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Say Goodbye To The Pizza Time Players: Chuck E. Cheese Retires Its Band

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:33:24 -0400

The CEO of the company that runs Chuck E. Cheese pizza parlors says its animatronic house band simply can't live up to the expectations that kids today have for entertainment.

John Abercrombie, Jazz Guitarist, Dies At 72

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:53:00 -0400

John Abercrombie helped define the sound of jazz guitar: from jazz-rock fusion to funky organ combos to the distinctive less-is-more sound he created on dozens of albums for the ECM label.

John Abercrombie, Wry And Exploratory Jazz Guitarist, Dies At 72

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:13:00 -0400

Abercrombie began forming his style in Boston while attending Berklee in the mid-'60s, eventually helping to redefine the lines between jazz, fusion and rock.

Hope, Rebellion And Empowerment: The Multifaceted Appeal Of Mashrou' Leila's 'Roman'

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:01:00 -0400

The Lebanese alternative rock band's hit single has taken on a life of its own this summer: as an anthem for women's empowerment and as a song of hope for troubled political times.

New Yorkers Mourn End Of An Era As 'Village Voice' Ceases Print Edition

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:49:00 -0400

On Tuesday, the famed alt weekly announced it would be ending its free weekly print edition. The publication was purchased by Peter Barbey in 2015.

Taylor Swift, After A Cryptic Week, Announces New Record

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:20:00 -0400

Reputation, the star's sixth record, is to be released Nov. 10.

Pianist Vijay Iyer Combines Complicated Rhythms With Modern Style On 'Far From Over'

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:23:52 -0400

Iyer studied physics and mathematics before becoming a professional musician in the 1990s. He composes music for an ensemble of interdisciplinary composers and jazz academics on his new album.

World Cafe Nashville: Republican Hair

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:27:40 -0400

Hear an interview and live session with the Nashville new-wave-ish party band who draws inspiration from the sounds of the 1980s.

The Wooden Sky On World Cafe

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:09:06 -0400

The band can be explosive, fiery and huge — and then, on a dime, it can be tender, beautiful and magnetically quiet. Hear its World Cafe session.

Jonatha Brooke On Mountain Stage

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:08:43 -0400

Hear the singer-songwriter's return to Mountain Stage in this 2016 performance, which features the Mountain Stage Band joining in for the Woody Guthrie-penned "You And I."

Alt.Latino Pays Tribute To Juan Gabriel

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0400

The immensely popular Mexican singer died Sunday. Alt.Latino gathers some friends to mourn his death, celebrate his music and unpack his legacy.

Strange Things Are Afoot In Foo Fighters' 'The Sky Is A Neighborhood' Video

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:22:00 -0400

For its second single, the band stomps on top of a fantastical forest cabin inhabited by two young girls, who happen to be played by Grohl's daughters.

New Mix: Julien Baker, Robert Plant, Daughter, METZ, More

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:13:00 -0400

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton return after a summer break with essential new tracks, including joyful pop from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, warped sounds from Liars and more.

King Krule Returns With An Absurdist Video Behind New Song 'Czech One'

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:25:00 -0400

King Krule, a flame-headed English poet who releases smoky, mercurial avant-pop, returns with his first song from his eponymous project in four years.

Songs We Love: Weaves, 'Walkaway'

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:04:00 -0400

The newest song from the Toronto art rockers is surprisingly straightforward, an anthem to showcase Jasmyn Burke's voice, paired with a carefree, spontaneous video.