Music

Brandi Carlile Breaks Big With ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’

December 28, 2015
Brandi Carlile's fifth studio album is "The Firewatcher's Daughter." (David McClister)

Revisiting our May conversation with the Seattle singer-songwriter, whose fifth studio album became a hit and got her a Grammy nod.

Appreciating The Genius Of José Feliciano’s ‘Feliz Navidad’

December 25, 2015
Jose Feliciano performs at the White House in Washington, DC on October 13, 2009. (Alexis C. Glenn-Pool/Getty Images)

The singer of the only bilingual addition to the list of the top 25 most played and recorded holiday songs is also a political figure.

DJ Session: Top Holiday Tunes

December 24, 2015
The Temptations singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" are among this DJ's top holiday picks. (Bernie Ilson, Inc./Wikimedia Commons)

DJ Mike Haile of WHMS in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois shares his picks for the holidays, including “We Need A Little Christmas” by Johnny Mathis.

DJ Session: Christmas Time Is Here

December 24, 2015
Nat King Cole's "I'm The Happiest Christmas Tree" is one of this DJ's picks for a top Christmas tune. (Fox Photos/Getty)

We sit down with Mike Haile, general manager at WHMS in Champaign-Urbana. Jeremy remembers listening his Christmas mixes while growing up.

Celebrating Carols With ‘Mr. Christmas’

December 23, 2015
Ron Cohen, Robin Young's former choirmaster at John F. Kennedy High School in Long Island, joins us to discuss Christmas music each year. (Rachel Rohr/Here & Now)

We take our yearly look at seasonal music with Ron Cohen, Robin Young’s high school choirmaster from Long Island.

Keeping The Music Of Eva Cassidy Alive

December 22, 2015
Eva Cassidy died ten months after paying to record her own album in 1996, but after her death, her fans included Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton. (Courtesy Cassidy Family Archives)

Songstress Eva Cassidy labored in obscurity for almost all of her short life, but now, a new collection of her music has been released.

Blue Heron: Medieval And Renaissance Music For The Ages

December 18, 2015
Blue Heron early music ensemble. Baritone David McFerrin (on bench, third from left) and music director Scott Metcalfe (to right of David) spoke with Here & Now's Eric Westervelt. (Liz Linder)

“Outstanding” and “mesmerizing” are some of the adjectives used by critics to describe the Blue Heron music ensemble.

DJ Session: Best Music Of 2015

December 17, 2015
Singer/songwriter MØ performs "Lean On" during Nobel Peace Prize concert at Telenor Arena on December 11, 2015 in Oslo, Norway. (Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)

KCRW’s Travis Holcombe joins us to share his favorite music of the year, including “Lean On,” by Major Lazer featuring MØ and DJ Snake.

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s Class Of 2016

December 17, 2015
N.W.A. is among those being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (rockhall.com)

One of the inductees isn’t from the world of rock. The pioneering rap group N.W.A. made it in the fourth time they were nominated.

DJ Session: Country Musicians To Watch In 2016

December 10, 2015
Singer-songwriter Chris Janson is one of the rising country musicians Marcia Campbell is watching. (Chris Janson/Facebook)

Marcia Campbell in Nashville takes us on a listening tour of up-and-coming country artists, including Chris Janson, Cam and Hailey Whitters.

Kendrick Lamar Leads Grammy Nominations

December 7, 2015
Rapper Kendrick Lamar performs onstage at the Barclays Center on October 22, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. (Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2015)

The nominations for the 58th Grammy Awards were announced today. Rapper Kendrick Lamar got 11 nominations.

The Vietnam War Divided The Country, But Music United The Troops

December 7, 2015
Some of the 300 troops of the 9th Infantry Division scheduled for departure from South Vietnam line up to board aircraft bound for Hawaii, August 27, 1969. (AP)

A new book explores the way Americans who served in the Vietnam War turned to music to cope. The co-authors join us.

Dee Dee Bridgewater On ‘The Wiz,’ Then And Now

December 3, 2015
Dee Dee Bridgewater performs onstage during the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition 2015 at Dolby Theatre on November 15, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

The actress and singer won a Tony Award in 1975 for her performance as Glinda in the Broadway production of “The Wiz.”

NBC Updates ‘The Wiz’ For A Modern Audience

December 3, 2015
"The Wiz Live" airs on NBC tonight at 8/7 central. (NBC)

NPR’s Eric Deggans talks about the reasons behind that choice, and the cultural impact the story has had in the last 40 years.

DJ Session: Broadway’s Hamilton And Beyond

December 1, 2015
The cast of Hamilton performs at "Hamilton" Broadway Opening Night at Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Marion Hodges of KCRW shares a playlist including “The Schuyler Sisters” off the soundtrack for the Broadway production of “Hamilton.”

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