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NPR’s latest on the music scene

On the band's new single, "Lucy," singer Sophie Allison wrestles with the curse of temptation.
Author: Zoë Jones
Posted: September 19, 2019, 4:15 pm
It can be tempting to encapsulate Celia Cruz's life with a single phrase: "The Queen of Salsa." But she carried with her a deeper musical history from Cuba than that phrase can encompass.
Author: Alexandra T. Vazquez
Posted: September 19, 2019, 2:16 pm
Heartache Medication favors muscled-up guitars and booming drums, but reserves a place of honor for gutsy, tunefully expressive fiddle and steel solos.
Author: Jewly Hight
Posted: September 19, 2019, 2:01 pm
Jazz Night in America teamed up with CapitalBop's Traveling Loft Series to present a performance of Linda May Han Oh's Aventurine at NPR's Studio One in Washington, D.C.
Author: Nate Chinen
Posted: September 19, 2019, 11:03 am
Fat Joe teams with Cardi B, a multicultural band plays Spanish swing and members of two Brazilian psych-rock bands unite.
Author: Felix Contreras
Posted: September 18, 2019, 7:27 pm
Pascal Danaë shed light on the historic and musical connection between Africa, the French West Indies and Louisiana.
Author: Talia Schlanger
Posted: September 18, 2019, 7:07 pm
Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard named her debut solo album, Jaime, after her older sister who died as a teenager.
Author: Noel King
Posted: September 18, 2019, 3:00 pm
Matthew Caws' band Nada Surf had "no immediate prospects" when Caws passed Ocasek a demo tape at a show — and before he knew it, they were all in the studio together, recording the band's debut.
Author: Matthew Caws
Posted: September 18, 2019, 2:43 pm
Cruz, known as the "Queen of Salsa," always carried her African roots into her music. Watch Angélique Kidjo explain what Cruz's music means to her and demonstrate her unique way of singing.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 2:00 pm
There's a hush to the music of Nilüfer Yanya that made the Tiny Desk the perfect stage for her sound.
Author: Bob Boilen
Posted: September 18, 2019, 12:50 pm