Music | Jan 28, 2014
A major advocate for the folk-style five-string banjo and one of the most prominent folk music icons of his generation, Seeger was also a political and environmental activist. He died Monday at age 94. By Paul Brown
Music | Jan 23, 2014
Bay Area artists may be largely locked out of the 56th Grammy Awards' glamour categories, but when it comes to jazz, blues, folk and Latin music, our region is well represented this year, with several dark horse candidates up against far better-known acts. By Andrew Gilbert
Art School | Jan 22, 2014
Hassan El-Tayyab and Shiloh Parkerson are singer-songwriters who front the band American Nomad. They are inspired by roots music traditions, telling stories through their music that convey genuine emotion and character in their signature Americana style.
The Bay Bridged | Jan 18, 2014
Listen to The Bay Bridged mix of music from 14 Bay Area record labels, including tracks from Loglady, Polyvinyl, 1-2-3-4 Go!, Gold Robot, and more, and featuring music by Moon Glyph, Magic Trick, The Blank Tapes, Meanest Man Contest, and others.
Music | Jan 15, 2014
San Francisco jazz vocalist Mary Stallings shares her memories of the city's famous Fillmore District club scene, but says looking back is not a way forward. By Amanda Stupi
Noise Pop | Jan 15, 2014
Listen to Noise Pop's mix of new music for the first month of 2014 including tracks by Dum Dum Girls, Painted Palms, Clams Casino, Drive By Truckers, Angel Haze and more.
The Bay Bridged | Jan 04, 2014
Listen to The Bay Bridged podcast of bands playing the Bay Area in January 2014, featuring: Magik*Magik Orchestra, Painted Palms, Pickwick, Yuck, Tennis and more.
Music | Jan 01, 2014
We asked Forum's producers to each pick their favorite arts show from 2013. Producer Irene Noguchi chose Oakland composer Hector Pérez, who goes by the name "Sistema Bomb." By KQED Forum
Event | Dec 26, 2013
San Francisco group channels the full depth of African-influenced music. By Jonathan Curiel
Noise Pop | Dec 19, 2013
Listen to the Noise Pop mix of alternative Christmas tunes that you can use to ride out the remainder of the holiday season, featuring: Sufjan Stevens, The Flaming Lips, The Magnetic Fields, Tom Waits, Low and more.
"Cowboy" Jack Clement produced and wrote songs for the likes of Johnny Cash and George Jones. On his final album, the late visionary reclaims some of those tunes and makes them his own.
On this week's All Songs Considered, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis collaborate with fellow Seattle band Fences, plus new music from Frazey Ford, Spider Bags, Zola Jesus, GOAT and more.
The roots reggae singer has played to thousands and appeared on Jimmy Fallon, but he says he is only willing to go a certain distance to please the mainstream.
Dark Arc is a pastiche of gentle lyrical moments and punk anthems, often within the same tune. In the NPR offices, the Ohio band performs three alternately brooding and stomping songs from the album.
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