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Alt.Latino Guest DJ Antonio Sanchez: Jazz Drummer, Musical Activist

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:45:40 -0400

The jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez is much more than that job title suggests — his new album Bad Hombre addresses current events instrumentally.

Broken Social Scene On World Cafe

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:44:57 -0400

A performance session that brings a reminder of comfort in chaos, and community alike.

Shocking Omissions: The Embodied Vulnerability Of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' 'Fever To Tell'

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:00:15 -0400

On its debut album, the band escaped the confines and conventions of early aughts indie rock through Karen O's ability to match sexuality with intimacy and heartbreak.

Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi, Bandleader Of Konono No. 1, Dies At 56

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:13:00 -0400

Mawangu became Konono No. 1's leader after the 2015 death of his father, who founded the long-running Congolese band in the late 1960s.

How Composer Daniel Hart Brought 'A Ghost Story' To Life

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:00:15 -0400

Hart talks about the inspiration and challenges behind his stunning score for the deeply existential film A Ghost Story.

First Listen: Gregory Porter, 'Nat King Cole & Me'

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:15 -0400

One of the world's most renowned jazz singers covers one of the greatest singers of all-time. What's not to love?

First Listen: Bootsy Collins, 'World Wide Funk'

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:15 -0400

The Mothership is loaded with guest stars, including Snoop Dogg, Doug E. Fresh, Béla Fleck and P-Funk alumnus Dennis Chambers.

First Listen: Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts, 'MILANO'

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O guest stars on the Italian producer's paean to 1980s Milan and all its vices.

First Listen: GVSU New Music Ensemble, 'RETURN'

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Get lost in 15 alluring electroacoustic landscapes from an innovative, intrepid ensemble from West Michigan.

'Courage, Personified': Remembering The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:18:00 -0400

A reflection on the singer's impact on the entire nation of Canada, and his electric last performance on Aug. 20, 2016, in Kingston, Ontario.

Singer Gord Downie Of The Tragically Hip Dies At 53

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:41:00 -0400

The rock singer Gord Downie died today after a long battle with brain cancer. The lead singer of the beloved Canadian band The Tragically Hip was 53. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Talia Schlanger, host and radio producer at World Cafe, about Downie's music and legacy.

Tycho Turns Tarkovsky's 'Solaris' Into A Laser Show

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:35:00 -0400

Tycho makes electronic music that is as cinematic as it is emotional. Watch the band's "Glider" video, edited with scenes from Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 film.

Watch The Wild Reeds' Intensely Emotional New Video, 'Capable'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:10:00 -0400

The heart of "Capable" from The Wild Reeds is spelled out in these lyrics by Sharon Silva: "You're capable of so much more/Than these people give you credit for/And you just need to show it."

Red Death Tears Down 'Parasite's Paradise'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0400

Red Death is a D.C. thrash band raised on hardcore. Its burly new single takes direct aim at the systemic flaws that ignore black lives.

Hear Sleater-Kinney's New Song, 'Here We Come'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:36:00 -0400

Recorded during the No Cities To Love sessions, the new single is part of the 7-inches For Planned Parenthood box set.