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A Jazz Piano Christmas 2017

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:16:41 -0500

This year, Abelita Mateus, Marcia Ball, Helen Sung and Joanne Brackeen create a toe-tapping meditation on peace and the holidays.

Don Pullen On Piano Jazz

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:09:03 -0500

The brilliant pianist played church music and R&B before joining Charles Mingus' band and forming his own quartet. He joins Marian McPartland for a song in this 1989 episode.

Michael McDonald On World Cafe

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:01:19 -0500

Wide Open gets pretty personal, and so did our conversation. McDonald discusses the reality of being a musician in his sixties and what he calls his "first big hurt" (and no, it's not a romantic one).

What's Good? Hip-Hop Drops A Motherlode Of New Music

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:32:49 -0500

Friday got flooded with new music. Here's the quick take on LPs from Eminem, Brockhampton, N.E.R.D., Boosie, G-Eazy, Scarface and Jeezy — to name a few.

Watch Lo Moon Perform At KXT

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:18:04 -0500

The rising indie trio performed "This Is It," "Thorns" and "Loveless" during a recent stop in Dallas, Texas.

Stop Hating On Ed Sheeran's Fundraising Ad, Say Critics

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:52:00 -0500

A Comic Relief spot starring the pop singer, raising funds for children in Liberia, was voted the worst charity ad of 2017. Some are saying the criticisms aren't warranted.

Everybody Dance Now! A Musical Celebration Of New York's Cabaret Law Repeal

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:43:00 -0500

A law prohibiting unlicensed dancing in New York City lived long past its original intent. DJ and producer Louie Vega celebrates its repeal with a 91-song playlist, one for each year of its lifetime.

Happy Birthday, Eddie Palmieri! Alt.Latino Helps El Maestro Blow Out 81 Candles

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:28:00 -0500

81 years young and showing no signs of slowing down, pianist and bandleader Eddie Palmieri talks about life and his latest album

Alt.Latino's Favorites: The Top 10 Latin Albums Of 2017

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:26:00 -0500

In a genre going in as many directions as modern Latin music, how do you narrow a list of albums to just a few favorites? Alt.Latino's host and guests share their attempt for 2017.

Here's Why Black Thought's 10-Minute Freestyle Is So Remarkable

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:23:00 -0500

The Roots' MC asserted his G.O.A.T. status with a perfectly executed, breathtaking performance on Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 radio show.

Hear A 'Hamilton' Outtake: Benjamin F'ing Franklin

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:07:00 -0500

In 2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda sent lyrics about Benjamin Franklin to The Decemberists. Today, hear their collaborative take on the man who invented bifocals, the glass harmonica and a whole lot more.

Charli XCX And Carly Rae Jepsen's Orbits Align On 'Backseat'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:17:00 -0500

The dripping synths that open Charli XCX's new mixtape sets a subdued mood for the absolutely guest-packed POP 2.

Turnstile's 'Generator' Is A Psychedelic-Hardcore Head Rush

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:00:00 -0500

The band's new album Time & Space comes out Feb. 23. You are moshing.

This Is The Kit: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:06 -0500

Effortless storytelling is at the heart of This Is The Kit. And the stories the band's only permanent member, Kate Stables, weaves are profound but sweet with a tone that quietly reels you in.

Emily Haines On World Cafe

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:16:00 -0500

Metric's lead singer drops the wailing guitars and radical synths for a solo performance behind the piano.