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Yesterday β€” July 20th 2018NPR Music

Politics In Zimbabwe Has A New Soundtrack

By Ari Shapiro
Zinzile Majola, 27-year-old singer of Friends Band, says it felt like a window opening when Mugabe left. "It actually gave us more confidence that things would change from now on, from the way they were, from the way they used to be," Majola says.

Ebba Chitambo, 66, made music during Zimbabwe's fight for independence. Now, he's giving advice to a new generation of musicians about writing political music.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

  • July 20th 2018 at 22:26

Willow Smith's Summer Fun Comes Crashing Down In Zhu And Tame Impala's 'My Life'

By Sidney Madden
Willow Smith is the lone survivor of a car crash in Zhu and Tame Impala

Summer's never as long as it used to be and that means, sometimes, the beginning is the end.

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  • July 20th 2018 at 21:11

Low Cut Connie On World Cafe

By Stephen Kallao
Low Cut Connie performs live at NON-COMM 2018 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, recorded live for this session.

Party band, piano rock, juke jointing. This band can do it all.

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  • July 20th 2018 at 20:27

The Internet's 'Hive Mind' Is A Soundtrack To The Slow Burn Of Summer

By Oliver Wang
Nominees for song of the summer tend to be lively party anthems, but the grooves on The Internet

After embarking on solo projects and a three-year break, The Internet has come back together to produce an album of low-key songs of summer.

(Image credit: Alan Lear/Courtesy of the artist)

  • July 20th 2018 at 19:25

Malcolm Holcombe On Mountain Stage

By Alexis Palmer
Malcolm Halcombe performs.

Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Holcombe creates a beautifully rugged sound that you just can't fake.

(Image credit: Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage)

  • July 20th 2018 at 19:18

Summer Latin Music Festivals Offer Music And Opportunity

By Marisa Arbona-Ruiz
Members of  ÌFÉ perform at NuevoFest in Philadelphia

For Latinx musicians who have found themselves excluded from the stages of mainstream festivals, a growing range of festivals and tours catering to Latinx artists and fans is changing the game.

(Image credit: Felix Contreras/NPR)

  • July 20th 2018 at 17:02

Who's Entertaining Who?: How The Internet Picks Up Drake's Slack

By Sam Sanders

Drake's latest No. 1 hit "In My Feelings" shot to the top of the charts thanks to a viral dance challenge that had little to do with the rapper himself.

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  • July 20th 2018 at 16:45

New Music Friday For July 20: Six Albums You Should Hear Now

By Robin Hilton
Meg Myers

This week features sultry R&B from The Internet, seething rock from songwriter Meg Myers, the "Joy" of Ty Segall & White Fence, a new album from the bluegrass group Punch Brothers and more.

(Image credit: Brantley Gutierrez/Courtesy of the artist)

  • July 20th 2018 at 11:00

One Key, Many Notes: Γ“lafur Arnalds' Piano Rig Fuses Technology And Musicality

By Mary Louise Kelly
"The idea behind this is not to create a computer that makes music for me, it

The piano composer and his code-savvy friend created software and a piano rig that plays spontaneous notes from one key stroke.

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  • July 19th 2018 at 22:22
Before yesterdayNPR Music

The Thistle & Shamrock: New Summer Sounds

Scottish singer Dougie MacLean performs during the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, in August 2014.

This week it's all about the albums that have been gathering in our North Carolina and Scottish mailboxes just waiting for an hour of your time.

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  • July 19th 2018 at 22:15

How Benny Green Saw His Jazz Horizon

By Nate Chinen
Benny Green

The pianist shares memories of elders and mentors like Art Blakey, Betty Carter and Oscar Peterson, in conversation with Christian McBride.

(Image credit: Frank Stewart/JALC)

  • July 19th 2018 at 22:00

Jay-Z Spars With Philadelphia Mayor Over Planned Festival Move

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
An aerial view of the 2016 Budweiser Made in America festival in Philadelphia.

The festival, founded by Jay-Z in 2012, takes place on Philadelphia's streets. This week, Mayor Jim Kenney's office announced plans to move the event — sparking fury from the rapper.

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  • July 19th 2018 at 21:36

In Batch Of New Songs, Chance The Rapper Announces He's Now A Media Executive

By Andrew Flanagan
Chance the Rapper, photographed on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles. The artist and philanthropist announced his purchase of the previously shuttered news site Chicagoist on July 19, 2018.

The Chicago-forever rapper released a suite of four songs overnight, and in one, revealed his purchase of the shuttered local news site Chicagoist.

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  • July 19th 2018 at 20:04

Γ“lafur Arnalds: Tiny Desk Concert

By Bob Boilen
Ólafur Arnalds performs a Tiny Desk Concert on July 3, 2018 (Eric Lee/NPR).

The Icelandic composer is joined by two "ghost" pianists, making mysterious and memorable music at the Tiny Desk.

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  • July 19th 2018 at 19:00

Mt. Joy's Mountain Of Accolades: The Band Unpacks Its Humble Beginnings

By Willobee Carlan
Mt. Joy band members Matt Quinn and Sam Cooper with NV89 on-air personality Willobee Carlan.

The indie rock group has had a booming year with appearances on 'Conan' and at festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. But before cracking out the instruments, the members cracked open law books.

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  • July 19th 2018 at 17:46

BROCKHAMPTON Wilds Out In '1998 Truman' Video

By Sidney Madden

The exhilarating visuals for the hip-hop boy band's new video feel like a high-definition mosh pit.

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  • July 19th 2018 at 17:41

Jeff Rosenstock Referees A Three-Legged Race For 'All This Useless Energy' Video

By Stefanie FernΓ‘ndez
Jeff Rosenstock, "All This Useless Energy"

In the new video from his post-election opus POST-, Jeff Rosenstock refs a ragtag team of misfits going nowhere — literally.

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  • July 19th 2018 at 17:00

ABBA Silver: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'

By Glen Weldon
Electric Waterloo: (L to R) Young Tanya (Jessica Keenan Wynn), Young Donna (Lily James) and Young Rosie (Alexa Davies) feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah, in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Return with us now to the enchanted isle of Kalokairi, where the sun shines, the water gleams and the populace is unnervingly obsessed with '70s Swedish power-pop — albeit the B-sides, this time out.

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  • July 19th 2018 at 11:00

On 'Fanfare For The Common Man,' An Anthem For The American Century

By Mandalit del Barco
An enormous New York crowd celebrates VE Day at the end of WWII. Aaron Copland was inspired to write his "Fanfare for the Common Man" by a wartime speech rallying Americans against imperialism.

Written in the thick of WWII, Aaron Copland's piece seems to have hope woven between its notes. Mandalit del Barco asks why so many who hear it, from presidents to prog rockers, are still so moved.

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  • July 19th 2018 at 11:17

First Listen: Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear, 'The Radio Winners'

By Jewly Hight
Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear

The mother-and-son duo returns with a short set of charming folk songs.

(Image credit: Calvin Heoun/Courtesy of the artist)

  • July 19th 2018 at 11:00