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Alt.Latino's Picks For A Hot Summer Soundtrack

The temperature's starting to rise, and Alt.Latino has the perfect playlist for all the summer activities that go along with it. NPR's Rachel Martin hears from Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras.

Bridging The Decades: Leon Bridges' Soulful 'Coming Home'

With his natty attire and laid-back grooves, the 25-year-old singer has attracted eager fans and Sam Cooke comparisons in abundance.

Foo Fighters Frontman Breaks Leg During Concert, But The Show Goes On

Dave Grohl fell off a stage during a concert in Goteburg, Sweden, but returned after a visit to the hospital and finished the gig with his leg in a cast.

'Anything Goes' On Alpine's 'Yuck'

The members of the Melbourne band say their new album's bracing title, Yuck, is about awkward personal problems and pushing music to strange places.

A Visit From Kendrick Lamar — Best Day Of School Ever?

A New Jersey high school teacher used the rapper's latest album to teach a unit on Toni Morrison's novel, The Bluest Eye. Lamar found out about it, and decided to stop in for a visit.

How To Annoy Your Dad: Play The Harpsichord

For harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, teenage rebellion had a Baroque soundtrack. His new album juxtaposes modern composers and their distant musical forebears.

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Innovator Ornette Coleman

Coleman died Thursday, at the age of 85. Listen back to a 1987 conversation with the saxophonist and composer, as well as interviews with members of his quartet, Don Cherry and Charlie Haden.

Michael Gibbs And Bill Frisell Team Up On A New Big Band Record

In the 1970s guitarist Bill Frisell was a student of jazz composer and arranger Michael Gibbs at Boston's Berklee College of Music. This is the album some Frisell fans have been wishing for.

Apple's New Music Streaming Service Under Antitrust Scrutiny

Investigators want to know if music companies are colluding with subscription services such as Apple Music to squeeze out free, ad-supported streaming.

Shamir Bailey Invites Everyone In, With Plenty Of Pop Star Potential

The young singer and songwriter lets his voice soar on his debut album, Ratchet. Rock critic Ken Tucker says it's one of the year's most striking collections, full of energy and optimism.