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Today โ€” April 20th 2018NPR Music

After Getting Lou Gehrig's Diagnosis, California Man Makes Album With Help Of Friends

By Ailsa Chang

Bernie Dalton had a dream: Make an album. But then the single dad was diagnosed with an aggressive form of ALS and without the use of his limbs or his voice, Dalton needed the help of a lot of friends to make his dream happen.

  • April 19th 2018 at 22:42
Yesterday โ€” April 19th 2018NPR Music

German Rappers Accused Of Anti-Semitism Win Major Music Prize

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
Rappers Farid Bang and Kollegah, performing on stage during the Echo Awards show in Berlin on April 12.

Last week, the duo of Farid Bang and Kollegah, whose lyrics have been criticized for anti-Semitism, won the Germany equivalent of a Grammy, prompting several to return their own awards in protest.

(Image credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

  • April 19th 2018 at 21:40

Sam Baker On Mountain Stage

Sam Baker performs on Mountain Stage

During the Austin songwriter's second appearance on Mountain Stage, he performs a career-spanning set.

(Image credit: Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage)

  • April 19th 2018 at 21:28

To Curb Ocean Pollution, U.K. May Ban Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Swabs

By Laurel Wamsley
Scourge of the ocean.

Prime Minister Theresa May called plastic waste "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world." The government said it will work with industry to develop alternatives.

(Image credit: Thn Rocn Khosit Rath Phachr Sukh / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm)

  • April 19th 2018 at 20:31

Lykke Li's Two New Songs Dance At The Edges Of Pop Music

By Lars Gotrich
Lykke Li

The Swedish singer is a pop star, but she doesn't necessarily make pop music. Listen to two singles from her upcoming album, so sad so sexy.

(Image credit: Chloe Le Drezen/Courtesy of the artist)

  • April 19th 2018 at 19:57

No Criminal Charges To Be Brought In Prince's Death

By Andrew Flanagan
Prince performing in New Orleans on July 2, 2004.

Prince likely was unaware that the pills he was taking to combat chronic pain were laced with a powerful opioid, according to an attorney for Minnesota's Carver County who made the announcement.

(Image credit: Chris Graythen/Getty)

  • April 19th 2018 at 19:38

Even More Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love

By Pilar Fitzgerald
Clockwise from top left: The Asia Project; TATYANA; The Variants; Samira Gibson

We're almost ready to announce the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest winner. Here are a few entries we wanted to highlight this week in the meantime.

(Image credit: YouTube)

  • April 19th 2018 at 19:21

From The Vaults, A Showstopper: Hear Prince Perform 'Nothing Compares 2 U'

By Stephen Thompson
Prince performs live at SXSW in 2013.

As news swirls about culpability for Prince's death, his estate has released a major find: a long-lost 1984 recording of his classic composition, along with rare video footage from his rehearsals.

(Image credit: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Samsung)

  • April 19th 2018 at 19:00

Erika Wennerstrom On World Cafe

By Talia Schlanger
Erika Wennerstrom

The Heartless Bastards front woman details her experience on a trip through the Amazon and how it informed the art she made on her latest solo album, Sweet Unknown.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • April 19th 2018 at 18:19

How The Pulitzer Jury Opened Its Doors To Hip-Hop

By Rodney Carmichael
Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music this week, becoming the first non-classical or jazz artist to do so.

The Pulitzer Prize for Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. represents a shifting tide in rap's cultural status. But a juror who helped select the prize says it means as much for an institution like the Pulitzers.

(Image credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Clara Lionel Foundation)

  • April 19th 2018 at 16:55

Crank Rat The Magnificent's Nasty 'Up The Street' And Be Redeemed

By Lars Gotrich
Rat the Magnificent.

Like the Thing revving up to smack down, Rat the Magnificent will clobber bluesy noise-rock on its upcoming debut album, The Body as Pleasure.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • April 19th 2018 at 16:48

The Tallest Man On Earth Returns, One Song At A Time

By Stephen Thompson
The Tallest Man On Earth.

"Somewhere in the Mountains, Somewhere in New York" is the second song from When the Bird Sees the Solid Ground, an EP that's getting released in five parts.

(Image credit: Kristian Matsson/Courtesy of the artist)

  • April 19th 2018 at 15:00

Tank And The Bangas Release The Band's Major Label Debut

By Bob Boilen
Tank and the Bangas

Last year's Tiny Desk Contest winner releases its first major label single, "Smoke.Netflix.Chill," a song about a friendship that's falling apart.

(Image credit: Gus Bennett/Courtesy of the Artist )

  • April 19th 2018 at 14:46

Guest DJ: Lord Huron On The Songs That Shaped The Cinematic 'Vide Noir'

By Bob Boilen
Lord Huron

The band Lord Huron is known for its cinematic story songs. Ben Schneider, creator of the project, talks about some of the music by other artists that informed the tales on his latest album.

(Image credit: Pamela Littky/Courtesy of the artist)

  • April 19th 2018 at 14:18

First Listen: Half Waif, 'Lavender'

By Marissa Lorusso

Lavender shows Nandi Rose Plunkett coming to terms with the reality that pain is often an important intermediary to wisdom.

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  • April 19th 2018 at 11:00

First Listen: Liz Brasher, 'Outcast'

By Jessie Scott
Liz Brasher

Stream the debut EP by one of our favorite new artists of 2018.

(Image credit: Stacie Huckeba/Courtesy of the artist)

  • April 19th 2018 at 11:00

First Listen: Speedy Ortiz, 'Twerp Verse'

By Mike Katzif
Speedy Ortiz

Twerp Verse shows Sadie Dupuis and her band at their most pointed and fearless.

(Image credit: Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist)

  • April 19th 2018 at 11:00

First Listen: Okkervil River, 'In The Rainbow Rain'

By Stephen Thompson
Okkervil River

On his band's new album, Will Sheff views crises and crucibles as opportunities to appreciate life's gifts.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • April 19th 2018 at 11:00

50 Years After Johnny Cash, Los Tigres Del Norte Perform At Folsom Prison

By Felix Contreras
Vocalist and accordion player Jorge Hernández engages the crowd of inmates in the main yard of Folsom State Prison.

The norteño band became the first free musicians to play at Folsom Prison since Johnny Cash did in 1968.

(Image credit: Lance Dawes/Courtesy of Los Tigres Del Norte)

  • April 19th 2018 at 00:33

Citing 'Pattern Of Abuse' By R. Kelly, Dallas Woman Delivers Evidence To Police

By Gus Contreras
R. Kelly, performing on November 21, 2012 in New York City. The lawyer of a woman accusing Kelly of assault held a press conference on April 18, 2018 in Dallas, Texas, to announce he would be filing a federal civil complaint would be filed against the singer.

Attorney Lee Merritt, on behalf of his anonymous 20-year-old client, held a press conference today during which he accused the singer of abusing his client over the course of their relationship.

(Image credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • April 18th 2018 at 22:30
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