appears in the following:

Play It Forward: Mala Sees The Space Between The Notes

Friday, July 17, 2020

In the finale of the first season of Play It Forward, Ari Shapiro speaks to dubstep pioneer Mala about minimalism, freedom and an artist he was inspired by, the late Augustus Pablo.


Play It Forward: James Blake On Playing His Biggest Shows Ever, From His Living Room

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Ari Shapiro speaks with Blake about playing virtual concerts for thousands of fans, and finding his voice early on by studying the music of British producer Mala.


RMR, Pre-Fabulous Breakout Of The Year, Is Nothing But Smiles

Saturday, June 13, 2020

The anonymized, countryfied singer-rapper came barreling into the mainstream in February, seemingly out of thin air.


Play It Forward: Lakecia Benjamin Sings Through Her Saxophone

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Ari Shapiro talks to jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin about her new album Pursuance: The Coltranes and an artist she is grateful for: James Blake.


D.C. Protesters Hail The Hero Of Swann St., Who Sheltered Them From Arrest

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

"They unleashed sheer hell on peaceful protesters right outside my stoop," says Washington, D.C., resident Rahul Dubey.


Play It Forward: Georgia Anne Muldrow On Building Worlds Through Music

Thursday, May 07, 2020

In the fourth episode of Play It Forward, Ari Shapiro speaks with R&B polymath Georgia Anne Muldrow about how music has served her during the pandemic and the sprawling soul-jazz of Lakecia Benjamin.


Play It Forward: Bernice's Robin Dann On Writing Music With A Sense Of Surprise

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

In the third episode of Play It Forward, Ari Shapiro interviews Robin Dann of the Canadian band, Bernice. She talks about redefining success and how the freedom of jazz informs her music.


From The Urgent To The Absurd, Musicians Take On The Coronavirus Through Song

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Many musicians canceled tours and delayed album releases due to the pandemic. But some are now using home recording setups and streaming services to write and publish songs about the coronavirus.


Play It Forward: Glenn Copeland On Patience, Positivity And The Band Bernice

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Glenn Copeland, whose ambient and electronic recordings were largely unknown for decades, talks about his late career reemergence, the power of positive thinking and the Canadian band Bernice.


Caribou On 'Suddenly' And The Inspirational Beauty Of Glenn Copeland

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

In the inaugural segment of Play It Forward, Ari Shapiro speaks with Dan Snaith, who records under the name Caribou, about his new album Suddenly and the inspiration he found in Glenn Copeland.


Thundercat Is A Lovelorn Goofball In The Video For 'Dragonball Durag'

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The latest video, from the young master of funk's forthcoming new album, finds him unlucky in love — until the titular headcovering intervenes.


Pop Smoke, Rising New York Rapper, Dead At 20

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The young rapper behind the 2019 hit "Welcome to the Party" was killed early Wednesday morning in a home invasion.


The Paradox Of Yasiin Bey's 'Negus,' A Rap Album Trapped In An Art Museum

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

The latest album by the rapper formerly known as Mos Def will be heard by very few people — a fact that represents everything fascinating and frustrating about his last decade.


Mac Miller's First Posthumous Single Is 'Good News'

Friday, January 10, 2020

The rapper was in the midst of completing the second in a two-album concept at the time of his death in 2018. Producer Jon Brion resolved to finish what they'd started.


Lil Uzi Vert Is Back With A New Song — And Dance

Friday, December 13, 2019

"Futsal Shuffle 2020" arrives after a year and a half of stop-starts in the album's roll out, widely believed to be the product of a cold war between the rapper and his label.


Ms. Lauryn Hill Remains Timeless With New Song, 'Guarding The Gates'

Friday, November 15, 2019

The song, part of the soundtrack to the film Queen & Slim, has been a staple of Hill's live shows in recent years.


'I'm Different, But I'm From Here': Sudan Archives Reaches The End Of Her Beginning

Friday, November 08, 2019

After two abbreviated releases she likens to experimentalist haikus, the singular 25-year-old artist refined her voice and expanded her collaborations to create a stunning, singular debut.


DJ Premier Revives The Legendary Gang Starr: 'Together We Bring The Best Dope'

Friday, November 01, 2019

With Gang Starr, DJ Premier and Guru established one of the most influential projects in hip-hop history. Now, nine years after the death of their lyricist, comes the return.


Heat Check: Candy-Coated Sludge And Sticky, African Alt-Soul

Monday, October 28, 2019

"I'd twerk to Mozart!" is the type of bold thinking we need these days. The picks on this week's Heat Check subvert the norm and take you to unexpected places.


Beck Announces New Album 'Hyperspace,' Shares Two Singles

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The musical polymath's new album, which features collaborations with Pharrell, Chris Martin, Sky Ferreira and more, is due out November 22.