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Dermot Kennedy, NPR Slingshot's Best New Artist

Posted on December 17 2018 by NPR

NPR Music's first-ever Slingshot reader poll to determine this year's fan favorite artist featured an impressive lineup of talented, rising musicians, hand-picked by public radio stations throughout the year. Choosing just one artist was a tough r... [Read More]

Poll Results: All Songs Considered Listeners' 100 Favorite Albums Of 2018

Posted on December 13 2018 by NPR

Ever wonder what albums your fellow NPR fans listen to? We asked, you voted and below are the results our year-end listener poll for 2018. The list mirrors the NPR Music Top 50 Albums more than I've noticed in previous years. Like that list, listeners... [Read More]

Poll Results: Slingshot's Best New Artist Of 2018

Posted on December 7 2018 by NPR

This was a busy year for NPR's Slingshot artists — 40 exceptional, emerging talents from around the world, hand-picked by public radio stations. They dropped albums, signed record label deals and spent innumerable hours working in studios and on stage... [Read More]

The Best Music Of 2018 Says, 'We're Here, Get Used To It'

Posted on December 4 2018 by NPR

Sometimes one little letter can change a word, or a world. "Paint the city pink!" Janelle Monae raps in "Django Jane," the victory lap at the center of Dirty Computer, her third album, first "emotion picture" and winning bid to own the unstable zeitgeist... [Read More]

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Posted on December 3 2018 by NPR

Every month, we ask radio stations around the country one critical question: what's the one song you can't stop listening to? It takes weeks to cut the possibilities down to just ten songs and create the playlist below. From Texas to Nevada, Orego... [Read More]

Lawrence Rothman Finds Space To Grieve And Grow

Posted on November 20 2018 by NPR

By Jon Hart As a gender-fluid artist, musician and producer, Lawrence Rothman's life and art are built on change. A Google Images search gives visual evidence of the nine personas Rothman refer to as alters, each one offering a different lens for t... [Read More]

Janelle Monáe Is The 21st Century's Time Traveler

Posted on November 13 2018 by NPR

It's not enough to make list after list. The Turning the Tables project seeks to suggest alternatives to the traditional popular music canon, and to do more than that, too: to stimulate conversation about how hierarchies emerge and endure. This year,... [Read More]

How The Beatles And Jimi Hendrix Set Themselves Free – And Made Music History

Posted on November 9 2018 by NPR

The Beatles finished recording their self-titled double album — "The White Album" — on October 17, 1968, the same week that The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their own two-record set, Electric Ladyland. This week, both albums are receiving lavish box-s... [Read More]

Watch Sharon Van Etten's '80s-Inspired Video For 'Comeback Kid'

Posted on October 30 2018 by NPR

  When Sharon Van Etten released her thrilling, propulsive new song "Comeback Kid" earlier this month, it was clear the beloved singer had entered a new chapter in her evolving sound, swapping gently strummed acoustic guitars for jagged synths and... [Read More]

St. Vincent Sets 'Masseduction' To Piano In A New Take On 'Savior'

Posted on October 16 2018 by NPR

Fans of St. Vincent's 2017 album Masseduction are about to hear its songs in a new light, starting with a stripped-down version of "Savior." Swapping synths for piano, "Savior" now showcases Annie Clark's vocal range while tapping into the original's dark... [Read More]