Music

All Tech Considered
7:09 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Apple Bets Big That You'll Start Paying To Stream Music

Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue speaks about Apple Music during the keynote at the annual developers conference.
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Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 7:30 pm

Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Rdio, Rhapsody, Pandora — the list of streaming music service goes on and on. On Tuesday, Apple joins that lineup with the launch of its streaming service, Apple Music. Apple will give consumers a three-month trial, and then it will charge $9.99 a month.

But most music lovers still aren't sure why they should pay. Colin Barrett, 31, has tried a few of the streaming services, but he doesn't use them anymore.

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All Songs Considered
12:20 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Upbeat Vocals, With Teeth: Bad Bad Hats Premiere 'Fight Song'

Bad Bad Hats.
Avalon Moon Courtesy of the artist

Your first impulse on hearing "Fight Song," the latest single from Minneapolis trio Bad Bad Hats, might be to lean in. Lead singer Kerry Alexander's bright, lively lines swim over catchy acoustic guitar and velvety keyboard. Impeccable production by Brett Bullion (Bon Iver, Poliça) is programmed to fire all neural pathways associated with carefree indie rock fun. But beware: These lyrics will bite.

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Music
6:21 am
Mon June 29, 2015

NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2015 (So Far)

NPR

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 11:59 am

We'll call it in the air: 2015 is going to end up being a great year for music. The albums that have impressed us the most over the year's first six months are a varied lot. There's enormous ambition on display here, epic works crafted to bust boundaries or reshape at will (check out that three-hour debut album), but also intensity in small gestures: a pair of devastating albums about loss, two more anchored in the sounds of sisterly harmonies. As we reach the year's mid-point, take a moment to listen with us, ears wide open to a great six months of music.

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Music Interviews
4:16 am
Mon June 29, 2015

With 'Traveller,' A Songwriter Steps Out From Country's Backstage

Chris Stapleton spent years writing songs for other country artists. Traveller is his first album with his own name on the cover.
Becky Fluke Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:22 pm

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Music Interviews
6:48 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

The Sound Of Twin Danger: Frank Sinatra Meets The Clash

Twin Danger's Vanessa Bley and Stuart Matthewman
Sunny Khalsa Courtesy of the artist

Cocktail jazz isn't a sound you hear very much in pop music these days. But a duo known as Twin Danger is causing a scene with their self-titled debut album and live shows.

It's a familiar mood for saxophonist Stuart Matthewman; he co-wrote many of the biggest hits for Sade, like "No Ordinary Love" and "Your Love Is King."

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Movie Interviews
7:51 am
Sun June 28, 2015

From 'My Adidas' To FUBU, Fashion And Hip-Hop Have Always Matched Beats

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 9:40 am

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Music News
7:51 am
Sun June 28, 2015

In A Kenyan Village, A 65-Year-Old Recording Comes Home

Philip Cheruiyot (second from left) leans in to read the song titles on the CD booklet brought by Diane Thram. Cheruiyot's grandfather sang on Hugh Tracey's recording of "Chemirocha II."
Ryan Kailath

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 9:40 am

From Robert Johnson selling his soul at the crossroads to Odysseus outwitting the sirens, the history of music is filled with myth and legend. Music loves a good story, and a certain recording from a Kenyan village definitely has one — one that's 65 years old.

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Music Interviews
7:51 am
Sun June 28, 2015

The Villalobos Brothers Match Music With Frida Kahlo

The Villalobos Brothers, with their combination of traditional Mexican music and lyrics inspired by modern themes, are accompanying a Frida Kahlo exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden.
Candiani & Chillopa Fotografia

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:15 pm

Frida Kahlo became known for works that are bold, colorful, rebellious and emotive. What music might best complement her paintings? The Villalobos Brothers, a trio of singer-violinists from Veracruz, Mexico, now based in Manhattan, were asked to help answer that question.

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Music Interviews
5:12 pm
Sat June 27, 2015

'I Just Love Dirt': Bilal Gets Grungy In The Studio

Bilal's latest album is In Another Life.
Kawai Matthews Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 6:36 pm

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Music
2:03 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Dale Watson: Call Him Insane, But Don't Call Him Country

Dale Watson's new album, Call Me Insane, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 10:30 am

With a silver pompadour and a belt-busting baritone that delivers songs about heartbreak and honky-tonking, Texas musician Dale Watson is straight country — but he doesn't necessarily want you to say so.

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