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  • Scouring For New Music With 'Alt.Latino'

    Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras recently returned from the Latin American Music Conference in New York and presents some musical gems he discovered there.Let's block ads! (Why?)

  • 'Good Booty': Backing Up How Music And Sex Helped Shape American Culture

    [embedded content]MoondogMayneYouTubeNPR's music critic Ann powers takes us on a historical journey in her new book, illustrating America's fascination with sex and rhythms and how these two passions often combine to create unforgettable moments.The book is called Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, and Powers tells NPR's Dwane Brown that this title was inspired by Little Richard's On how Little Richard inspired played the book title Little Richard is arguably or perhaps inarguably the founding father of rock 'n' roll. I mean, I talk about Elvis I talk about Buddy Holly, other rock n roll icons from that same time period. But as far as the style and the spirit of rock 'n' roll, I can't think of a better embodiment than Little Richard. I mean, this is a guy who you know came from the southern R&B wild club scenes into New Orleans, made that record and gave us a new language to talk about. What we feel in our bodies that we don't always have other ways to discuss.On the origins of the words "good booty" in the song Tutti FruttiIn the ...

  • President Trump To Skip Kennedy Center Honors, Highlighting Rift With Artists

    Enlarge this image President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will skip the Kennedy Center honors later this year. It will be the fourth time in 40 years of the event, that the sitting president won't be attendance. Alex Brandon/AP hide captiontoggle caption Alex Brandon/AP President Trump will skip the annual Kennedy Center Honors this year to allow the "artists to celebrate without any political distraction," the White House said Saturday.Three of the five artists set to be honored had either expressed a specific intent to boycott the traditional White House reception before the event, or were said to be considering it."First Lady Melania Trump, along with her husband President Donald J. Trump, extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year's award recipients for their many accomplishments," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement.The decision to skip the ...

  • The Sun, The Moon And A String Quartet: Kronos Plays Live To The Solar Eclipse

    [embedded content]YouTubePreparation for Monday's solar eclipse has focused on safe viewing techniques: Don't forget to don those special "eclipse glasses." But you also may want to insert earbuds, because the ever-intrepid Kronos Quartet will be making music with the sun in real time as the eclipse unfolds. You can stream it live on this page on Monday, Aug. 21, beginning at 12:15 p.m. EDT.Wayne Grim, a composer based at the Exploratorium, San Francisco's science museum, has devised a way to turn what is essentially a silent viewing event into a musical one as well. He calls it the "sonification" of the eclipse.At the sun's core, subatomic particles smash into each other. Grim plans to soak up the resulting nuclear fusion and turn it into notes. Photons from the fusion, captured by telescopes in Casper, Wyo., are converted to pixels. Those are sent back into space and relayed via satellite to the Exploratorium, where Kronos is on stage. Grim's special software recasts each pixel's digital fingerprint into unique tones. Kronos will perform with the sounds of the sun, adapting as ...

  • Spotify Removes Racist Music In Response To Charlottesville

    Enlarge this image Virginia State Police in Charlottesville, Va., on Sunday, the day after a "Unite the Right" rally ended in violence and the death of a 32-year-old woman. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Spotify and other streaming services have begun removing white supremacist content from their platforms, as websites and musicians alike scramble to distance themselves from the white nationalist movement.In a statement on Wednesday, Spotify blamed the labels and distributors that supply music to its database but said "material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us. Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention."Tidal, the streaming service partially owned by Jay-Z, seems to be following suit. Two "hate bands" NPR found on the platform on ...

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