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'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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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King Princess Comes To Terms With Her Rapid Success On 'Cheap Queen'

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Mikaela Straus had a breakout hit last year as King Princess. Now, she's released her first full-length album, Cheap Queen, which reckons with a fame she wasn't necessarily prepared for.

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This Tiny Desk Contestant Processes Pain Through Music: 'It Became Our Safety Place'

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Ephraim Bugumba was 3 years old when his family fled violence in the Republic of the Congo. His song "Voices in My Head," was a standout entry in NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest.

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These Tiny Desk Contestants Extend Compassion 'To Honor This Heartbreak' Of Addiction

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Amanda Gustafson and Eric Olsen of Swale's song "If You Get Lost" is a standout entry from this year's Tiny Desk Contest.

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Making Movies And Rubén Blades Trace Stories Of Immigrant Injustice With 'Ameri'kana'

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Latino star Rubén Blades teams up with Making Movies to addresses themes of injustices in the collaborative album Ameri'kana.

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After The Flames, Notre Dame's Centuries-Old Organ May Never Be The Same Again

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Chief organist Olivier Latry looks ahead at the church's extensive renovation process after the Notre Dame cathedral fire on April 15.

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