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Yesterday β€” September 17th 2019NPR Music

Banjo Player, Folklorist, Photographer and Filmmaker John Cohen Has Died

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
John Cohen, onstage with the New Lost City Ramblers in New York City in 2006.

A member of the New Lost City Ramblers, Cohen celebrated American roots culture in many mediums, including his celebrated photography. He died Monday at age 87.

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  • September 17th 2019 at 21:10

Marc Chouarain On Pulling Music Out Of Thin Air

By Talia Schlanger
Multi-instrumentalist, film composer and rare instrument enthusiast, Marc Chouarain, teaches Talia Schlanger how to play the Theremin.

Multi-instrumentalist, film composer and rare instrument enthusiast Marc Chouarain teaches host Talia Schlanger how to play the theremin.

(Image credit: Lesya Matsko/Courtesy of the artist)

  • September 17th 2019 at 21:05

'This Machine Kills Fascists': Politics And Music With Billy Bragg

The singer-songwriter is used to speaking and singing out against the rise of authoritarianism.

  • September 17th 2019 at 16:20

Ibeyi's Voices Rise Up

By Talia Schlanger
Ibeyi performs live in Paris for World Cafe.

The sisters share how their Yoruban traditions have shaped the people they become.

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  • September 17th 2019 at 20:50

Viking's Choice: Cracked Music From The Nurse With Wound List, Hypercolor Rave, More

By Lars Gotrich
Be it prog-rock, free jazz, musique concrète, Krautrock, deranged punk or psych-rock, the experimental music found on the Nurse With Wound List from 1979 could split open a third eye.

Nurse With Wound's influential list of 291 experimental artists finally gets the compilation treatment, plus a toxic banger from noise-rock trio Buildings and rhapsodic rave music by Octo Octa.

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  • September 17th 2019 at 19:01

Danny Brown Finds Peace On 'Best Life'

By Mano Sundaresan
On his latest single, "Best Life," Danny Brown celebrates finding solace in success.

Now over 10 years into his career, Danny Brown is no longer the wild-haired, high-pitched rapper of old. His fifth studio album, uknowhatimsayin¿, is due out Oct. 4.

(Image credit: Tom Keelan/Courtesy of the artist)

  • September 17th 2019 at 18:22

Mandy Moore Releases First Original Song In 10 Years, 'When I Wasn't Watching'

By Lars Gotrich
Mandy Moore in the video for "When I Wasn

"The idea of diving back into music after so much time and personal change was really intimidating to me for a while," says Moore of creating her new album, which she began working on early this year.

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  • September 17th 2019 at 17:21

Wilco Shares New Song, Video For 'Everyone Hides'

By Robin Hilton
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy in a scene from a video for the new song "Everyone Hides."

For Wilco's second single, from the upcoming album Ode to Joy, frontman Jeff Tweedy punks the rest of the band in an elaborate game of hide and seek.

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  • September 17th 2019 at 17:10

Celia Cruz: The Voice Of Experience

By Deborah Paredez
Celia Cruz performs in New York in 1995. That same year, Deborah Paredez saw her at Chicago

As a true diva, Cruz was of her time and capable of transcending it. Her voice carried lessons in presence and stamina, and her enduring legacy has created a space for feminist interventions in salsa.

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  • September 17th 2019 at 16:01

Hobo Johnson's Journey From Homelessness To A Major Label Contract

By Bob Boilen
Hobo Johnson is otherwise known as Frank Lopes Jr. His new album, out now on Warner Records, is The Fall of Hobo Johnson.

In this Guest DJ session, the off-the-wall singer talks about living out of his car and working at a warehouse before his Tiny Desk Contest entry went viral. He's since signed with Warner Records.

(Image credit: Jade Ehlers/Courtesy of the artist)

  • September 17th 2019 at 11:00
Before yesterdayNPR Music

Tyler, The Creator Peels Back His Layers With 'A BOY IS A GUN*' Video

By Sidney Madden
"A BOY IS A GUN*" video grab.

Tyler, The Creator's alter ego spirals into a clothes-throwing, lawn-sprinting, bubble-bath-soaking mess — you know, as you do during a breakup.

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  • September 16th 2019 at 21:11

Heat Check: Future Nostalgia

By Sidney Madden

Like most things in our century, nostalgia has caught up with us at a bewildering rate. This week's additions to the Heat Check playlist take you back while they push you forward.

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  • September 16th 2019 at 20:18

Jack White And Brendan Benson On The Raconteurs' Return

By Talia Schlanger
The Raconteurs

Help Us Stranger marks the first Raconteurs album recorded at White's studio in Nashville.

(Image credit: David James Swanson/Courtesy of the artist)

  • September 16th 2019 at 19:35

Rhiannon Giddens: Tiny Desk Concert

By Bob Boilen
Rhiannon Giddens plays a Tiny Desk Concert on July 17, 2019 (Claire Harbage/NPR).

Giddens shares songs from her latest album, There is No Other, in an emotional and transfixing performance at the Tiny Desk.

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  • September 16th 2019 at 16:00

The World Of Celia Cruz: A Turning The Tables Playlist

By Stefanie FernΓ‘ndez
Celia Cruz.

Cruz remains matchless in meeting the pain of exile and immigration with as full and joyous a song as she sang. Hear a playlist of her best songs, plus music by the artists she inspired.

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  • September 16th 2019 at 15:59

'Don't Stop Believin" Goes On And On, Because We Need It To

By Roben Farzad
Steve Perry performs with Journey at a Chicago-area concert in 1981.

Whatever your relationship with Journey's 1981 hit, a perseverance anthem that has itself persevered, there is no escaping the longing it evokes for youth, love and a chance at greatness.

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  • September 16th 2019 at 11:02

Ric Ocasek, Frontman Of The Cars, Has Died

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
Ric Ocasek of The Cars, performing at the group

The lead singer of The Cars — the offbeat Boston rock band that became a mainstay of radio in the 1980s — died Sunday afternoon in Manhattan.

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  • September 16th 2019 at 04:01

Country's New Supergroup 'The Highwomen' Unite To Make Way For Unsung Female Artists

By Sarah McCammon
The Highwomens

Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires talk about the formation of their new all-female supergroup, a gutsy move within a male-dominated genre.

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  • September 15th 2019 at 23:04

Belle And Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch On 'Days Of The Bagnold Summer'

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Stuart Murdoch of the Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian about their new album Days of the Bagnold Summer.

  • September 15th 2019 at 13:45

'Drag 'Em': How Movement Shaped The Music Of Mary Lou Williams

By Daphne A. Brooks
Andy Kirk And His Orchestra, including Mary Lou Williams (sitting at the piano), pose for a studio group portrait in 1940. Williams toured with Kirk

Before settling in Harlem, Mary Lou Williams traveled the country playing with big bands. The road shaped her sound, and her theory of black music as "the greatest and only true art in the world."

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  • September 14th 2019 at 15:00