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For Mavis Staples, The Music Of The Civil Rights Era Couldn't Be More Relevant Today

NPR | Dec. 10, 2016

The gospel legend is now a Kennedy Center honoree. She discusses developing an iconic voice at a young age, her family's confrontations with racism and why she's a big fan of Chance The Rapper.

Childish Gambino's New Album Is A Funky Left Turn

NPR | Dec. 09, 2016

"Awaken, My Love!" is a thrilling '70s soul jam session from Donald Glover's musical alter ego.

Recommended Dose's Favorite Electronic Albums Of 2016

NPR | Dec. 09, 2016

Sounds that surround and astound in a tough but memorable year.

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Songs We Love: Shiba San, 'Up & Down'

NPR | Dec. 9, 2016 8:01 a.m.

The South Beach heat is working its way into the French producer's booty-shaking house music.


Songs We Love: CeCe Winans, 'Hey Devil!'

NPR | Dec. 9, 2016 7 a.m.

Winans teams with the mighty Clark Sisters to carry the spirit of the Lord right back to Motown.


Watch Jack White Perform 'The Rose With The Broken Neck'

NPR | Dec. 8, 2016 1:49 p.m.

White originally co-wrote and sang the song for a 2011 album by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi.


At The Drive-In Just Released Its First Song In 16 Years

NPR | Dec. 8, 2016 1:07 p.m.

What better way to soundtrack the fraying of nerves of America than with a new At The Drive-In song?


Ann Powers' Favorite 2016 Albums (Beyond The Obvious)

NPR | Dec. 8, 2016 12:48 p.m.

This year, Ann Powers offers 10 albums that might have topped lists in any other year.


Remembering Greg Lake, The 'Lucky Man'

NPR | Dec. 8, 2016 11:41 a.m.

The singer and co-creator of Emerson Lake & Palmer has died.


Channel-Surf New Fries' Surreally Funky Fever Dream

NPR | Dec. 8, 2016 10:59 a.m.

There's something perversely funky about New Fries' freaky no-wave radiations.


Celebrate Friendship With Chicano Batman's Groovy New Video

NPR | Dec. 8, 2016 10:39 a.m.

The SoCal psychedelic-soul band teases its new album with "Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)."


All Songs +1: Peter Silberman On Compassion, Impermanence And Hearing Loss

NPR | Dec. 8, 2016 10:19 a.m.

The Antlers' singer discusses coming back to music after temporarily losing his hearing.


Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2016

NPR | Dec. 8, 2016 9:04 a.m.

If one defining thread ran through 2016's best albums, it was an air of mystery.