Jul 17, 2014 — For four days in the Superdome, the Essence Festival conjures an alternate universe where mature R&B performed by seasoned veterans is elevated over material aimed at teenagers.
Jul 11, 2014 — As long as there are teenage girls going through huge emotional changes, there will be groups of four to six young men singing pop songs to them (and sometimes dancing).
Jul 5, 2014 — Watch the Tiny Desk turn into a church, comedy club and neo-soul spot as the band performs songs from its latest album, Love in Flying Colors.
Jul 3, 2014 — As the Essence Music Festival kicks off in New Orleans, we offer a non-stop stream playlist of songs by musicians who have played the festival during its 20 year run.
Jul 2, 2014 — Know your Sylvan Esso from your Future Islands, or Ana Tijoux from André Laos? Test your knowledge of current music in this puzzler and discover the year's best songs.
Jun 23, 2014 — Actress Nina Millin, who performs Beyonce lyrics as monologues, speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about how a karaoke failure blossomed into a series of viral performances.
Jun 21, 2014 — The singer-songwriter and musician performs with unabashed positivity and the sort of uplifting spirit that can faithfully be found ringing through choirs down South.
Jun 10, 2014 — Like brides and grooms, wedding songs come in all varieties. Test your smarts with this smorgasbord of matrimonial music.
Jun 8, 2014 — Smith has a steady, well-trained swell of a voice and a knack for whipping in and out of his falsetto in a hairsbreadth. He doesn't feel the need to hide — certainly not by stifling his vocal skills.
Jun 5, 2014 — In 1964, a teenage girl group from New Orleans proved to be The Beatles' biggest competition, knocking the Fab Four out of the No. 1 spot on the charts.