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Today β€” July 22nd 2019NPR Music

New Opera 'Blue' Takes On The Tragedy Of Police Brutality

By Jeff Lunden
Kenneth Kellogg, Briana Hunter and Aaron Crouch play The Father, The Mother and The Son in the world premiere of Blue at the 2019 Glimmerglass Festival.

The new opera by Tazewell Thompson and Jeanine Tesori tells the story of a couple in Harlem who are forced to confront their teenage son's sudden death by police violence.

(Image credit: Karli Cadel/Courtesy of the festival)

  • July 21st 2019 at 23:11
Yesterday β€” July 21st 2019NPR Music

A Special Tune Marked Apollo 11

ABC commissioned an original song from Duke Ellington for the 1969 mission. Ellington wrote and performed "Moon Maiden" as viewers waited for the lunar landing.

  • July 21st 2019 at 14:00

Ambience, Vocalized: Instrumentalist Tycho Adds Saint Sinner's Vocals To 'Weather'

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro

Tycho, whose real name is Scott Hansen, is famous for his ambient instrumental tracks. But for Tycho's latest album, Weather, Hansen enlisted Saint Sinner to add vocals to the ambience.

(Image credit: Scott Hansen/Courtesy of the artist)

  • July 21st 2019 at 14:00

Trump Says He'd Vouch For A$AP Rocky Amid Growing Demands For The Rapper's Release

By Abigail Clukey
People across the entertainment industry, including Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj, voiced their outrage and have demanded the release of rapper A$AP Rocky from Swedish custody.

The American entertainer has been detained in Sweden since July 3, after an altercation in Stockholm. Celebrities, Twitter and a GoFundMe petition are clamoring for him to be let go.

(Image credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images )

  • July 21st 2019 at 00:03

'The Git Up': Dissecting The Country Rap Chart-Topper

NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica about the country rap song that's tearing up the charts, "The Git Up."

  • July 20th 2019 at 23:14
Before yesterdayNPR Music

An NPR Listener Shares His Signature Song

For Chris Bubenik of Asheville, N.C., Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)" is an "amazing opus about finding yourself."

  • July 20th 2019 at 14:00

Thom Yorke Recalibrates And Digs Deeper Into His Dread Of Technology With 'ANIMA'

By Tom Moon
Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke has always had a dread of technology. But the Radiohead frontman's latest album, ANIMA, explores that dread with the help of technology.

(Image credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

  • July 19th 2019 at 23:48

Dan Auerbach And Patrick Carney Bring Brotherly Love Back To The Black Keys

By Talia Schlanger
The Black Keys

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney explain why they just needed to get out of each other's hair for a bit.

(Image credit: Alysse Gafkjen/Courtesy of the artist)

  • July 19th 2019 at 18:55

King Princess Shows What's To Come With 'Prophet' And Announces Her Debut Album

By Rosalind Faulkner
"Prophet," the second single from King Princess

The 20-year-old singer-songwriter announces her upcoming debut album, Cheap Queen, and drops its second official single, "Prophet."

(Image credit: Vince Aung/Courtesy of the artist)

  • July 19th 2019 at 18:02

Listen: Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby Are The Highwomen

By Stephen Thompson
The Highwomen, left to right: Natalie Hemby, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires.

The country supergroup will release its self-titled debut on Sept. 6. Hear the first single, "Redesigning Women."

(Image credit: Alysse Gafkjen/Courtesy of the artist)

  • July 19th 2019 at 16:00

Music Trumps Moon Landing

By Bob Boilen
Rock band "Blind Faith" pose for a portrait in 1969. (L-R): Steve Winwood, Ric Grech, Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton.

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's defining teen moment came on the night of the first moonwalk. Instead of being glued to the TV, he went to a concert.

(Image credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

  • July 19th 2019 at 14:00

BeyoncΓ© Enlists Hip-Hop A-List And Global Artists For 'The Lion King: The Gift'

By Maya Eaglin
Beyoncé attends the European premiere of Disney

The musical superstar continues to challenge herself while elevating global artists for an album inspired by the new remake of The Lion King, in theaters now.

(Image credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

  • July 19th 2019 at 14:00

25 Years After Scoring 'The Lion King,' Hans Zimmer Returns To Pride Rock

By Tim Greiving
Hans Zimmer, Matt Jones of the Re-Collective Orchestra and conductor Nick Glennie-Smith at a scoring session for Disney

Twenty five years after he scored the original The Lion King, which won an Oscar, Hans Zimmer returns to Pride Rock to revisit the classic musical themes for a re-imagined tale.

(Image credit: Alberto Rodriguez/Disney Enterprises, Inc. )

  • July 19th 2019 at 13:00

New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums For July 19

By Lars Gotrich
The Flaming Lips. Their new album, The King

The best new albums out this week include the latest from psych-pop mainstays The Flaming Lips, singer Freya Ridings' stunning debut full-length, Houston rapper Maxo Kream and more.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • July 19th 2019 at 11:00

Priests: Tiny Desk Concert

By Bob Boilen
Priests performs a Tiny Desk Concert on June 7, 2019.

The punk-infused art band from Washington, D.C. brings a kinder, gentler and sparer version of the group's music to the Tiny Desk.

(Image credit: Shuran Huang/NPR)

  • July 19th 2019 at 11:00

Wasted On The Way: A Musician Looks Back In 'David Crosby: Remember My Name'

By Ella Taylor
David Crosby (center) with Neil Young (l) and Stephen Stills (r) during a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young concert in Texas in 1974.

In A.J. Eaton's documentary, Crosby proves a "passionate, wry, often bellicose" storyteller who "often seems to be writing his own self-lacerating obituary."

(Image credit: Joel Bernstein/Sony Pictures Classics)

  • July 18th 2019 at 23:31

Forget Her Nots: Patrice Rushen Compilation Captures Formative Elektra Years

By Oliver Wang
The Patrice Rushen compilation Remind Me: The Classic Elektra Recordings 1978-1984 revisits that formative period in Rushen

Patrice Rushen's years singing for Elektra Records in the 1970s and '80s helped define late-era disco and R&B. Now, a collection of her classic R&B and dance tunes is being released.

(Image credit: Patrice Rushen Archives/Courtesy of the artist)

  • July 18th 2019 at 23:24

Duff McKagan & Shooter Jennings' 'Tenderness' Is Art In Motion

By Stephen Kallao
Duff McKagan inside the World Cafe Performance Studio

Between gigs with time on his hands, Duff, the Guns N' Roses bassist, recorded Tenderness, produced by his old friend, Shooter.

(Image credit: Makena Duffy/WXPN)

  • July 18th 2019 at 22:05

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Voice Offers A Sonic Refuge

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and his Party, performing live at the WOMAD festival in 1985.

Right before he recorded a string of beloved albums for Peter Gabriel's label, the Pakistani vocal master of qawwali gave a milestone performance in 1985. It's now available for the first time.

(Image credit: Andrew Catlin/Courtesy of Real World Records)

  • July 18th 2019 at 20:18

The Remix Race: Why It Pays To Release Songs More Than Once

By Emily Abshire
The single art for the latest "Old Town Road" remix, which features Young Thug and Mason Ramsey alongside Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus.

"Old Town Road" has been unstoppable since spring, but keep your eyes on the pop charts this week. A battle for No. 1 is coming, and there will be a story to tell no matter who wins.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • July 18th 2019 at 20:16