SXSW can be so overwhelming, so here are six recommendations for keeping keep cool at the Austin music festival — for first-timers, veterans and those following along at home.
Essays by NPR's pop critic on the intersections between music and everything else.
Original songs and scores aren't the only music worth paying attention to on Oscar night. Pop music is woven deeply into the performances and plots of many of the year's best movies.
Ann Powers says that for the music lover searching for an immersive streaming service, newcomer Beats Music comes close to offering the complete package.
On the Grammy stage, winners and performers had to deal with the sometimes-uncomfortable will of the show's mainstream tastes. Questions of appropriation and access dogged the show, but a few times, meaningful alliance shone through.
The New Orleans-based bandleader Alynda Lee Segarra talks about the wide range of political and musical inspirations — from her Puerto Rican background to the Occupy movement and women's rights in India — behind her band's new album, Small Town Heroes.
In a one-hour-plus interview with NPR Music's Ann Powers, The Boss talks about his latest album, says the current version of the E Street Band is "the best it's ever been" and shares lessons he learned from his musical heroes as well as playlists full of new music.
How popular is the latest Disney animated musical with its target demographic? One measure: Two different versions of the song "Let It Go" are currently in the Billboard Top 40.
Here's a remedy to the new year's rush of overhyped albums by already famous musicians: a week-by-week selection of albums from worthy underdogs, up-and-comers and veterans
Director Steve McQueen semi-submerged a narrative that roots out the way music has fed both racism and the fight against it, from the time in which his hero Solomon Northup lived to the present.
Listening to lost sounds, even in gorgeous new packages, isn't all that's needed when it comes to really understanding how popular music has shaped Americans' lives.