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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.

John Denver's 'Country Roads,' Now Official In West Virginia

John Denver's hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads," has just become a state song of West Virginia, an effort spearheaded by the woman married to the actor who played Gilligan on Gilligan's Island.

Putting A Name And Face To A Famous Voice

Aloe Blacc sang two of the past year's most ubiquitous singles. So why haven't you heard of him?

Coming Up: Detroit Symphony Returns From The Brink

Just a few years ago, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was weathering a financial crisis and a bitter labor dispute. Tune in to Weekend Edition on Sunday to hear about its impressive recovery.

The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

After being stored under a bed for a half-century, a $16 million violin is now in the hands of Anne Akiko Meyers, who's recorded Vivaldi's vivid Four Seasons.

Album Review: 'English Oceans,' By Drive-By Truckers

Music critic Robert Christgau says it has been six years since Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers put out a great album. That wait ends this week with the release of the excellent English Oceans.