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Kaija Saariaho, the composer who explored color and light, has died at age 70Music
Saariaho, who battled a male-dominated educational system in her native Finland, forged a strong and singular voice in contemporary music.
What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading, listening and viewingMusic
Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em> share what's bringing them joy. This week: <em>Clone High, </em>the "Thursday Murder Club" mystery series, Mel Mitchell on TikTok, and more.
A lullaby really can work magic. Science tells us why and howMusic
Sometimes the right lullaby sends my kids off to dreamland so fast it makes me feel like I have a parenting superpower. Turns out the wonder of lullabies is confirmed by scientific research.
The Handsome Family, 'Joseph'Music
Listen closely to The Handsome Family and it's as if you have stepped into a strange, shimmering plane.
Foo Fighters' 'But Here We Are' is heavy, in every sense of the wordMusic
These songs ache with loss, even as they explode in full-bore rock mayhem, and that loss extends beyond the deaths of loved ones.
Incarcerated teens find escape in music and poems composed with artistsMusic
Teens in jail in Virginia collaborate with musicians to compose songs, write poetry and find their voices after run-ins with the law.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Tiny Desk ConcertMusic
The band's Tiny Desk performance featured songs that leaned right into its incalculability.
Little Richard Documentary celebrates the talent — and mystery — of a legendMusic
A new PBS <em>American Masters </em>documentary showcases the influence of Little Richard, a dynamo performer who never let himself be defined for long by any one musical category or sexual identity.
Kassi Valazza, 'Watching Planes Go By'Music
The Portland singer-songwriter trades in twang for psychedelia on a plane-spotting song that captures a fluctuating melancholy.
Jessy Lanza, 'Midnight Ontario'Music
The electronic-pop musician builds a distinct sense of time and place, complete with <em>Blade Runner</em> reference.
Our 5 favorite exhibits from 'This Is New York' — a gritty, stylish city celebrationMusic
The Museum of the City of New York is marking its centennial with an exhibition of NYC-inspired film, TV, music and fashion. But this is real New York, "not a love letter," says one of the curators.
'Waiting for change is not an option'Music
The unwritten rules of rap unpacked in <em>Louder</em>'s second season are held together by a scarcity principle that came to define the show itself. As it draws to a close, the team reflects on its mission.
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