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Today โ€” November 20th 2019NPR Music

Sonny Landreth Announces A New Album And Shares Stories About Peter Frampton

By Stephen Kallao
Listen in for a snippet of Sonny Landreth

The slide guitar maestro announces a new album in his World Cafe session. It's tentatively scheduled for release in February 2020 and includes a song called "Mule."

(Image credit: Lucius Fontenot/Courtesy of the artist)

  • November 20th 2019 at 19:12

Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X Lead 2020 Grammy Nominations

By Andrew Flanagan
Lizzo is nominated for eight Grammy prizes, including Best New Artist.

Lizzo was nominated across five of the night's top categories, including Best New Artist. Billie Eilish is also up for that coveted prize along with Lil Nas X and Tank & The Bangas.

(Image credit: Matthew Baker/Getty Images)

  • November 20th 2019 at 15:07

Which Arthur Russell Are We Getting On 'Iowa Dream'?

By Jack Denton
We

On the typically far-afield, but equally understated, new album Iowa Dream, the shadow of Arthur Russell lengthens over pop music yet again.

(Image credit: Joel Sokolov/Courtesy of Audika Records)

  • November 20th 2019 at 13:00

City Scenes: Inside Milwaukee's Emo Revival

By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee emo band Telethon.

Much of the best indie and punk music coming out of Milwaukee right now owes a meaningful debt to emo. Here are seven bands that keep the city's emo tradition alive.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Artist)

  • November 20th 2019 at 13:00

Snarky Puppy: Tiny Desk Concert

By Colin Marshall
Snarky Puppy performs during a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 12, 2019.

The jazz, funk and gospel improv group brought jams and joy to the Tiny Desk.

(Image credit: Emily Bogle/NPR)

  • November 20th 2019 at 11:01
Yesterday โ€” November 19th 2019NPR Music

Erroll Garner's 'A Night At The Movies' Reissue Radiates Joy

By Kevin Whitehead

The late jazz pianist spins out new and old melodies and cracks little musical jokes on a new series of reissues representing albums he recorded for various labels between '59 and '73.

  • November 19th 2019 at 19:30

An Audience Q&A Leads To Surprising Answers From The Head and the Heart

By Stephen Kallao
The Head and the Heart performed live for World Cafe.

You don't want to ask silly questions, but sometimes a silly or lighthearted question is a great way to learn something about a band. Our audience takes over in this interview.

(Image credit: Jamie Stow/WXPN)

  • November 19th 2019 at 18:05

A Toast To 'My Way,' America's Anthem Of Self-Determination

By Sonari Glinton
Frank Sinatra onstage in the 1970s. Though the star was ambivalent at best about the song

Made famous by Frank Sinatra — who grew to hate it — "My Way" represents the quintessentially American outlook that nothing in life matters more than living on your own terms.

(Image credit: David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images)

  • November 19th 2019 at 18:00

Viking's Choice: Cosmic Death Metal, Blackened String Music, Russian Straight-Edge

By Lars Gotrich

New music from Blood Incantation, Maria W Horn, Vital Force, Forest of Tygers and Envy highlight a playlist of heavy, heady music.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • November 19th 2019 at 17:50

To Reset Your Life As A Pop Star, Try Walking Across America

By Grayson Haver Currin
Mike Posner, photographed on September 14, 2018 in New York City. The pop artist spent much of 2019 walking across the Unites States, from New Jersey to California.

Surrounded by death and dreading the idea of promoting an album, Mike Posner decided to walk across the United States. The experience ended up changing the way he sees his country and himself.

(Image credit: Rob Kim/Getty Images)

  • November 19th 2019 at 14:59

In The 2010s, Music Fans Asserted Their Power, But The Industry Caught On

By Frannie Kelley
Young M.A relies on her fans to support her independent career, but the power dynamic often leaves her in the lurch.

Music fans would seem to have gained a lot of power over the past decade. Their online fury has silenced those who would dare to criticize their faves. But the music industry has caught on.

(Image credit: Noah Friedman/Courtesy of the artist)

  • November 19th 2019 at 11:03
Before yesterdayNPR Music

Poll: Your Favorite Songs Of The 2010s

By Robin Hilton
Voter

We know there were a lot, but we'd like to know what songs stand out the most to you from the 2010s — the ones you've gone back to again and again.

(Image credit: Oivind Hovland/Getty Images/Ikon Images)

  • November 18th 2019 at 21:12

Taylor Swift's American Music Awards Medley In Limbo Amid Conflicting Reports

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
Taylor Swift, performing during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards in August in Newark, New Jersey.

The pop megastar's former label announced Monday that it had an agreement with the made-for-TV event. The awards show's producers say otherwise.

(Image credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)

  • November 18th 2019 at 20:29

Kanye West Announces An Opera (Which Isn't As Crazy As It Sounds)

By Tom Huizenga
We

Before any opera purists start wringing their hands, let's remember that the 400-year-old art form has proven itself terrifically adaptable and resilient.

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  • November 18th 2019 at 19:12

Heat Check: Charge The Haters Interest

By Sidney Madden
Denzel Curry

Featuring Jhené Aiko, Denzel Curry, Ambré and more, this week's Heat Check selects come from artists who don't entertain the haters or mutter their feelings.

(Image credit: Elliot Arndt /Courtesy of the artists)

  • November 18th 2019 at 18:45

The New Haitian Sound

We talk with an influential Haitian DJ about why we should care about unique new music emerging from this Caribbean nation.

(Image credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

  • November 18th 2019 at 17:06

Pete Townshend On Creativity, 'The Age Of Anxiety' And The Who's New Record

By Raina Douris
Pete Townshend originally wrote the songs on The Who

Townshend talks about his debut novel, how it relates to The Who's rock opera, Tommy, and what he'd say now to his younger self – the one who wrote the lyric "I hope I die before I get old."

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  • November 18th 2019 at 16:10

Burna Boy: Tiny Desk Concert

By Bobby Carter
Burna Boy performs during a Tiny Desk concert on Sept. 16, 2019.

The Nigerian singer and songwriter is one of the biggest African artists in the world and a pioneer of Afro-fusion, an inescapable sound this year.

(Image credit: Mhari Shaw/NPR)

  • November 18th 2019 at 11:01

Harry Styles Sings, Hosts And Acts On 'SNL' โ€” And Shows Off A New Song

By Stephen Thompson
Singer Harry Styles performing on

Watch the former One Direction star as he performs the television debut of his two newest singles, "Lights Up" and the brand-new "Watermelon Sugar."

(Image credit: YouTube screen grab by NPR)

  • November 17th 2019 at 14:26

My Signature Song: 'The Power'

Xochitl Callejo of El Paso, Texas, shares her "signature song," "The Power" by Sweet Spirit. She says it has energized and inspired her.

  • November 17th 2019 at 13:52
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