Music

Music Interviews
12:31 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

'Dreamgirl' Jennifer Holliday Shares Wisdom On Getting Through Tough Times

Jennifer Holliday won a Tony for her performance in 'Dreamgirls.' But the singer's life wasn't always glamorous. She talks with host Michel Martin about battling depression and her latest album.

Television
4:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Questlove And The Roots: How A Hip-Hop Band Conquered Late Night

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (center) appears with The Roots members Frank Knuckles (left) and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter during the first episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Lloyd Bishop NBC

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 6:26 pm

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The Record
1:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Is Charli XCX A Pop Star?

Charli XCX.
Courtesy of the artist

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Music Interviews
4:44 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

On Its Confident Debut, Phox Puts A Reluctant Voice Front And Center

Phox released its self-titled debut album last week.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 7:37 pm

People hearing Monica Martin's astonishing voice for the first time might fairly assume that the Phox frontwoman has sung for rapt audiences forever. But they'd be wrong.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:40 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Lydia Loveless: Tiny Desk Concert

Alex Schelldorf NPR

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:46 am

For 23-year-old singer-guitarist Lydia Loveless, gritty, countrified blues-rock is a palette broad enough to include literary drama — complete with fatalistic references to the doomed French poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud — and a plainspoken plea for oral sex.

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Microphone Check
2:02 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Pete Rock: 'Real Could Be Another Word For Original'

Pete Rock.
Courtesy of the artist

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Tue July 1, 2014

On 'Remedy,' Old Crow Medicine Show Gets A Favor From Bob Dylan

Old Crow Medicine Show.
Andrea Behrends Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:26 pm

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CD of the Month
2:52 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Mike Mattison, "You Can't Fight Love"

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Music Interviews
1:54 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Belgian Singer Stromae Hopes To Bring French Flair To The U.S.

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:37 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, we're ending on a musical note. You might remember my conversation earlier this year with recording artist Stromae. He's already one of the biggest names in dance music in Europe. You're going to be hearing more about him because he is heading out on his first major North American tour later this year. Before then, though - soccer fans take note - he wrote Belgium's World Cup anthem, "Ta Fete." And you might catch it when the Belgians play Team USA tomorrow.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TA FETE")

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Author Interviews
5:05 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Ja Rule: 'I Took It Upon Myself To Become A Man'

Ja Rule at NPR's New York bureau in June.
Quoctrung Bui NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 8:55 am

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