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Kingsley Flood performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

Listen Kingsley Flood, Live In Concert

July 27, 2013 – Hear Kingsley Flood clear a major milestone as the band makes its Newport Folk Festival debut.


Time For Three performs a Tiny Desk Concert.

Watch Time For Three: Tiny Desk Concert

July 27, 2013 – Hear the "classically trained garage band" perform with staggering technique and contagious energy.


Over the course of nearly five decades, Van Dyke Parks has released an album under his own name roughly every five years. His latest, Songs Cycled, is a nod to his similarly titled solo debut.

Read Van Dyke Parks Lights Up Songs From Inside

July 27, 2013 – An arranger for The Beach Boys, U2, Skrillex and more, Parks still makes time for his own material.


The musicians of Etran Finatawa come from the Tuareg and Wodaabe tribes, two nomadic groups who have historically been rivals.

Read In A Desert Encampment, Songs Of A Vanishing Way Of Life

July 27, 2013 – The Sahara Sessions, by the group Etran Finatawa, hinges on struggles of African nomadic tribes.


Chris Young.

Listen Chris Young On 'Song Travels'

July 26, 2013 – The 2006 winner of the TV series Nashville Star sings "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and more.


Johnnysmith perform on Mountain Stage.

Listen Johnnyswim On Mountain Stage

July 26, 2013 – Husband and wife Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano have been performing together for nearly a decade.


New Traffic Signs Near Tanglewood.

Read New Traffic Signs Near Tanglewood

July 26, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Dick Hyman.

Listen Dick Hyman On Piano Jazz

July 26, 2013 – The fleet-fingered pianist returns to perform Gershwin and improvise with host Marian McPartland.

Read Black History Meets Black Music: 'Blues People' At 50

July 26, 2013 – In 1963, a "theoretical endeavor" offered a new history: one from an African-American perspective.

Fidel Nadal.

Read Latin Roots: Argentine Reggae Legend Fidel Nadal WXPN

July 25, 2013 – Hear three songs from the prolific performer's home studio, recorded live in Buenos Aires. WXPN


Fela Kuti's "Sorrow, Tears and Blood" performed by the Kronos Quartet and the vibrant Abena Koomson and Sahr Ngaujah.

Listen Kronos Quartet: Behind The Scenes And Out Of Doors

July 25, 2013 – Hear world premiere performances by the Kronos Quartet and see their rehearsal process.


Dessa at the Fitzgerald Theater in Minnesota.

Watch Dessa, 'The Man I Knew' (Live) KCMP

July 25, 2013 – Watch the fiercely intelligent MC showcase her singing at the Twin Cities' famous theater. KCMP

Jeff Lynne.

Read ELO's Jeff Lynne Describes His Work In The Studio WXPN

July 25, 2013 – The English songwriter has produced albums for famous artists from George Harrison to Tom Petty. WXPN


Garland Jeffreys performs on Mountain Stage.

Listen Garland Jeffreys On Mountain Stage

July 25, 2013 – The singer performs songs from The King Of In Between, his first album of new material in 16 years.


Hip-Hop Sign Language Is Hard Work

July 25, 2013 – Holly Maniatty makes concerts come alive for the hearing impaired.


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