Michelle Obama (L) and Missy Elliott onstage at SXSW during the 2016 keynote address, which focused on educating girls.
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March 16, 2016 See the first lady speak at the SXSW Music festival on a panel about the education of girls and young women, featuring Missy Elliott, Diane Warren and Queen Latifah.
Savages (L-R): Ayşe Hassan, Fay Milton, Gemma Thompson and Jehnny Beth
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January 13, 2016 "Is it human to adore life?" asks Jehnny Beth on a song that stretches out the London quartet's tightly-wound, pummeling attack, letting doubt and glory creep into the space left behind.
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January 1, 2016 Adele's new album 25 had record sales in its first week — selling more than 2.4 million copies. We get a check on more pop music news from 2015.
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December 25, 2015 New music arriving over the holiday season has become a tradition of the streaming era. This year's haul includes a handful of sad Christmas songs and welcome non-holiday originals.
Tiny Desk Concert with Chris and Morgane Stapleton
November 5, 2015 With his wife Morgane, the country singer-songwriter sings patient, detailed songs of devotion to love, Los Angeles and liquor.
Battles' new album, La Di Da Di, comes out Sept. 18.
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September 9, 2015 Careful displays of sophisticated musicality sit next to wobbling, monstrous sounds on the band's new album of instrumental broken-robot rock.
Mac DeMarco's Another One is out Aug. 7 via Captured Tracks.
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July 31, 2015 The lived-in, sun-bleached songs on Another One explore adjacent angles on love that's simply not going to work out.
A screenshot of the now-removed page for Lucia Cole's album, Innocence, on iTunes.
July 17, 2015 The strange story of a made-up pop star who managed to keep an album on iTunes for six weeks and get 64,000 followers on Twitter, without recording a note of new music.
July 3, 2015 NPR's favorite albums of the year so far range from hip-hop to Latin music.
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Jimmy Iovine announces the new streaming service Apple Music in San Francisco.
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June 8, 2015 The tech giant, whose iTunes store is the recording industry's largest retailer, finally unveiled its streaming service, which will cost $9.99 a month for unlimited access to music.
Past meets future in this week's podcast on music streaming services
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June 5, 2015 This week's +1 podcast wrestles with what we gain — and what we lose — when we use streaming services.
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June 2, 2015 A hi-def test for your ears (and your audio equipment): Listen to these songs and see if you can tell the difference between an MP3 and an uncompressed audio file.
June 1, 2015 Over the next week, in a series called Streaming At The Tipping Point, we'll look at how streaming music services are reshaping the way we find, hear and experience music.
Sharon Van Etten's new EP, I Don't Want To Let You Down, is due out June 9 on Jagjaguwar.
June 1, 2015 The subject of Van Etten's new EP, I Don't Want To Let You Down, is the same doomed relationship she detailed on her devastating album, Are We There. Here, she explains the story behind the songs.
Clockwise from upper left: DeQn Sue, Briana Marela, Anna B Savage and cover art for Nao's February 15 EP.
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May 27, 2015 On this week's show, we focus on discovery, with new songs by six acts that have never been played on All Songs Considered before.
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