Music

DJ Sessions: Twin Cities Melting Pot

March 12, 2014
Melissa Jefferson, who is known by her stage name Lizzo, is a hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (lizzomusic.com)

The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, have a melting pot of a music scene — including a vibrant hip hop culture.

Broken Bells: ‘There's Really No Reason To Stop’

March 10, 2014
James Mercer, left, and Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse are Broken Bells. (brokenbells.com)

Jeremy Hobson sits down with the two men behind the band: James Mercer and Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse.

Broken Bells Expects A Lot More Albums

March 6, 2014
(Broken Bells/Facebook)

James Mercer of The Shins and Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse, say they’re not stopping any time soon.

Run River North Sings About Immigrant Experience

March 5, 2014
Run River North is a Korean-American indie folk-rock band from Los Angeles. (Catie Lafoon)

The Korean-American indie folk-rock band from Los Angeles performs an acoustic mini-concert.

Song Of The Week: Phantogram’s ‘Fall in Love’

March 4, 2014
Phantogram is an electronic rock duo from New York state. (phantogrammusic.virb.com)

NPR’s Stephen Thompson introduces us to a new song from the New York state electronic rock duo Phantogram.

DJ Sessions: The Music Of Mardi Gras

March 4, 2014
Al 'Carnival Time' Johnson performs with New Orleans All-Star R&B Revue hosted by Deacon John at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 26, 2009 in New Orleans. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

New Orleans DJ George Ingmire shares a playlist of quintessential Mardi Gras songs.

DJ Sessions: Looking Forward To SXSW

February 27, 2014
Damon Albarn is one of the artists featured in this week's DJ Sessions. (Facundo Gaisler/Flickr)

KCRW DJ Anne Litt brings us music from The Preatures, Angel Olsen, Jamestown Revival, Moses Sumney, Sam Smith and Damon Albarn.

Renowned Flamenco Guitarist Paco de Lucia Dies At Age 66

February 26, 2014
Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucía is pictured in 2007. (Cornel Putan Alin/Wikimedia Commons)

Paco de Lucia vastly expanded the international audience for flamenco music and helped to legitimize flamenco in Spain itself.

‘Orange Is The New Black’ Vaults Comic To Stardom

February 25, 2014
Lea DeLaria is a comedian, actress, and jazz musician. (delariadammit.com)

Actress, singer and stand-up comic Lea DeLaria plays the part of Carrie “Big Boo” Black in the Netflix hit series.

Song Of The Week: ‘Kong’ By The Notwist

February 24, 2014
The Notwist are a German indie rock band. (Facebook)

NPR’s Stephen Thompson introduces us to a new track from the German indie rock band The Notwist.

Will ‘Frozen’ Ice The Competition In Oscar Song Category?

February 24, 2014
Screenshot from the song "Let It Go" from "Frozen"

There are four songs vying for Best Original Song at this Sunday’s Oscars. We preview the field.

Video: Brian Williams Raps ‘Rapper’s Delight’

February 20, 2014
Screenshot from The Tonight Show remix of Rapper's Delight with Brian Williams

The Tonight Show’s spoof of the 1979 song “Rapper’s Delight” uses real clips — of NBC anchor Brian Williams.

Yuna Brings Sounds From Malaysia To The U.S.

February 19, 2014
Yuna is a Malaysian singer, songwriter, and businesswoman. (Larry Hirshowitz)

The singer-songwriter discusses her U.S. tour, her new album and how her belief in Islam factors into her music and what she wears.

Pussy Riot Members Detained And Released In Sochi

February 18, 2014
Wearing masks members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left) and Maria Alyokhina (right) speak to journalists while leaving the police station of Adler, near Sochi, on February 18, 2014 after her arrest earlier in the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina have been detained twice in three days in Sochi.

Song Of The Week: ‘Change My Ways’ By Tony Molina

February 17, 2014
Tony Molina's latest album is "Dissed And Dismissed." (Facebook)

NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson says even though the whole album is short, the songs pack the punch of longer pieces.

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