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Today โ€” September 18th 2018NPR Music

Hear The Revolutionary R&B Of Big Jay McNeely, Honking Proto-Rocker

By Lauren Onkey
Big Jay McNeely performs in London on March 30, 1984. The influential artist died Sun., Sep. 16, 2018.

The saxophonist, who passed away at the age of 91 on Sep. 16, embodied rock and roll and, through the blare of his horn, directly influenced the form's bombast and jagged contours.

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  • September 18th 2018 at 18:39

Hear Cat Power's Stirring Cover Of Rihanna's 'Stay'

By Marissa Lorusso
A still from Cat Power

A revered songwriter in her own right, Chan Marshall takes a generous, thoughtful approach to reworking beloved songs. This cover of Rihanna's hit comes from Cat Power's forthcoming album, Wanderer.

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  • September 18th 2018 at 16:34

German Doctors Say It's 'Highly Plausible' Pussy Riot Activist Was Poisoned

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
The CEO of Berlin

Physicians in Berlin say that anti-Kremlin activist Pyotr Verzilov's illness does not appear to be caused by infection or disease. But they could not confirm what he was poisoned with, or by whom.

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  • September 18th 2018 at 15:56

This Rapper Tried To Use Neuroscience To Get Over Her Ex

By Adam Cole
Dessa went looking for the source of love in her brain, and then turned to the frontiers of neuroscience to try and heal a broken heart.

Dessa is a singer and writer from Minneapolis who spent years trying to fall out of love and get over her ex. Nothing seemed to help — until she visited a research lab for a brain scan.

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  • September 18th 2018 at 11:00

The Spotify Playlist: Latinx Women Defy Categorization

By Felix Contreras
Vocalist Luciana Souza

Genre busting is the theme as we start Latinx Heritage Month featuring five distinct woman performers.

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  • September 18th 2018 at 14:02

The Voice Behind One Of Hip-Hop's Most Famous Hooks

By Andrew Limbong
Lyn Collins, pictured here in 1970, inspired the chorus to Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock put out their debut album 30 years ago featuring "It Takes Two." The song's sample was so widely recognized, it revitalized the career of Lyn Collins, the original artist.

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  • September 18th 2018 at 11:03

India's Carnatic Singers Face Backlash For Performing Non-Hindu Songs

By Lauren Frayer
Accompanied by Carnatic music, Indian classical dancer Rama Vaidyanathan performs a Bharat Natyam classical dance at a school in Amritsar in 2011.

Some fans of Carnatic singing, a type of South Indian classical music rooted in Hinduism, are angry with performers who've adapted and performed Christian songs.

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  • September 18th 2018 at 11:03

At The 2018 Emmys, 'Game Of Thrones' And 'Mrs. Maisel' Soar While The Hosts Struggle

By Linda Holmes
Rachel Brosnahan accepts the outstanding lead actress in a comedy series award for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at the 70th Emmy Awards.

Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel cleaned up in the comedy categories and Game of Thrones won the big drama prize for the third time. The show on the whole, though, was awfully dull.

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  • September 18th 2018 at 06:43
Yesterday โ€” September 17th 2018NPR Music

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Travels Across Generations And Genres

By Oliver Wang
The latest album from Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, The Serpent

This German group delivers steel drum covers of Mary J. Blige, Mobb Deep, Gang Starr and more.

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  • September 17th 2018 at 22:20

New York Philharmonic Musicians In Limbo After Investigation

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
Liang Wang, playing with the New York Philharmonic at New York

After a five-month investigation, the New York City orchestra took action against oboist Liang Wang and trumpeter Matthew Muckey over unspecified misconduct.

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  • September 17th 2018 at 21:07

The Best Acts We Saw At AmericanaFest

By Bruce Warren
William Prince was one of our favorite discoveries at AmericanaFest.

Five great minds in public radio talk about standout events and artists across the six-day celebration.

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  • September 17th 2018 at 21:02

Paul McCartney Scores First U.S. No. 1 Debut Ever With 'Egypt Station'

By Sidney Madden
Paul McCartney

McCartney's 18th solo album has officially reached the top spot on the Billboard 200, marking The Beatles bassist's first solo No. 1 album in the U.S. in 36 years.

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  • September 17th 2018 at 19:31

Wayne Shorter's 'Emanon' Is An Oversized, Mixed-Media Jazz Event

By Kevin Whitehead

Decades after he changed modern music as member of Miles Davis' 1960s quintet, and then as co-founder of the band Weather Report, Shorter continues to break ground with a new triple album.

  • September 17th 2018 at 19:26

Miles Shorter's 'Emanon' Is An Oversized, Mixed-Media Jazz Event

By Kevin Whitehead

Decades after he changed modern music as member of Miles Davis' 1960s quintet, and then as co-founder of the band Weather Report, Shorter continues to break ground with a new triple album.

  • September 17th 2018 at 19:26

Sounds From The Camp Stage At 2018 Philadelphia Folk Festival

By David Dye
Toronzo Cannon at the 2018 Philadelphia Folk Festival

Hear performances from Scottish instrumental trio Talisk, Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon and a two song set from the bilingual, Texas-based singer-songwriter Gina Chavez.

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  • September 17th 2018 at 18:56

La Dame Blanche: Hip-Hop Urbano Cubano

By Felix Contreras
La Dame Blacnhe

This special Spanish language Podcast Extra highlights a Cuban hip-hop artist in her own words.

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  • September 17th 2018 at 15:52

Pussy Riot's Pyotr Verzilov, Allegedly Poisoned, Is Flown To Germany For Treatment

By Scott Neuman
Pyotr Verzilov, left, the unofficial spokesperson of the Russian activist group Pussy Riot, along with Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Nadya Tolokonnikova, founding members of the group.

The unofficial spokesman for the punk-rock anti-Kremlin protest group became ill after a court date last week, reportedly experiencing hallucinations and paralysis before falling unconscious.

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  • September 17th 2018 at 11:52

Listen To The Latest Edition Of KCRW's 'Metropolis'

KCRW

Jason Bentley captures the hypnotic pulse of modern city life in a weekly dance show on Saturday nights.

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  • September 15th 2018 at 18:06

Smif-N-Wessun: Tiny Desk Concert

By Abby O'Neill
Smif-N-Wessun perform a Tiny Desk Concert on June 8, 2018.

Brooklyn-bred hip-hop duo Smif-N-Wessun – consisting of partners in rhyme, Steele and Tek – illuminated the Tiny Desk with their signature, 80-proof poetry: straight, no chaser.

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  • September 17th 2018 at 11:00
Before yesterdayNPR Music

Mysterious Stones Found In Colo. May Have Been Ancient Musical Instruments

By Brad Turner
A set of rounded stones discovered in the high desert near Colorado

Researchers thought the rounded stones found in the desert — clearly shaped by human hands — were used to grind nuts or seeds. But archaeologist Marilyn Martorano says they are actually lithophones.

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  • September 16th 2018 at 14:21
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