Another Visit With Ukulele Sensation Jake Shimabukuro

September 1, 2014
Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro performs in the Here & Now studios. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

“There’s something really magical about the ukulele,” Jake says. “It feels so good, it makes you smile, and it just makes everything okay.”

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

August 28, 2014
Tim DeLaughter and the Polyphonic Spree perform at the Marsh Chapel at Boston University. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.

In Defense Of Schlock Music: Why We Love/Hate It

August 27, 2014
Steve Perry was lead singer of Journey during its most successful periods, including the song "Don't Stop Believin'." He's pictured here onstage in New York in 1979. (Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

Music critic Jody Rosen defends the kind of over-the-top, sentimental songs that Journey, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel and Prince made famous.

35 Years Later, Kate Bush’s Stage Return Has Fans Buzzing

August 26, 2014
British singer-songwriter Kate Bush is returning to the stage after a 35-year absence. (

All 77,000 seats for her series of London concerts sold out in 15 minutes, with fans planning to fly in from around the world.

What Sound Can Tell You About Dangerous Places

August 25, 2014
A sign warns of high radiation levels in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. (Trey Ratcliff/Flickr)

Peter Cusack travels the world recording sounds in places like Chernobyl and the old oil fields of Azerbaijan.

Hip Hop Community Responds To Ferguson

August 22, 2014
Lauryn Hill performs onstage during the Amnesty International Concert presented by the CBGB Festival at Barclays Center on February 5, 2014 in New York City. (Don Emmert/Getty Images)

Lauryn Hill’s song “Black Rage” is one of several released in response to the shooting and protests in Ferguson.

Syrian Clarinetist Finds A Home For His Music

August 21, 2014
Kinan Azmeh performs in Damascus. (Rima Badawi)

“Does the clarinet stop a bullet or does it feed a child or does it rebuild a destroyed home?” Kinan Azmeh asks. “Of course it doesn’t. But… it can inspire.”

DJ Sessions: Dance Music From The U.K. And Beyond

August 20, 2014
One of the groups recommended by KCRW's Mario Cotto is English electronic music duo Simian Mobile Disco.

Mario Cotto of KCRW shares a number of new sounds in dance music out of the United Kingdom and New York City.

Self Portraits, Nashville Style

August 14, 2014
Bryce McCloud (right), who runs a mobile self-portrait project called Our Town in Nashville, TN, and his assistant Elizabeth Williams pose with their own portraits. (Nina Cardona/WPLN)

A year-long art project called “Our Town” is challenging Nashville residents to make self portraits with rubber stamps and ink.

DJ Sessions: Country’s Vast Age Range

August 12, 2014
Emi Sunshine, pictured here at age 9, recorded her first two albums by the time she was 7 years old. (Emi Sunshine/Facebook)

WSM’s Marcia Campbell shares some favorite country artists from 10-year-old Emi Sunshine to the late “Cowboy” Jack Clement.

On Stage: Christian Rap At Rap Fest

August 8, 2014
Rap Fest is a Christian rap outreach festival in the Bronx. This is its 21st year. (Steven Sanchez)

In our weekly look at performances around the country, we visit a Christian rap festival in the Bronx, now in its 21st year.

Harpsichord Workshop Is Music To Enthusiasts’ Ears

August 8, 2014
Will Plouffe, a harpsichord builder with Zuckermann Harpsichords International, levels and balances a keyboard he built. (Shana Sureck/WNPR)

Zuckermann Harpsichords International in Stonington, Conn. has become the epicenter of harpsichord production in the U.S.

‘Brokeback Mountain’ Composer Releases New Album, ‘Camino’

August 7, 2014
Soundtrack composer Gustavo Santaolalla performs onstage during The Last of Us: One Night Live reading and performance at The Broad Stage on July 28 in Santa Monica, California. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Sony Computer Entertainment America)

The two-time Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla, who has also won 16 Grammys, discusses his new album.

DJ Sessions: Picks From Anthony ‘Color Me Badd Forever’ Valadez

August 6, 2014
Among Anthony Valadez's recommendations is Canadian producing and performing duo Majid Jordan. (Majid Jordan/Facebook)

The KCRW DJ shares songs from Majid Jordan, Nick Hakim, Silk Rhodes, Liam Bailey and Color Me Badd.

DJ Sessions: Yesterday’s Covers, From ‘Hound Dog’ To ‘The Twist’

July 30, 2014
American rock singer Elvis Presley serenades a basset hound in a top hat with the song, "Hound Dog" on the set of "The Steve Allen Show" in July 1956. (NBC Television/Getty Images)

Paul Ray of KUTX shares famous covers that people may not know are covers – along with the lesser-known original versions.

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