Rhiannon Giddens

Newly dubbed MacArthur "Genius" Rhiannon Giddens wants to bring one of the most overlooked moments in American history to the stage.
Author Jesmyn Ward, reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones and artist Trevor Paglen are among this year's group of 24 MacArthur Fellows.
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Two songs from one album can't necessarily capture a band's zeitgeist, but for David Wax and Suz Slezak, these true stories hit remarkably close to home.
Nashville singer-songwriter Sierra Hull, one of the opening performers at the 43rd RockyGrass Festival this weekend, has impressed audiences with her mandolin playing since performing for her third-grade class in Byrdstown, Tennessee.
"No matter what level privilege you have, when the system is broken everybody loses," Rhiannon Giddens explained in a statement
I was an early user of Pandora and have found lots of new musicians that I wouldn't have heard since the demise of record stores with listening stations. But Spotify, and probably the coming Apple streaming service, takes free listening to a whole new level.
All photos by Rahav Segev. 1. Dear, Lord: Rhiannon Giddens. 5. The live rendition of "Please Mr. Kennedy." 3. The Punch Brothers
For three thoughtful souls with the power and resiliency to sing awfully sad songs, Missy Higgins, Joy Williams and John Paul White look pretty damn happy. And pretty damn pretty to boot.
I first saw Sxip ("Skip") Shirey when his band Luminescent Orchestrii opened for Dresden Dolls on the night that brought in 2008. It was an odd but oddly perfect pairing.