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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]

Anderson .Paak's 'Lockdown' Examines The Quiet Spaces Of An Uprising

Posted on June 21 2020 by NPR

When I think about the screen images that startled me into a new way of thinking, one always surfaces first. Agnes Varda's 1986 masterwork Vagabond, about the short life of a young homeless woman played by Sandrine Bonnaire, is filmed in faux-documentary... [Read More]

Beyoncé Releases New Song 'Black Parade' In The Final Hours Of Juneteenth

Posted on June 20 2020 by NPR

As she is wont to do, Beyoncé surprised the world overnight with a new song, "Black Parade." Released in the final hours of Juneteenth — the holiday observing the June 19, 1865 date which marked the end of slavery in the United States — the song sounds li... [Read More]

On 'RTJ4,' Run The Jewels Is A Speaker Box For Society

Posted on June 8 2020 by NPR

The hip-hop duo Run the Jewels is keenly aware of what's going on in the world around them. And though the group has never consciously planned it, its previous album releases have seemed to capture the mood during times of upheaval, from the acquittal of... [Read More]

Music Companies Promise A Tuesday 'Blackout' For Black Lives

Posted on June 2 2020 by NPR

Updated at 1:52 p.m. ETAs protests demanding racial justice have multiplied since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last week, the spirit of reckoning has also spread across America, including within the music industry. One initiativ... [Read More]

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