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Yesterday β€” May 26th 2019NPR Music

'Alt.Latino' Summer Suggestions

By Felix Contreras

NPR's Alt.Latino music podcast shares suggestions for summer listening.

  • May 26th 2019 at 14:31

In 'We Get By,' Mavis Staples Keeps Singing For 'Change'

By Michel Martin
Mavis Staples

Nearing 80, the solo artist has a new album out. Decades after she brought a gospel score to the civil rights movement with The Staple Singers, she remains hopeful in her enduring mission for change.

(Image credit: Myriam Santos/Courtesy of the artist)

  • May 25th 2019 at 23:19
Before yesterdayNPR Music

This 'Greatest Hits' Album Is Real. Its Artist Is Fiction

By Scott Simon
Cover art to Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits, by Kathryn Williams

Laura Barnett wrote a novel about an aging singer-songwriter sizing up her life in 16 tracks. Then she approached musician Kathryn Williams, who created the book's original soundtrack.

(Image credit: One Little Indian)

  • May 25th 2019 at 14:20

'Two Wings: The Music Of Black America In Migration' Celebrates Journey Millions Took

By Walter Ray Watson
Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran think deeply about how the past is preserved and kept vital through music and culture.

Singer Alicia Hall Moran and pianist Jason Moran mix original music works with 20th century spoken word to reflect on The Great Migration, when African Americans moved from the South to the North.

(Image credit: Dawound Bey/Courtesy of the artist)

  • May 25th 2019 at 00:13

Rodrigo y Gabriela Spin The Songs Behind Their Wild Sound

By Felix Contreras
Gabriela Quintero and Rodrigo Sanchez

The Mexican guitar duo talk share songs by Nina Simone, Caifanes and Rage Against the Machine and discuss the role of the guitar in rock.

(Image credit: Ebru Yildiz/Courtesy of the Artist)

  • May 24th 2019 at 21:29

The 5 Best Latin Alternative Songs Of 2019 (So Far)

By Sandra TreviΓ±o
Beats y Bateria

We're nearly halfway through 2019 and have already been musically blessed with so many joyous sounds.

(Image credit: David Nala Marques/Courtesy of the artist)

  • May 24th 2019 at 21:05

The O'Jays Want The World To Catch Up To The Love Train

By Talia Schlanger
The O

The O'Jays founding members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams explain why "Love Train" is still relevant today.

(Image credit: Gabriela Barbieri/WXPN)

  • May 24th 2019 at 18:30

ECM At Big Ears: A Boundless Label Meets A Broadminded Festival

By Sarah Geledi
Carla Bley Trio

We head to the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville for the 50th anniversary of ECM Records. Hear three riveting performances by Carla Bley, Avishai Cohen and Nik Bärtsch's Ronin.

(Image credit: Eli Johnson/Courtesy of Big Ears Festival)

  • May 24th 2019 at 18:20

Featuring Alessia Cara, 'Querer Mejor' Is Classic Juanes

By Felix Contreras
Juanes and Alessia Cara in the video for "Querer Mejor."

Alessia Cara makes her Spanish-language debut with the Colombian pop star.

(Image credit: YouTube)

  • May 24th 2019 at 18:11

Ed Sheeran's 'Cross Me' Links Up With Chance The Rapper

By Joshua Bote
Ed Sheeran and Chance The Rapper pose together during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

As the guest-heavy No. 6 Collaborations Project approaches, we ask: Is Ed Sheeran coming for DJ Khaled's throne?

(Image credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

  • May 24th 2019 at 16:38

New Music Friday: Our Top 7 Albums Out On May 24

By Robin Hilton
Compton rapper YG. His latest release, 4REAL 4REAL, is on our short list for the best new albums dropping on May 24.

The best new albums out this week include a stirring call for social justice from soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples, rapper YG's remembrance of Nipsey Hussle, lo-fi rock veterans Sebadoh and more.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • May 24th 2019 at 11:00

Not Bitter, Just Sweet: The Rolling Stones Give Royalties To The Verve

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
Richard Ashcroft, frontman of The Verve, poses with his Ivor Novello Award on Wednesday in London. A songwriting dispute had left the Britpop band bereft of royalties from its biggest hit, "Bitter Sweet Symphony." More than 20 years later, the Rolling Stones

A songwriting dispute left the Britpop band bereft of royalties from its biggest hit, "Bitter Sweet Symphony." More than 20 years later, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have signed over their rights.

(Image credit: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 22:26

Darlingside On Mountain Stage

By Adam Harris
Darlingside

The music of the Boston-based quartet Darlingside is as hard to categorize as it is easy to get lost in.

(Image credit: Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 20:24

Toro y Moi Sings Cheat Codes For Your Life

By Stephen Kallao
Tori y Moi inside the World Cafe Performance Studio.

On 2017's Boo Boo, Chaz Bear wrote a chill R&B record. For 2019's Outer Peace, he had an unusual motivator — the daily grind.

(Image credit: Emily DeHart/WXPN)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 18:22

Lizzo On Feminism, Self-Love And Bringing 'Hallelujah Moments' To Stage

By Terry Gross
Lizzo performs onstage at Coachella on April 21 in Indio, Calif. The flute-playing singer and rapper celebrates self-acceptance on her latest album, Cuz I Love You.

The flute-playing pop star celebrates self-acceptance on her latest album, Cuz I Love You. "About 10 years ago, I made the decision that I just wanted to be happy with my body," she says.

(Image credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Coachella)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 18:00

Stream The 'RevelaciΓ³n': Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week

By Felix Contreras
Three generations of urbano hitmakers — Lanay, Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny — join together for the "Soltera (Remix)."

The pop music charts feel like one endless dance club session while Latin legend Rubén Blades stretches his vision. Plus, a Clash classic gets a Latina makeover.

(Image credit: YouTube)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 16:37

Watch White Denim Perform 'Shanalala'

By Tyler Hale
James Petralli

Austin-based band White Denim absolutely tore through its live session on Morning Becomes Eclectic with an energy and swagger that bent KCRW's airwaves.

(Image credit: Jessica Hanley/KCRW)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 16:04

Joel Ross And His (Exceptionally) Good Vibes

By Nate Chinen
Joel Ross performs at Lantaren Venster on May 2, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The vibraphonist has a "love-hate relationship" with his instrument that has been helpful in perfecting his craft — but it wouldn't mean much without the deep emotional well he pulls from.

(Image credit: Peter Van Breukelen/Redferns/Getty Images)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 11:02

First Listen: Ian Noe, 'Between The Country'

By Bruce Warren
Ian Noe

On his debut album, Ian Noe captures his Eastern Kentucky small town with a sad, often heartbreaking brilliance.

(Image credit: Kyler Clark/Courtesy of the artist)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 11:01

First Listen: Flor de Toloache, 'Indestructible'

By Marisa Arbona-Ruiz
Flor de Toloache

Flor de Toloache makes mariachi girl magic with reimagined pop covers (No Doubt, Bee Gees) and collaborations with Miguel, John Legend, Alex Cuba and Las Migas.

(Image credit: Andrei Averbuch/Courtesy of the artist)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 11:00
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