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.

DJ Session: Why There’s So Much Music Coming Out Of Australia

July 15, 2015
The Australian indie-pop sextet Alpine released its latest album "Yuck" on June 16. (Courtesy)

“There must be something in the water down there, I haven’t figured it out,” KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

DJ Session: Gospel Sunday

July 9, 2015
Gospel musician Jason Davis is also a pastor at the Greater Bethlehem Temple Church, a ministry in Randallstown, Maryland. (Courtesy)

We turn to the music of the church pews for this week’s edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions. Our guide to gospel is Cecilia Webb.

Maria Schneider Finds Inspiration In Her Minnesota Roots

July 8, 2015
Maria Schneider's latest album is "The Thompson Fields." (Briene Lermitte)

The Grammy-winning jazz composer is out with a new album, “The Thompson Fields,” named for the fields near where she grew up.

An Effort To Bring Techno Home To Detroit

July 7, 2015
Kevin Saunderson, one of the founders of techno music in Detroit, performs at the main stage of Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival in 2012. (scorchedearth/Flickr)

Techno music was born and raised in Detroit, but these days, it’s still more popular in places like London and Berlin.

The Rise Of The MP3 And The Fall Of The CD

July 6, 2015
Stephen Witt is author of "How Music Got Free." (Photo on right by Chad Griffith)

Stephen Witt discusses his book “How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Privacy.”

DJ Session: Sounds For The Holiday Weekend

July 2, 2015
Bilal is a classically trained vocalist from Philadelphia, and was swept up into the neo-soul movement in the early-2000s. He released his newest album, "In Another Life," on June 30. (Courtesy)

KCRW’s Anthony Valadez recommends a playlist for your July 4th celebration, including a track from Philly neo-soul artist Bilal.

Sousa Beyond ‘Stars And Stripes Forever’

July 2, 2015
Keith Brion conducts his New Sousa Band in this undated photo. (Courtesy)

With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, conductor Keith Brion shares a selection of patriotic marches by John Philip Sousa.

Joy Williams’ New American Songbook

July 1, 2015
Joy Williams' new solo album is "Venus." (Chuck Willis via Facebook)

The singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner joins us with a playlist of what she considers quintessentially American music.

Chorus Helps Trans Men And Women Find Their Voice

June 30, 2015
Chorus members Laurie Wolft (left) and George Hastie (right) pose for a photo with choral director Sandi Hammond. (Eileen Bolinsky)

The all-trans chorus was founded to help people learn to use their changing voices in a safe space.

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