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Today β€” September 18th 2020NPR Music

50 Years Ago, Black Sabbath Found Its Sound And Took Metal Worldwide

By Bo Hamby
Black Sabbath circa 1970.

Recorded in a few days and released just months after the band's self-titled debut, Paranoid delivered bleak but unforgettable songs about war, corruption and trauma.

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  • September 18th 2020 at 11:05

Desus & Mero's Favorite Tiny Desk Concerts

By The Kid Mero
(L-R) Desus Nice and The Kid Mero in DESUS & MERO "Su-Su-Sucio". Photo Credit: Greg Endries/SHOWTIME.

Late-night hosts and comedians Desus Nice and The Kid Mero pick their favorite Tiny Desk concerts.

(Image credit: Greg Endries/Greg Endries/SHOWTIME)

  • September 18th 2020 at 11:00
Yesterday β€” September 17th 2020NPR Music

Nap Eyes' Nigel Chapman Is Always On The Brink Of A New Discovery

By Raina Douris
Nap Eyes

The Nap Eyes frontman's wheels are always turning, about himself, about creativity, about the universe and about music.

(Image credit: Alex Blouin & Jodi Heartz/Courtesy of the artist)

  • September 17th 2020 at 22:08

Country Singer Marty Stuart Plays Songs Of Sin And Redemption

By Terry Gross

The Grammy winning singer-songwriter started out in Johnny Cash's backup band. Now he's being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Stuart played some of his own music in this 2014 interview.

  • September 17th 2020 at 19:51

Yusuf Revisits 'Tea For The Tillerman,' His Landmark Album As Cat Stevens

By Rachel Martin

Known as Yusuf since becoming a Muslim in the late '70s, the man who was Cat Stevens discusses Tea for the Tillerman 2, a reimagining of his now-50-year-old masterpiece.

(Image credit: Rhys Fagan)

  • September 17th 2020 at 11:05
Before yesterdayNPR Music

Stanley Crouch, Towering Jazz Critic, Dead At 74

By Ethan Iverson
Stanley Crouch, photographed during The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

Crouch's engagement with American culture spanned over five decades, numerous mediums and many dustups. His influence on the life and shape of jazz will remain unquantifiable.

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  • September 16th 2020 at 20:37

French-Canadian Clarinetist François Houle Bridges The Border With 'RECODER'

By Kevin Whitehead

An improviser well-versed in modern jazz, Houle often works with international collaborators in all sorts of settings. His latest album features music from a half-Canadian, half-American quartet.

  • September 16th 2020 at 19:51

Anjimile Just Can't Wait To Be King

By Marissa Lorusso

Ahead of the release of their debut album, Giver Taker, the Boston singer-songwriter talks to NPR Music about singing in choirs, healing through songwriting and being inspired by The Lion King.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • September 16th 2020 at 14:00

City Scenes: Musicians Philly's Lost In 2020

By Josh Jackson
Wallace Roney

Philadelphia lost seven great musicians in the first four months of 2020. These artists, like the music, have a special relationship with impermanence. Let us remember them.

(Image credit: David Redfern/Redferns)

  • September 16th 2020 at 13:41

Indigo Girls' New Song Is About Patience And Fortitude In The COVID-19 Era

By David Greene
Amy Ray (left) and Emily Saliers are the veteran folk-rock duo Indigo Girls. Their new track for Morning Edition

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers rarely write together, but the unique challenges of the pandemic inspired the veteran folk-rockers to try true collaboration for the first time in years.

(Image credit: Jeremy Cowart/Courtesy of the artist)

  • September 16th 2020 at 11:08

Nubya Garcia: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

By Suraya Mohamed
Nubya Garcia plays a Tiny Desk (home) concert.

One of the British jazz scene's rising stars performs a quarantine concert on the River Thames.

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  • September 16th 2020 at 11:00

Arlo Parks: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

By Bobby Carter
Arlo Parks plays a Tiny Desk (home) concert.

Watch the young London pop artist perform four songs for our Tiny Desk quarantine series.

(Image credit: NPR)

  • September 15th 2020 at 11:00

The Happy Fits Deliver Fresh And Snappy Pop On 'What Could Be Better'

By Ken Tucker

The musical trio met in college and are now making some of the catchiest tunes around. Their sound features a guitarist, a drummer and one lead singer — who's also a classically trained cellist.

  • September 14th 2020 at 19:40

Hispanic Heritage Month On World Cafe: The Playlist

By Byron Gonzalez
World Cafe celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Take a musical journey throughout Latin America, through cities in Central America, South America and Mexico to explore the rising Latinx voices and sounds that often fall under the radar.

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  • September 14th 2020 at 19:27

The Sweet Escape Of 'Sayonara Wild Hearts,' Where Pop Music Is Recovery

By Daoud Tyler-Ameen
Sayonara Wild Hearts

The 2019 video game presents a world where shiny synth-pop is the key to unbreaking your own heart. One unthinkable year later, its comforts are more welcome than ever.

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  • September 14th 2020 at 15:00

Declan McKenna: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

By Bob Boilen
Declan McKenna plays a Tiny Desk (home) concert.

The 21-year-old McKenna performs a four-song quarantine concert with a full band.

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  • September 14th 2020 at 11:00

Reggae Legend Toots Hibbert Dies At 77

By Andrew Limbong

Toots Hibbert, the co-founder and lead singer of Toots and the Maytals, was one of the most distinctive and important voices of reggae and one of its founding fathers.

  • September 13th 2020 at 13:53

Rita Indiana Returns To Music After Decade-Long Hiatus

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Rita Indiana, an award-winning Dominican novelist, about her album, Mandinga Times. It's her first after a decade hiatus from music.

  • September 13th 2020 at 13:53

Hanging Tree Guitars: The Wood's 'Not Good, Not Bad, Not Ugly β€” Just Strange'

By Debbie Elliott
Freeman Vines and his guitars in 2015.

Freeman Vines is an African American luthier who creates what have been called "contemporary art sculptures hidden as guitars" out of old wood, some of it from a tree used for a lynching.

(Image credit: Timothy Duffy)

  • September 13th 2020 at 11:00

Toots Hibbert, Reggae Ambassador And Leader Of Toots And The Maytals, Dies At 77

By Patricia Meschino
Jamaican reggae singer Toots Hibbert, of Toots and The Maytals, photographed in 1974.

The reggae star had been hospitalized in intensive care for more than a week while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

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  • September 12th 2020 at 16:36