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Today โ€” January 17th 2019NPR Music

Slingshot: Artists To Watch In 2019

Mvstermind (left), Jean Deaux, Westerman and Tayla Parx.

If this list is any indication, 2019 will be filled with incredible music, thanks to artists like Kelsey Lu, IDER, Jean Deaux, Fontaines D.C., Mvstermind and more.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artists)

  • January 17th 2019 at 11:00

First Listen: Lula Wiles, 'What Will We Do'

By Jewly Hight
Lula Wiles

The Berklee-educated trio of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland and Mali Obomsawin deftly mine the particulars of their individual lives into a rousing, modernist adaptation of Americana music.

(Image credit: Laura Partain/Courtesy of the artist)

  • January 17th 2019 at 11:00

First Listen: Leyla McCalla, 'The Capitalist Blues'

By Jewly Hight
Leyla McCalla

On her bustling third album, the former Carolina Chocolate Drops member maps her vision of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora while gently taking Anglocentricism (and capitalism) down a notch.

(Image credit: Sarrah Danzinger/Courtesy of the artist)

  • January 17th 2019 at 11:00
Yesterday โ€” January 16th 2019NPR Music

The #MuteRKelly Movement Takes Its Protest To The Steps Of His Record Label

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
Protesters in the #MuteRKelly movement gather outside the Sony offices in New York City.

In the wake of the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, protesters brought more than 200,000 petition signatures on Wednesday to RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment, calling for the label to drop him.

(Image credit: Vanessa Ross/Colors of Change)

  • January 16th 2019 at 22:17

The Thistle & Shamrock: New Year Sounds

This week

Fiona Ritchie has the latest from Birichin, Kevin Burke and John McCutcheon.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • January 16th 2019 at 20:57

Mike Farris On World Cafe

By Stephen Kallao
Mike Farris

Farris writes a love letter to his wife on Silver and Stone, a collection of originals and covers that are deeply soulful and definitely uplifting.

(Image credit: Sebastian Smith/Courtesy of the artist)

  • January 16th 2019 at 20:55

2 New Albums Confirm Thelonious Monk's Genius As A Composer

By Kevin Whitehead

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two new interpretations of Monk's complete works: Monk's Dreams, by pianist Frank Kimbrough, and Work, by guitarist Miles Okazaki.

  • January 16th 2019 at 19:45

Capitalist Greed Is Child's Play For Leyla McCalla In 'Money Is King' Video

By Rich McKie
Leyla McCalla

The Carolina Chocolate Drops cellist finds modern social and political issues in a 1930s calypso song. Watch the video premiere.

(Image credit: Sarrah Danzinger/Courtesy of the artist)

  • January 16th 2019 at 16:04

Hozier To Release First Album In Four Years: Hear His Newest Song

By Bob Boilen
Hozier

The new album is due out in March and the first single is "Almost (Sweet Music)."

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • January 16th 2019 at 15:30

Nate Wood - fOUR: Tiny Desk Concert

By Colin Marshall
Nate Wood "fOUR" performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Dec. 12, 2018.

The multi-instrumentalist says he only wishes he had more limbs; but Wood still manages to simultaneously play a bass guitar, keys and drums, all while singing into a wearable microphone.

(Image credit: Cameron Pollack/NPR)

  • January 16th 2019 at 11:00
Before yesterdayNPR Music

Black Women, #MeToo & 'Surviving R. Kelly'

Allegations about the singer date back to 1994.

(Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • January 15th 2019 at 16:06

Carol Channing: In Memoriam Playlist

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
Carol Channing, performing in Los Angeles in 2004. Channing died Tuesday at age 97.

Hear some iconic songs and comedic sketches performed by the iconic Broadway star, who died Tuesday at age 97.

(Image credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • January 15th 2019 at 17:33

A Year After Dolores O'Riordan's Death, The Cranberries Unveil 'All Over Now'

By Joshua Bote
The Cranberries

"All Over Now" has the stately, lovely feel of a classic Cranberries single, weighed down and made somber by O'Riordan's repetition of the titular refrain.

(Image credit: Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images)

  • January 15th 2019 at 17:16

'Rip It Up': A Tour Through Scottish Pop History

By Talia Schlanger
Scenes from the National Museum of Scotland

World Cafe went on a tour of the National Museum of Scotland's exhibition dedicated to Scottish pop music with the man who wrote the book on it, BBC Radio Scotland host Vic Galloway.

(Image credit: Talia Schlanger/WXPN)

  • January 15th 2019 at 17:06

Bidding Farewell To 'Hello, Dolly!': Actress Carol Channing Dies At 97

By Kim Kokich
American actress and singer Carol Channing starred in the musical "Hello Dolly!" in New York City in 1964. She died at 97.

Channing's big break came in 1949 when she was cast as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. But she'll always be remembered for her role as a life-loving matchmaker and "meddler" in Hello, Dolly!

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  • January 15th 2019 at 13:21

Maggie Rogers Reintroduces Herself

By Rachel Martin
"I sort of became this cocktail party version of myself where I felt like I had to play the role of

Pharrell's praise turned Maggie Rogers into a viral sensation. Now, she's negotiating all the pitfalls of a fast track to fame on her debut album, Heard It in a Past Life.

(Image credit: Cameron Pollack/NPR)

  • January 15th 2019 at 11:02

New Mix: Lana Del Rey, Telekinesis, Stella Donnelly, & More

By Robin Hilton
Clockwise from upper left: Stella Donnelly, Telekinesis, Lana Del Rey, The Wild Reeds

Our first mix of new music in 2019 includes a spare heartbreaker from Lana Del Rey, the sharp guitar pop of Telekinesis, a candid takedown from Stella Donnelly and more.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artists)

  • January 15th 2019 at 11:00

Aaron Lee Tasjan: Tiny Desk Concert

By Bob Boilen
Aaron Lee Tasjan performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Dec. 12, 2018 (Cameron Pollack/NPR).

Aaron Lee Tasjan arrived in an ascot and mustard-colored shirt, sporting red, round sunglasses and mutton chops. It was a fashionable nod to the psych-pop and rock sound he brought to the Tiny Desk.

(Image credit: Cameron Pollack/NPR)

  • January 15th 2019 at 11:00

A Song Called 'Quiet' Struck A Chord With Women. Two Years Later, It's Still Ringing

By Elizabeth Blair
Hundreds of singers joined MILCK and the Canadian choral group Choir! Choir! Choir! to perform "Quiet" at Toronto

Born as a vessel for one person's trauma, the song by MILCK became an anthem overnight after the 2017 Women's March. But it wasn't done growing.

(Image credit: Andrew Williamson/Courtesy of Choir! Choir! Choir!)

  • January 14th 2019 at 23:00

It's Waiting There For You: Toto's 'Africa' Is Playing On Repeat In A Desert

By Joshua Bote
Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf installed Toto Forever late last December while back home with his family in Namibia.

The life of Toto's "Africa" has perhaps reached its logical end with Max Siedentopf's absurdist art installation Toto Forever, which will play "Africa" in the Namib Desert "for all eternity."

(Image credit: Max Siedentopf/Courtesy of the artist)

  • January 14th 2019 at 22:28
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