The Good Listener: Do Some Musicians Play Too Well?

NPR |Nov. 22, 2014 9:26 a.m.

Thoughts on whether superior technique actually detracts from music's quality.

'World Music' With A Kick

NPR |Nov. 20, 2014 9:50 a.m.

Anastasia Tsioulcas joins Alt.Latino with thrilling finds from an international music festival.

Motown's Jimmy Ruffin Dies; Sang 'What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted'

NPR |Nov. 19, 2014 5:13 p.m.

Singer Jimmy Ruffin, who was born in Mississippi but lent his soulful voice to hits for Detroit's Motown Records, died Monday at age 78, according to reports.

The Rare Place Where Israelis And Iranians Play Together

NPR |Nov. 12, 2014 5:39 p.m.

Iran and Israel are sworn enemies, but Germany is neutral ground where people from those countries can collaborate musically. Sistanglia, an Israeli-Iranian ensemble, is doing just that.

Farewell To Randy Jackson, An Example Of All That Ails 'American Idol'

NPR |Nov. 12, 2014 4:09 p.m.

As founding judge Randy Jackson announces his departure from American Idol, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says he embodies all that's wrong with a pioneering show that's become a pop culture cliche.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Reaches Labor Deal With Musicians

NPR |Nov. 09, 2014 1:03 p.m.

The Grammy award-winning ensemble will open the first concert of its 70th anniversary season with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the "Ode to Joy."

Reggae Vibe, Ebola Message: African Superstars Try To Go Viral

NPR |Nov. 09, 2014 4:03 a.m.

They're some of the most popular musicians in West Africa, joining voices to sing (mainly in French but also in some local languages) about defeating an "invisible enemy."

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Are Refugees Again — From Ebola

NPR |Nov. 07, 2014 10:32 a.m.

They began their U.S. tour just as Ebola started spreading in Sierra Leone. They don't want to go back until the epidemic is under control. So for now, they're giving concerts and sending money home.

Ronnie Milsap Joins Country Music's Hall Of Fame

NPR |Oct. 27, 2014 5:39 p.m.

Milsap's career ranged from playing on the 1960s Elvis hit "Kentucky Rain" to his own solo success in the 70s and 80s. One of his biggest hits was 1980's "Smoky Mountain Rain."

Jack Bruce, Bassist And Singer For Cream, Dies At 71

NPR |Oct. 25, 2014 11:33 a.m.

Two of journalism's greats died within a couple days of each other — Ben Bradlee and Frank Mankiewicz. NPR's Scott Simon remembers them for their shared gifts of charm, wit and street smarts.

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