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Obama Releases His Summer Music Playlist

This is the second year in a row that President Obama has released his playlist to rave reviews. It features artists like Chance The rapper and the Beach Boys.

On The Steps Of Lincoln Center, A Choir The Size Of An Army

One thousand singers gathered Saturday to perform a new work by Pulitzer winner David Lang. Reporter Jeff Lunden was one of them.

Alt.Latino Shares New Favorites

Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR's Alt-Latino join NPR's Rachel Martin to talk about an album that Contreras already thinks is his favorite of the year, as well as some other great tracks.

A Moment With Nao, Soul Singer On The Verge

The 31-year-old former backup singer is one of the most buzzed-about voices to come out of London in years.
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How To Cultivate Plants Using Just Water, Nutrients And A Steady Diet Of D.C. Punk

We've all heard that talking to plants helps them grow. But what about blasting them with punk rock? A new art project in D.C. tries it out.

Vibraphonist Lugs His Picnic-Table-Sized Instrument Around Chicago

For our summer series "The World's a Stage," we meet Preyas Roy, a man who plays the vibraphone on a busy Chicago street corner.

Review: Lydia Loveless, ‘Real’

Note: NPR’s First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page....

First Listen: Exploded View, ‘Exploded View’

Annika Henderson is still just in her 20s, but there’s history in her voice. She began her musical career as Anika, with one “n,” recording covers of Bob Dylan, Yoko Ono and the Kinks’ Ray Davies....

First Listen: Tobacco, ‘Sweatbox Dynasty’

Pittsburgh might not seem like a psychedelic stronghold, but in the recent past, the band Black Moth Super Rainbow has proven to be a reliably potent source of reality-bending indie-pop. Yet while...

First Listen: John Paul White, ‘Beulah’

John Paul White’s voice was meant to be heard on its own. At the start of his career, he was poised to be a breakout solo singer until Capitol Records dropped him before the release of his debut...