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Maryland Repeals State Song That Called Lincoln A 'Tyrant'

Enlarge this image A Maryland state flag waves near the Statehouse in Annapolis. Maryland has decided to

Pervis Staples, Founding Member Of The Staple Singers, Dies At Age 85

Enlarge this image Pervis Staples, second from right, performing with his family in 1965. Michael Ochs

Tina Turner, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters Among Those Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Enlarge this image Tina Turner performing in Berlin in 2009. This is her second induction in the

For Twin Cities Rapper Nur-D, Another Step Forward

Enlarge this image Matt Allen, who records under the name Nur-D. Marrie Weigel /Courtesy of the
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Musician Hopes Song 'Cootie Shot' Will Help Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

Children ages 12 to 15 have been approved to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Pierce Freelon, a children's musician, hopes to encourage more kidsto get vaccinated with a new song: "Cootie Shot.
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You Can Now Enter The 2021 Tiny Desk Contest

YouTube If you're an unsigned musician who has always dreamed of playing a Tiny Desk concert, you're in luck: Starting today, you can enter the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest.

Curtis Fuller, Leading Trombonist Of Jazz's Detroit Wave, Dies At 86

Enlarge this image From left, trumpet player Freddie Hubbard, saxophonist Johnny Griffin, Curtis Fuller and bassist Reggie

Curtis Fuller, Leading Trombonist Of Jazz's Detroit Wave, Dies At 88

Enlarge this image From left, trumpet player Freddie Hubbard, saxophonist Johnny Griffin, Curtis Fuller and bassist Reggie
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Taylor Swift Makes Cameo On High School Students' Year-End Exam

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Lloyd Price, Singer And Early Rock Influence, Dies At 88

Enlarge this image Lloyd Price appears backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony,
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Nancy Wilson's Solo Album Isn't Copying Heart's Signature Sound

Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson were the core of the group Heart. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to guitarist Nancy Wilson about her career in music, and her new album called You

Ed Ward, Rock Critic And Historian, Dead At 72

Enlarge this image Ed Ward, photographed in the Rolling Stone office in December, 1970 in San Francisco.

Announcing The 2021 Tiny Desk Contest

YouTube Every year, we ask unsigned artists to send us their songs. These artists invite us into their communities and spaces — their buildings and basements and backyards —

5 Facing Charges Over Shooting Of Lady Gaga's Dog Walker And Theft Of French Bulldogs

Enlarge this image Lady Gaga, pictured 2019 Academy Awards. Los Angeles police announced on Thursday that they

Money Mark, Beastie Boys Keyboardist, Has A Timeless Reminder

Enlarge this image Money Mark, a still from the documentary The Sound of Toys. Courtesy of

Dawn Richard Joined NPR Music's Listening Party For 'Second Line'

YouTube The Listening Party is over, but you can watch the album stream and conversation for the next 72 hours. Join us in an online listening party for

Dawn Richard Will Join NPR Music's Listening Party For 'Second Line'

YouTube Join us in an online listening party for Dawn Richard's Second Line. With WNXP's Jewly Hight in the host chair, we'll feature a live conversation with Richard herself

Bob Fass, Free-Form Radio Pioneer, Dies At 87

Enlarge this image Bob Fass, longtime radio host for WBAI, died Saturday. His show, Radio Unnameable, aired
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Driessen's Latest Project Results From His Experiences Around The World

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with musician Casey Driessen about his latest project Otherlands: A Global Music Exploration. Besides recordings, his project includes short films and essays.

Shock G, Leader Of Hip-Hop's Digital Underground, Dies At 57

Enlarge this image Digital Underground, led by Shock G, shown here in 1990, was one of the

Black Rob, Former Bad Boy Records Rapper, Dies At 52

Enlarge this image Black Rob performs onstage during the Puff Daddy and The Family Bad Boy Reunion

Les McKeown, Singer For Bay City Rollers, Dies At 65

Enlarge this image Les McKeown, performing on Aug. 24, 2007 in Sydney. Gaye Gerard/Getty Images hide

International Jazz Day's Global Celebrations Are On, And Again Online

Enlarge this image Herbie Hancock, speaking to high school students in the State Dining Room of the
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Musician Distracts Himself During 1st Time Paragliding

The man in Turkey, to combat nervousness, brought along his violin — playing away as he soared through the sky. It's safe to say he conquered his fear. He has signed

Hundreds Of Fyre Festival Ticket Holders Poised To Win Payout In Class-Action Suit

Enlarge this image Billy McFarland, pictured leaving federal court in March 2018, was sentenced to six years

Oath Keepers Member Is 1st To Plead Guilty In Capitol Riot Investigation

Enlarge this image Rioters clash with law enforcement as they attempt to enter the U.S. Capitol building

Sonny Simmons, Fiercely Independent Alto Saxophonist, Dies at 87

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The Rhymes And Reasons Behind Re-Recording Your Own Classics

Enlarge this image Taylor Swift, onstage during the Fearless Tour at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 27,

Sharon Van Etten Joined NPR Music's Listening Party For 'Epic Ten'

YouTube The Listening Party is over, but you can watch the album stream and conversation in the video above for the next 72 hours. Join NPR Music,

Sharon Van Etten Will Join NPR Music's Listening Party For 'Epic Ten'

YouTube Join NPR Music, Sharon Van Etten and Shamir in an online listening party for Van Etten's newest, epic Ten. The album includes her original 2010 breakthrough, plus front-to-back

Lovely Songs From The Big Hold, Inspired By Bureaucracy

Enlarge this image A musician, disoriented by his loss of work and the inefficiency of bureaucracy, made
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Film Composer Hans Zimmer Turns To Creating Ringtones

Zimmer, known for scoring films like Inception and Dunkirk, worked with Chinese phone maker Oppo to offer two unique ringtones along with music for alarms and text notifications.
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Rapper DMX Is On Life Support At New York Hospital After A Heart Attack

News of DMX's condition prompted an outpouring of prayer and support on social media from fans and celebrities, including rappers Missy Elliott, Rick Ross, Ja Rule, Ice T and Chance the
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Rapper DMX Is On Life Support At New York Hospital After Heart Attack

News of DMX's condition prompted an outpouring of prayer and support on social media from fans and celebrities, including rappers Missy Elliott, Rick Ross, Ja Rule, Ice T and Chance the

Rapper DMX On Life Support Following Heart Attack

Enlarge this image DMX, pictured performing at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta, is reportedly

Bonnaroo Announces Lineup For 2021 Festival In September

Enlarge this image Billy Joel performing at Bonnaroo 2015. Jason Merritt/TERM/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Jason
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Akron Plans 'Devo Day' For April 1. Is It An April Fools' Joke?

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Michael Milosh Of Rhye Accused Of Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence By Ex-Wife

Enlarge this image Rhye's Michael Milosh has denied allegations of sexual assault made by ex-wife Alexa Nikolas. Mike Windle/Getty Images for
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Historic 'St. Louis Tinfoil' Added To National Recording Registry

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Composer Malek Jandali Considers Syria's Civil War, A Decade On

Enlarge this image Syrian-American pianist and composer Malek Jandali, photographed on May 16, 2015 in Dubai. Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images

NYC Mayor Promises To Help Broadway Re-Open By September

Enlarge this image A sign of the "Hamilton" marquee at New York City's Richard Rogers Theater on Mar. 12, 2021, commemorating Broadway's

NYC Mayor Promises To Help Broadway Reopen By September

Enlarge this image A sign of the "Hamilton" marquee at New York City's Richard Rogers Theater on Mar. 12, 2021, commemorating Broadway's

Bach's Favorite Instrument You've Probably Never Heard Of: The Long-Lost Lautenwerck

Enlarge this image Johann Sebastian Bach playing the organ, not the lautenwerck, circa 1725. From a print in the British Museum.
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'Last Soul Company' Details The Story Of Malaco Records

A new book chronicles the history of Malaco Records, the oldest continuously run independent record label in America, and one of the biggest gospel labels in the world.
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Join NPR Music's Listening Party For Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders' 'Promises'

YouTube Join us in an online listening party for Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders' new collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra, Promises. Hosted by WBGO's Nate Chinen, we'll feature

A Grandson's Gift — A Spotlight — For His Grandfather's WWII Band

Enlarge this image Jason Burt, of Clarksburg, Calif., got help from Grammy award-winning sound engineers to digitize and prepare recordings of his

Paul Jackson, Headhunters Bassist Who Played With Herbie Hancock, Dies At 73

Enlarge this image Paul Jackson performs with the Headhunters at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, The Netherlands, in 1998.
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Music Streaming Giants To Pay $424 Million In Royalty Fees

Streaming has revolutionized the music business, including how songwriters get paid. Now the 20 biggest streaming platforms have been ordered to pay $424 million in unmatched royalties to artists.

'The Island We Made': Lip-Sync Opera And High Drag Sing An Ode To Mothers

Enlarge this image Sasha Velour stars in The Island We Made, an opera composed by Angélica Negrón and filmed in a mid-century

James Levine, Former Met Opera Music Director, Is Dead At Age 77

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For Rapper Drake, It Really Is As Easy As 1, 2, 3

Drake recently released Scary Hours 2, a mini-album with three songs on it, and those songs all debuted in the top-three spots of the Billboard Hot 100. No other artist has
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Most Grammys Per Single Lady — Beyoncé's 28th Win Sets A New Record

With a total of 28 wins, Beyoncé broke the record for the most Grammys of any woman or any singer at this year's awards.

Escapism, Not Escape, At A Grammy Night Defined By Exceptions

Enlarge this image Megan Thee Stallion, who took home the awards for best new artist and two rap categories, performs with Cardi

Grammys 2021: 10 Takeaways From A Big, Weird Night

Enlarge this image If we could literally take one thing away from the Grammys, Harry Styles' feather boa might be it.
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2021 Grammy Awards: Beyoncé Makes History, Billie Eilish Wins 2 Big Awards

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards were given out Sunday night. And while the stars were on display, it was a very different kind of ceremony for music's biggest night.
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Yo-Yo Ma Celebrates 2nd Vaccine Dose With Solo At Clinic

After receiving his second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed an impromptu solo for the clinic inside the gymnasium at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass.

Beyoncé Reigns And Billie Eilish Repeats At 2021 Grammy Awards

Beyoncé (left) and Megan Thee Stallion, who each won three awards at the 2021 Grammy Awards, accept trophy for best rap performance
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2021 Grammy Awards: The Full List Of Winners

The complete list of winners of the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, presented on March 14, 2021, is below. The 2021 Grammy Awards will be handed out across a pair of mostly-remote,

2021 Grammy Awards: The Full List Of Nominees And Winners

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With A Long-Awaited Shot At Freedom, Mac Phipps Has His Eyes On The Future

Enlarge this image Mac Phipps, the rapper formerly signed to No Limit Records, has been granted clemency after 21 years in prison.

Shuttered Venue Grants Are Coming In April, After A Long Wait

Enlarge this image Music venues, like the Metro in Chicago, have gone through a long and uncertain wait for aid passed by

Lou Ottens, Inventor Of The Cassette Tape, Has Died

Enlarge this image A Philips cassette tape is shown in 1965. Lou Ottens, who lead the invention of the first cassette tape,
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Performance Venues Wait For Aid From Earlier COVID-19 Relief Measure

A bailout for live music and other event venues passed in the last relief bill. But one month after applications were scheduled to launch, they have not, and many venues are

With Her Recording Series 'Rising Sun,' Lara Downes Re-Centers Black Composers

Enlarge this image Lara Downes. Her recent album, Phenomenal Women, featured recordings of compositions by Black female composers whose legacies have been

On 'Plugs I Met 2,' Benny The Butcher Is Saying The Quiet Part Out Loud, Up Front

Enlarge this image Jeremie Pennick, better known as Benny The Butcher, in a portrait from 2021. His new album, Plugs I Met

Remembering Bunny Wailer, Reggae Mystic And Wailers Co-Founder, Dead At 73

Enlarge this image Bunny Wailer was the last living founder of iconic Jamaican reggae band The Wailers. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide

Remembering Bunny Wailer, Reggae Mystic And Wailers Co-Founder

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Ex-Collaborators For Squirrel Nut Zippers Reunite For New Music

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Dolly Parton Sings The Benefits Of Getting COVID-19 Vaccination

Dolly Parton wants people to get vaccinated. To that end, she re-imagined one of her greatest hits. Parton sang an adaptation of "Jolene" in a social media post before getting the
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Song From 'Les Misérables' Has A Long History In Pro-Democracy Movements

In Myanmar, protesters have adopted the song — "Do You Hear The People Sing?" — from the musical Les Misérables, as a rallying cry against the military coup.

Bunny Wailer, Iconic Reggae Singer And Wailers Co-Founder, Has Died At Age 73

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Ralph Peterson Jr., Drummer Who Re-Enlivened Hard Bop, Dead At 58

Enlarge this image Ralph Peterson Jr., performing in 2012 at Symphony Space in New York. Dave Kaufman hide captiontoggle caption Dave

Vijay Iyer And A New Trio Reflect On The 'Uneasy' Past And Present

Enlarge this image From left: Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer and Linda May Han Oh. The trio, Iyer's newest, collaborated on the album

Rapper Mac Phipps, After 20 Years In Prison, Is One Step Closer To Freedom

Enlarge this image McKinley "Mac" Phipps at Lousiana's Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in 2011. Courtesy of the Phipps family hide captiontoggle
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Why is 104.9 becoming an NPR station?

104.9 FM has been purchased by Northern California Public Media. The former KDHT is now KRCB FM. The frequency has been changed, by permission of the FCC, from a commercial station to a non-commercial station. NorCal Public Media wanted to acquire a larger, more powerful radio frequency, and Amaturo Sonoma Media Group was willing to sell 104.9 to NorCal Public Media.

Why did KRCB need another signal?

The former KRCB FM Radio 91 signal covers a very small area, and only a portion of Sonoma County. KRCB FM listeners have made it clear over the decades that what they wanted most from KRCB was to expand the geographic reach and signal strength of the public media news and music service. Over the course of two years, NorCal Public 

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KRCB 1049 radio logoBrowse around our site and you'll see a few ways you can join in the effort to make KRCB 104.9 a great community radio station for Sonoma County. You can record a message that we play on-air, give us some new ideas, and keep abreast of what we're doing. New ways to engage with us our coming soon.
 
But there's an old fashioned one that's really important to us: become a member! We're making a big commitment to serving Sonoma County better, and while we really do want you to listen, and participate, helping pay for all of this would be really helpful too! Any amount helps, and we've got lots of cool gifts including some great CDs curated by our DJ Doug Jayne.
 
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“Sonoma County Baby” began in 2013 as a way to connect new Sonoma County mothers with the history of the county. In cooperation with Sutter Health, a nice book was published that featured the stories of several dozen Sonoma County families, describing how they each came to Sonoma County. The book was given to new moms. The project’s website is here: http://sonomacountybaby.com/.
 
Now, we want to put stories like this on KRCB-FM, Sonoma County’s NPR station. How and when did your family come to Sonoma County? Does your story include some old Sonoma County landmarks that some of us might remember? What was interesting about it? Finding the interesting part is important! These recording are all short, less than a minute or under 100 words. That’s not enough time to tell the whole story—just the highlights. Here's a sample script that’s about the right length. Click "Read More" to hear what others have submitted.
 
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Be on KRCB 104.9...answer this month's "Talk to Me" question: What does Sonoma County need that it doesn't already have? 
 
You can do a recording right from your computer or smartphone, but please use an external microphone (ear buds are good enough). Don't worry, you can try as many times you like until you get a "good take." We won’t hear any of the bad ones. After you finish, the page will give you a chance to listen and decide if you like it. Once you get a good one, you'll be asked for your name and email address. Then hit "Send.” (Click "reset" if you would rather try again.)
 
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Each week, Santa Rosa-based travel writer Dana Rebmann introduces us to great local spots to visit. Listen on-air for the latest. Or click here:
 
 Crane Creek Regional Park
 
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Listen to the Sonoma County Birdwatch!

fullerThroughout the week, we play short segments about what birds are out in Sonoma County and what they sound like, from Harry Fuller. Harry spent his working career as a TV and Internet newsman in the Bay Area.  He’s been leading bird trips and writing about birds for thirty years.  He has written three natural history books: Freeway Birding, I-5 San Francisco to Seattle; San Francisco’s Natural History, Sand Dunes to Streetcars; Great Gray Owl in California, Oregon & Washington. He blogs regularly about birds: atowhee.blog.  And he frequently leads birding trips on the Pacific Coast. Check him out at http://www.towhee.net/.

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