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  • Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn On World Cafe

    Enlarge this image Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn Jim McGuire/Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Jim McGuire/Courtesy of the artist "Over The Divide""If I Could Talk To A Younger Me""Take Me To Harlan"Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn's new album is called Echo In The Valley. Both artists have built lives on squeezing more sound, story and emotion out of the banjo than you may have thought possible — she in the clawhammer style of her hero Doc Watson, and he from the three-finger school of Earl Scruggs. We'll take a deep dive into both schools of performance, and talk about how Bela and Abigail manage to fuse two methods that aren't normally heard together. And Abigail's voice — just wait'll you hear what she can summon as a singer.Bela Fleck is considered one of the world's greatest players – he's composed symphonies for the banjo, he leads the avant-garde ensemble the Flecktones and he's won 15 Grammy ...

  • Talib Kweli Speaks Through 'Radio Silence'

    Enlarge this image Talib Kweli's latest album, Radio Silence, is out Nov. 17. Dorothy Hong/Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Dorothy Hong/Courtesy of the artist Talib Kweli has, for more than two decades now, been considered a standard bearer for what's sometimes called "conscious rap." Both as a part of the hip-hop duo Black Star with Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and as a solo act, his music provides social and political commentary layered over a bed of eclectic production. Outside the studio, Kweli has been just as outspoken. whether sparring with Don Lemon on CNN or trolls on social media. Kweli's eighth studio album it's titled Radio Silence. Speaking with NPR's Michel Martin, Kweli discusses speaking out on racism, the changing value of radio play in hip-hop and his album's tribute to Bresha Meadows, who was arrested at 14 for killing her father after years of alleged domestic abuse. Hear the ...

  • Becoming Beyoncé On Stage Helped One Trans Woman Come Into Her Own

    Enlarge this image Riley Knoxx has met Beyoncé three times, including one sit-down talk. "It's the greatest thing to have her blessing and to know she loves what you do," Knoxx says. Claire Harbage/NPR hide captiontoggle caption Claire Harbage/NPR When your job is to impersonate Beyoncé, you'd better know what you're doing.Maybe that means you spend 14 years perfecting your act — studying every detail, every mannerism, down to how Bey holds a microphone.Maybe it requires you to perform 18 numbers every weekend — or to have three packed, color-coded closets in your apartment, only one of which is for everyday clothes.It might even help that when you're at lunch before an NPR interview, a stranger at P.F. Chang's calls you "Beyoncé" and says she's been to your show.For Riley Knoxx, the stage name of a full-time Beyoncé impersonator and transgender activist living in Washington, D.C., it's all in a typical week.She didn't ...

  • AC/DC Cofounder And Guitarist Malcolm Young Dies, Age 64

    Enlarge this image AC/DC guitarist and songwriter Malcolm Young performing in Bloomington, Minn., in 1985. Jim Steinfeldt/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Jim Steinfeldt/Getty Images Updated at 11:05 p.m. ET One of the founding members of AC/DC, among the best-selling bands in recorded music history, died Saturday. Guitarist and songwriter Malcolm Young was 64 years old. Young's family, which announced his death in a statement, noted that he had suffered from dementia for several years. The place of his death was not shared, though the statement mentioned that he "passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside."In April of 2014, AC/DC announced that Young would be "taking a break from the band to ill health," without disclosing the nature of his illness; in September of that same year, the band revealed that he had dementia. Young's nephew, Stevie Young, toured and recorded with the group in his ...

  • What Is Poppy?

    Poppy is an Internet phenom, known for her strange YouTube videos and her Japan-inspired bubblegum pop. She and her director Titanic Sinclair talk with Scott Simon about who, or what, Poppy is.Let's block ads! (Why?)

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