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Singer Anita Darian Remembered For Genre-Spanning Career

Robert Siegel talks to Lynda Wells about her best friend of 47 years, singer Anita Darian, who was known for her wide range of pitch and musical genres. Darian died last week at the age of 87.

Meet The Winner Of Our Tiny Desk Concert Contest

To stand out in a crowd of 7,000, you need something special. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Fantastic Negrito, the musician who won judges over with his original song "Lost In A Crowd."
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'Granny And The Boys' Get Funky As D.C.'s Most Unexpected House Band

Octogenarian Alice Donahue might not be the first person you'd expect to see leading a funk band at a hipster dive bar in D.C.

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The Tiny Desk Contest Winner Is ...

NPR Music chose Fantastic Negrito, "a singer from Oakland with a passion that felt undeniable."

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What's The Best Music Merch In D.C.?

WAMU's Bandwidth site looks at some of the more interesting items that D.C. musicians hawk at the "merch" table.


The Tiny Desk Concert Contest Winner Is ...

Out of thousands of submissions, one soulful musician came out on top.

Centuries-Old Cello Is Awakened; Smells Like The Maestro's Pipe

In the second part of a conversation, David Greene talks to Amit Peled about playing the cello of his idol, the late Pablo Casales. Peled performs a recital at Baltimore's Peabody Institute Thursday.

What It Means To Play Pablo Casals' Cello

"I would call him the grandfather of classical music of the 20th century," says cellist Amit Peled, who grew up idolizing the late master and now tours with his instrument.

Tiny Desk Concert Judges To Announce Contest Winner

More than 400 performances since the Tiny Desk Concert series began, NPR Music on Thursday will announce the winner of the Tiny Desk Concert Contest to find a great undiscovered musician.

Push It Further: Rhiannon Giddens Takes A Turn On Tradition

"If you're going to do something that's been covered a million times, you want to do it differently," Giddens says of her funky version of "Black Is the Color."