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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


3 Decades In, Bruce Hornsby's Style Is Constantly Evolving

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Grammy-winning pianist and composer branches out from his soundtrack work to create his latest album, Absolute Zero.


Dervish Finds New Ways To Celebrate Tradition With 'The Great Irish Songbook'

Saturday, April 13, 2019

As the Irish band Dervish approaches its 30th anniversary, they musicians have released The Great Irish Songbook with guests including Steve Earle, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill and more.


The Valkyrie Who Maxed Out Her Credit Cards: Christine Goerke Sings Brünnhilde

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Goerke, who's singing in the current Metropolitan Opera Ring cycle, overcame a vocal crisis to become one of today's leading dramatic sopranos.


Alt.Latino's New Music Discoveries At SXSW 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

From the heart of music madness in Austin, Felix Contreras shares the hottest new Alt. Latino sounds from SXSW Festival.


Jeremy Denk's Musical Odyssey Through 7 Centuries Of Music

Saturday, March 16, 2019

On his new album titled c.1300-c.2000, the pianist begins with a medieval song by Machaut and ends with an étude by Philip Glass.


Galactic's Funk Sound Finds Permanent Home In Legendary New Orleans Club

Saturday, March 02, 2019

As Mardi Gras approaches, the music of New Orleans is in the air. The band Galactic not only has a new album, Already Ready Already, but the members bought the legendary New Orleans club Tipitina's.


Bobbie Gentry's 'The Delta Sweete' Gets A Much-Belated Tribute

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Scott Simon discusses a star-studded reimagining of Gentry's 1968 cult classic with two of its contributors, country artist Margo Price and Rolling Stone editor David Fricke.


Rosanne Cash On The Importance Of Living Out Loud

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Cash's latest album, She Remembers Everything, cuts a path through gun violence, sexism and the relentless march of time. "There's no point in hedging my bets about what I write about anymore."


Kitka Brings 'Powerful Women's Voices, Joined Together' From East To West

Sunday, December 16, 2018

For four decades the Oakland ensemble Kitka has sung intricate harmonies from Eastern Europe. Members Shira Cion and Kelly Atkins talk about the group's new album, "Harmonies of Heaven and Earth."


A 'Cosmic Connection' Between 2 Violinists

Saturday, October 27, 2018

For decades, Cologne-based violinist Geoffry Wharton has played jazzy crowd-pleasing encores written in the 1930s by an obscure composer, Audrey Call. Wharton discovered a spooky connection with her.


Back To Bach: Hilary Hahn Rekindles An Old Love

Sunday, October 07, 2018

When the violinist was just 17, a stunning Bach debut album launched her career. Over two decades later, she returns to finish up the set of pieces she started as a teenager.


The Necks' Latest Composition 'Body' Clocks In At Over 56 Minutes

Sunday, September 23, 2018

A typical album from the Australian band The Necks may have only one long track — music that stretches out in a jazzy mesmerizing flow. Pianist Chris Abrahams talks about their latest, called Body.


Tony Bennett And Diana Krall On Reincarnating Gershwin Classics: 'It Never Goes Out Of Style'

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall share their love of George and Ira Gershwin with a new album, Love Is Here to Stay.


A Guantanamo Guard And His Detainee Reunite

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Former Guantanamo guard Steve Wood recently took a trip to Mauritania to visit Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the prisoner he watched for almost a year.


A Songwriting Mystery Solved: Math Proves John Lennon Wrote 'In My Life'

Saturday, August 11, 2018

John Lennon and Paul McCartney have differing memories of who wrote the music for "In My Life." A mathematics professor has spent 10 years working with statistics to decide once and for all.