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NPR’s latest on the music scene

Listener Sue Cochrane shares her signature song, "Jesus Dropped the Charges," and explains how it helped get her to sobriety, influenced her work life and helped her deal with illness.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 12:30 pm
John Williams is an honored film composer, but he began as an arranger. Williams is now arranging again, this time with the acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter on the album Across the Stars.
Author: Tim Greiving
Posted: August 24, 2019, 12:30 pm
Folk musician Joan Shelley talks with Scott Simon about her album Like the River Loves the Sea, a love letter to her home state of Kentucky.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 12:30 pm
After first shooting to fame in the 1970s, Tucker is back with her first full-length studio album in more than a decade called While I'm Livin'.
Author: Ari Shapiro
Posted: August 23, 2019, 8:59 pm
Piña mined the traditions of cumbia and expanded the limits of the accordion.
Author: Felix Contreras
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:24 pm
The Virginia game-changer and Grammy winner drops a five-song EP ahead of being honored at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Author: Sidney Madden
Posted: August 23, 2019, 2:43 pm
Farah Jasmine Griffin's 2001 book on Billie Holiday posed a challenge to biographers and our understanding of Holiday. Here, she reflects on her changing connection to Lady Day since its release.
Author: Farah Jasmine Griffin
Posted: August 23, 2019, 12:01 pm
Raphael Saadiq says his latest album, Jimmy Lee, is an examination on cycles of addiction and issues plaguing black communities. The album is inspired by the deaths of his brothers.
Author: David Greene
Posted: August 23, 2019, 9:04 am
Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz made everything seem so easy, with just a few acoustic instruments and a single microphone behind the Tiny Desk, performing songs full of joy and thoughtfulness.
Author: Bob Boilen
Posted: August 23, 2019, 9:00 am
This week's podcast includes the stadium guitar rock of Sheer Mag, country legend Tanya Tucker, the hip-hop boy band BROCKHAMPTON, a wonderfully strange turn from R&B singer Raphael Saadiq and more.
Author: Robin Hilton
Posted: August 23, 2019, 9:00 am