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Send in your video before midnight on June 7. If you win, you'll play your very own Tiny Desk concert at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

After cutting his teeth in Detroit, a move to New York near the middle of the century found him directly in the center of a deeply important moment for jazz.

When you listen to a song by Tune-Yards, it can be like listening to a beautiful, but abstract painting. Hear a live performance of songs from the band's latest album.

Ani DiFranco delivers a beautiful and powerful performance from her home and studio, Big Blue in New Orleans.

The charity event has so far raised $302 million and secured over 26 million COVID-19 vaccines. The money will go toward vaccine delivery, testing and PPE in some of the world's poorest countries.

The poet and playwright wrestles with the idea of being an activist in America today in its various forms, meanings and misunderstandings.

A breakdown of all the reasons and ways members of the <em>Alt.Latino</em> community hold Mexican Regional near and dear to their hearts.

The new Netflix series mashes up the story of a real-life Black samurai with giant mechas and wizards — Thomas calls it "Trojan horse-ing" the real history through the medium of Japanese anime.

The U.K. jazz drummer and producer helms a Tiny Desk from Church Studios in North London.

It's Cinco de Mayo week and Alt.Latino wants to hear from YOU about Mexican Regional

The legendary arranger, songwriter and musician makes his first appearance on West Virginia's famous stage.

On thrilling debut albums by Squid, Dry Cleaning and Black Country, New Road, the aftershocks of '80s post-punk tremble against stark new realities in British and Irish life.

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Filmmaker Lisa Rovner talks about the influence of war on electronic sounds, the innovations wrought by unsung female auteurs, and how synthesizers liberated women from the patriarchal…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

After more than a year away, the LA Phil is returning with its longstanding KCRW partnership to announce our 2021 World Festival.

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New Orleans artist Dawn Richard is a dancer, producer, animator, and vegan food truck owner-- to be more succinct, she’s a badass. Dance like it’s Mardi Gras with “Bussifame.”

Dawn Richard: ‘Bussifame’

New Orleans artist Dawn Richard is a dancer, producer, animator, and vegan food truck owner-- to be more succinct, she’s a badass. Dance like it’s Mardi Gras with “Bussifame.”

from Today's Top Tune

KCRW's all-music channel blending the collected talents and tastes of all KCRW's DJs into a single voice streaming 24 hours a day.

Eclectic 24

KCRW's all-music channel blending the collected talents and tastes of all KCRW's DJs into a single voice streaming 24 hours a day.

Anne Litt hosts unexpected choices in progressive pop and new rhythms.

Anne Litt's playlist, May 10, 2021

Anne Litt hosts unexpected choices in progressive pop and new rhythms.

from Anne Litt

We got new gems and timeless favorites to help you ease into week including the latest from Mara TK.

New week, new music. Tunes from Mara TK and more!

We got new gems and timeless favorites to help you ease into week including the latest from Mara TK.

from Morning Becomes Eclectic

Black Country New Road , the beaming breakthrough septet out of South London, propelled into the spotlight back in 2019 with a couple of stunning tracks, before releasing their debut…

Black Country New Road: ‘Track X’

Black Country New Road , the beaming breakthrough septet out of South London, propelled into the spotlight back in 2019 with a couple of stunning tracks, before releasing their debut…

from Today's Top Tune

"Just Jazz" with LeRoy Downs. Downs' goal is to bring a varied sonic experience to jazz, while blending music, style, and culture.

LeRoy Downs' playlist, May 9, 2021

"Just Jazz" with LeRoy Downs. Downs' goal is to bring a varied sonic experience to jazz, while blending music, style, and culture.

from LeRoy Downs

Jeremy Sole hosts a sonic trip through the past, present and future of Roots music. Listen On-Demand to the latest show.

Jeremy Sole's playlist, May 9, 2021

Jeremy Sole hosts a sonic trip through the past, present and future of Roots music. Listen On-Demand to the latest show.

from Jeremy Sole

Unearthing new discoveries, remixes and rarities, b-sides and lost classics.

Dan Wilcox's playlist, May 9, 2021

Unearthing new discoveries, remixes and rarities, b-sides and lost classics.

from Dan Wilcox