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May 25, 2016 Comment

DJ Sessions: Colorado’s Under-The-Radar Music Scene

There’s a lot happening music-wise in Colorado that you might not expect, from rap to electronica.

May 20, 2016 Comment

DJ Sessions: From Haitian-Canadian Electronica To A Grateful Dead Tribute

KCRW DJ Anne Litt brings us one piece from the Haitian-Canadian electronic musician Kaytranada and a song off a new Grateful Dead tribute album.

May 18, 2016 Comment

Grace Kelly Goes From Jazz Prodigy To Full-Fledged Musician

The 23-year-old saxophonist has released ten albums and performed hundreds of concerts around the world.

May 12, 2016 2 Comments

DJ Session: Big Bands For Swingin’ And Stompin’

This week’s DJ Sessions looks at beloved and sometimes overlooked Swing Era classics.

May 6, 2016 Comment

Legendary DJ Alan Freed Gets A Final Sendoff

Freed blended a love of music with a dynamic radio personality to make an indelible mark on American popular culture.

May 5, 2016 5 Comments

Sitar Player Anoushka Shankar’s New Album Responds To Refugee Crisis

Shankar said she decided to focus her new album, titled “Land of Gold,” on the refugee crisis.

May 4, 2016 Comment

DJ Sessions: From Southern Fried Soul To Dance Party Duos

In this week’s DJ Sessions, we spoke with KCRW’s Raul Campos about “southern fried soul” from Texas and a dance duo from Los Angeles.

May 3, 2016 3 Comments

Letter From ‘Little Miss Flint’ Inspires Obama To Visit

Obama will visit Flint, Michigan on Wednesday to meet with residents who’ve lived with contaminated water.

May 3, 2016 Comment

A Conversation With Jessie Mueller, The Tony Nominated Star Of ‘Waitress’

The musical “Waitress” was nominated for four Tony Awards Tuesday morning, including best musical.

April 28, 2016 Comment

Gloria Estefan Reflects On Her Life Story In ‘On Your Feet!’

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson catches up with the Cuban-born American singer backstage after a performance.

April 27, 2016 7 Comments

DJ Sessions: Improvising In Harlem

Classical music DJ Terrance McKnight says there’s a lot of improvisation going on right now, particularly in Harlem.

April 27, 2016 17 Comments

What Beyoncé Means By ‘Becky With The Good Hair’

The line raised questions about infidelity, but MTV’s Rebecca Thomas says it’s also a carefully coded lyric about black women in America.

April 26, 2016 6 Comments

Prince, Beyoncé And The Business Of Streaming

As fans react to the death of Prince and Beyoncé’s latest album drop, is paying for music “in” again?

April 25, 2016 Comment

Student Singers Give New Life To A Variation On Baroque Music

The Georgetown University Chamber Singers are turning back the clock 300 years, bringing centuries-old Baroque covers back to life.

April 25, 2016 13 Comments

‘Lemonade’ Hailed As Beyoncé’s Most Important Release Yet

The album and accompanying hour-long movie were released on Tidal over the weekend, but begin a broader release on iTunes today.

April 22, 2016 31 Comments

Led Zeppelin To Climb The Stairway To Court

The trial will determine whether the iconic song “Stairway to Heaven” was partially plagiarized from a little-known 1960s band called Spirit.

April 22, 2016 5 Comments

How Prince Influenced A New Generation Of Artists

Touré, author of “I Would Die 4 You: Why Prince Became An Icon,” discusses the legacy of the pop music superstar.

April 21, 2016 5 Comments

Remembering The Life And Legacy Of Prince

The singer, songwriter and instrumentalist was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era.

April 21, 2016 Comment

‘Sing Street’ Star Ferdia Walsh-Peelo

Before staring in “Sing Street,” Walsh-Peelo performed as a boy soprano in “The Magic Flute” and was in his first band at the age of 11.

April 21, 2016 Comment

DJ Sessions: ‘That Ebullient Scandinavian Disco Sound’

Mario Cotto of KCRW in Santa Monica shares music he’s hearing out of Europe, including the Norwegian artist Mørk.

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

May 24 18 Comments

Remembering A Forgotten Scandal At Yale

Mark Oppenheimer was surprised to find how the scandal impacted those involved, almost 60 years later.

May 24 9 Comments

Arizona’s ‘Adopt-A-Burro’ Program Tries To Solve An Overpopulation Issue

The small donkeys are federally protected animals, but cause problems like digging up plants and walking on highways.

May 23 33 Comments

The Politics Of Home Ownership

Author Brian McCabe finds that our belief about home ownership as a way to improve civic life doesn't necessarily pan out

May 23 15 Comments

How Political Cartoonists Are Watching The Presidential Campaign

For cartoonists Marshall Ramsey, Darrin Bell and Gary Varvel, it's been a mixture of hilarity and sadness.