When the R&B bandleader fell ill last year, she didn't just stop singing: She stopped listening. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Jones about returning to the stage and the long-delayed new album Give the People What They Want.
Fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, were classified as a gang by the FBI in 2011. Now the band and four fans have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the FBI. NPR's Rachel Martin talks about the suit with journalist Patrick Flanary, who covered the suit for Rolling Stone magazine.
The former New Jersey poet laureate, born LeRoi Jones, died Thursday at age 79. Much of his work — including well-regarded poetry and plays — reflected his commitment to Black Nationalist ideals. He co-founded the Black Arts movement, and wrote poems that were as controversial as they were influential.
Singer-songwriter Maysa spent more than 20 years in the trenches of the music industry, but she didn't let a lack of recognition slow her down. Now she's got a Grammy nomination to show for her hard work. Host Michel Martin speaks with Maysa about life, and her latest album, Blue Velvet Soul.
The award is granted once every four years to a pianist with exceptional qualities, chosen by a secretive committee. This time, a young Polish musician who specializes in Chopin has earned the generous $300,000 prize.
On the 2010 album Scratch My Back, Gabriel covered songs by the musicians he loves. For the follow-up, he invited those artists — who include Arcade Fire, Randy Newman, David Byrne, Regina Spektor, Lou Reed, Bon Iver and more — to cover his own material.
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