Music : NPR 5 April 2018

The Business Of Being Cardi B

With a major label debut looming, the Bronx rapper's unchecked charm remains her biggest asset — her Swarovski-encrusted skeleton key to the halls of fame.

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First Listen: Mr. Fingers, 'Cerebral Hemispheres'

One of house music's Chicago architects returns with a journey through his eclectic past, and a renewed creative streak.

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First Listen: Derek Smalls, 'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)'

Harry Shearer happily dons the grizzled hair and mustache of Spinal Tap's bassist one more time.

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First Listen: L.A. Salami, 'The City Of Bootmakers'

London singer-songwriter Lookman Adekunle Salami doesn't sing so much as ramble adventurously through treatises on the thorniest corners of human nature.

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First Listen: Laura Veirs, 'The Lookout'

With uncommon delicacy and grace, the singer-songwriter spends her 10th album assessing her place in an increasingly unsteady world.

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First Listen: Logan Richardson, 'Blues People'

The saxophonist enlists rhythm aces mostly from around his Kansas City hometown for a restless and earthy soundtrack to black life.

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