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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, May 04, 2020
Kick-in-the-door debuts, lowkey scorchers and dynamic rap duos fill this memorable playlist refresh.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, March 30, 2020
Ghanian trap, South African soul, Barbadian pop. This week's Heat Check does some digital globetrotting for a temporary escape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.