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The Thistle & Shamrock: From Vinyl To MP3

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:49:00 -0400

Hear a handpicked classic collection of recordings with Fiona Ritchie and artists including Liz Carroll, Gordon Duncan, and Alan Stivell.

From BlocBoy JB And Drake To Post Malone, A Roundup Of Catchy Hip-Hop

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:01:55 -0400

Rock critic Ken Tucker shares some hits he's listening to, including BlocBoy JB and Drake's upbeat "Look Alive" and the moody sound of Post Malone's "Walk It Talk It."

Songs We Love: Turtlenecked, 'Knocked Down By Another Ghost'

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:00:56 -0400

Harrison Smith contorts his voice like a carnival act through thumping bass lines, video game guitars and a singalong chorus.

Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite On World Cafe

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:13:53 -0400

The Grammy-winning duo is back to talk about finding common ground and perform songs from their new record No Mercy In This Land.

Germany Gets Rid Of Its Top Music Prize After Anti-Semitism Controversy

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:44:00 -0400

After being accused of expressing anti-Semitism in their lyrics, controversial rap duo won an prize at this year's Echo Awards. In response, the prizes are being shut down and relaunched.

Superorganism: Tiny Desk Concert

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0400

The multinational band of theatrically fun and talented musicians in Superorganism mix melody and mischievous with almost Seussian folly.

Meek Mill Rings In NBA Playoff Game After Pennsylvania Court Orders Release

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:59:00 -0400

The Philadelphia rapper's imprisonment over probation violation had been a lightning rod in a debate over race and the nation's judicial and correctional systems.

Jazz Musician Bob Dorough, Best Known For 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' Dies At 94

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:21:00 -0400

Bob Dorough was a bebop pianist and a jazz musician who recorded with Miles Davis. But he'll be best remembered for Schoolhouse Rock! — he sang and composed many of the programs songs. He died Monday at 94.

El Hijo, La Antropólogo De La Cumbia, Returns

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:37:46 -0400

El Hijo de la Cumbia's new album Genero, Genero is the result of a decade spent traversing the globe and a lifetime spent mastering the art of the studio.

Meet Naia Izumi, The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest Winner

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:53:00 -0400

The fourth annual Tiny Desk Contest winner has been revealed. Get to know the Georgia-hailing guitarist who won over the hearts of our judges this year.

Spotify Redesigns Its Free Tier, With Hopes Of Grabbing Even More Users

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:15:00 -0400

The streaming giant announced changes to its mobile app that the company hopes will lure even more users worldwide to its free tier.

Songs We Love: Retirement Party, 'Passion Fruit Tea'

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:43:10 -0400

The first single from the Chicago emo band's debut album, Somewhat Literate, bubbles with big hooks, classic rock solos and pending adulthood.

Hop Along On World Cafe

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:35:00 -0400

The Philadelphia group delivers a live performance that gives you that bubbling feeling of a band about to break.

Chastity's 'Children' Will Lead The Way

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:30:25 -0400

For Brandon Williams, heavy music functions as a way to ponder heavy ideas just as much as sound. Chastity's new video documents police brutality in his Ontario hometown.

Bob Dorough, Jazz Musician Best Known For 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' Dead At 94

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:07:00 -0400

Dorough spent two decades as a jazz player, singer, conductor and arranger in New York before being approached, at his advertising day job, to explain math to children via music.