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Fresh Off A Viral Library Gig, The Linda Lindas Get A Record Deal

Posted on May 24 2021 by NPR

Just last week, the internet thrilled to The Linda Lindas, screaming and crunching power chords in the middle of the stacks of the Los Angeles Public Library. "Racist, Sexist Boy" — written and performed by four tween and teen punks calling out anti-Asian... [Read More]

For Her 'SNL' Debut, Phoebe Bridgers Goes Bigger Than Ever

Posted on February 7 2021 by NPR

Most of us spent 2020 in a holding pattern — if we're lucky — but Phoebe Bridgers had a massive year. Her second album, Punisher, was one of 2020's best-loved records, and she's started 2021 with four Grammy nominations and a new wave of high-profile TV a... [Read More]

On 'Collapsed In Sunbeams,' Arlo Parks Welcomes Endings And Change

Posted on February 5 2021 by NPR

It was poetry that first captured Arlo Parks, not music. As a teenager in West London, the artist read Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," which she remembers emanating a sense of yearning and longing, while also challenging ideas of form and rhyme. Parks says the p... [Read More]

The Voices Of Black Women Were Essential To Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound

Posted on January 21 2021 by NPR

Phil Spector, who died on Saturday at the age of 81, has long been hailed as one of pop music's most influential producers, the man who created the wall of sound and gave us songs like "He's a Rebel," "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Be My Baby." As an African Amer... [Read More]

NPR Slingshot's 2021 Artists To Watch

Posted on January 6 2021 by NPR

It's a new year, which means new opportunities for fresh faces to rise above the noise. NPR music partner stations spent the last three months listening to emerging musicians and selected 17 for our annual Slingshot list of artists to watch. Some have bee... [Read More]

On 'McCartney III,' Paul McCartney Is A One-Man Show Again

Posted on December 21 2020 by NPR

Back in 1970, as the book was closing on The Beatles' time together, Paul McCartney came out with a release that established him as an artist in his own right — and a versatile one, who played every instrument on the album simply titled McCartney. In 1980... [Read More]

Charley Pride, Country Music's First Major Black Star, Dies At 86

Posted on December 14 2020 by NPR

Charley Pride, who sold millions of records and was the first Black performer to become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, among many other honors, has died at age 86. A statement posted on the singer's website said Pride died in Dallas on Saturd... [Read More]

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]


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