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Habibi Fuses Farsi Lyrics With Western Riffs

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 07:07:31 -0400

The Brooklyn-based band doesn't need to speak English to pack a punch. Frontwoman Rahill Jamalifard talks about songwriting in Farsi and how Middle Eastern rock emboldens her.

Snapchat's Stock Sinks After Rihanna Denounces Domestic Violence Ad

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:40:18 -0400

The ad asked would you rather "slap Rihanna" or "punch Chris Brown." Snapchat pulled the ad, but its stock prices were still down by week's end.

Making Musical Connections At Sing Sing Prison

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:59:58 -0400

Since 2009, the maximum security prison has been home to music workshops put on by Carnegie Hall and led by some of New York City's top musicians.

SXSW 2018 Dispatch: Live Performances From The Marias And Amara La Negra

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:11:00 -0400

Alt.Latino hosts our first SXSW Showcase with two bands that show off distinct styles and approaches to Latin music.

Paul Thorn Revisits His Gospel Roots

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:13:00 -0400

The Southern rocker talks about channeling his humble beginnings in church for his latest album, Don't Let The Devil Ride.

50 Years After The My Lai Massacre, An Opera Confronts The Past

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:13:00 -0400

The My Lai Massacre occurred 50 years ago this week in Vietnam. An opera featuring the Kronos Quartet and Van-Anh Vanessa Vo tells the story of an American soldier who tried to stop his own troops.

What You Could Take Away From 'David Bowie Is'

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:00:41 -0400

When the exhibit was first conceived, in tandem with Bowie's own collection, its success was far from guaranteed. In the five years since, its outlived its subject and changed as much as he once did.

South X Lullaby: Max Richter

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:00:00 -0400

The audience slept, dreamed and sometimes snored — it's okay, that's what it's for — through this trance-inducing experience.

Invisibilia: Inspired By 'American Idol,' Somali TV Show Aimed To Change The World

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:57:00 -0400

Reality TV is popular around the world. It's also roundly mocked as formulaic and contrived. But can that kind of fragile fantasy meaningfully influence the real world?

Jimmy McPartland On Piano Jazz

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:52:00 -0400

Revisit this 1990 episode featuring the legendary cornetist as he teams up with his wife, host Marian McPartland, to perform "St. James Infirmary."

Amy Rigby Maintains Her Punk Mischievousness On 'The Old Guys'

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:53:51 -0400

Rigby's new album, which features jangly guitars and thumping drums, sounds like an old-fashioned rock 'n' roll album. But critic Ken Tucker says that The Old Guy is definitely not "a nostalgia item."

The Tiny Desk Contest Entries We're Excited About This Week

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:10 -0400

There's still time to enter the Tiny Desk Contest — send in your video before midnight EST on March 25. In the meantime, check out some more entries we love.

James Levine Sues Met Opera, Accuses It Of 'Cynically Hijacking' #MeToo

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:36:00 -0400

The conductor has sued New York's storied opera house after being fired earlier this week following the Met's internal investigation into allegations of sexual abusive conduct towards young artists.

The Current At SXSW: Stream Live Sets By Dessa, Frank Turner, Lukas Nelson

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:00:10 -0400

From 12:30-4:30 p.m. CT, watch Dessa, Frank Turner and Lukas Nelson perform at the Blackheart Bar during SXSW.

SXSW Public Radio Day Stage: Stream Live Sets From The Shacks, Nikki Lane, Mélat

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:00:40 -0400

Stream performances from The Shacks, Mélat, Nikki Lane, Natalie Prass, Lo Moon, and Sunflower Bean.