Born in Sweden to Iranian parents, musician Nadia Tehran uses her debut album, Dozakh: All Lovers Hell, to chronicle her heritage.
This week’s mix features drone music performed on a pipe organ, ridiculously over-the-top metal from Japan, a wild avant-pop collaboration between Nels Cline and Cibo Matto’s Yuka C. Honda and more.
If you look at it broadly, the country music scene can appear frustratingly stagnant, with little growth for women and trailblazers. But from every corner, a rising generation is making progress.
Monáe’s Dirty Computer can be found on just about every list of the best albums of 2018 — and it topped NPR’s. The songwriter, actress and self-styled media exec says it could only have happened now.
Balms’ new single unleashes an atmospheric bummer — the kind that billows ominously, only to reveal a dark scene once the shroud has dissipated.
Gina Apostol’s dizzying new novel begin in present-day Manila before diving into the late 19th century — and the tortuous relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines.
Malek sang at the top of his lungs while playing Queen’s iconic lead singer in the new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Still, he says, “No one can sing like Freddie Mercury.”
This week’s essential new releases includes the warped and wild pop sounds of My Brightest Diamond, a stunning instrumental record from Ed Harcourt, punk with heart and humor from Art Brut and more.
NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond of the Beastie Boys about their new memoir, Beastie Boys Book.