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Rapper, Mother, Superstar: Ana Tijoux Finds Her Words

In her latest album, French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux finds inspiration in the birth of her child and the complexities of womanhood. She shares her thoughts on making music that's universal.

Israel's Orthodox Ravers Are On A Holy Mission To Dance

Na Nach is an ultra-Orthodox sect of Judaism with a techno soundtrack. Na Nachs consider having fun a spiritual duty — whether at a wedding or a busy intersection.

Box Set Illustrates Clifford Jordan's Impeccable Taste In Musicians

Starting in the late 1960s, the jazz saxophonist produced a series of recordings that came out on the musicians-owned Strata-East label. Those seven albums are now collected in a box set.

Kickstarter Campaign Begins For Neil Young's Music Player

Young announced his long-planned, high-fidelity audio player, Pono, on Tuesday at SXSW. But at a time when music streaming is overtaking downloads, will anybody want it?

Angel Olsen: A Voice Of Confounding Power

Olsen has often been called a folk singer, but Ken Tucker says her new album — her first with a backing band — takes her music into an unclassifiable realm.
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Crowd Pays Homage To The Notorious B.I.G. At Howard Theatre

It's been 17 years since the death of rapper Biggie Smalls, and a tribute concert at Howard Theatre on Monday night paid tribute to his memory.


The Education Of Christylez Bacon

The rapper, singer, beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist is a product of Southeast Washington, D.C., an area hit hard by crime and drugs in the 1980s.


Acclaimed Jazz Singer Diane Reeves Takes On A Soulful Sound

Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves has partnered with a younger generation of jazz musicians for a new album called Beautiful Life.

After A Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' To The People Again

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has struggled financially, but after much work, it's set itself on solid footing and become a bright spot in a struggling city.

Ruben Studdard Tells What Happens The Day After 'Idol'

Ruben Studdard wowed the judges and the American public when he won American Idol in 2003. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Studdard about his Idol win and what life and music has been like since.