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Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, March 24, 2014

He's a young tenor with an old-school style and all the world's top opera houses want him. Calleja's expressive shading and dynamic control hearken back to an earlier era — and he's funny.


Laurie Anderson Tells Us Her Favorite Lou Reed Song

Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's not from The Velvet Underground.


TLC: A Girl Group's 20 Years Of Ups And Downs

Monday, October 21, 2013

The surviving members of the R&B trio talk with NPR's David Greene about the trials and successes of their careers, which have spanned two decades. The group's journey will be revisited in an upcoming biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.


Neko Case: 'I Couldn't Really Listen To Music'

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

While making her new album, Case went through a series of deaths and a bout of depression. But once she stopped fighting it, "it's like a bottleneck broke open, and everything started to flow again and my circulation came back," she says.


Freedom Singer: 'Without Music, There Would Be No Movement'

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Freedom Singers, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez were some of the people who provided the soundtrack at the March on Washington. The Freedom Singers' Rutha Mae Harris tells host Michel Martin why the civil rights movement couldn't exist without music.


Goodie Mob: Building New Leaders From The Elders

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cee-Lo Green says the group's reunion provides an opportunity to bring something new and deep to hip-hop. Goodie Mob's new album, Age Against the Machine, aims to challenge the genre's mainstream powerhouses.


Race And Country Music Then And Now

Friday, August 23, 2013

A new book provides evidence of racial mixing in country music as far back as the 1930s, but today is the red Solo cup (to quote a Toby Keith lyric) half full or half empty?

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Robin Thicke's Song Sounds Like Marvin Gaye. So He's Suing Gaye's Family.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Thicke wants the court to rule that his song, "Blurred Lines," doesn't infringe on Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."

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How The Hot 100 Became America's Hit Barometer

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

After 55 years, the voracious creature, built to absorb whatever medium is delivering music to the masses at any given time, is complicated and imperfect — any chart where Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Missy Elliott peak only at No. 2 is — but it's still the best benchmark we have to measure the bigness of hits.


First Listen: Typhoon, 'White Lighter'

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Underneath Typhoon's booming sound and dark lyrics lies a sincere appreciation for the gift of life. After spending his childhood battling a serious illness, Kyle Morton writes songs for the band as if they were the last works he might ever create.


Video: Relive The Newport Folk Festival Performances

Friday, July 26, 2013

Watch a live stream of the Newport Folk Festival - featuring Feist, Beck, The Lumineers, Jim James, Andrew Bird and more!

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Robin Thicke, Beyond His Breakout Hit

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Morning Edition host Renee Montagne speaks with NPR music critic Ann Powers about singer Robin Thicke, who spent a decade recording smooth, sexy R&B before hitting the top of the pop charts with his current single, "Blurred Lines."

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Whose MP3s Are They, Anyway?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

If you have a CD or book you don't want anymore, you can sell it. The law says that's perfectly legal. But what about an MP3 or an e-book? Can you legally resell your digital goods?


Brad Paisley's 'Accidental Racist' Sparks At Least One Dialogue

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The song was an instant hit all over the Internet, though not (perhaps) the way its creators intended.

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The Wu-Tang Clan's 20-Year Plan

Monday, April 08, 2013

The group's 1993 debut was the opening shot of an audacious plan to open the music industry to hip-hop made way outside the mainstream.

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Cyndi Lauper on the Freedom of Broadway

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

“I like to study music and I like visuals. I think that there’s nothing better than telling a story that’s authentic about the real human condition, about people who are trying,” she said.


Punk, Shoes and Videos Take Museums This Spring

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Music video enthusiasts, fashion lovers, and punk rock aficionados: This spring season of museum offerings has something for each of you, from a shoe show, to a punk exhibition, to a retrospective that pays homage to the art of the music video.


Stockhausen Music, in a Lunar Setting

Monday, March 25, 2013


The work of one of the visionaries of 20th-century music is being presented in an unusual setting in New York City.

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One NY Artist: Emeline Michel

Saturday, March 09, 2013

There are thousands of artists in New York City perfecting their craft in studios, basements and on stage. WNYC is bringing some of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.

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Brooklyn Meets the Balkans at the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival

Friday, January 18, 2013

Brooklyn is getting a taste of the Balkans this weekend. The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, New York’s largest Balkan music event, is celebrating its 28th year of regional music, food, drink and arts starting Friday evening. 

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