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Songs We Love: Bang Data, 'Ya No Más'

Jul 26, 2017

Bang Data, the dynamic Bay Area Latinx group led by Deuce Eclipse and Juan Manuel Caipo, is giving fans a look into its more sensitive, romantic side. "Ya No Más" ("No More") projects a sweet, melodic vibe and is driven by the peaceful sound of the charango, a 10-string Andean-Peruvian instrument that sounds similar to a ukulele,

The country-music business is show business, whether the bright lights shine at the Grand Ole Opry or at a small dance hall on a lonely Western highway. Mark Wystrach, lead singer for Midland, learned the ropes of that business working at his parents' restaurant and dance hall, the Steak Out, in Sonoita, Ariz. Later he became an actor in Los Angeles, where he met Jess Carson, an Oregon farmer's son, and Cameron Duddy, a Hollywood kid whose love of music had led him to country, too.

As part of NPR Music's Turning the Tables, we are looking closely at some of the albums on our list of the 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women. Today's feature is Pirates, the second album by Rickie Lee Jones. She will perform the album in full at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Wednesday, July 26.


The pirates first announced themselves to Rickie Lee Jones in New Orleans, in the fall of 1979, with a delivery of mysterious gifts.

Stretch & Bobbito On Race, Hip-Hop, And Belonging

Jul 26, 2017

For most of the 1990s, Adrian "Stretch" Bartos and Robert "Bobbito" Garcia hosted a famous weekly hip-hop radio show on Columbia University's campus radio station, WKCR. Their no-frills, four-hour show was broadcast during the wee hours of the morning — 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday mornings — on a low-strength signal that listeners had to be deliberate about searching out.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Jazz

Jul 26, 2017

Luka Bloom and Karan Casey are best known for singing traditional and contemporary folk songs. Hear them and others as they work with jazz artists to craft a different style of music.

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