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Today β€” April 7th 2020NPR Music

Logan Ledger Weaves New Ideas With His Love For Classic Country

By Stephen Kallao
Logan Ledger

Logan Ledger's self-titled debut was produced by T Bone Burnett, a producer with a reputation for appreciating sounds of different eras. He was impressed. So were we.

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  • April 6th 2020 at 23:16
Yesterday β€” April 6th 2020NPR Music

Deap Lips' Debut Is An Interstellar Excursion For The Quarantined Mind

By Meredith Ochs
Deap Lips is a collaboration between Deap Vally and members of The Flaming Lips. Its debut is "a psychedelic dream with jagged edges," perfect for quarantine listening, our critic writes.

The combination of the Flaming Lips' sprawling musical palette and Deap Vally's raunchy guitar glam is a psychedelic dream that will take your brain on a journey while your body is in isolation.

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  • April 6th 2020 at 22:30

Facing The Coronavirus Crisis, Musicians Take To Teaching Online

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
Bassist Steve Whipple.

They can't tour. Their regular income streams dried up instantly. So many performers — from newcomers to world-famous artists — are hoping that virtual students will help them bridge the gap.

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  • April 6th 2020 at 21:00

Global Citizen And WHO Announce 'One World,' A Lady Gaga-Curated Concert Special

By Jon Lewis
Lady Gaga, photographed outside of the Met Gala on May 6, 2019, in New York.

The special, set to be televised and streamed on April 18, will feature a long list of top-tier names, including Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Kacey Musgraves, Stevie Wonder, among many others.

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  • April 6th 2020 at 20:28

'Hamilton' Cast Reunites For Emily Blunt, John Krasinski And One Lucky 9-Year-Old

By Stephen Thompson
Clockwise from top left: Daveed Diggs, 9-year-old Aubrey, Okieriete Onaodowan, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

Strap in for a 17-minute explosion of good-hearted joy, courtesy of the stars of A Quiet Place and the entire (socially distanced) original cast of Hamilton.

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  • April 6th 2020 at 19:16

Heat Check: I Feel Void

By Sidney Madden
Empress Of

There's still room for surprises in the void of time. Kalisway, Empress Of, Rod Wave and more release new heat.

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  • April 6th 2020 at 16:37

In The Midst Of Chaos, Channy Leaneagh Of Poliça Is Doing The Next Right Thing

By Channy Leaneagh
Channy Leaneagh of Poliça.

In Our Daily Breather, we ask writers and artists to recommend ways to find calm and comfort in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. For Channy Leaneagh, that means moving slowly and thoughtfully.

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  • April 6th 2020 at 16:00

All Ears: Listening In Isolation

By Ruth Saxelby
With everyone holed up at home, the sonic character of our cities and neighborhoods seems to be constantly shifting underfoot.

Since self-isolating, writer Ruth Saxelby is noticing sounds sticking out where they used to blend and music doing some surprising work amidst the hush.

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  • April 6th 2020 at 12:00

The Lumineers: Tiny Desk Concert

By Josh Rogosin
The Lumineers play a Tiny Desk Concert.

Ho hey! Look who turned up at the Tiny Desk. Watch The Lumineers play a four-song set for the smallest crowd in ages.

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  • April 6th 2020 at 11:00

Your Anti-Anxiety Playlist

Listeners tell us the music that helps them de-stress during this life-changing time.

  • April 5th 2020 at 23:00
Before yesterdayNPR Music

Chinese Folk Music Meets Appalachian Tradition On 'Wu Fei And Abigail Washburn'

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro
Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei are masters of Appalachian and Chinese folk music, respectively. On their self-titled debut album they combine traditional songs from across the U.S. and China.

Each a virtuoso in their own right, longtime friends and Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn team up for a tradition-blending debut album of folk music.

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  • April 5th 2020 at 14:00

What's On Your Coronavirus Survival Playlist?

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro

Weekend Edition wants to hear about the songs that are getting you through this difficult time. Host Lulu Garcia-Navarro kicks things off with her pick: "Rise Up" by Andra Day.

  • April 5th 2020 at 14:00

Kandace Springs Pays Tribute To 'The Women Who Raised' Her

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro
Kandace Springs

Kandace Springs' latest album consists of covers of the women in jazz she idolized growing up. "It's a tribute record to give back to what they've inspired me to do as an artist," she says.

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  • April 5th 2020 at 14:00

The Beat Goes On: High School Choirs Improvise In The Age Of Coronavirus

By Sequoia Carrillo
Camden Catholic High School

After cancelled musicals and spring concerts, choral directors across the country are going the extra mile to have their students' voices heard.

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  • April 5th 2020 at 12:17

Thundercat On 'It Is What It Is,' Losing Mac Miller And Learning To Do Nothing

By Michel Martin

The collaboration-loving bassist said "It's hard to see clearly through the pain of losing him," when asked about the death of close friend Mac Miller. That loss permeates his fourth studio album.

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  • April 4th 2020 at 23:30

Bill Withers' Legacy Is So Much Deeper Than The Hits We All Know

By Mark Anthony Neal
Bill Withers, photographed here in 2006, was an artist more concerned with writing stories about humanity

Generations of listeners have celebrated the signature songs of the artist who died this week at 81. But Withers' greater catalog reveals a man who stuck to his beliefs in the face of the pop machine.

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  • April 4th 2020 at 19:29

Ben Gibbard: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

By Bob Boilen
Ben Gibbard plays a Tiny Desk Home concert.

The Death Cab For Cutie frontman performs a new song and pays tribute to Fountains of Wayne songwriter Adam Schlesinger in this quarantine concert.

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  • April 4th 2020 at 11:00

A Comedian Coughed β€” And Came Up With 'Coronavirus Rhapsody'

By Tanya Ballard Brown
Comedian Dana Jay Bein

A cough on his couch led comedian Dana Jay Bein to write the parody song "Coronavirus Rhapsody." Then he tweeted it — and the Internet took it from there.

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  • April 3rd 2020 at 21:22

Drake, Quarantined In Style, Makes Social Isolation A Public Spectacle

By Ann Powers
In his "Toosie Slide" video, a masked and gloved Drake social-distances in style.

The hip-hop star's "Toosie Slide" video, an opulent take on social distancing shot in his Toronto penthouse, is at once obvious and sneakily profound.

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  • April 3rd 2020 at 20:51

'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Guitar Great Bucky Pizzarelli

By Terry Gross

Pizzarelli, who died April 1 of COVID-19, played with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney, among others. He spoke to Fresh Air in '92 and again, with his son John, in '06.

  • April 3rd 2020 at 19:34