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The Countermelodies That Changed Us: A Lifetime Of Loving Indigo Girls

Posted on May 26 2020 by NPR

Turning the Tables is NPR's ongoing multi-platform series dedicated to recentering the popular music canon on voices that have been marginalized, underappreciated, or hidden in plain sight. In 2020, we will publish an occasional series looking closely at... [Read More]

Little Richard, The 'King And Queen' Of Rock And Roll, Dead At 87

Posted on May 9 2020 by NPR

Updated at 7:13 p.m. ETLittle Richard, the self-described "king and queen" of rock and roll and an outsize influence on everyone from David Bowie to Prince, died Saturday in Tullahoma, Tenn. He was 87 years old.Bill Sobel, a lawyer for Little Richard, tel... [Read More]

'Fetch Your Tool Of Liberation': Fiona Apple On Setting Herself Free

Posted on April 29 2020 by NPR

Inspiration can strike at unexpected times. That was the case for Fiona Apple, the celebrated singer and songwriter who released her first album in eight years this month. It's called Fetch the Bolt Cutters and the title comes from a piece of dialogue tha... [Read More]

Kacey Musgraves Releases 'Oh, What A World 2.0' As Earth Day Fundraiser

Posted on April 22 2020 by NPR

April 22 is Earth Day around the world, and Kacey Musgraves is celebrating with new music. Sort of: Early Wednesday morning, she released "Oh, What A World 2.0" — a reworked version of a song from 2018's Golden Hour — on her YouTube channel, alongside a f... [Read More]

Bill Withers, Singer-Songwriter Of 'Ain't No Sunshine,' Has Died At Age 81

Posted on April 3 2020 by NPR

Bill Withers, the sweet-voiced baritone behind such classic songs as "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean on Me" and "Use Me" has died. Withers was 81 years old. According to a family statement given to the Associated Press, he died Monday in Los Angeles due to hea... [Read More]

Remembering Adam Schlesinger, One Of Pop's Great Collaborators

Posted on April 2 2020 by NPR

It's tempting, when assessing great creative works, to funnel all credit to a lone genius — a writer, a singer, a director, an artist, or a name that sits atop a marquee. It's so much easier to be spared the task of teasing out greatness from an interconn... [Read More]

City Scenes: An Exploration Of Romantic Connections With 'LOVEsongs'

Posted on February 13 2020 by NPR

"Love" and "song" are the perfect pair, like thee and me; it's a cosmic connection worth celebrating not just on Valentine's Day, but every day.At least, that's what Kansas City, Mo., documentarian Anthony Ladesich thought when he set out filming LOVEsong... [Read More]

Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo Founder, Dies At 78

Posted on February 11 2020 by NPR

Joseph Shabalala, the singer who created the South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and propelled it to worldwide fame, died Tuesday in Pretoria at age 78. The group became beloved globally as collaborators with Paul Simon on the album Gracela... [Read More]

Waxahatchee Announces New Album 'Saint Cloud,' Shares First Single 'Fire'

Posted on January 22 2020 by NPR

When Waxahatchee, a.k.a. songwriter Katie Crutchfield, released an EP of spare, folk-tinged songs called Great Thunder in late 2018, it marked a return to an earlier, more stripped-down and intimate sound, following years of increasing scope on the four f... [Read More]

Tegan And Sara Find Pain — And Unexpected Joy — In 'High School'

Posted on October 18 2019 by NPR

High school was a tumultuous time for Canadian identical twins Tegan and Sara Quin. They both, separately, were coming to terms with their sexuality — and they were also beginning to write and record songs together."Almost right away, we started to weave... [Read More]


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