34 years ago today, a new commercial-free radio station located at The Blue Mouse in Salt Lake City broadcast Pete Seeger's "We Shall Overcome" over the FM airwaves. Since then, KRCL has become a beloved community resource for thousands of listeners throughout Utah. Happy Birthday, KRCL! Here's to another three decades and beyond...
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Grammy-Award winning musician Esperanza Spalding talks with NPR's Celeste Headlee about her new recording, 'We are America.' Spalding's song and video demand congressional action to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. "Part of the message of the song is, 'This is not our America. We are America. I am America. Esperanza Spalding is America.
Devonté Hynes has recorded a punk album, a folk-pop-country album, and his new record features a mix of synth pop. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Hynes about his musical exploration and living with synesthesia, a neurological condition that links the senses — for Hynes, every sound he hears is associated with a color.
Check in often with NPR Music's First Listen page for exclusive previews of select new albums in their entirety. Albums currently featured include Shearwater's 'Fellow Travelers,' Jake Bugg's 'Shangri La' and Cate Le Bon's 'Mug Museum.'
The city of Memphis is a main character in Robert Gordon's book, "Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion." NPR's Don Gonyea talks with Gordon about the story of the white, country-loving brother and sister from rural Tennessee who started Stax Records and "wound up making some of the most soulful, swinging music that we still listen to today."
Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd—hosts of NPR's ongoing series on Latin alternative music—recently stopped by for an episode of Weekend Edition to discuss the history and far-flung influence of cumbia, a syncopated style of music and dance that ranges from the traditional to the Top 40 (you can hear cumbia's influence on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' chart-topping "Thrift Shop.) You can listen to the piece here, along with a handful of song selections that illustrate the various flavors of
It's an age-old story; band finds success, band's momentum dwindles, lead singer departs for greener pastures in the form of a solo career. But why is it that some solo ventures—like Morrissey's post-Smiths output, or Beyonce after leaving Destiny's Child—seem to strike gold, while others (like, for instance, Van Halen's David Lee Roth) simply fizzle out of existence?
In the interest of safety, NPR's Ari Shapiro doesn't wear headphones while riding his bicycle; instead, Shapiro prefers to tuck his iPhone into a jacket pocket and crank up the volume on the phone's external speaker. As he prepares to depart from his position as White House Correspondent to cover London for NPR, he's picked five songs that still shine despite the undeniably tinny speakers mounted on most smartphones.
John Fahey pioneered a musical style called American Primitivism (or American Primitive Guitar) in the 1950's, a sort of amalgamation of the various flavors of American guitar. Head over to All Songs Considered to check out Lars Gotrich's picks of five contemporary records keeping Fahey's tradition alive.
For those familiar with the work of Tyler, The Creator—the divisive rapper whose Odd Future crew rose to prominence at the close of the 00's with a slew of jarring mixtapes centered around murder, mutilation and mayhem—the new video for "Glowing" might be a bit of a surprise.
From his counter-culture anthem "Walk On The Wild Side" to a questionable but undeniably bold collaboration with Metallica, Lou Reed was always pushing: pushing himself, his listeners, and often the entire landscape of American popular music in electrifying new directions. It wasn't always a successful strategy—take that record with Metallica, for instance—but when Reed's restless creative drive was in top form, it really was something to behold.