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Syrian Composer-Turned-Activist Asks Americans For Support

Syrian composer Malek Jandali's parents were beaten after he criticized the Assad regime in a performance abroad. Now Jandali is asking American and European audiences to donate to Syrians in need.

Neon Trees, The Mormon Band Who Made It Big, On Honesty

The band's catchy new album, Pop Psychology, was scooped by a bigger announcement: Its frontman, Tyler Glenn, is gay.
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Opera in the Outfield

For the sixth year of "Opera in the Outfield," the Washington National Opera will broadcast a live performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" on the big screen at Washington’s ball park. Kojo talks about the organization's efforts to make opera more accessible.


Valentina Lisitsa: Chasing Pianos And YouTube Fans

The Ukrainian-born pianist revived her stalled career by uploading videos of herself to YouTube. After millions clicked, she landed a record deal. Her new album features film music by Michael Nyman.

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

Check out NPR Music's latest batch of favorite new songs, including music from tUnE-yArDs, Dan Croll, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, SZA, Dana Falconberry, Ernest Ranglin and more.

Damon Albarn On 'Everyday Robots' And The Birth Of Britpop

Albarn says the sound he helped create with Blur in the 1990s was not a celebration of England, but a reaction to America's encroaching influence.

Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit

While visiting Tokyo, the pop star posed for photos in front of the highly controversial Yasukini Shrine, which honors Japanese war criminals.

For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option

Make My Head Sing... is an album of contradictions. It's full of unreliable narrators who sometimes revel in jealousy, willful insanity and drugs, even as her voice and the music suggest otherwise.

First Listen: '9 Dead Alive' By Rodrigo y Gabriela

Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela had a strange path to success. They started as a failed heavy metal band in Mexico, before moving to Ireland and changing to flamenco music.

Album Review: 'Abracaco'

Caetano Veloso has been making music for over 40 years, and he's among the best known singers in his native Brazil. Veloso's new album, Abracaco, is one of the most engaging in his epic career.