"Vice" is Miranda Lambert's first new single since 2014's Platinum.
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July 19, 2016 For listeners expecting an airing of dirty laundry, Lambert's new single might feel like a sophisticated sucker punch. Instead of bitterness, "Vice" tells a tale of heartache-fueled self-destruction.
Tiny Desk Concert with Brandy Clark.
June 20, 2016 The country singer-songwriter has a rare gift for making any room feel warmly human. Watch Brandy Clark perform three songs from her new album, Big Day In A Small Town.
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.