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A Moment With Zucchero, Italian Pop Star And Amateur Linguist

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:41:00 -0500

Zucchero Forniciari speaks with Ari Shapiro about getting career advice from Miles Davis and writing songs with in what he calls "macaroni English."

World Cafe Nashville: Little Bandit

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:49:57 -0500

Alex Caress' band makes classic country music with a sassy and subtly political twist.

Beyonce Cancels On Coachella, Planning To Return In 2018

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:09:00 -0500

One of the world's biggest stars pulls out from one of the world's largest festivals — on doctor's orders.

First Watch: STRFKR's Video For 'In The End' Honors John Waters, In Law-Breaking Drag

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:06:00 -0500

The video is a film, on film — STRFKR's "In The End" honors John Waters in the best possible way.

Gabriel Garzón-Montano, 'Crawl' (Live)

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:21 -0500

One of the most promising artists of 2017 plays a song off his latest album, Jardín.

First Watch: Thao's 'Meticulous Bird,' A Hammering Beat With A Powerful Message

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:00 -0500

Beneath this bright song, filled with beat and bass, lies a rich message of empowerment for survivors of sexual violence.

A Jazz Fact Check Of 'La La Land'

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:46:00 -0500

There are many takes about what La La Land gets right or wrong about jazz. This episode explores how the tension between illusion and disillusion plays out among real musicians in Los Angeles.

'All They Will Call You': A Writer Gives Woody Guthrie's 'Deportees' Their Names Back

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Tim Z. Hernandez started with a line from Guthrie's "Deportee" and ended up identifying the song's anonymous subjects. His book speaks to the universality of the immigrant experience.

Holly Miranda, Ani DiFranco Release Standing Rock Protest Song

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:20:00 -0500

Miranda and 28 of her friends — including DiFranco, Saturday Night Live's Sasheer Zamata and TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone — collaborated on "Midnight Oil" in support of the Standing Rock protest.

Listen: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Doubles Down On Afro-Cuban Connection

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00:21 -0500

The musical connection between Cuba and New Orleans, which runs deeper than many listeners realize, forms a strong subtext on the next Preservation Hall Jazz Band album, So It Is.

Songs We Love: Jason Eady, 'Barabbas'

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00:21 -0500

The rising alt-country troubadour gives a biblical underdog a rare shot at the spotlight in this clear-eyed anthem of renewal.

In 'Real Enemies,' Darcy James Argue Confronts A Post-Truth World

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:22:00 -0500

The Secret Society bandleader says his latest composition explores "the present-day folklore that we call conspiracy theories" — no tinfoil hat required.

Song Premiere: Little Big Town's 'Night On Our Side' Sees Blue Skies

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:09:00 -0500

An optimistic, harmony-rich slab of countrified pop-rock, the song returns to one of modern country music's sturdiest themes: the celebration of a night electrified with possibility.

First Listen: Chicano Batman, 'Freedom Is Free'

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:21 -0500

The Los Angeles band's distinct sound includes touches of Rio de Janeiro's tropicalia, Lima's cumbia, and American soul and funk.

First Listen: Blanck Mass, 'World Eater'

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Benjamin John Power's noisier impulses mask a symphonic scope of veritable Vangelis proportions.