A Philadelphia native best know for his work as the bassist for the genre-bending Robert Glasper Experiment, jazz musician Derrick Hodge recently stopped by to chat with Morning Edition. Hodge describes being drawn to church via music, the percussive nature of his breakfast gatherings, and the making of his most recent album, Live Today.
Slated for an August 20 release date, An Object marks a bit of a departure for forward-thinking LA punk duo No Age. NPR's Steven Thompson writes that singer Dean Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall are "keeping one eye on upsetting and upending expectations", with a new offering that "seethes stubbornly."
On August 11, 1973, New York DJ Clive "Kool Herc" Campbell threw the first in a series of parties that would later be credited as the birthplace of hip-hop. NPR's Dart Adams commemorates the genre's 40th anniversary with an in-depth look at the trajectory of the American-born art form.
If you can stand the heat, Salt Lake City in the summertime is an excellent place for live music. In the coming months, a wide variety of venues will offer musical outings for music fans of all shapes and sizes, from jazz and classical to electronica and reggae. Here’s a brief taste of what’s happening in SLC music this summer.
North Carolina's The Avett Brothers are set to release a new full-length album, "Magpie and the Dandelion," on October 15, 2013. Whet your Avetts appetite with this track, 'Another is Waiting' - brought to you by NPR Music.
Each month, NPR Music polls public radio DJs/programmers and asks them to share their favorite new songs. You get to download the tracks! Here are the picks for August 2013, including songs by New York City-based composer Daniel Wohl, Louisville band Handmouth and D.C. trio Misun.
Maxwell's is a tiny club that's hosted some of the biggest names in music for 30+ years - including R.E.M., Nirvana, The Replacements and David Byrne. NPR's Joel Rose looks at the fate and legacy of this seemingly typical neighborhood tavern.
It's been three years since local singer/songwriter/barber Drew Danburry made a record. He's back now, and the album he'll release this September tells the story of how he became Bastian Salazar. Drew talks with Doug and plays live in KUER's studio.
Check out the latest in jazz music from an elder statesman of piano, a trumpeter who understands creole music personally, a drummer who writes tunes with a payoff, and a singer in her early 20s with maturity and kick.
The Young Ethio Jazz Band consists of teenagers who rock out to their parents' music. The Oakland-based band played its first gig in San Francisco, now they're slated to play at Yoshi's (a famous San Francisco jazz club) and the Ethiopian Heritage Festival at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The World's Sam Harnett talks with the band, all second-generation Ethiopians between 11 and 16-years old.
Metropolitan Opera star Licia Albanese celebrates her 100th birthday today. "Only God makes a diva," she told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2004. "No, just call me a plain singer with lots of expression."
NPR Music invites you to listen to the Newport Jazz Festival, August 3-4, 2013. Click here for a complete listing of this year's performers, along with archives of past festivals. And tune-in to 90.1 every evening at 8p MT for a mix of jazz music brought to you by KUER's jazz hosts.
Pitchfork is the music website often credited with launching the careers of indie rock bands like Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend. And while making some names big, they've stayed pretty successful as well -- pulling in more than 1 million unique visitors a month. Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal talks with Pitchfork CEO Ryan Schreiber.
NPR's All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with KUER's Doug Fabrizio about his favorite music of 2013, including new albums from some influential 90s bands (Superchunk, Pixies). Listen to the show here, or tune-in tonight at 7 p.m. MT for the rebroadcast.