Near and Far
Warning: This post contains some adult imagery. Growing up in D.C., rapper LilBigBrother knew what it meant to need money….
Performing three songs from Before We Forgot How To Dream, Irish singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson makes the most of a single voice and an acoustic guitar.
In the early 1990s, Pavement was especially rough around the edges. A new collection of unreleased recordings from the era captures the band’s absurd charm.
The sights and sounds of 1,000 people in Cesena, Italy, playing “Learn To Fly” by The Foo Fighters might be…
The singer’s disco-infused funk and soul gets stripped down to a lone voice with a guitar, surrounded by an admiring throng of NPR staffers, interns and friends.
Winston Yellen’s folk project dims the lights on a new collection inspired by electronic pop and R&B.
A surf-rock album that rewards close attention: there’s deep intensity and knowing behind the mellow.
Darkness is never far behind Chelsea Wolfe; if anything, the metallic Abyss chases it with a tenderness that understands the beauty therein.
On a razor-edged LP produced by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Brooklyn punks stare down the judgment of peers, the corruption of institutions and the clumsiness of gendered language.
Grandiose, industrial pop scaled to match the band’s all-caps name: What Mad Max: Fury Road is to the road movie, Death Magic is to synth-pop.
An Oregon vineyard is a beautiful setting for songs originally recorded in Mexico City. Watch Calexico play “Falling from the Sky” from the new album Edge of the Sun.
D.C. rapper Shy Glizzy was arrested in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, Monday evening. The 22-year-old MC legally named Marquis Amonte…
The beloved Britpop veteran stops by the Tiny Desk with songs from his new album, Saturns Pattern — and one from his best-known record, Stanley Road.
“Where I’m at is where I go, and a circle ain’t my thing,” Oddisee raps on “Belong to the World,”…
Despite the title of their new album, Untethered Moon, these veteran rockers have never seemed more grounded. Watch them play “So” in the KEXP studio.
The title of “Go Bi,” a new tune from D.C. indie-rock band BRNDA, doesn’t falsely advertise: It’s a song about…
“I make KillaCorn music,” says Pinky KillaCorn, the rising rapper from uptown D.C. “I make my own genre of music….
When we spoke to Maryland R&B duo Abhi//Dijon in 2014, the two Ellicott City 20-somethings were still figuring out how to refine their…
It’s the mid-1980s and The Clash is imploding. Frontman Joe Strummer ejected drummer Topper Headon in ’82, and guitarist Mick…
With this album, a London singer — a Prince favorite — and her versatile voice inch closer to mainstream pop.