Tue December 16, 2014
The Record

Redman On Music And Marijuana: Now Is The Time For Some Action

Redman onstage at the Best Buy Theater in New York City on November 26th, 2014.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Quick survey: you're going to the Word Wide Rollers Tour, presented by a group of weed connoisseurs called the Smoker's Club. Among the featured performers is a rapper named Berner and a DJ named TreeJay. The tour poster shows a Smokey the Bear type blunting in the woods. What do you pack?

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Mon December 15, 2014
World Cafe

World Cafe Next: Elliott Brood

Elliott Brood.
Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is the Canadian alt-country trio Elliott Brood. With five albums under their collective belt, Casey Laforet, Mark Sasso and Stephen Pitkin have been playing together since 2002, and the experience shows. The band moves with the easy flow of musicians who know each other well, which in turn lends its rootsy songs lived-in authenticity.

Elliott Brood's latest album is titled Work And Love. Hear and download two of its songs on this page.

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Sun December 14, 2014
Music Articles

Charli XCX's Stockholm Scream Led To One Big 'Sucker'

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:50 pm

"I just sort of screamed into a microphone for ages," the British pop singer Charli XCX says of the time leading up to Sucker.
Bella Howard Courtesy of the artist


Thu December 11, 2014
Microphone Check

J. Cole: 'Ain't Enough Of Us Trying'

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 10:03 am

J Cole, whose mother supported him as a postal worker when he was a kid.
Courtesy of the artist


Wed December 10, 2014
Microphone Check

Rick Ross: 'It Was Just So Powerful To Me'

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:16 am

Rick Ross.
Courtesy of Def Jam Records