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Finding Connection And Comfort In Livestream Concerts During Quarantine

Monday, June 01, 2020

NPR Music correspondents Ann Powers and Sidney Madden recommend a few favorite livestreaming performance series to check out while in-person concerts are on hold.


Heat Check: 'Black Joy Is Radical'

Monday, June 01, 2020

To celebrate radical Black joy in a time of great pain, here's a round-up of new tracks from the worlds of jazz, R&B and rap, all to remind you that they can't hijack happiness.


Heat Check: Got A Big Ego

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Amaarae comes through with fire and Dijon breaks the mold of song structure. These are the new tracks putting names on the swirl of unfamiliar emotions.


Heat Check: Tiny Desk Contest 2020 Edition

Monday, May 18, 2020

Heat Check salutes the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest entries that could hold their own among the worlds of R&B, hip-hop, reggae, pop and more.


Heat Check: Shook Up, Shook Down, Shook Out

Monday, May 11, 2020

New tracks from Jenevieve, Yebba and Kehlani fall into the sweet spot of musical discovery that keeps you on your toes with every sample, flip and chord change.


Braxton Cook: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Friday, May 08, 2020

Braxton Cook has supported artists at the Tiny Desk on three separate occasions. This time around, he takes center seat, so to speak, from the comfort of his sunny New Jersey home.


Heat Check: Hippocampus Two-Steps

Monday, May 04, 2020

Kick-in-the-door debuts, lowkey scorchers and dynamic rap duos fill this memorable playlist refresh.


Heat Check: Shake Your Senses

Monday, April 27, 2020

If you're looking for a mental reset, divergent sounds from Octavian, Tora, Kali Uchis and Isaiah Rashad will do the trick.


Heat Check: Double My W's

Monday, April 20, 2020

An impressive debut from Kenny Mason, a Nirvana cover by Amber Mark and some Herculean wordplay from Chris Patrick. This week's Heat Check is all about one-two punches and surprises.


The 'Genius Move' That Helped Drake's New Song 'Toosie Slide' Hit No. 1

Friday, April 17, 2020

Drake is now the first male artist with three No. 1 debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His most recent hit has raised the question of how TikTok is fueling chart success.


Heat Check: Money In My Hand

Monday, April 13, 2020

Whatever your goals, remember to move with your energy on ten. New tracks from Kari Faux, Yung Baby Tate, Odunsi (The Engine), Skepta and more will help.


'10 Toes Down': How Fans Carry On Nipsey Hussle's Legacy One Year After His Death

Friday, April 10, 2020

A year after fans filled the streets of Los Angeles to celebrate the life of Nipsey Hussle, fans take to the Internet to remember his legacy.


Heat Check: I Feel Void

Monday, April 06, 2020

There's still room for surprises in the void of time. Kalisway, Empress Of, Rod Wave and more release new heat.


Heat Check: Teleport And Transform

Monday, March 30, 2020

Ghanian trap, South African soul, Barbadian pop. This week's Heat Check does some digital globetrotting for a temporary escape.


Heat Check: Make It Make Sense

Monday, March 23, 2020

When parts of reality seem unfathomable, music always makes sense. New music from Alex Isley, Childish Gambino, Melanie Faye and more on this week's Heat Check.


Heat Check: Socially Distanced, Emotionally Here

Monday, March 16, 2020

For your at-home workout. For you stress baking. For avoiding your kids. We're not here to judge, just to help.


Heat Check: Homecoming

Monday, March 09, 2020

Lil Uzi Vert's audible adrenaline, Stove God Cooks' anamorphic flow, Emma-Jean Thackray's jazz shade and Megan Thee Stallion's savage sass. Heat Check doesn't let up.


Heat Check: Being Productive With The Pressure

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

With angsty, urgent new tracks from Young Nudy, Kenny Mason, Diana Gordon and more, Heat Check will help you bulldoze pas procrastination.


Heat Check: Caught Up And Curious

Monday, February 24, 2020

There's an unexpected jolt of energy that comes with getting caught up — whether you're ready for it or not. This week's picks from Linda Diaz, Dua Saleh, Tame Impala and more explore the gamet.


Rapper Pop Smoke, 20, Has Died

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Brooklyn-born rapper Pop Smoke, who was born Bashar Barakah Jackson, died Wednesday morning, according to his record label. He was 20 years old.