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New Looney Tunes Series Hits HBO Max, With New Music

By Tim Greiving

Looney Tunes turns 90 this year and HBO Max is launching a new series of cartoons, along with a new soundtrack composed by Joshua Moshier.

  • July 11th 2020 at 13:54
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Rufus Wainwright Wants You To 'Unfollow The Rules'

By Raina Douris
Rufus Wainwright

Folk singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright returned to LA, where he made his 1998 debut, to make his new record. He says the title comes from the idea of reexamining the world to make your own decisions.

(Image credit: Tony Hauser/Courtesy of the artist)

  • July 10th 2020 at 16:00

Buddy's 5 Favorite Tiny Desk Concerts

By Buddy
Buddy performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Dec. 4, 2018 (Cameron Pollack/NPR).

From rising rapper Chika to his "favorite band since the Miles Davis Quintet," Buddy picks his 5 favorite Tiny Desk concerts.

(Image credit: Cameron Pollack/NPR)

  • July 10th 2020 at 13:01

5 People Arrested In Killing Of Rapper Pop Smoke, LA Police Say

By Bill Chappell
Los Angeles police say they have arrested five people in connection with the February shooting death of rapper Pop Smoke. The late musician is seen here during Paris Fashion Week

Three men and two juvenile males have been arrested in connection with the rapper's death in February, the Los Angeles Police Department announced.

(Image credit: Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images)

  • July 9th 2020 at 20:00

Watch Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf Episode 5 Featuring Tarik Moody

By Elle Mannion
Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf: Tarik Moody

Live on YouTube, Bob Boilen and Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody watched their favorites entries to the 2020 Contest and discussed what made them stand out from the thousands we saw this year.

(Image credit: NPR)

  • July 9th 2020 at 18:01

Lady A The Band Sues Lady A The Singer

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
The country trio formerly known as Lady Antebellum told NPR that it is not opposed to a singer continue to use Lady A as a stage name.

The country trio changed its name from Lady Antebellum in June, saying it was "regretful and embarrassed" by the term's racist history. Now it's in a legal fight with a Black artist over the moniker.

(Image credit: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

  • July 9th 2020 at 18:01

Jacob Collier: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

By Colin Marshall
Jacob Collier plays a Tiny Desk (Home) concert.

Watch four different Jacob Colliers perform simultaneously in the same studio in this unprecedented Tiny Desk quarantine concert.

(Image credit: NPR/NPR)

  • July 9th 2020 at 16:01

Rufus Wainwright Returns To Pop Roots In New Album

After starting out in pop music, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright spent a decade writing operas and classical pieces. For his new album, "Unfollow the Rules," he returned to his first love.

  • July 9th 2020 at 11:00

The Many Electronic Surprises To Be Found In The Nation's Vast Archive Of Folk Music

By Simon Reynolds
Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways is beloved for its historic collection of recordings and ephemera from folk and roots traditions — but the label's archive of electronic music is just as formidable.

(Image credit: Thomas Vogel/Getty Images)

  • July 9th 2020 at 12:00

Rufus Wrainwright Returns To Pop Roots In New Album

After starting out in pop music, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright spent a decade writing operas and classical pieces. For his new album, "Unfollow the Rules," he returned to his first love.

  • July 9th 2020 at 11:00

Drummer Chad Taylor Radiates Good Vibrations On 'The Daily Biological'

By Kevin Whitehead

Taylor brings hi-hat funk to his new trio's album. It's a slightly odd line-up, with no bass instrument — which opens up possibilities for different ways to kick the rhythm along.

  • July 8th 2020 at 19:21

The Airborne Toxic Event's Mikel Jollett, Live Interview and Performance

By Bob Boilen

The singer and writer talks about his new memoir and Airborne Toxic Event album, Hollywood Park, with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen.

  • July 8th 2020 at 17:00

Premiere: Watch Jazzmeia Horn's Final Live Performance Before The Pandemic

Jazzmeia Horn performs at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Join us to watch jazz vocalist and songwriter Jazzmeia Horn give her last in-person concert before the pandemic shuttered music venues in March 2020.

(Image credit: Jazz at Lincoln Center)

  • July 8th 2020 at 14:00

Margo Price Will Join NPR Music's Listening Party For 'That's How Rumors Get Started'

By Lars Gotrich
Margo Price.

Friday at 3 p.m. ET, NPR Music will host an online listening party for Margo Price's new album, featuring a conversation with the singer-songwriter herself.

(Image credit: Bobbi Rich/Courtesy of the artist)

  • July 8th 2020 at 12:01

On Her New Song 'Horsemen,' Angelica Garcia Imagines The Apocalypse

By David Greene
"I think it

For the Morning Edition Song Project in which musicians catalog life in the era of COVID-19, Angelica Garcia conjures the four horsemen of the apocalypse in a disquieting piano ballad.

(Image credit: Caitlyn Krone/Courtesy of the artist)

  • July 8th 2020 at 11:01

Roddy Ricch: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

By Bobby Carter
Roddy Ricch plays a Tiny Desk (home) concert.

The chart-topping rapper and songwriter performs a Tiny Desk quarantine concert at West Coast Customs in Los Angeles.

(Image credit: NPR)

  • July 8th 2020 at 11:01

Arthur Jafa's Glorious Vision And Kanye West's Gilded Faith

By Tavia Nyong'o
Arthur Jafa, photographed in Milan, Italy on Jan. 14, 2020.

Arthur Jafa, the celebrated artist, translates a new song from West into his own film-visual language, both elevating and transcending it.

(Image credit: Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli / Getty Image)

  • July 7th 2020 at 21:11

Chicano Batman: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

By Felix Contreras
Chicano Batman plays a Tiny Desk (home) concert.

The Alt.Latino favorite comes together virtually to perform a handful of songs from the band's latest album, Invisible People.

(Image credit: NPR)

  • July 7th 2020 at 11:00

Charlie Daniels, Who Sang Of The Devil In Georgia, Is Dead At 83

By Anastasia Tsioulcas
Charlie Daniels performs in Nashville in 2013. Daniels died Monday at the age of 83.

The country music star who linked to pop artists and singer-songwriters died Monday at age 83. He was best known for his mainstream hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."

(Image credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA)

  • July 6th 2020 at 20:20

Britain Announces A $2 Billion Rescue Package For The Arts

By Frank Langfitt
London

The package, announced Sunday, includes grants and loans that theaters, museums, live music venues and others can use to pay salaries and maintenance costs as they try to survive during the pandemic.

(Image credit: Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • July 6th 2020 at 16:13
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