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.
R&B music with a message isn’t a recent or strictly American phenomenon. Jason King explores the theme of protest music with an eclectic mix of soulful songs about resistance and revolution.
View a list of 100 songs by artists to discover at the 2015 SXSW Music Festival.
In 2014, metal still believes in traditions and keeps the faith, but recognizes that evolution is inevitable — with some of its defenders kicking and screaming.
If we’re being honest, there was no consensus in R&B this year. Too many things happened, and we missed some ground-hugging gems, even a couple made by legends. These are ten of those.
Hosts from across the country share their favorite new discoveries, from Niia to Hozier.
The final weeks of summer brought us new music from two of the biggest names in dance music, the return of post-rock, and a remix of Black Box’s “Everybody Everybody.”
Download new music from Merchandise, Reigning Sound, The Barr Brothers, Field Report and more.
African psychedelia, funked-up Indian bhangra and haunting music from France by way of Cuba — a deep treasure trove of cuts to end your summer on a high note.
It was cancelled! Then uncancelled! And finally tonight, the annual Fort Reno concert series kicks off with two bands you…
A selection of 25 deep, joyful, rewarding albums from every genre, out of every corner of the world, from the first six months months of 2014, picked by NPR Music.
Our 50 favorite songs from the first half of the year offer many different pleasures and got stuck in our heads for different reasons, but they all managed to become essential.
No “may” about it — these definitely were the best electronic jams we heard last month.
After a Parisian thief put their careers in jeopardy, Washington, D.C.’s Mike Petillo and Aaron Leitko are back in business. Hear a great track from the dance duo’s new album, Free USA.
Check out NPR Music’s latest batch of favorite new songs, including music from tUnE-yArDs, Dan Croll, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, SZA, Dana Falconberry, Ernest Ranglin and more.
A few weeks ago, Silver Spring, Md.-based record label Cuneiform Records announced on Twitter that it had posted its entire…
Two Fridays ago, in an opening slot for Chicago’s Blizzard Babies and local three-piece Dudes, scrappy D.C. band BRNDA played…
When I first heard The Caribbean‘s meditative, experimental pop tune “Imitation Air,” I didn’t think: “Throw some acid squelches in…
Electro boogie, vocoder funk, thrift-shop-aged R&B: These are the obscure subgenres peddled by Peoples Potential Unlimited, a small and highly…
Bandwidth contributors tell us what local recordings they’re most looking forward to in 2014. Deleted Scenes, “Lithium Burn” April 15,…