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Blue Man Group: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR | Sept. 26, 2016

The world-famous entertainers retrofitted their custom-made instruments, confetti cannons, and streamers to fit our Tiny Desk.

Buckwheat Zydeco's Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr. Dies At 68

NPR | Sept. 26, 2016

The international ambassador for Louisiana roots music died early Saturday morning of lung cancer.

Songwriting State Of Mind: The Stories Behind Alicia Keys' Hits

NPR | Sept. 26, 2016

15 years after her first single went to No. 1, Keys says her songwriting still runs on instinct.

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The Long, Strange History Of Campaign Endorsement Songs

NPR | Sept. 26, 2016 10:31 a.m.

An odd subgenre comes along every four years: part commercial jingle, part aspirational anthem.


Hear Dirty Projectors' First New Song Since 2012

NPR | Sept. 26, 2016 7:01 a.m.

A song about betrayal and loss, "Keep Your Name" has a deeply conflicted video to match.


The Gospel Of The R&B Singer: Anthony Hamilton's Journey Home

NPR | Sept. 25, 2016 5:45 a.m.

This summer, Hamilton took NPR Music on a tour of the places that shaped his voice.

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Best Practices: What The Pros Say About Preventing Sexual Assault

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 3:56 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force has thoughts on making spaces safer.


Cecilia Smith On Piano Jazz

NPR | Sept. 23, 2016 2:24 p.m.

The acclaimed vibraphonist solos on "Mourning Before Grace," a piece dedicated to her mother.


Songs We Love: Jaala, 'Junior Spirit'

NPR | Sept. 23, 2016 2:15 p.m.

A proggy, energetic freakout of a song about feeling all kinds of different ways at once.


In Conversation: Bob Boilen And John Paul White At AmericanaFest 2016

NPR | Sept. 23, 2016 10:01 a.m.

The host of All Songs Considered sits down with the former member of the Civil Wars to discuss the songs that changed his life.

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'Born To Run' Is A 500-Page Springsteen Show

NPR | Sept. 23, 2016 6:29 a.m.

Can't see The Boss in concert? Pick up his new memoir, which begins with 7-year-old Springsteen watching Elvis on TV. From $3-a-night shows to swooning stadiums, it's a wild and well-written ride.


Rachael Yamagata On Mountain Stage

NPR | Sept. 22, 2016 2:24 p.m.

The singer-songwriter plays new songs from Tightrope Walker onstage in West Virginia.


The Thistle & Shamrock: Made In America

NPR | Sept. 22, 2016 2:02 p.m.

Hear the sounds of the Irish traditional music scene in the U.S., from the 1920s to today.