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DJ Sessions: ‘Crunkadelic Funk’ And Beyond

May 28, 2015
Three-time Grammy Award winner Mark Ronson. (Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)

WUKY’s DeBraun Thomas shares his favorite funky and soulful tracks, from Betty Davis to Mark Ronson.

DJ Sessions: From Gypsy Funk To A 12-Year-Old Jazz Pianist

May 19, 2015
Joey Alexander performs in the 10th Year Edition of Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2014 day 3 at JIExpo Kemayoran on March 2, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

KCRW’s Tom Schnabel joins us to share some of the music he’s listening to from around the world.

N.C. Bluesman Had A Voice ‘Like Honey Over Hot Chocolate’

May 18, 2015
Captain Luke started singing as a child, but it wasn’t until making a connection with the Music Maker Relief Foundation in Hillsborough, N.C., that he began touring professionally. (Tim Duffy)

Captain Luke, who was a member of the Music Maker Relief Foundation in North Carolina, died last week at the age of 87.

Remembering B.B. King With Bluesman Guy Davis

May 15, 2015
BB King performs on stage during day two of the Bluesfest Music Festival at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm on April 22, 2011 in Byron Bay, Australia. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Called the King of the Blues, his scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans.

B.B. King, ‘King Of The Blues,’ Dead At Age 89

May 15, 2015
Blues Legend B.B. King performs his 10,000th concert at B.B. KIng Blues Club & Grill in Times Square on April 18, 2006 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/AFP/Getty Images)

B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at […]

Texas Fiddler Johnny Gimble Dies At 88

May 15, 2015
Johnny Gimble was called one of the greatest fiddlers of all time. (Wikimedia Commons)

He was called one of the greatest fiddlers of all time, and leaves a legacy that spans pop, jazz, country and Americana.

The Fellowship Of The Raga

May 14, 2015
From left: 2014 IndianRaga fellows Sharada Krishnan and Ashwin Srikant, IndianRaga founder and CEO Sriram Emani, mbira player Kevin Nathaniel, IndianRaga head of marketing Amrit Chavada, and 2014 IndianRaga fellow Hrishikesh Chary. (Vladimir Weinstein Photography)

Each year, the IndianRaga Fellowship brings together young musicians and heavyweights in Indian classical music.

Rhode Island Singer Records Album After Her Husband, Bandmate Dies

May 12, 2015
MorganEve Swain and Dave Lamb of Brown Bird are pictured in 2010. (Guus Krol/Flickr)

MorganEve Swain of the band Brown Bird completed the album “Axis Mundi” after her musical partner Dave Lamb died from cancer.

Was 1991 The Most Important Year In Pop Music’s History?

May 11, 2015
N.W.A. members Dr. Dre, left, and Ice Cube, center, two of the subjects of the upcoming biographical drama "Straight Outta Compton," discuss the film with director F. Gary Gray during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2015 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Researchers are tracing the origins of big changes to the music industry — especially pop — that can be heard today.

DJ Session: From Afro-Cuban Funk To A Michael Jackson Salsa Tribute

May 6, 2015
PALO! was formed in 2003 in Miami, Florida. The band is comprised of vocalist Leslie Cartaya, keyboardist and producer Steve Roitstein, saxophonist Ed Calle and percussionists and vocalists Philbert Armenteros and Raymer Olalde. (PALO!/Facebook)

DJ Luis “Speedy” Gonzalez shares new Latin sounds, including Tony Succar, Nils Fischer, PALO! and Federico Britos.

Brandi Carlile Channels Many Styles To Make Her Music

May 5, 2015
Brandi Carlile's fifth studio album is "The Firewatcher's Daughter." (David McClister)

Seattle singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile draws inspiration from a variety of influences, from the Grand Ole Opry to The Beatles.

Grooveshark Shuts Down After Battle With Music Industry

May 1, 2015
Grooveshark app on a smartphone. (danilobe/Flickr)

The free music streaming service Grooveshark has closed down its service after a six-year legal battle with the music industry.

James Brown Documentary Wins A Peabody Award

April 24, 2015
James Brown performs at the Olympia hall in Paris, September 1971. James Brown, the legendary singer known as the Godfather of Soul, has died of complications of an illness 25 December 2006 at the age of 73.(AFP/Getty Images)

We revisit our conversation with the filmmaker, a longtime Brown trombonist and a professor of ethnomusicology.

Young Armenian Composer Looks To Past, Future

April 24, 2015
Percussionist and composer Joseph Bohigian, 21, a senior at Fresno State University, has organized a concert to observe the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. (Alice Daniel/KQED)

Joseph Bohigian is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the genocide with new music by contemporary Armenian composers.

Iconic Images From Rock And Roll Photographer Henry Diltz

April 23, 2015
Neil Young, 1975. (Henry Diltz)

Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, the Doors, the Eagles, all became his friends and subjects.

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