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Last Build Date: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:15:39 -0500

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'Jackie' Shows A First Lady Behind Closed Doors — But The Music Is Front And Center

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:15:39 -0500

The score for the new film, which stars Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy grappling with the death of her husband, was written by 29-year old English composer Mica Levi (a.k.a. Micachu).

What's A Song That Could Ruin Your Whole Day? Our Listeners Respond

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:30:00 -0500

A Canadian police department jokingly said they'd punish drunk drivers by making them listen to Nickelback. That got us thinking: What song would you pick as punishment? We asked, you answered.

Marching Flute And Fantasy Fiction: The Education Of Lizzo

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:41:29 -0500

The Minneapolis singer and rapper spent her early life deep in the Pentecostal church — and shut away from secular music. When she moved to Houston, Texas, everything changed.

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:52:00 -0500

A panel of public-radio DJs recommends music for the end of your 2016 — including songs from Third Root, Regina Spektor and Sylvan Esso.

The Birth Of 'Nueva Trova Cubana' And Other Music Styles In Castro's Cuba

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:05:41 -0500

Various music styles, from singer-songwriters to dance music to hip-hop, emerged over the many years of Fidel Castro's rule in Cuba.

'O Emmanuel' Composer Mixes In Jazz To Provide 'Respite' Within Traditional Hit

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:39:35 -0500

Composer J.J. Wright combines sacred music with jazz for a project based on texts and melodies of Advent. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to him from Rome where he now interns with the Sistine Chapel Choir.

'Half Of Humanity Has Something To Say': Composer Kaija Saariaho On Her Met Debut

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:39:35 -0500

Saariaho isn't the first woman composer to stage an opera at New York's Metropolitan Opera — just the first in more than a century. Her opera, L'Amour de Loin, has its New York premiere this week.

Weekend LISTening: The Rolling Stones' Blues Covers, Before And After

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:16 -0500

Compare the songs on the Stones' new covers album, Blue & Lonesome, to the original recordings.

As 2016 Winds Down, Remembering The Jazz Giants We Lost

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

Jazz Night in America host Christian McBride honors Bobby Hutcherson, Toots Thielemens and Victor Bailey, three prominent jazz musicians who passed away this year.

Meredith D'Ambrosio On Piano Jazz

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:28:21 -0500

D'Ambrosio — a vocalist, pianist, visual artist, composer and teacher — joined Marian McPartland in 1994.

First Watch: Dams Of The West, 'Tell The Truth'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500

The Vampire Weekend drummer has a new solo project called Dams of the West. "Tell The Truth" is the second single off Youngish American, due out early next year.

Pinegrove: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500

There's a confessional quality to the songs of Pinegrove that feels reassuring. Watch the New Jersey band squeeze four songs into a scrappy, warmhearted 13-minute set.

Drive-By Truckers On World Cafe

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:00:15 -0500

"I didn't set out to write any of this stuff. It was kind of just what was eating at me," lead singer Patterson Hood says of the politically charged songs on the Truckers' latest album.

Bringing A Christmas Classic To Wonderful Life — On Stage

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:34:00 -0500

Librettist Gene Scheer says the drama of George Bailey's life is "an operatic story." So he, along with composer Jake Heggie, turned It's a Wonderful Life into an opera.

Latin Roots: Mexrrissey

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:51:23 -0500

It's a pop-culture phenomenon: The people of Mexico love Morrissey. A lot. Hear a set from the band that's giving the Smiths singer's music a Latin makeover.