It seemed as if he'd go on forever — and B.B. King was working right up until the end. It's what he loved to do: playing music, and fishing. Even late in life, living with diabetes, he spent about half the year on the road. King died Thursday night at home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old.

When Clap Your Hands Say Yeah released its self-titled debut record in 2005, it became one of the first albums to break big because of the Internet. The band recorded and released it on its own, without any label support, and shared it on the group's website, where fans picked it up and quickly spread the word.

The Milk Carton Kids On World Cafe

May 14, 2015

The nominees for the 2015 Americana Honors and Awards were announced today at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. This year's slate shows how the definition of Americana is gently expanding to include more generationally, racially and stylistically diverse stars, while remaining grounded in its country-leaning, singer-songwriter-dominated definition of roots music.

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Dave And Phil Alvin On Mountain Stage

May 14, 2015

Brothers Dave and Phil Alvin appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The principal members of influential California roots-rock band The Blasters, the Alvins forged a strong bond with American music at an early age.

Hop Along has more friends in the Philadelphia music scene than just about anybody; Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield even has a tattoo of the band's first album cover. Singer Frances Quinlan is an exciting, unorthodox performer whose phrasing in "Waitress," from Painted Shut, isn't intuitive. But that makes it all the more powerful.


May 14, 2015

Seattle producers Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight met during their senior year of college in the Pacific Northwest. Each had his own unique style — Mills with more of a dance mash-up approach and Knight with a hip-hop background — which they combined to form the intricate sounds of ODESZA. Together, they've developed a stunning live show that has made them mainstays on the festival circuit. For a small audience at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles, Knight and Mills show the crowd why they're built for the long haul.


Spoon, 'Inside Out'

May 13, 2015