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  • Is Country Music's Relationship With The NRA Shifting?

    Enlarge this image The tattoo of musician Josh Thompson, photographed while attending the NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot hosted by Blake Shelton at Nellis Air Force Base on April 2, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Ethan Miller/Getty Images Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas last Oct. 1, which began while country star Jason Aldean was performing as the final act of the final night of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, another country singer who had played the event, Lee Brice, appeared on a local news station in South Carolina. In his appearance, Brice said, in reference to the massacre of 58 people, that "Satan is trying to send out his evil into the world" and that "country music will rise above."The Route 91 Festival's violent conclusion became a cultural crossroads — of debates around gun control, political divisions and country music's position between them. The genre's ...

  • Watch Kaia Kater Perform “Everything Is Free” Live At Pickathon 2017

    When Pickathon was founded nearly two decades ago, it was primarily an Americana and bluegrass music venture. It was also incredibly small; only about 100 people attended the inaugural event. But over the years, the festival has grown exponentially in both size and scope. The event now spans three days, welcomes thousands of concertgoers, and showcases artists from a multitude of genres.Even though the festival has changed drastically, at its core (and best), Pickathon is an intimate jam session that blurs the boundaries between artist and audience. This performance from Pickathon 2017 personified that experience and hearkened back to its roots. With just a banjo and bass player, Canadian musician Kaia Kater took the Woods Stage and played a beautiful and utterly disarming cover of the Gillian Welch song "Everything Is Free."Every month this year, opbmusic and NPR Music will present another song recorded live at the Pickathon Woods Stage. These videos are handpicked by opbmusic to showcase some of festival's most exciting performances.Pickathon turns 20 years old this year and ...

  • SXSW 2018 Recap: Hip Hop, Latin Folk and Mexican Barbecue

    Enlarge this image Sudan Archives Robb Klassen/Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Robb Klassen/Courtesy of the artist The 2018 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas has come to an end. But before the week-long fest finished, Alt.Latinohost Felix Contreras and NPR Music hip-hop correspondent Rodney Carmichael met up at a barbecue joint in Austin to dish about their favorite performances from the week. Tierra Whack"This is, like, my new favorite hip-hop artist right now," Carmichael says. "She has this song called 'Mumbo Jumbo' ... that she laid down rough vocals for and she never went back and cleaned them up. It sounds so good, and her energy on stage was so incredible."[embedded content]YouTube La Cuneta Son Machin"They do a combination of Nicaraguan folk music mixed with jazz, mixed with ska, mixed with a bit of rock," Contreras says. "They blew the roof of this place."[embedded ...

  • CD Set Offers A Long, Satisfying View Of The New York Philharmonic Orchestra

    The New York Philharmonic celebrates its 175th birthday with a box set dating back to its very first recordings a century ago, featuring some of the greatest musicians of the 20th-century.Let's block ads! (Why?)

  • In Texas, Another Explosion Injures 2 Men In Austin

    Enlarge this image Police maintain a cordon near the site of an incident reported as an explosion in southwest Austin, Texas, on Sunday. Tamir Kalifa/Reuters hide captiontoggle caption Tamir Kalifa/Reuters Updated at 11:35 p.m. ET:Authorities in Austin, Texas, responded to an explosion in the southwest part of the city late Sunday, with the city's emergency medical service tweeting that it caused two serious but non-life-threatening injuries.The Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam at Fair Market has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. #SXSW— SXSW (@sxsw) March 18, 2018The blast comes on the heels of three package-bomb explosions in recent weeks that have killed two people and wounded two more, as well as a bomb threat that canceled a Saturday hip-hop concert at the South by Southwest festival. It is not yet known if Sunday night's explosion is related to ...

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