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Adrianne Lenker On Carving Out Space To Recover

Posted on November 10 2020 by NPR

Adrianne Lenker's latest music takes you straight to where it was recorded: a cabin in the Berkshires. Lenker was supposed to be on tour with her band Big Thief this year, but once the pandemic upended those plans, she holed up in the mountains of Western... [Read More]

Linda Ronstadt, A Hispanic Heritage 'Legend,' On Staying Connected

Posted on October 4 2020 by NPR

Linda Ronstadt — the chart-topping, Grammy- and Emmy-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Famer — is due to be honored again this week. This time, she'll receive a Hispanic Heritage Award, in recognition both of her pop music and her smash-hit mariachi albums. Ahe... [Read More]

Janelle Monáe's 'Turntables' Stresses 'Liberation, Elevation, Education'

Posted on September 25 2020 by NPR

In 2015, Janelle Monáe released the visceral and raw "Hell You Talmbout," a protest song that directly listed the names of the Black lives lost at the hands of law enforcement and vigilantes, a nearly 7-minute journey. Five years later, Monáe returns to t... [Read More]

How The Past 10 Years Shaped The First New Bright Eyes Record In Almost A Decade

Posted on August 21 2020 by NPR

Up until about a decade ago, Bright Eyes was an incredibly prolific band. The group released a new album almost every year or two since it began in 1998. And then, after the 2011 album The People's Key, Bright Eyes' output stopped. Since then, frontperson... [Read More]

Meet Linda Diaz, The Winner Of The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest

Posted on August 4 2020 by NPR

We have a winner! For the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music, our all-star team of judges reviewed more than 6,000 entries from across the U.S. and chose Linda Diaz, who submitted the song "Green Tea Ice Cream."Linda Diaz is a native New Yorker who gre... [Read More]

The Chicks Look Back And Laugh

Posted on July 17 2020 by NPR

The Chicks — formerly known as the Dixie Chicks — is back with a new record called Gaslighter after 14 years. Why the long time gone? Martie Maguire, Emily Strayer and Natalie Maines say they wanted a break to raise their kids, among other things, but aft... [Read More]

HAIM's Sunny Sound Gets Somber On 'Women In Music Pt. III'

Posted on July 6 2020 by NPR

The sister band HAIM is synonymous with the sound of Los Angeles — sunny, airy and wistful. After a two-month delay due to the coronavirus, sisters Este, Danielle and Alana finally get to share their third record, Women in Music Pt. III, with their fans.... [Read More]

Beyoncé To Drop Visual Album, 'Black Is King,' On Disney+ In July

Posted on June 28 2020 by NPR

A new visual album written, directed and executive produced by Beyoncé is on its way. Black Is King will celebrate Black resilience and culture, and premiere globally on Disney+ on July 31, according to a press release. The album is based on the music of... [Read More]

A Different Kind Of Pride: Perspectives On 50 Years Of Celebration, Part 1

Posted on June 24 2020 by NPR

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march, in recognition of the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Since then, Pride has evolved: from that small commemoration to community gatherings in progressive enclaves like New York and San Francisco to cor... [Read More]

It 'Feels Like A Graduation': Phoebe Bridgers On 'Punisher'

Posted on June 22 2020 by NPR

Phoebe Bridgers is the first to admit that she's not reinventing herself on her new album. "There's nothing avant-garde about it," she says of Punisher, her second solo record and fourth major musical project in the last three years. Even so, there's a qu... [Read More]

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