The singer/poet/actor/activist’s newest opus is another slice of genre-agnostic, cultural agitprop inspired by a fictional miner-turned-hacker in the African nation of Burundi.
A master of commercial jingles, Hughes knows how to stuff his impeccably crafted AM pop songs with humor and heart, pain and delight.
The former Walkmen multi-instrumentalist has made a solo album marked by its playful, loosely ambling, front-porch friendliness.
The North Carolina band uses a typewriter for rhythm, a toy piano for whimsy and a harmonium for mood, as well as a gong, multiple odd percussive accents and subtle guitar effects.
The Dutch singer layers R&B, jazz and pop over hip-hop beats in his first-ever U.S. appearance.
Scenes from last night’s NPR-hosted All Songs Considered Sweet 16 party at 9:30 Club. Bob Boilen gets things started Glen…
The former Fiery Furnaces member sounds purposeful and composed, unflappable and free — like a songwriter sure of her words and content with letting easy musical designs lead her where they will.
On its fifth album, the Montreal band indulges its progressive tendencies and wide-angle vision of dream-steeped psychedelia, in the process exuding a gentle kind of heaviness.
Jonathan Meiburg sounds as focused and intense as ever on his band’s ninth album, which is full of rock songs that churn and clatter with force, invention and mystery.
Carrying on the non-stop activity of the last eight years, the prolific rocker’s 10th solo album feels as fractured and delirious as anything he’s recorded.
“The picture I have in my head is of him cracking up in the studio,” Reeves Gabrels says. “Because we just used to be able to make each other laugh.”
From musicians to world leaders, from Earth to outer space, Bowie’s death two days after his 69th birthday prompted an outpouring on social media.
The singer — whose career spanned decades and included collaborations with John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Stevie Ray Vaughn — released his latest album, Blackstar, on Friday. He died Sunday of cancer.
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In 2015, the young rapper had her big moment. This year, she’s seizing it. Watch Rapsody perform three songs from Beauty And The Beast, recorded live at the NPR Music offices.
The lawsuit alleges that the streaming music service fails to properly compensate artists for the right to reproduce or distribute recordings. It’s the latest in the ongoing debate over streaming.
Looking back on a year filled with great music, these 61 songs are the ones that hat public radio hosts and NPR Music team members loved best.
Remember when NPR invited musicians across the country to fight each other for the privilege of playing a cubicle in D.C.? It turned…
More than 400 of the best songs of 2015, selected by NPR Music’s dedicated listeners and crossing more than a dozen genres. And you can listen to every single one.
When Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, breaks out his guitar and suitcase kick drum/hi-hat, a palpable rush of swooning adrenaline hits the room.