Microphone Check
12:04 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Amber London: 'I'ma Show You How It's Done'

Amber London during her interview with Microphone Check during SXSW in March 2015.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

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Music Interviews
1:19 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Pokey LaFarge Mines His Midwestern Roots, Finds 'Something In The Water'

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 1:31 pm

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5:27 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Kirk Franklin On 'Trap Gospel' And Taking Heat From The Church

"I am very, very good friends with Erica, and she has a great heart for God, she has a great heart for ministry, and I just believe that the heart always wins," says Kirk Franklin of Erica Campbell.
Darnel Williams Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 10:11 am

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The Record
12:51 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

'It Crackles With Life': Beauty Pill Returns

"It feels alive and it feels electric and it feels like it has color," Chad Clark says of Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are.
Morgan Klein Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 1:56 pm

Beauty Pill's The Unsustainable Lifestyle was a promising debut album, an immediately accessible patchwork of the band's hometown, Washington, D.C. In 2004, the record left fans wondering what would happen next, but they would have to wait 11 years. That's because bandleader Chad Clark's heart tried to kill him.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:03 am
Sat April 25, 2015

DakhaBrakha: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

People always ask me, "What's your favorite Tiny Desk Concert?" Well, right now it's the one recently performed by DakhaBrakha. The creative quartet from Kiev, Ukraine make music that sounds like nothing I've ever heard, with strands of everything I've ever heard. There are rhythms that sound West African and drone that feels as if it could have emanated from India or Australia. At times, DakhaBrakha is simply a rock band whose crazy homeland harmonies are filled with joy.

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