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Yesterday โ€” March 22nd 2019NPR Music

Look At Emily King Now

By Talia Schlanger
Emily King performing at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

King's latest album Scenery rings out with joy and hope. The production is a stunning combination of jazz-inflected R&B and '80s pop.

(Image credit: Gabriela Barbieri/WXPN)

  • March 22nd 2019 at 21:14

Remembering Dick Dale, 'King Of The Surf Guitar'

By Terry Gross

Dale told Fresh Air in 1993 that his distinctive guitar style came, in part, from the ocean waves he surfed: "The waves did create my feelings of that sound." Dale died March 16.

  • March 22nd 2019 at 18:36

Jenny Lewis Puts Her Emotions 'On The Line': 'It Can Get Ugly Sometimes'

By Scott Simon
Jenny Lewis returns with On The Line, out now.

Lewis speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the catharsis of making her latest album, On the Line, and grappling with accusations made against her album collaborator, Ryan Adams.

(Image credit: Autumn De Wilde/Courtesy of the artist)

  • March 22nd 2019 at 18:05

Alt.Latino Food Truck Chats: Musicians Tell Their Own Stories At SXSW 2019

By Felix Contreras
Alih Jey was one of the artists interviewed on Alt.Latino at this year

Over breakfast tacos and barbecue, Team Alt.Latino sat down with musicians at SXSW for interviews about their music.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • March 22nd 2019 at 17:38

Tame Impala Returns With The Luxurious Single 'Patience'

By Joshua Bote
Kevin Parker of Tame Impala performs onstage during the 2017 Panorama Music Festival - Day 2 at Randall

After nearly four years, during which Kevin Parker's central musical project went from respected to ubiquitously adored, the Australian shows he's been iterating on his beautiful sound, too.

(Image credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Panorama)

  • March 22nd 2019 at 16:18

The Old Disappearing-Reappearing Band Trick

By Marissa Lorusso
Duster was one of hundreds of bands in the late 1990s who made music that was loved by a small audience, then disbanded and assumed its story was over. Then a new generation of fans discovered the band.

Duster released a few space-rock records at the turn of the millennium then nearly disappeared. Then, somehow, a small, devoted group of fans from an entirely different generation found the band.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Numero Group)

  • March 22nd 2019 at 15:30

Tiny Desk Family Hour: Leikeli47

By Stephen Thompson
Leikeli47 performing live at the Tiny Desk Family Hour

The charismatic, genre-smashing masked rapper closes NPR Music's big night with intensity, joy and free-wheeling fervor.

(Image credit: Aaron Rogosin/Courtesy of SXSW)

  • March 22nd 2019 at 15:13

New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out March 22

By Robin Hilton
Lafawndah

Hear rock guitar heroics from Ex Hex, Andrew Bird's "finest work yet," mind-blowing sonics from Lafawndah, Emily Wells and much more on our sprint through the week's best new albums.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • March 22nd 2019 at 10:00
Before yesterdayNPR Music

Maroon 5's Halftime Show Was Forgettable, Excluding All The FCC Complaints Filed

The past Super Bowl was largely forgettable, as was the halftime show starring Maroon 5. But, that didn't stop viewers from complaining to the FCC about Adam Levine taking off his shirt.

  • March 21st 2019 at 21:31

An Andrew Bird's-Eye View Of His Latest Album

By Talia Schlanger
Andrew Bird

The indie rock artist zooms way out on humanity across history's timeline, seeking insight about our current age with his latest album My Finest Work Yet.

(Image credit: Amanda Demme/Courtesy of the artist)

  • March 21st 2019 at 20:11

Greensky Bluegrass On Mountain Stage

By Adam Harris
Greensky Bluegrass

With endearing, richly-orchestrated songs from its album All For Money, the Kalamazoo-based quintet Greensky Bluegrass returns for a third appearance on Mountain Stage.

(Image credit: Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage)

  • March 21st 2019 at 20:01

Carsie Blanton Is Delightfully Surprising On 'Buck Up'

By Ken Tucker

Blanton makes folk-based music that prizes wordplay and has an antic sense of humor. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the personal is always political on her new album.

  • March 21st 2019 at 18:37

Ryan Pollie Searches For The Spiritual On 'Aim Slow'

By Adelaide Sandstrom
Ryan Pollie

In a new song and video, songwriter Ryan Pollie explores memory and searches for meaning following a cancer diagnosis.

(Image credit: Dominic Ferris/Courtesy of the photographer)

  • March 21st 2019 at 15:00

The Thistle & Shamrock: Best Of The Best

The Bothy Band, active 1974-1979, is featured on this week

Explore the world of Celtic music with songs from the most beloved names.

(Image credit: Val Wilmer/Redferns)

  • March 21st 2019 at 16:31

Watch Nick Waterhouse Perform 'Black Glass' Live In The Studio

By Marion Hodges

Backed by a horn section and a collaborative spirit, Nick Waterhouse took over composition with a loose and easy control.

(Image credit: Dustin Downing/KCRW)

  • March 21st 2019 at 16:29

First Listen: Fennesz, 'Agora'

By Grayson Haver Currin
Fennesz

The Austrian electronic-music pioneer uses his laptop to splice, sample and otherwise subvert the sound of his guitar and field recordings, in the process forming crackling electric symphonies.

(Image credit: Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images)

  • March 21st 2019 at 15:32

Watch The Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love This Week

By Marissa Lorusso
Some of our favorite entrants to the Tiny Desk Contest this week (clockwise from top left): Four Play Clarinet; GLASYS; Lulu Fall; Kristen Joselle.

Here are some early Contest entries that have caught our attention. You still have a few more weeks to enter the Tiny Desk Contest for your chance to play at the real Tiny Desk.

(Image credit: YouTube)

  • March 21st 2019 at 15:00

First Listen: Mdou Moctar, 'Ilana (The Creator)'

By Bob Boilen
Mdou Moctar

The Tuareg musician may have just made the most insane psychedelic guitar album of the 21st century.

(Image credit: Picasa/Courtesy of the artist)

  • March 21st 2019 at 10:00

First Listen: Grupo Fantasma, 'American Music Vol. VII'

By Felix Contreras
Grupo Fantasma

The nine-piece Latin funk band's new album is a perfectly executed bi-cultural statement, made for the millions of people who love mariachi as much as James Brown.

(Image credit: Sarah Bork Hamilton/Courtesy of the artist)

  • March 21st 2019 at 10:00

First Listen: Quelle Chris, 'Guns'

By Rodney Carmichael
Quelle Chris

With both eyes trained on the absurd, the underrated veteran rapper parses ideologies that drive so much animus around the world.

(Image credit: Vashni Korin/Courtesy of the artist)

  • March 21st 2019 at 10:00
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