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Today โ€” January 22nd 2020NPR Music

Waxahatchee Announces New Album 'Saint Cloud,' Shares First Single 'Fire'

By Marissa Lorusso
Waxahatchee

Katie Crutchfield's fifth album as Waxahatchee is full of clear-eyed self-reflection, with the distortion dialed down.

(Image credit: Molly Matalon/Courtesy of the artist)

  • January 22nd 2020 at 16:00

Max Richter: Tiny Desk Concert

By Tom Huizenga
Max Richter performs during a Tiny Desk concert, on Oct. 21, 2019.

The eclectic composer joins members of the ACME ensemble for some of his most affecting music, which moves the audience to tears.

(Image credit: Mhari Shaw/NPR)

  • January 22nd 2020 at 11:00

Ousted Female Chief Files Discrimination Complaint Against The Grammys

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
The now-former Recording Academy president and CEO, Deborah Dugan, speaking in Nov. at the Grammy nomination press conference in New York City.

In an EEOC complaint filed Tuesday, Deborah Dugan made several bombshell allegations against the Recording Academy — including that her predecessor, Neil Portnow, raped a female artist.

(Image credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

  • January 21st 2020 at 23:23
Yesterday โ€” January 21st 2020NPR Music

Underground Railroad: A Conductor And Passengers Documented In Music

By Tom Huizenga
William Still (1821-1902), a conductor on the Underground Railroad who helped nearly 800 enslaved African Americans to freedom.

When it comes to the Underground Railroad, everyone knows Harriet Tubman. But a new oratorio sheds light on a different, key figure named William Still.

(Image credit: Naxos American Classics)

  • January 20th 2020 at 22:14

Country Music Channel Promises Equal Video Plays For Women And Men

By Andrew Limbong
(L-R) Martina McBride, Leslie Fram, Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile seen onstage during the 2019 CMT Next Women Of Country in November 2019.

This expands on the CMT's previous policy, which played a ratio of 60-40, male and female, videos per hour.

(Image credit: Danielle Del Valle/Getty Images)

  • January 21st 2020 at 20:50

In Deep Red Oklahoma, The Blue Door Is 'A Lighthouse' For Progressive Protest Music

By Michelle Mercer
Greg Johnson opened the Blue Door in 1993. Over the past few years, the concert venue has become a hub of liberal activism in a largely conservative state.

This Oklahoma City venue is showcasing the role of protest music in the Trump era, and how songwriting can also bridge the political divide.

(Image credit: Betty Soo/Courtesy Greg Johnson)

  • January 21st 2020 at 20:00

Marcus King Turns Toward Blue-Eyed Soul On The Solo Album 'El Dorado'

By Ken Tucker

The 23-year-old Southern blues rocker strikes out on his own with a soulful new album produced Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. The record is a real beauty — and a turning-point for King.

  • January 21st 2020 at 19:35

Big Thief's 'U.F.O.F.' And 'Two Hands' Are Two Sides Of The Same Coin

By Stephen Kallao
Big Thief

The band's lead singer Adrianne Lenker calls its last two records, both released last year, spiritual siblings.

(Image credit: Dustin Condren/Courtesy of the artist)

  • January 21st 2020 at 19:30

Hear Mitski's Sinister New Song, 'Cop Car'

By Cyrena Touros
"Cop Car" is Mitski

It is Mitski's first release of new music since her critically acclaimed 2018 album, Be The Cowboy.

(Image credit: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

  • January 21st 2020 at 16:14

Wale: Tiny Desk Concert

By Bobby Carter
Wale performs a Tiny Desk concert on Oct. 30, 2019.

The Washington D.C. rapper gives a charismatic performance full of humor, heart and plenty grooves, for the Tiny Desk Fest.

(Image credit: Laura Beltrán Villamizar/NPR)

  • January 21st 2020 at 11:00
Before yesterdayNPR Music

Underground Railroad: A Conductor And Passengers Documented In Music

By Tom Huizenga
William Still (1821-1902), a conductor on the Underground Railroad who helped nearly 800 enslaved African Americans to freedom.

When it comes to the Underground Railroad, everyone knows Harriet Tubman. But a new oratorio sheds light on a different, key figure named William Still.

(Image credit: Naxos American Classics)

  • January 20th 2020 at 22:14

Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died

By Tom Vitale
Saxophonist, composer and arranger Jimmy Heath.

The saxophonist and composer — an artist who wrote for Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, and who nurtured John Coltrane — died Sunday at age 93.

(Image credit: Lonnie Timmons III/Getty Images)

  • January 19th 2020 at 18:59

Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died

By Tom Vitale
Saxophonist, composer and arranger Jimmy Heath.

The saxophonist and composer — an artist who wrote for Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, and who nurtured John Coltrane — died Sunday at age 93.

(Image credit: Lonnie Timmons III/Getty Images)

  • January 19th 2020 at 18:59

How To Like Deep House, For The Uninitiated

Chris Campbell, host of WDET's The Progressive Underground, walks NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro through the history and sound of deep house music.

  • January 19th 2020 at 14:02

Raised In Rock, Marcus King Releases 1st Solo Album, 'El Dorado'

By Scott Simon
Music is "just the only thing that truly listens without ever saying a negative word back," Marcus King says. His debut album is out now.

NPR's Scott Simon talks with the 23-year-old guitarist about the tragic event that inspired him to start writing songs and what it was like to collaborate with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.

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

  • January 18th 2020 at 13:32

On Their Debut Album, Stretch And Bobbito Are Taking 'No Requests'

By Audie Cornish
"It

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with longtime DJs and producers Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia about their debut album, No Requests, loaded with new renditions of some of their favorite songs.

(Image credit: Janette Beckman/Courtesy of the artist)

  • January 17th 2020 at 22:13

Hear Marcus King Perform Acoustic Versions Of Tracks From 'El Dorado'

By Raina Douris
Marcus King performs solo in front of an intimate audience at The Lounge at World Cafe

Hear Marcus King perform songs from his new solo album and share his first memories of playing guitar from The Lounge at World Cafe Live.

(Image credit: Jamie Stow/WXPN)

  • January 17th 2020 at 18:47

Eminem Releases Surprise Album, 'Music To Be Murdered By'

By Andrew Flanagan
Eminem performs on stage during the MTV European Music Awards in 2017.

The rapper's 11th studio album is packaged with assists from Black Thought, Ed Sheeran, Q-Tip, Anderson .Paak and the late rapper, Juice WRLD.

(Image credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

  • January 17th 2020 at 17:34

BTS Drops 'Black Swan' โ€” And A Lavishly Choreographed Art Film

By Stephen Thompson
Members of the MN Dance Company appear in the video for BTS

The first single from Map of the Soul: 7, out Feb. 21, is a swirl of string-swept emo-rap introspection. The band released it Friday, alongside a video featuring Slovenia's MN Dance Company.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • January 17th 2020 at 13:32

Yola: Tiny Desk Concert

By Bob Boilen
Yola Carter performs during tiny desk on December, 12, 2019. (Photo by Mhari Shaw/NPR)

The singer who once sang for Massive Attack and sampled by Iggy Azalea and The Chemical Brothers, is front-and-center at the Tiny Desk.

(Image credit: Mhari Shaw/NPR)

  • January 17th 2020 at 11:01
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