It's a big summer for conventions, the Olympics — and Barbra Streisand. She's on tour in nine cities across North America, and has a new album of duets called called Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. Her collaborators include Anne Hathaway, Daisey Ridley, Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jamie Foxx, Melissa McCarthy, Antonio Banderas, and a host of other film stars.

Thistle & Shamrock: Music Migration

Aug 19, 2016

When host Fiona Ritchie first traveled to the US in the early 1980s, she discovered the connections that tie her world to the music of the Southern Appalachians.  Join her to uncover deep roots that run through a family tree of songs on two continents and across several generations.

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The wait for a new Frank Ocean album is over — sort of. Late Thursday night, the reclusive singer unveiled Endless, a starkly minimal multimedia project that does indeed feature new music, but leaves many other questions unanswered.

The Enduring Fabulousness Of Barbra Streisand

Aug 19, 2016

When you stop to think about it, there really is no one like Barbra Streisand. There's Barbra the young Broadway legend, the movie star, the glass-ceiling-smashing movie director, the recording artist and now the venerated elder stateswoman of the showstopper.

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There's always an air of introspection hanging above self-titled albums produced by musicians well into their careers. It's especially prominent when producers who've spent their entire creative lives hiding behind monikers, suddenly jump out. The moment can't help but scream "personal statement." In the case of Alan Abrahams, the Cape Town, South Africa-born electronic producer who for the better part of two decades has been successfully floating upward in the European dance music scene, under the names Portable and Bodycode, this moment may be especially salient.

After Building Anticipation, Frank Ocean Releases 'Endless'

Aug 18, 2016

Thursday night, singer Frank Ocean released a long-awaited new work: Endless, available exclusively — at least for now — as a 45-minute film on Apple Music.

This is Ocean's first studio project since his Channel Orange was released in 2012, the musician's breakout year as a solo artist after his days as a member of the Odd Future collective and, prior to that, as a songwriter for artists like Justin Bieber, John Legend and Brandy.

This week on World Cafe...

Monday, August 22: The distinctly voiced Margaret Glaspy releases her sharp witted debut LP, Emotions & Math.

Tuesday, August 23: Hip Hop Jazz group, BADBADNOTGOOD, progress their unique sound in IV.

Wednesday, August 24: Folktronica Singer/Songwriter, Beth Orton, steps into new territory of voice and sound in her latest album, Kidsticks.

Natalie Maines took one look at the wildly cheering fans in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night and knew just what to say. "I like what you're wearing," she coyly remarked. It felt as if the singer could see every Southwestern-print skirt, pair of fringey ankle boots and vintage "Cowboy Take Me Away" t-shirt in the packed arena.