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Facing Hearing Loss, Huey Lewis Releases What 'May Be' His Last Album

By Leila Fadel
Weather is the first record of original music from Huey Lewis & The News in nearly 20 years.

Huey Lewis & The News just released their first album of original music in almost 20 years. But Weather also might be the last for the band's frontman, whose hearing collapsed two years ago.

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  • February 15th 2020 at 23:29
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50 Years Of 'The Point,' Harry Nilsson's Wonderful, Weird Musical Fable

By Scott Simon
Harry Nilsson

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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  • February 15th 2020 at 14:04

R. Kelly Faces New Sex Abuse Charges From Illinois Federal Prosecutors

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
R. Kelly attends a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago in September 2019.

In a superseding indictment filed Thursday, federal prosecutors allege that beginning in about 1997, the R&B singer sexually abused another minor, who was about 14 years old at the time.

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  • February 15th 2020 at 00:05

Court Records Confirm Works From Nirvana, Elton John And Others Damaged In 2008 Fire

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
Court filings made public Thursday revealed that master recordings by Nirvana, Elton John and more were damaged in a 2008 fire at Universal Studios.

In court filings made public Thursday, Universal Music Group disclosed specifics about recordings lost or damaged in a 2008 vault fire.

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  • February 14th 2020 at 22:07

Remembering Joseph Shabalala, Founder Of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

By Terry Gross

Shabalala, who died Feb. 11, fronted of the South African a capella group. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1991 about collaborating with Paul Simon on Graceland and growing up on a farm.

  • February 14th 2020 at 19:52

Bad Bunny And Sech Celebrate Lonely Hearts With 'Ignorantes'

By Julyssa Lopez
Fresh off his cameo in the Super Bowl halftime show, Bad Bunny teamed up with Sech on "Ignorantes."

The two Latin pop stars collaborated on a Valentine's Day video.

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  • February 14th 2020 at 19:14

Central Virginia Music Scene 101 With WNRN's DesirΓ© Moses

By Raina Douris
The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Va., hosted live performances for World Cafe

For next month's Sense Of Place, we go from Charlottesville to Richmond. Today we explore both cities with WNRN's managing producer, music writer and host Desiré Moses.

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  • February 14th 2020 at 17:05

Laura Stevenson: Tiny Desk Concert

By Stephen Thompson
Laura Stevenson performs at a Tiny Desk Concert on Dec. 12, 2019. (Emily Bogle/NPR)

Backed by a small string section, Stevenson performed three songs that sounded so gorgeous, an actual marriage proposal broke out shortly after her set ended.

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  • February 14th 2020 at 11:00

At Last, Billie Eilish's James Bond Theme Song Is Here

By Stephen Thompson
Siblings Finneas O

"No Time to Die," the theme to the first new Bond film since 2015, trades on the moody melancholy of the newly minted Grammy winner.

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  • February 14th 2020 at 01:35

Alt.Latino Playlist: Story Telling And Time Traveling

By Felix Contreras
Mexican vocalist Ambar Lucid

Dizzying bilingual couplets coalesce with a shoegazey challenge of toxic machismo on this week's Alt.Latino playlist.

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  • February 13th 2020 at 21:11

John Moreland Brings Back The Old Fashioned Idea Of The Album With 'LP5'

By Ken Tucker

The Tulsa, Okla.,-based singer-songwriter has a reputation for writing superb sad songs, but his new record shows a wider range of emotions, with novelistic details in the lyrics.

  • February 13th 2020 at 20:06

It Doesn't Get More Charlottesville Than The Hackensaw Boys

By Raina Douris
The Hackensaw Boys

The Hackensaw Boys have been performing together for nearly 20 years. The veteran act has a knack for storytelling, and many of its songs are about the band's hometown.

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  • February 13th 2020 at 17:00

Stephen Kellogg On Mountain Stage

By Dave Lavender
Stephen Kellogg

Stephen Kellogg returns to Mountain Stage to share songs from his latest solo album, Objects In The Mirror.

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  • February 13th 2020 at 15:00

City Scenes: An Exploration Of Romantic Connections With 'LOVEsongs'

Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane of Victor & Penny are featured in a mini-documentary commissioned by 90.9 The Bridge.

This Slingshot exploration of the Kansas City music scene features a mini-documentary series about romantically-involved musical duos, just in time for Valentine's Day.

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  • February 13th 2020 at 14:00

Scritti Politti And The Punk/Pop Inflection Point

By Maura Johnston
Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, the band best known for the 1985 hit "Perfect Way." Music writer Maura Johnston argues that we should explore more of Gartside

For "One-Hit Wonders/Second-Best Songs," veteran music writer Maura Johnston recommends "The Sweetest Girl" by the band Scritti Politti. They're known mostly for their 1985 hit "Perfect Way."

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  • February 13th 2020 at 11:09

5 Tiny Desk Concerts For Galentine's Day

By Lyndsey McKenna
Maren Morris performs perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 16, 2017. (Claire Harbage/NPR)

Waffles, friends and Tiny Desk concerts. What more could you want on Leslie Knope's favorite holiday?

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  • February 13th 2020 at 11:00

Review: On 'The Slow Rush,' Tame Impala Masks Inner Turmoil With Sonic Euphoria

By Tom Moon
From vocal delivery to melodic hooks, from lyrics to production: Kevin Parker has elevated his craft on The Slow Rush.

Kevin Parker's fourth album as the leader of Australian rock band Tame Impala comes after a five-year gap. It's music that comes wrapped in its own bubble, far from the cascading miseries on the news.

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  • February 12th 2020 at 18:00

Krewe Du Kanaval Honors The Haitian Roots Of New Orleans

By Alex Lewis
Krewe Du Kanaval

A few years ago, a new Mardi Gras krewe sprung up with the aim of celebrating the Haitian roots that run deep through the city's cultural identity. It was co-founded by two members of Arcade Fire.

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  • February 12th 2020 at 16:00

Watch The First Entry To The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest

By Tolu Igun
Anaís Azul was the first artist to enter the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest.

The Tiny Desk Contest is accepting entries through March 30. Anaís Azul submitted the first 2020 Contest entry: a bilingual ballad that celebrates showing up for all parts of oneself.

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  • February 12th 2020 at 15:30

Mount Eerie With Julie Doiron: Tiny Desk Concert

By Lars Gotrich
Mount Eerie plays a Tiny Desk Concert (Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR).

Phil Elverum shares his open wounds — of death, love and the loss of love — in close harmonies, accompanied only by electric and nylon-string guitars.

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  • February 12th 2020 at 11:01