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Latin Roots: Essential Cumbia

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Is cumbia the most essential style of Latin music? Contributor Catalina Maria Johnson explores the genre.

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Fresh Air

Dwight Yoakam's 'Second Hand Heart' Is First Class

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says the album is one of Yoakam's most stylistically diverse.

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Judah & The Lion On World Cafe

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The three-piece folk band from Nashville plays songs live in the studio.

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Grab Your Bionic Chanclas: Alt.Latino's Mixtape For The Robot Apocalypse

Thursday, April 23, 2015

You knew this was going to happen eventually — might as well face it with a mix of great music.

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Songs We Love: Juan Wauters, 'This Is I'

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The eccentric punk-turned-poet sings as though he's finally wriggled free of received wisdom after living 30 years in someone else's shadow.

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Come To A Screening of 'Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)'

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The documentary traces the rise of the hardcore punk scene in the nation's capital, and all the DIY energy, rage and creativity that came with it.

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All Songs At 15: From 2008, Songs Of Hope And Change

Thursday, April 23, 2015

For this week's Throw Back Thursday we remember the music artists were inspired to write after President Obama was first elected.

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Songs We Love: Ta-ku, 'Love Again' (feat. JMSN and Sango)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The prolific SoundCloud producer will release a new EP in June called Songs To Make Up To. Hear the premiere of the spiritual lead single.

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Songs We Love: Gacha, 'Let Me Love You'

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Georgian producer's tasteful Ready For The World sample elevates this intoxicating downtempo cut into a potential hit.

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Song Exploder

My Morning Jacket - Spring (Among the Living)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jim James is the lead singer of the Grammy-nominated band My Morning Jacket. Since starting in 1998, they've put out six albums, and in this episode, Jim breaks down the song Spring (Among The Living), from their soon-to-be released seventh album, The...

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The Takeaway

Bhi Bhiman on The Music of Protest

Thursday, April 23, 2015

For singer and songwriter Bhi Bhiman, the path to protest took form in his catchy and heartfelt compositions.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Anonymous 4

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Beloved a cappella ensemble performs songs from the American Civil War with Bruce Molsky at the Great Hall at Cooper Union.

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Studio 360

A Hymn to Coal Miners Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Music

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Composer Julia Wolfe’s oratorio “Anthracite Fields” questions how we contribute to the environmental disaster that is coal mining.

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Studio 360

Charles Mingus Toilet Trained His Cat. We Put His Method to the Test.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crazy or brilliant? Jazz legend Charles Mingus came up with a method for toilet training his cat, so we tried it out on a kitty named Dizzy.

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New Sounds

New Music from Ireland Part 4

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Sounds returns to Ireland for another foray into the country's contemporary music scene. John Schaefer sits down with Derry-based Neil Burns and Belfast-based Greg Caffrey.

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Studio 360

2015 Will Be Hip-Hop’s Best Year

Thursday, April 23, 2015

There's so much good hip-hop in 2015 that you could forget about a bunch of it and it would still be one of the best years ever — and it's not even May.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Kentucky Bourbon, The Music of Protest, and Sexual Harassment

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Takeaway looks at a massive bourbon heist, Sri Lankan-American musician Bhi Bhiman drops by, and we look at sexual harassment in the restaurant industry.

Studio 360

Mixtapes Still Work Without the Music

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hip-hop artists put extra effort into mixtape album art, and now we have the coffee table book to prove it. 
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The Legacy Of The Jazz Organ In Philadelphia

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In mid-century Philadelphia, dozens of organists made jazz a popular, swinging, danceable contemporary music. The city salutes three such pioneers: Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott and Charles Earland.

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All Things Considered

The Nearly Lost Story Of Cambodian Rock 'N' Roll

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Before the Khmer Rouge regime, a thriving pop and rock scene adapted Western music heard on U.S. military radio stations. The documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten took 10 years to make.

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