Australian-American Reggae Musician Nattali Rize Launches Solo Album

August 13, 2015
Australian-American reggae singer Nattali Rize, frontwoman for the Melbourne band Blue King Brown, has dropped her own solo album. (Courtesy)

She’s known in Australia as the frontwoman for the Melbourne-based roots band, Blue King Brown.

DJ Sessions: ‘Teenage Kicks’ From The ’70s, ’80s And ’90s

August 12, 2015
The Undertones perform at the Reeperbahn Festival in Germany in 2012. (Nina Zimmermann/Flickr)

We sit down with Jim McGuinn, host of the show “Teenage Kicks.”

Finding The Next Generation Of Donors

August 12, 2015
The crowd at MFAH Mixed Media in March 2015. (Cameron Bertuzzi/MFAH)

How do arts organizations attract and keep a younger audience to ensure the arts will be around?

Wood Poaching Case Targets Vendor Of Top Guitar Maker

August 6, 2015
Former maple merchant Troy Dana holds a quilted maple-topped electric guitar he built himself. (Austin Jenkins/Northwest News Network)

One of the most prominent guitar manufacturers in the country may have unknowingly purchased poached wood.

Beach House: Dream Pop From Baltimore

August 6, 2015
Beach House is a dream pop duo based in Baltimore. (Facebook)

The duo talks about their new album, their friendship and why it can be hard to figure out how to end a song.

Tony Award Winner Jessie Mueller On Taking On The Work Of Sara Bareilles

August 3, 2015
Jessie Mueller, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for "Beautiful", poses in a press room at the 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8, 2014 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

In the new musical “Waitress,” Mueller plays a waitress in a Southern diner set to the music of Sara Bareilles.

DJ Sessions: Latin America And Beyond

July 30, 2015
The Chemical Brothers win the Outstanding Song Collection Award at the 59th Ivor Novello Awards at the Grosvenor House in London in 2014.(Mark Allan/Invision/AP)

KCRW DJ Raul Campos shares four interesting alternative international musicians, from Chile’s Astro to Kutiman of Israel.

Shamir: From Country To Pop

July 28, 2015
Las Vegas singer-songwriter Shamir is 20 years old and out with a new album, "Ratchet." (Mathew Parri Thomas)

The 20-year-old talks about his new album, his androgynous voice and how his disco-pop sound has evolved.

In California Drought, Musicians Find Inspiration

July 27, 2015
Composer and professor Dr. Benjamin Boone created Waterless Music, a symphony about water and the lack of it in California. (Benjamin Boone)

Across the drying state, musicians are writing songs about the lack of water, reports Ezra David Romero of Valley Public Radio.

DJ Sessions: Young Musicians Carry On Bluegrass Traditions

July 24, 2015
Kitty Amaral performs at the Grand Ole Opry Theater. (Photo Courtesy of Kitty Amaral Facebook)

For this week’s edition of DJ Sessions, we sit down with Kinney Rorrer — he shares a number of young bluegrass musicians who are carrying on the music’s traditions.

Social Media Buzz: Race Relations, Nicki vs Taylor, #SandraBland

July 24, 2015
Nicki Minaj performs at the 2015 Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (AP/Scott Roth)

From Nicki vs. Taylor to online activism surrounding the death of Sandra Bland — we look at the top stories on social media this week.

An American Music Playlist From The Man Behind Newport Folk Festival

July 22, 2015
The Rhode Island-based band Deer Tick is among those playing this year's Newport Folk Festival. (Courtesy)

Jay Sweet shares what he thinks makes a song truly American, and what he looks for in the bands he chooses to play the festival.

Amy Helm Carries Father’s Legacy As She Goes Solo

July 21, 2015
Amy Helm's new album is "Didn't It Rain." (

She grew up the child of musical royalty – her father is Levon Helm of The Band. Now, she has her own album.

Tiempo Libre Brings Cuban Music To The World

July 20, 2015
Tiempo Libre is a three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group. (Photo via

The band’s musical director Jorge Gomez and lead vocalist Xavier Mili talk about their new album “Panamericano.”

This Nashville Vinyl Factory Is Still Pressing Records

July 16, 2015
United Record Pressing operates out of the same cinderblock building on Chestnut Street that's been its home since 1962. The company originally opened in 1949, when it was called Southern Plastics. (Stephen Jerkins/Nashville Public Radio)

As vinyl pressing plants around the world shut down, the plant that pressed The Beatles’ first American single in 1963 stayed open.

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