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The National Symphony Orchestra: NPR's House Band For A Day

NPR | Feb. 27, 2017

Conductor Steven Reineke led some 70 musicians in the interludes you hear between news stories.

Conflicted: Two Battles Illustrate How Hip-Hop Is Fueled By Competition

NPR | Feb. 27, 2017

Hip-hop took off its cool over the weekend — and lit itself ablaze in the process.

Portland Jazz Educator Thara Memory Indicted For Alleged Sexual Abuse

OPB | Feb. 27, 2017

A grand jury in Portland has indicted the celebrated jazz educator Thara Memory on several counts of sex abuse.Several charges dating back to 2014 included in the indictment.

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'Moonlight' Director Boosts A Chopped And Screwed Version Of Its Soundtrack

NPR | Feb. 27, 2017 9 a.m.

Moonlight's Oscar win for Best Picture was well-deserved and a new freelance soundtrack is, too.

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A Shocking Ending Caps A Big Oscar Night For 'Moonlight'

NPR | Feb. 27, 2017 6:09 a.m.

It wasn't a terribly exciting or unusual Academy Awards telecast until all of a sudden, it made all kinds of history.


On Its Latest Album, Foxygen Keeps A California State Of Mind

NPR | Feb. 26, 2017 2:34 p.m.

The duo discusses its nonlinear approach to songwriting and arrangement, and how tales of Hollywood scandal and murder inspired its newest project, Hang.

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A New Documentary Explores The Troubled, Brilliant Life Of Pianist Bill Evans

NPR | Feb. 25, 2017 11:44 a.m.

Filmmaker Bruce Spiegel speaks with Weekend Edition about the eight-year process behind Bill Evans: Time Remembered.


The Ones Who Dream: A Guide To 2017's Bold, Inventive Oscars Music

NPR | Feb. 25, 2017 5:43 a.m.

The Academy has a history of baffling picks for Best Score but this year's nominees are so daring and startling that it's hard to go wrong.


Doug Wamble On Piano Jazz

NPR | Feb. 24, 2017 3:05 p.m.

The guitarist joins Marian McPartland to perform standards from "St. Louis Blues" to "Naima."


Leon Ware, Songwriter Behind Several R&B Powerhouses, Dies

NPR | Feb. 24, 2017 7:58 a.m.

His work helped fuel the careers of artists like Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Michael Jackson, and Ike and Tina Turner and also provided a wellspring of samples to hip-hop.


Paul McCartney Shares Studio Footage From '80s-Era Elvis Costello Session

NPR | Feb. 24, 2017 7:16 a.m.

The video, for a demo of "My Brave Face," includes rare footage of McCartney and Costello in studio for the late-'80s recording sessions.


Predicting The Future: With 'HNDRXX,' Mixtape Culture Infiltrates The Music Industry

NPR | Feb. 24, 2017 6:49 a.m.

HNDRXX is Future's second major-label LP in two weeks. Could flooding the market be the new norm?


'The Hired Hands' Recognizes Bruce Langhorne, One Of Modern Guitar's Hidden Heroes

NPR | Feb. 24, 2017 6 a.m.

Steve Gunn, Daniel Bachman, Lee Ranaldo, Susan Alcorn and Chris Corsano all appear on this double-album tribute to Bruce Langhorne's secretly influential 1971 soundtrack for The Hired Hand.