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Rest Your Greatness: Six Key Moments With DJ Khaled

NPR | Jan. 17, 2017

NPR's David Greene recently spoke with producer-musician-Snapchatter DJ Khaled about his jet ski adventure, his love of pillows, and all the things "they" don't want you to know.

Timber Timbre's 'Sewer Blues' Is A Grim Take On America's Future

NPR | Jan. 17, 2017

The band is back with a new album heavily shaped by 2016's political upheaval.

Songs We Love: Ace Tee, 'Bist Du Down?'

NPR | Jan. 17, 2017

The German artist's silky voice takes us straight back to '90s R&B, with a video to match.

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In An Ever-Changing Music Industry, Cash For Hits Remains A Constant

NPR | Jan. 17, 2017 4:41 a.m.

In the 1950s and '60s, payola scandals led to Congressional investigations. Though today's tactics are more nuanced than handing a DJ a briefcase full of money, pay for play is still alive and well.

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Watch Sturgill Simpson And His 11-Piece Band Perform On 'Saturday Night Live'

NPR | Jan. 16, 2017 12:46 p.m.

The Grammy Award nominee brought down the house during SNL's season premiere.

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When Metal Goes Acoustic: Disturbed On Covering Simon & Garfunkel

NPR | Jan. 15, 2017 8:47 a.m.

The band's Grammy-nominated cover of "The Sound of Silence" seems to come out of left field — until you learn where lead singer David Draiman first cut his teeth as a performer.

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The Flaming Lips Combats Evil Forces With New Album 'Oczy Mlody'

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 3:25 p.m.

The Flaming Lips returns with Oczy Mlody, a conceptual journey forwards and backwards in time.

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How Sheep Teach Us To Hate Gun Violence

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 9:40 a.m.

Watch as slam poet and hip-hop artist Watsky tackles a powerful issue in "Stick To Your Guns."

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Lila Downs: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 8:31 a.m.

With a voice that borrows heavily from opera, Downs is an inspiring, full-throated mariachi singer.

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Sharon Van Etten On The Real-Life Inspiration Behind Her Role On 'The OA'

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 8:23 a.m.

The singer talks about the personal experiences that inspired her performance on The OA.

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On 'I See You,' The xx's Palette Suddenly Bursts With Color

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 8:10 a.m.

On its new album, the U.K. trio departs from the suffocating sparseness of its first two albums.

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Hear Grandaddy's Powerful New Synth Jam 'Evermore'

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 6:01 a.m.

Like much of the band's classic songs, "Evermore" paints a dystopian landscape pocked by grief.

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You Can Now Enter The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 4:58 a.m.

Enter by Jan. 29 for a chance to play your very own Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C.