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BET Awards Wields, And Exerts, Its Influence Beyond Black America

NPR | June 26, 2017

No matter how loved or loathed, last night's show proves why it's often the most talked-about night in pop.

The Empire State Building Synced Its Lights To The Grateful Dead's 'Touch Of Grey'

NPR | June 26, 2017

A partnership between the building's realty trust, reunion outfit Dead & Company and Citi Field had the Empire State Building's lights dancing along with the crowd of thousands.

Ravi Coltrane Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR | June 26, 2017

Artistic legacy, evolution and studied ease coalesced at this Tiny Desk Concert, with Coltrane offering four interpretations of his and others' works.

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Hear Radiohead's Incredible Glastonbury Performance

NPR | June 26, 2017 10:41 a.m.

Exactly 20 years after it cemented its place as one of the most ambitious rock bands in history with OK Computer, Radiohead returned to Britain's most renowned festival.

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Let's Eat Grandma: Defying Commas And Expectations

NPR | June 26, 2017 10:05 a.m.

One year ago, Let's Eat Grandma arrived from out of nowhere, young in years but artistically mature and assured — and now the pair is out to reshape and retake.

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Rapper Anik Khan On His Father's 'Unconditional Love'

NPR | June 26, 2017 9:43 a.m.

The Queens-based rapper says he draws inspiration from his father, a poetry-loving immigrant who brought the family to the U.S. after fighting for Bangladesh's liberation from Pakistan.

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Watch Nine Inch Nails' Dimly Lit And Creepy Performance On 'Twin Peaks'

NPR | June 26, 2017 6:55 a.m.

Trent Reznor and crew are the latest band to play the "roadhouse" on Twin Peaks. In the TV show's most caustic performance, yet, the band howls through "She's Gone Away."

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Songs We Love: Fletcher Tucker, 'I Became Smoke'

NPR | June 26, 2017 6:10 a.m.

Tucker sinks into the redwoods and roots out something ancient and always, and this is Cold Spring's brooding, but gradually ecstatic confirmation ritual.

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Peter Tosh's Son Beaten Into Coma In New Jersey Jail

NPR | June 25, 2017 12:51 p.m.

While serving a six-month sentence for cannabis possession, musician Jawara McIntosh was brutally beaten and rendered comatose. His family is looking for answers — and filing a civil rights lawsuit.

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Algiers Unpacks Its Kaleidscopically Dense 'The Underside of Power' Track By Track

NPR | June 25, 2017 6:24 a.m.

Algiers, now spread across three cities, have made a dense piece of work with The Underside of Power. Considering the record's sprawling scope, we asked them help us understand it.

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Imagine Dragons On Catching Up To Rock Stardom

NPR | June 24, 2017 3:03 p.m.

Burnt out after years of hard touring, the "Radioactive" band hit the brakes. Now, it's bounced back with a new album, Evolve. Singer Dan Reynolds and guitarist Wayne Sermon tell Michel Martin more.

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Tupac Shakur Biopic 'All Eyez On Me' Hit With Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

NPR | June 23, 2017 3:53 p.m.

Kevin Powell conducted Tupac's career-defining interviews; now he's suing the filmmakers behind the biopic for using them without his permission.

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Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas: Motor City Grit In Two Languages

NPR | June 23, 2017 9:07 a.m.

Detroit, Havana and Mexico City come together in the group's bilingual double album, Telephone/Teléfono. The twin songs "Hummingbird" and "Colibrí" illustrate the power of lyrics in translation.