World | Music

LISTEN: A Cuban Protest Singer On The State Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

NPR | March 27, 2015 5:07 p.m.

For decades, Carlos Varela has dolled out incisive criticism of the Cuban government. On our recent visit to Havana, he sang a song he says reflects the mood of the country at this historic moment.


The Sensuous Radical: Pierre Boulez at 90

NPR | March 26, 2015 4:31 p.m.

The brilliant, tough-minded composer and conductor charted a new course for classical music.

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More Bands, Fans, Media Flock To Boise's 4th Treefort Music Festival

OPB | March 26, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Portland

The Pacific Northwest's newest music festival, Treefort, has finally found its footing. In its fourth year it's attracted a few hundred bands, and at the same time, given Idaho something else to be known for other than potatoes.


Earl Sweatshirt: 'I'm Grown'

NPR | March 25, 2015 1:07 p.m.

The dance music sensation is about to tour America, and many venues are already sold out. Host Michel Martin speaks to the pop star about how life has influenced his music.

World | Music

Egyptian Singer, Meet Burundi Bassist. Play Among Yourselves!

NPR | March 24, 2015 5:23 p.m.

The musicians who live in countries along the Nile rarely got to meet — until the Nile Project came along. Now they learn from each other, make records together and are currently touring the U.S.

Music | Nation

Doritos Stage Pulled From SXSW But Issues Remain

NPR | March 17, 2015 8:01 a.m.

As the music festival enters its 28th year, concerns continue over corporate branding and security.


Review: Inventions, 'Maze Of Woods'

NPR | March 17, 2015 7:41 a.m.

Explosions In The Sky guitarist Mark Smith and Eluvium's Matthew Cooper make natural collaborators.

World | Music

A Film From Mali: The Day Before The Music Died

NPR | March 9, 2015 5:34 a.m.

The Last Song Before the War presents the glorious sounds of the 2011 Festival in the Desert, held shortly before Islamic extremists took over the region and banned music.

World | Music

A Swiss Town, A Casino Fire And 'Smoke On The Water'

NPR | March 8, 2015 5 p.m.

This lakeside town of Montreux just hosted talks on Iran's nuclear program. But music fans know it for its rich musical heritage, including a starring role in "Smoke On The Water."

Flora and Fauna | Music | Science

These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears

NPR | March 7, 2015 9:18 a.m.

Composer David Teie's most recent compositions are catered to our feline friends. His music mimics purring, and might be just the thing to perk your cat up.