of...
Posted: 2020-07-26 11:45:00
Remembering Radio Host Patrick Ellis, Who Brought The 'Gospel Spirit' To D.C.
For more than 40 years, 96.3 WHUR-FM broadcast Patrick Ellis's beloved and popular radio show Gospel Spirit Sunday mornings, filling the homes and cars of Washington, D.C., with the sound of...
'Turbulence,' Latest Album By Ella ...

'Turbulence,' Latest Album By Ella Vos, Is Aptly Named


Musician Ella Vos has been through a lot lately: postpartum depression, cancer and divorce. NPR's Sarah McCammon talks Vos, who's real name is Lauren Salamone, about her second album....
Posted: 2020-07-26 11:45:00
'Turbulence,' Latest Album By Ella Vos, Is Aptly Named
Musician Ella Vos has been through a lot lately: postpartum depression, cancer and divorce. NPR's Sarah McCammon talks Vos, who's real name is Lauren Salamone, about her second album....
Blues Guitarist Peter Green, Co-Founder Of Fl...

Blues Guitarist Peter Green, Co-Founder Of Fleetwood Mac, Dies At 73


Green's blues guitar sound was well recognized before he formed Fleetwood Mac. During the band's early years, Green was behind hits such as "Albatross," "Man of the World," and "Black Magic ...
Posted: 2020-07-25 10:56:02
Blues Guitarist Peter Green, Co-Founder Of Fleetwood Mac, Dies At 73
Green's blues guitar sound was well recognized before he formed Fleetwood Mac. During the band's early years, Green was behind hits such as "Albatross," "Man of the World," and "Black Magic ...

Posted: 2020-07-24 08:58:00
Women rarely received credit for their creative work in Colonial America. But with a new album, one scholar is reviving the works of the women who lived and composed at the Ephrata Cloister....
Posted: 2020-07-24 08:58:00
Women rarely received credit for their creative work in colonial America. But with a new album, one scholar is reviving the works of the women who lived and composed at the Ephrata Cloister....
Stream Taylor Swift's New Album, 'F...

Stream Taylor Swift's New Album, 'Folklore'


Swift's eighth studio album — recorded in isolation and announced just a day before it was released — features collaborations with members of The National and Bon Iver....
Posted: 2020-07-24 04:08:29
Stream Taylor Swift's New Album, 'Folklore'
Swift's eighth studio album — recorded in isolation and announced just a day before it was released — features collaborations with members of The National and Bon Iver....
Stream Taylor Swift's New Album, 'F...

Stream Taylor Swift's New Album, 'Folklore'


Swift's eighth studio album — recorded in isolation and announced just a day before it was released — features collaborations with members of The National and Bon Iver....
Posted: 2020-07-24 04:08:29
Stream Taylor Swift's New Album, 'Folklore'
Swift's eighth studio album — recorded in isolation and announced just a day before it was released — features collaborations with members of The National and Bon Iver....
Watch Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf Episode 7 F...

Watch Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf Episode 7 Featuring WFUV's Rita Houston


Live on YouTube, Bob Boilen and Rita Houston will watch their favorites entries to the 2020 Contest and discuss what made them stand out from the thousands we saw this year....
Posted: 2020-07-23 04:00:23
Watch Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf Episode 7 Featuring WFUV's Rita Houston
Live on YouTube, Bob Boilen and Rita Houston will watch their favorites entries to the 2020 Contest and discuss what made them stand out from the thousands we saw this year....

Posted: 2020-07-22 04:26:22
Ross was recognized as a natural performer from an early age. She essentially never stopped....
Posted: 2020-07-21 03:11:16
Small music venues in the US are looking for a lifeline — and a new bill in Congress called the Restart Act might be it. Advocates say the future of independent clubs relies on government ...
Kanye West Tweets, Then Deletes, Claims Of Hi...

Kanye West Tweets, Then Deletes, Claims Of His Family's Concern — And More


West has announced he's running for president. Following an apparent campaign rally on Sunday, the rapper said in a string of now-deleted tweets that his wife was trying to "lock me up with ...
Posted: 2020-07-21 02:24:16
Kanye West Tweets, Then Deletes, Claims Of His Family's Concern — And More
West has announced he's running for president. Following an apparent campaign rally on Sunday, the rapper said in a string of now-deleted tweets that his wife was trying to "lock me up with ...
Tiny Desk Contest 2020: Entries Public Radio ...

Tiny Desk Contest 2020: Entries Public Radio Loves


Each year, the Tiny Desk Contest receives entries from all 50 states, thanks to help from NPR Member stations across the country. Here are some of the 2020 entries that Member stations love....
Posted: 2020-07-21 02:00:23
Tiny Desk Contest 2020: Entries Public Radio Loves
Each year, the Tiny Desk Contest receives entries from all 50 states, thanks to help from NPR Member stations across the country. Here are some of the 2020 entries that Member stations love....
Piano Man Billy Joel Says Discarded Piano Is ...

Piano Man Billy Joel Says Discarded Piano Is 'Perfectly Good'


Five-time Grammy winner Billy Joel recently saw a piano left on a sidewalk in Long Island, and just had to stop to tickle the ivories. He said it would be a shame to throw it away....
Posted: 2020-07-20 10:36:00
Piano Man Billy Joel Says Discarded Piano Is 'Perfectly Good'
Five-time Grammy winner Billy Joel recently saw a piano left on a sidewalk in Long Island, and just had to stop to tickle the ivories. He said it would be a shame to throw it away....

Posted: 2020-07-20 10:00:29
Nashville has rigid hierarchy of success — particularly when it comes to artists promoting themselves and ascending the city's ladder. And then came a virus....
Posted: 2020-07-19 08:45:11
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Rina Sawayama about her self-titled debut album, everyday racism against Asian women and going from a Cambridge student to a rising pop star....
Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy...

Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy Lives On After 100 Years


July 21 marks the centennial of the birth of violinist Isaac Stern. He was not only an acclaimed musician and advocate for the arts, but a devoted teacher who was a mentor to generations of ...
Posted: 2020-07-19 11:58:00
Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy Lives On After 100 Years
July 21 marks the centennial of the birth of violinist Isaac Stern. He was not only an acclaimed musician and advocate for the arts, but a devoted teacher who was a mentor to generations of ...
Singing In The Dark Times: Eric Whitacre'...

Singing In The Dark Times: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir Takes On New Meaning


Even before the age of social-distancing, composer and conductor Eric Whitacre had been leading an online chorus for a decade. Choir members say the connection they foster is more important ...
Posted: 2020-07-18 09:06:00
Singing In The Dark Times: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir Takes On New Meaning
Even before the age of social-distancing, composer and conductor Eric Whitacre had been leading an online chorus for a decade. Choir members say the connection they foster is more important ...
The Chicks Look Back And Laugh...

The Chicks Look Back And Laugh


Gaslighter is country trio The Chicks' (formerly Dixie Chicks) first new album in 14 years. In some ways, the world has finally caught up to the band since it fell out of public favor in 200...
Posted: 2020-07-17 09:00:00
The Chicks Look Back And Laugh
Gaslighter is country trio The Chicks' (formerly Dixie Chicks) first new album in 14 years. In some ways, the world has finally caught up to the band since it fell out of public favor in 200...

Posted: 2020-07-17 07:49:00
New South Wales will restrict "high-risk activities" as neighboring Victoria state reports a record single-day increase of 428 new cases....
Posted: 2020-07-16 04:00:31
Live on YouTube, Bob Boilen and Gina Chavez will watch their favorites entries to the 2020 Contest and discuss what made them stand out from the thousands we saw this year....
A New Album Turns The Sound Of Endangered Bir...

A New Album Turns The Sound Of Endangered Birds Into Electronic Music


Ten artists from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean recorded tracks using birdsong from their country, with all profits of the vinyl and digital release going to bird conservation pro...
Posted: 2020-07-16 09:02:00
A New Album Turns The Sound Of Endangered Birds Into Electronic Music
Ten artists from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean recorded tracks using birdsong from their country, with all profits of the vinyl and digital release going to bird conservation pro...
A New Album Turns The Sound Of Endangered Bir...

A New Album Turns The Sound Of Endangered Birds Into Electronic Music


Ten artists from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean recorded tracks using birdsong from their country, with all profits of the vinyl and digital release going to bird conservation pro...
Posted: 2020-07-16 09:02:00
A New Album Turns The Sound Of Endangered Birds Into Electronic Music
Ten artists from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean recorded tracks using birdsong from their country, with all profits of the vinyl and digital release going to bird conservation pro...
Rapper Megan Thee Stallion Says She Was Shot ...

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion Says She Was Shot On Sunday


The popular Houston rapper and singer said on Wednesday that she had been shot "as a result of a crime that was committed against me" over the weekend. She did not identify the shooter....
Posted: 2020-07-15 08:30:29
Rapper Megan Thee Stallion Says She Was Shot On Sunday
The popular Houston rapper and singer said on Wednesday that she had been shot "as a result of a crime that was committed against me" over the weekend. She did not identify the shooter....

Posted: 2020-07-15 02:32:11
The trumpeter, who died last week at the age of 78, was at the vanguard of jazz's midcentury development and is regarded as a legend by his peers....
Posted: 2020-07-15 10:00:30
Friday at 2 p.m. ET, NPR Music will host an online listening party for Lianne La Havas' new album, featuring a conversation with the London singer-songwriter herself....
At U.K. Care Home, Residents Brilliantly Re-C...

At U.K. Care Home, Residents Brilliantly Re-Create Iconic Album Covers On Twitter


Robert Speker wanted to keep spirits up while visitors and outside entertainment were banned due to COVID-19. His ingenious idea: cast the residents as rock stars....
Posted: 2020-07-13 08:56:21
At U.K. Care Home, Residents Brilliantly Re-Create Iconic Album Covers On Twitter
Robert Speker wanted to keep spirits up while visitors and outside entertainment were banned due to COVID-19. His ingenious idea: cast the residents as rock stars....
5 People Arrested In Killing Of Rapper Pop Sm...

5 People Arrested In Killing Of Rapper Pop Smoke, LA Police Say


Three men and two juvenile males have been arrested in connection with the rapper's death in February, the Los Angeles Police Department announced....
Posted: 2020-07-09 06:00:54
5 People Arrested In Killing Of Rapper Pop Smoke, LA Police Say
Three men and two juvenile males have been arrested in connection with the rapper's death in February, the Los Angeles Police Department announced....
Lady A The Band Sues Lady A The Singer...

Lady A The Band Sues Lady A The Singer


The country trio changed its name from Lady Antebellum in June, saying it was "regretful and embarrassed" by the term's racist history. Now it's in a legal fight with a Black artist over the...
Posted: 2020-07-09 04:01:12
Lady A The Band Sues Lady A The Singer
The country trio changed its name from Lady Antebellum in June, saying it was "regretful and embarrassed" by the term's racist history. Now it's in a legal fight with a Black artist over the...