Support
provided by:
close
 

Music News archive

Actress and singer Bibí Ferreira has been performing on stage and television for more than 60 years.

Watch Brazil's 91-Year-Old Leading Lady Still Shines

November 9, 2013 – Bibí Ferreira can channel Piaf and Sinatra in a heartbeat.

ListenPlaylist

A crush of fans dance together at a Bassnectar performance, from the 2013 Mountain Oasis festival.

Read The Five Best Things About This Year's Mountain Oasis Festival

November 8, 2013 – All Songs host Bob Boilen reports on what he calls the most creative music festival he's seen.

Kanniks Kannikeswaran leads the Greater Cincinnati Indian Community Choir in 2012, as it competes at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati.

Watch Across America, Voices Rise To Reinvent India

November 7, 2013 – Kanniks Kannikeswaran writes innovative Hindu sacred music and forms community choirs to perform it.

ListenPlaylist

King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in Chicago in 1923: Louis Armstrong is kneeling, from left to right behind him are Honore Dutrey, Baby Dodds, King Oliver, Lil Hardin, Bill Johnson and Johnny Dodds.

Watch Paramount Records: The Label Inadvertently Crucial To The Blues

November 2, 2013 – A furniture company recorded all of the top African-American blues and jazz performers of the '20s.

ListenPlaylist

Frank Wess appears at a tribute concert in 2007.

Watch Frank Wess, Basie Woodwind Specialist, Dies

November 1, 2013 – The mellow saxophone and flute player's career was propelled by a popular big band.

The Fender Stratocaster that's going on sale next month and may fetch $500,000 because experts say it was played by Bob Dylan when he "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.

Read Legal Issues Settled, Dylan's Guitar May Sell For $500,000

November 1, 2013 – The guitar that some experts say Bob Dylan played when he went electric is to be sold in December.

Drake backlit at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday night.

Read Where Rock The Bells Fails, Drake's Tour Succeeds

October 30, 2013 – In these days of overbooked festivals, a smooth-sounding bill makes that cash register sing.

The Pinettes Brass Band parading into the judges area on Saturday.

Read Street Queens Bury Competition In Brass Band Blowout

October 28, 2013 – A Red Bull-sponsored battle of the bands corporatized a tradition but still hit all the right notes.

Lou Reed onstage in London in 1975 playing a transparent, Plexiglass guitar. Reed died Sunday. He was 71.

Watch Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies

October 27, 2013 – Lou Reed epitomized New York City's artistic underbelly in the 1970s. He died Sunday at age 71.

ListenPlaylist

Musician Lou Reed, for decades a rock icon, died Sunday at age 71. In 2006, he took a picture of an ad for his own photo exhibit in Naples.

Watch Lou Reed, Leader Of The Velvet Underground, Has Died At 71

October 27, 2013 – Lou Reed's solo career made him into a rock icon after The Velvet Underground disbanded.

After years of attending church dances, Step Rideau says he was moved to connect with his heritage on a deeper level.

Watch Accordions, Beer And God: Zydeco In Gran Texas

November 3, 2013 – If it's Sunday in Houston, get ready to dance up and down the aisle at church.

ListenPlaylist

Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson talks about a teen singer with a grown-up voice and Harleys in Vietnam.

Read A Teenage Music Phenom, Infographics, Motorcycles In Vietnam

October 26, 2013 – Carlos Watson talks about a teen singer with one grown-up voice and motorcycles in Vietnam.

ListenPlaylist

Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and The Band's Robbie Robertson (from left to right) onstage in 1976. The performance was filmed for Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz.

Read Do We Really Need Bob Dylan And Van Morrison Box Sets?

October 22, 2013 – Outtakes can enlarge our understanding of canonical work — but they're not always essential.

Read Asian-American Band Fights To Trademark Name 'The Slants'

October 20, 2013 – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says the name is disparaging to people of Asian descent.

An Angeleno revels at 10 Times The Party, a celebration of Walt Disney Concert Hall's 10th Anniversary, on Oct. 5 in Los Angeles.

Read LA's Own 'Amazing And Unique Instrument' Turns 10

October 19, 2013 – Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and others give their thoughts on Disney Hall's 10th anniversary.

ListenPlaylist

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

More NPR Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

more