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May 19, 2015 Comment

DJ Sessions: From Gypsy Funk To A 12-Year-Old Jazz Pianist

KCRW’s Tom Schnabel joins us to share some of the music he’s listening to from around the world.

May 18, 2015 Comment

N.C. Bluesman Had A Voice ‘Like Honey Over Hot Chocolate’

Captain Luke, who was a member of the Music Maker Relief Foundation in North Carolina, died last week at the age of 87.

May 15, 2015 Comment

Remembering B.B. King With Bluesman Guy Davis

Called the King of the Blues, his scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans.

May 15, 2015 Comment

B.B. King, ‘King Of The Blues,’ Dead At Age 89

B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at […]

May 15, 2015 Comment

Texas Fiddler Johnny Gimble Dies At 88

He was called one of the greatest fiddlers of all time, and leaves a legacy that spans pop, jazz, country and Americana.

May 14, 2015 2 Comments

The Fellowship Of The Raga

Each year, the IndianRaga Fellowship brings together young musicians and heavyweights in Indian classical music.

May 12, 2015 2 Comments

Rhode Island Singer Records Album After Her Husband, Bandmate Dies

MorganEve Swain of the band Brown Bird completed the album “Axis Mundi” after her musical partner Dave Lamb died from cancer.

May 11, 2015 6 Comments

Was 1991 The Most Important Year In Pop Music’s History?

Researchers are tracing the origins of big changes to the music industry — especially pop — that can be heard today.

May 6, 2015 2 Comments

DJ Session: From Afro-Cuban Funk To A Michael Jackson Salsa Tribute

DJ Luis “Speedy” Gonzalez shares new Latin sounds, including Tony Succar, Nils Fischer, PALO! and Federico Britos.

May 5, 2015 Comment

Brandi Carlile Channels Many Styles To Make Her Music

Seattle singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile draws inspiration from a variety of influences, from the Grand Ole Opry to The Beatles.

May 1, 2015 Comment

Grooveshark Shuts Down After Battle With Music Industry

The free music streaming service Grooveshark has closed down its service after a six-year legal battle with the music industry.

April 24, 2015 Comment

James Brown Documentary Wins A Peabody Award

We revisit our conversation with the filmmaker, a longtime Brown trombonist and a professor of ethnomusicology.

April 24, 2015 Comment

Young Armenian Composer Looks To Past, Future

Joseph Bohigian is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the genocide with new music by contemporary Armenian composers.

April 23, 2015 12 Comments

Iconic Images From Rock And Roll Photographer Henry Diltz

Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, the Doors, the Eagles, all became his friends and subjects.

April 23, 2015 3 Comments

DJ Sessions: New Sounds From Canada To Sweden

KCRW’s Chris Douridas introduces us to new songs by Doldrums, Grace, Pale Honey, Jamie Scott and Bombadil.

April 17, 2015 Comment

DJ Sessions: Swing And Vintage Jazz

Rob Bamberger, longtime host of “Hot Jazz Saturday Night” on WAMU, brings us sounds from Jelly Roll Morton to Artie Shaw.

April 17, 2015 Comment

Jane Scott: Pioneering Rock & Roll Journalist

The archives of Plain Dealer music writer Jane Scott are being organized and digitized at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

April 16, 2015 16 Comments

Peter Wolf Talks About The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

The J. Geils Band frontman will be inducting the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend in Cleveland.

April 14, 2015 Comment

Andris Nelsons Settles In At The Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Latvian conductor took over as musical director of the BSO in 2013. Since then, he and the orchestra have released their first album.

April 14, 2015 5 Comments

The Life Of A NYC Bluesman

Michael Powers is a blues guitarist and vocalist who has made his professional home at Terra Blues.

Spotlight

Peter O’Dowd follows the route of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train 150 years ago, to look at modern-day race relations and Lincoln's legacy.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

May 20 Comment

‘Finding The Good’ Through Obituary Writing

Journalist Heather Lende has been writing obituaries in the small town of Haines, Alaska, for 20 years.

May 20 3 Comments

Pandas’ Bamboo Diet May Endanger Them

New research examining the genetics of panda waste shows they would be better suited to eat meat than plants.

May 19 16 Comments

White House Unveils Plan To Save Honeybees

The White House's Pollinator Health Task Force has released a strategy to help improve bee habitat and health.

May 19 2 Comments

Congressman Weighs Risk And Rewards In ISIS Raid

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff says he's concerned about balancing the risk to soldiers and the value of the captured intelligence.