Lucinda Williams's iconic fifth album,
Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, defined Americana, but it's just one peak in a career that stretches 20 years forward and back in time from that moment.
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Williams's new album, April 24, 2020 Good Souls Better Angels, is another remarkable entry in a catalog that has, across more than a dozen albums, shaped Americana. Here's a map of her career's many high points.
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A steady stream of great tunes have popped up on streaming services while coronavirus news has dominated headlines. Here's what you've missed.
April 7, 2020
Julie Byrne on the cover of 2017's
Not Even Happiness. Her song "Natural Blue" begins our playlist of soothing music.
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Help settle your jangled nerves, slow your heart rate and string up a little hammock for your soul with 6 hours of calming music.
March 13, 2020
Isle Of Calm: Stream 6 Hours Of Soothing Music
Comic book artist Daniel Warren Johnson (
Murder Falcon, Extremity) illustrates the music of Viking's Choice. Horns up!
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Where heavy metal, heady psych, dreamy ambient, furious punk and cotton-candy pop music all come to freak out. Curated by Lars Gotrich.
June 17, 2019
Camila Meza mixes jazz, Mexican folklore and much more on her new album.
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From your parents' favorite June 17, 2019 boleros reimagined to urbano, Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras and Stefanie Fernández uncover the best in new Latin music.
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Listen to the songs featured on public radio's most popular music show.
June 18, 2019
The R&B playlist for slow-burners, oddly satisfying cross-genre concoctions and the discoveries you almost want to keep for yourself.
August 5, 2019
What the creator of NPR Music's June 17, 2019 All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts is listening to right now.
Need a deep discovery experience? Try 1000 years of music. Our mantra: Bach, Beethoven, before and beyond.
June 20, 2019
Bob Dylan's new single, "Murder Most Foul," is 17 minutes long and references more than 70 songs. We made a playlist of them all.
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There are more than 70 songs mentioned or referenced in Bob Dylan's new 17-minute single, "Murder Most Foul." Listen to them all.
March 27, 2020
A multi-genre feast that spans 100 songs, six continents, 21 countries and 21 of our own 50 states (plus Puerto Rico).
March 17, 2020
Stream tracks from our Tiny Desk Contest winners, plus artists who have entered the Contest and later performed behind Bob Boilen's desk.
March 5, 2020
WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center
A modern jazz survey at ground level, from stone classics to state-of-the-art jams.
October 11, 2019
So why isn't Dolly Parton in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Dolly Parton, Carla Thomas, Fanny, The Runaways and Salt n Pepa are just some of the women who should be in the Hall by now.
January 15, 2020
The world is changing in hues of amber and maroon. Do you have the appropriate soundtrack?
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A chilled-out roséwave playlist for morning walks and midday reflections during the sweetness of autumn.
November 15, 2019
Nightmare Before Christmas-themed pumpkin carving.
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However you're celebrating, one thing you don't have to worry about is the soundtrack for your Halloween — October 31, 2019 World Cafe has you covered.
Jazz composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams is photographed in 1950.
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In these 20 tracks, you'll find Williams' prowess as a composer and pianist, as well as proof of her expansive influence on jazz and American music as a whole.
September 9, 2019
Summer doesn't last forever, but it's always summer if you have roséwave in your heart.
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Like a pink ombré hair dye, some of the best pop songs illuminate the shades of change — whether they are seasonal, emotional, romantic or the big questions of life.
August 28, 2019
Opera singer Marian Anderson performs on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939
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Though best remembered for her 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Anderson's career was more than one moment. Hear some of her best recordings, plus songs by those she influenced.
August 26, 2019
Billie Holiday performs at the Club Downbeat in Manhattan in 1947.
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Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater offers a playlist of Billie Holiday's greatest songs paired with versions performed by other artists.
August 19, 2019
Maybelle Carter joined with the Carter Family in 1926.
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The degree to which Mother Maybelle's guitar playing influenced the next century of country and roots music cannot be overstated. In this playlist, hear her Carter Scratch echo across generations.
August 12, 2019
The World Of Maybelle Carter: A Turning The Tables Playlist
Carly Rae Jepsen's chill summertime playlist features Fleetwood Mac, Robyn and Rosalía.
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The pop singer offers a roséwave August 7, 2019 playlist for a chill summertime: "Some sad, but mostly happy and all epic artists."
Blues singer Bessie Smith poses for a portrait circa 1925 in New York City.
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There's a world of music you enter when you open the Bessie Smith door. Our playlist showcases some of of Smith's best songs, as well as music from her influences and inheritors.
August 5, 2019
I can dig it / He can dig it / She can dig it / We can dig it / They can dig it / You can dig it / Oh, let's dig it / Can you dig it, baby?
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A sweet mélange of soul, proto-funk, jazz, rock and Latin music that makes for an old-school roséwave soundtrack.
July 24, 2019