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Tiny Desk Contest entrant Zhalarina on the paternal bond that inspired 'Lala'

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Judges for the Tiny Desk Contest watched thousands of videos, and Weekend Edition is highlighting some of the standouts — this week: rapper Zhalarina's "Lala."


Tiny Desk Contest entrant Oh He Dead on newfound motherhood and love

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Judges for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest watched thousands of videos, and here on Weekend Edition we're highlighting some of the standouts — this week: C.J. Johnson from Oh He Dead.


Meet Z The Author, a standout artist from the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Each year, the Tiny Desk Contest attracts thousands of impressive unsigned artists from across the country — including Z The Author, who sent in a song inspired by 2020's Black Lives Matter protests.


Blowing Bubbles And Running From Bombs: The Reality Of War For The Children Of Syria

Sunday, March 14, 2021

As the 10-year anniversary of the war approaches, a new book from the photojournalist Bassam Khabieh shares moments of normalcy and resilience against a backdrop of violence, displacement and fear.


Betto Arcos Shares The Power Of Community In 'Music Stories From The Cosmic Barrio'

Sunday, January 17, 2021

In his new book, the globetrotting journalist and longtime NPR contributor collects some of his favorite reports from musicians and music communities around the world.


'Dust Off Your Wings': Tiny Desk Contestant Britton Smith On Pride And Potential

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Smith entered the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest with his band Britton & The Sting. He says "Blackstronauts" is about finding joy: "I want us all to put on our freedom suits and fly together," he says.


Linda Ronstadt, A Hispanic Heritage 'Legend,' On Staying Connected

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Ahead of a Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony where she's set to receive her latest honor in a career full of them, Ronstadt shares a few thoughts on identity with Lulu Garcia-Navarro.


'Medicating With Music': How One Tiny Desk Contest Entrant Heals Through Song

Sunday, September 27, 2020

This year's Tiny Desk Contest attracted plenty of talent, including standout entrant Mama Haze, aka California songwriter Meaghan Maples. Her song "On Your Side" was written during a time of healing.


Meet Lauren Eylise, A Standout Performer From The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Every year, the Tiny Desk Contest attracts thousands of unsigned musicians. Lauren Eylise impressed the judges with "Peaks and Valleys," her song about toughing it out through hard times.


Jacob Collier On Creating The Negative Space Of 'Djesse Vol. 3'

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Twenty-six-year old Grammy-winning multi-instrumental composer and prodigy Jacob Collier talks about his new album, Djesse Vol. 3., which features collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign and T-Pain.


Kathleen Edwards On Taking A Break From Music And Finding 'Total Freedom'

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Almost a decade ago, Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards gave up music and opened a cafe called Quitters Coffee. She returns now with Total Freedom, her first album in eight years.


Inspired By Sleepless Nights, The New Woods Album Is 'Strange To Explain'

Saturday, May 23, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Jeremy Earl about his band Woods and its new album, Strange to Explain, which he wrote in the months following the birth of his daughter.


Marin Alsop On Her Swing Orchestra And Stepping Down From The Baltimore Symphony

Saturday, April 18, 2020

We learn all kinds of interesting things when we're at loose ends during a pandemic lockdown. Did you know that Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop co-founded a swing band?


50 Years Of 'The Point,' Harry Nilsson's Wonderful, Weird Musical Fable

Saturday, February 15, 2020

50 years after Harry Nilsson's concept album about a round-headed boy from a land of pointy heads, his son Kiefo and actor Mike Lookinland talk about a new release of the animated film from 1971.


James Taylor Narrates Life Before Fame And Sings American Standards On New Album

Sunday, February 09, 2020

James Taylor's had a long and rich career, with hits including "Fire and Rain" and "You've Got a Friend." Now he's releasing an audio-only memoir and has a new album of standards coming Feb. 28.


Antibalas' 'Fu Chronicles' Is A Martial Arts-Inspired Testament To Afrobeat

Saturday, February 08, 2020

For two decades, some of Afropop's hottest sounds have come out of Brooklyn. Duke Amayo and Martin Perna of the band Antibalas talk about their latest release, Fu Chronicles.


From White Supremacy To Opioids, Drive-By Truckers Confronts 'The Unraveling'

Saturday, February 01, 2020

NPR's Renee Montagne speaks to songwriter Patterson Hood about his band's new album, which threads dark tales of our perilous times and tries to end on a note of optimism.


Commemorating A King's College Christmas Tradition

Sunday, December 22, 2019

A new album commemorates the Centenary Service of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College, Cambridge.


In 'Like Falling Through A Cloud,' Eugenia Zukerman Explores Her Changing Mind

Saturday, November 09, 2019

The classical flutist came back from the hospital after receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis and felt compelled to write. The result is a stunning memoir that mixes poetry and prose.


'El Derecho De Vivir En Paz' Gives Voice To Protesters In Chile

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Amidst the enormous protests against inequality, Chileans turn to song. Music once used to protest the brutal dictator Augusto Pinochet in the '70s has been revamped for the demonstrations.