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A Tribe Called Quest: Beats, Rhymes and Life


A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest were selected by the Current's listeners as one of the honorees in our celebration of Black History Month. Here's the tale of their beats, rhymes, and life.

Brandi Carlile releases new video for 'The Joke'


Brandi Carlile still frame from 'The Joke' video

On the same day of the release of her new album, 'By The Way, I Forgive You,' Brandi Carlile has released a new video for the album's lead single, 'The Joke.' Directed by Danny Clinch, the video features real people whose stories Carlile wishes to highlight.

Video Premiere: 'Fools Were Made to Be Broken' by the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers


The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

Americana duo the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers have a new album on the way, 'Don't Think About Tomorrow Tonight.' In the run-up to the album's release, the Sapsuckers are debuting a new video for the lead single, 'Fools Were Made to Be Broken.' The video was largely shot on location at the Hi-Lo Diner in Minneapolis.

Announcing The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest


Tiny Desk Contest

Send NPR Music a video of you or your band playing an original song behind a desk (any desk). You could win a chance to play your own Tiny Desk concert and tour the U.S.

Find music on TV this week: Dan Auerbach, Chris Stapleton


Chris Stapleton on 'Austin City Limits'

Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses.

A timeline of Aretha Franklin's hits


Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin is the Undisputed Queen of Soul. And the Current's listeners agree: they selected her as one of the honorees in our celebration of Black History Month. We've traced her musical journey with notes and quotes about the songs and albums that forged her magnificent legacy.

Explore our New Hot member drive playlist


Lindsay Kimball and Jim McGuinn in the studio

During the winter member drive, The Current - as always - is committed to helping you discover new music. Check out the hot-off-the-vinyl-press tunes you'll hear throughout our member drive.