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Pastor T.L. Barrett performs his Tiny Desk (home) concert from the Chicago church he has pastored for 40+ years.

Rico Nasty makes her Tiny Desk debut from home.

The damage done to independent live music by the pandemic has been catastrophic – and a future where it thrives will, regardless and inevitably, arrive.

There’s Bandcamp, beloved by artists. There’s Spotify, very well-liked by listeners. And then there’s that big question mark.

NPR’s list of the best songs, albums & mixtapes by Southern rappers recenters the South as a creative center of hip-hop.

The rapper quickly drew attention over the course of 2019, as one of the newest and brightest stars of an emerging generation of New York artists.

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

The pair have come a long way since signing with Beyoncé’s company five years ago. In fact, they seem fully themselves.

As she is wont to do, Beyoncé surprised the world overnight with a new song, “Black Parade.” Released in the final hours of Juneteenth — the holiday observing the June 19, 1865 date which marked the end of slavery in the United States — the song sounds like an outright celebration. The Juneteenth release date is especially […]

Removing the term “urban” from certain genres or artists is more complicated than a simple cancellation.