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Beyoncé Releases New Song ‘Black Parade’ In The Final Hours Of Juneteenth

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June 20, 202010:51 AM ET YouTubeAs she is wont to do, Beyoncé surprised the world overnight with a new song, "Black Parade." Released in the final hours of Juneteenth — the holiday observing the June 19, 1865 date which marked the end of slavery in the United States — the song sounds like an outright…

Hamilton Leithauser & Family: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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June 21, 20205:00 AM ETThe Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.This is the most adorable thing you may see…

Benny The Butcher: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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June 19, 20205:00 AM ETThe Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.At the top of March when the COVID-19 pandemic…

A Previously Unreleased Thelonious Monk Concert Is Coming Next Month

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A previously unreleased concert recording of Thelonious Monk from 1968 will be released next month as the album Palo Alto. Larry Fink/Courtesy of the artist toggle captionLarry Fink/Courtesy of the artistA previously unreleased concert recording of Thelonious Monk from 1968 will be released next month as the album Palo Alto.Larry Fink/Courtesy of the artistThe summer…

Synth Used By Prince In ‘Purple Rain’ Album Up For Sale

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MusicSynth Used By Prince In 'Purple Rain' Album Up For Sale Listen · 0:27 0:27A typical synth sells for less than $1000. Prince's, which is up for auction, could fetch as much as $25,000NOEL KING, HOST:Good morning. I'm Noel King. A typical Yamaha DX7 synthesizer sells for less than $1,000. But this isn't any old…

How Queer Tastemakers, Movers And Shakers Shaped The Music Of New Orleans

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Big Freedia, shown performing in 2019 in New Orleans, is part of our starter kit for the queer music of New Orleans. Paras Griffin/Getty Images, toggle captionParas Griffin/Getty Images,Big Freedia, shown performing in 2019 in New Orleans, is part of our starter kit for the queer music of New Orleans.Paras Griffin/Getty Images,New Orleans music history…

SAULT’s ‘UNTITLED’ Lights Up The Full Spectrum Of Blackness

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June 19, 20206:40 AM ETSAULT's UNTITLED digs into the everyday aspects of Black existence, and celebrates who we are privately, not when we're donning the cape and saving humanity from itself — again. Courtesy of the artist toggle captionCourtesy of the artistSAULT's UNTITLED digs into the everyday aspects of Black existence, and celebrates who we…

Michela Marino Lerman And Russell Hall: Alone Together Duets

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Jazz Night In America: Video Episodes And Shorts YouTubeVirtuosity shows itself in many forms, but rarely do we see it exuberantly displayed on an electric tap board. Michela Marino Lerman's customized contraption allows her feet to mimic break beats, raging tabla solos and warm marimbas.But at the very beginning of this unique performance, the tap…

Our Daily Breather: Music For Staying Sane During The Pandemic

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June 19, 202010:00 AM ETOur Daily Breather was a daily series where we asked writers and artists to recommend one thing that's helping them get through the days of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic, which concluded on June 12, 2020. Here, we've collected some of the music recommendations that artists have shared with us throughout…

Bernice Johnson Reagon On Leading Freedom Songs During The Civil Rights Movement

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:This is FRESH AIR. Bernice Johnson Reagon has sung freedom songs at civil rights marches and sit-ins, at organizing rallies and in prison. Born in Albany, Ga., she was a founding member of the Freedom Singers, an acapella quartet that began performing in 1962. After encouragement from Pete Seeger, The Freedom Singers became…