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The White Mandingos: Music That Defies Definition

Three black musicians — a punk bassist, an LA rapper and a part-time guitarist — took on a name with ugly associations to make music that can't be categorized.

Shine And The Moonbeams: R&B For The Kids

Family music comes in a broad range of styles — folk, rock, punk and even polka. But, compared with its popularity among adults, there have been very few R&B and soul music albums for kids. Enter Shine and the Moonbeams.

'South Texas' Collects Producer's Checkered Career

Huey Meaux wound up in jail twice, but he sure had a knack for finding talent in unlikely places.
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Music, Technology And Discovery

Tech Tuesday explores how technology is changing our listening habits and affecting business of popular music sales sites.


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

Download new music from hip-hop producer (and Kendrick Lamar collaborator) Terrace Martin, Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir project, the upstart Americana band Houndmouth, pop singer Carolyn Malachi and much more.

Trumpeters And Troubadours: New And Old Music From Italy

World music DJ Betto Arcos just got back from an Italian vacation. He joins NPR's Jacki Lyden with some of his favorite musical finds.

Chris Thile Looks Back To Bach

Thile was a prodigy with Nickel Creek at age 8, a founding member and lead vocalist of the Punch Brothers, has won multiple Grammys and is a MacArthur fellow. Now he's taking on the music of Bach for a new album, Sonatas and Partitas.

A Veteran Rock Photographer Takes A Turn At The Mic

Host Rachel Martin speaks with Mark Seliger, former chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine, who has just put out his second album with his band Rusty Truck.

Reports: Singer Eydie Gorme Dies At 84

Gorme, known for her range both as a solo act and teamed with husband Steve Lawrence, died Saturday in Las Vegas, according to published reports. She was 84.

Preserving Old-Time Music In Augusta

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of a project at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, that may seem like a no-brainer today. But when it began in 1972, the idea of creating workshops to preserve traditional culture in an institutional setting was not as widely accepted as it is in our era of global culture. The Augusta Heritage Center at Davis & Elkins is dedicated to preserving the traditional arts and crafts ... and music ... of the Appalachian Mountains. Stephanie Coleman reports on Augusta's internationally recognized music camps.