NPR Music Essentials
Dec 6, 2013 — It's been a banner year for classical box sets. Deceptive Cadence hosts Anastasia Tsioulcas and Tom Huizenga tell us why and choose a few of their favorites.
Dec 5, 2013 — The songs were a byproduct of slavery in the U.S. But after being passed along by generations of African-American musicians, they were later embraced by a variety of improvisers, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Grant Green and John Coltrane.
Nov 20, 2013 — Fifteen years before the first East London warehouse party, young Brits congregated in dancehalls and partied all night to rare American R&B music. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Northern Soul all-nighter with a 24/7 channel devoted to the best R&B you've likely never heard.
Nov 11, 2013 — Download two handfuls of our favorite new songs, including music by British producer Tourist., German pop act Claire, New York City dance duo Holy Ghost!, rapper Jean Grae, punk-pop trio Upset, fiddle prodigy Sarah Jarosz and more.
Nov 10, 2013 — The Alt.Latino crew stops by Weekend Edition Sunday to talk about one of Latin music's most pervasive rhythms.
Nov 7, 2013 — Soon-to-be London correspondent Ari Shapiro whipped up a playlist for NPR Music that's especially for commuters who travel by bicycle. Even though you should totally never listen to music and bike at the same time.
Nov 5, 2013 — From faithful solo sets to Television-indebted deconstructions, 2013 has been a renaissance to the fingerstyle guitar. And more so than any year, American Primitive ain't just for loners anymore.
Nov 2, 2013 — KPFK's global music DJ recently visited Brazil, and he brings NPR's Arun Rath a stack of new music he discovered there.
Oct 24, 2013 — From pulsing techno to alluring ambient, hear what happens when two seemingly opposite musical realms collide on the dance floor and in the chill room. Hear Madonna collaborator William Orbit's take on Beethoven, a beatified version of Barber's Adagio and a techno take on the Carmina Burana.
Oct 18, 2013 — Fiona Ritchie, host of The Thistle & Shamrock, picks a handful of Celtic songs that will get you rockin' and reelin' — from fiddler Eileen Ivers to Irish guitar master Arty McGlynn.