Music | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Music

RSS Feed
NPR

Son Records A Testimonial To Muddy Water's Electric Blues

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks Mud Morganfield, son of blues legend Muddy Waters, along with harmonica great Kim Wilson, about their new album of Muddy music, For Pops: A Tribute to Muddy Waters.
NPR

The Private Eye Who Made Cool Jazz His Calling Card

The late-'50s detective series Peter Gunn was popular, but Henry Mancini's music for it became iconic. NPR's Linda Wertheimer finds out what makes the jazzy score so indelible.
NPR

Bruce Hornsby's Modern Classical Moment

The pianist who spent 25 years writing pop hits says he's long been interested in the work of Charles Ives, Arnold Schoenberg and others. Now he's sharing that interest with his audience.
NPR

Jessica Hernandez: Singing To The Rafters, No Matter The Style

In song after song on the Detroit artist's genre-hopping full-length debut, one thing is consistent: a powerful, undeniable voice.
NPR

Music Video Awards Compete In An Era Of Reality TV

On MTV these days, you're more likely to catch a reality show than any music. As Spin.com editor Craig Marks tells NPR's Scott Simon, Sunday's VMA awards will play homage to television from the past.
WAMU 88.5

Recording the Capital: A Musical History of D.C.

The musical history of the Washington area goes deeper than Duke Ellington and Chuck Brown. But much of the music recorded here in the 20th century, from early rock and roll to bluegrass to jazz, was forgotten about long ago. Kojo chats with Jay Bruder, the host of "The Hometown Special" on WAMU's Bluegrass Country, about the recorded musical history of the nation's capital.

NPR

Taylor Swift Aims For Pop's Throne

Erstwhile country singer Taylor Swift has a new sound and a new goal: to be the world's biggest pop star, with all the attention and provocation that comes with the job.
NPR

'Shadow' And 'D-12' Sing An Infectious Song About Ebola

It's said to be the first song about Ebola, written by two up-and-coming Liberian music producers. The message: "Ebola is very wicked. It can kill you quick quick."
NPR

How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever

Preservationists are worried about troves of records stored on what was once considered a durable medium: the compact disc. Many discs can last for centuries — but most won't.
NPR

Met Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions

While agreements with 10 more unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, the deal struck with two of the Met's major unions represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute.

Pages