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All Songs Considered
9:16 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Revisionist History: 5 Crucial Frankie Knuckles Remixes

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Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 10:24 am

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Folk Alley Presents: The Infamous Stringdusters, 'I'll Get Away'

The Infamous Stringdusters, performing at Beehive Studios in Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Courtesy of the artist

The Infamous Stringdusters' members have been a major part of the bluegrass world since their debut, Fork in the Road, back in 2007. Now on its sixth studio album, Let It Go, the group has just returned with more great progressive acoustic music.

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Music Interviews
4:12 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

A Music Of Exile: Haiti During The Duvalier Years

Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 5:19 pm

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Alt.Latino
7:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Moshing In The Rain: Alt.Latino Takes Mexico City

Fans of Mexican rockabilly band Rebel Cats watch a performance during the fourth day of the Vive Latino music festival.
Alfredo Estrella AFP/Getty Images

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Music Interviews
6:42 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Puerto Rico's Most-Loved And Most-Hated Band

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 10:11 am

The bad boys of Puerto Rico have grown up. Step brothers Rene Perez Joglar and Eduardo Cabra of Calle 13 have a new album that takes a more thoughtful route to deliver their message.

Music News
6:42 am
Sat April 5, 2014

ABBA's Cheesy Start Was More Than Its 'Waterloo'

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:46 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Eurovision attracts more viewers than the Super Bowl. And yet, a lot of Americans have scarcely heard of it. Probably more people know that BJ Leiderman does our theme music. Winners of this pan-European song contest generally become one-hit wonders, if even that, and even more rarely do they make a name for themselves over here. But Sidsel Overgaard reports there have been a few exceptions. The most notable, the band that won 40 years ago this weekend.

SIDSEL OVERGAARD, BYLINE: First it helps to understand what came before ABBA.

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The Record
4:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

We've Never Stopped Thinking About Kurt Cobain

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 8:15 am

Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago today. It's hardly news. You've probably already seen plenty of tributes to his career and what might have been, along with, perhaps, a criticism of the impulse to memorialize his death simply because it's been a round number of years since the event.

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Music
1:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Calle 13, On Being Loved And Hated In Latin America

Rene Perez Joglar from the Puerto Rican duo Calle 13.
Martin Bernetti AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 10:27 am

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The Record
4:16 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Make Peace With Pop: 6 Songs That Prove Pop Gets Along With Everyone

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:53 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
3:45 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood

Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures
Corey Hayes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 2:49 pm

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Song Travels
1:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Jimmy Webb On 'Song Travels'

Jimmy Webb.
Larry Busacca Getty Images

One of the most prominent songwriters of his era, Jimmy Webb, has written for artists including Linda Ronstadt and Glen Campbell. He's won multiple Grammys and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Songwriters.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:44 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Mulgrew Miller On Piano Jazz

Mulgrew Miller onstage in 2011 in Potenza, Italy.
Giovanni Marino Getty Images

On this episode of Piano Jazz, Mulgrew Miller's unique harmonic and rhythmic style comes through in his composition, "Carousel." He also joins host Marian McPartland in performing Duke Ellington's "What Am I Here For?"

Mulgrew Miller died on May 29, 2013, following complications from a stroke.

Originally recorded Sept. 9, 2002.

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Mountain Stage
11:21 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Missy Raines And The New Hip On Mountain Stage

Missy Raines and the New Hip.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Missy Raines and the New Hip appear on Mountain Stage, live from the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

One of the most decorated and highly sought-after upright bassists in bluegrass music, Missy Raines explores an adventurous new sonic direction on her latest project. On the aptly named New Frontier, Raines and her band barrel fearlessly through unexpected genres, including Americana, progressive bluegrass and spacey, guitar-driven rock.

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World Cafe
11:11 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Broken Bells On World Cafe

Broken Bells.
Courtesy of the artist

The members of Broken Bells, producer Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and singer James Mercer (The Shins), met in 2004. They put out their first album in 2011 and released a follow-up, After the Disco, at the beginning of this year.

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Music Reviews
11:02 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly

Carlene Carter.
Marina Chavez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 11:53 am

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All Songs TV
8:03 am
Fri April 4, 2014

'At The Mercy Of It All,' A Short Film Inspired By The Body

Courtesy of Jason Evans

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 9:33 pm

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Name That Drum Fill: Revenge Of Drum Fill

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:50 am

This week's batch of drum fills comes from a mix of classic rock and pop, and more recent cuts. As always, I was drawn to them simply because I love the songs themselves and was captivated at some point by the percussion. Pro tip: If you don't recognize a fill, try matching the timbre of it — the power behind it, the sound of the recording, etc. — to one of the album covers pictured (or to the period the album was recorded in).

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Music News
2:34 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Hip-Hop Academy: Inside A Beatmaker's Harvard Class

9th Wonder addresses Harvard students in a scene from the documentary The Hip-Hop Fellow, which chronicles a year the producer spent teaching hip-hop culture as an academic subject.
Price Films

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 9:21 am

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Music Reviews
4:46 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The High Voice Of The Low Anthem Breaks Out As Arc Iris

Arc Iris is the self-titled solo debut of Jocie Adams, a former member of The Low Anthem.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:34 pm

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The Thistle & Shamrock
3:54 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Thistle And Shamrock: Archie Fisher

Archie Fisher.
Stephanie Tristam Courtesy of the artist

Don't miss this opportunity to meet the legendary Scottish singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and broadcaster. Archie Fisher makes connections between Celtic and American song traditions, and we hear music from across the decades of his remarkable career in the folk scene.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Mountain Stage
3:43 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Charlie Faye On Mountain Stage

Charlie Faye.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Singer-songwriter Charlie Faye makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

In addition to her songcraft, Faye is known for her unique approach to touring and performing. In 2010, she made her home in 10 different cities in 10 months across the U.S. In each, she put together a band of local musicians, played shows, and wrote and recorded new songs. The resulting album, Travels With Charlie, reached the Top 10 on the Americana Radio Chart.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Cayucas On World Cafe

Cayucas.
Ericka Clevenger Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe goes California coastal today with the band Cayucas, the project of Zach Yudin. Yudin performed under the name Oregon Bike Trails starting in 2011; in 2012, the project became a full-fledged band. At that point, the name changed to Cayucas, a nod to the central California beach town of Cayucos.

Last year, Cayucas collaborated with producer Richard Swift for its debut, titled Bigfoot. The album and the group is a far cry from Yudin's original looped electronic songs — and, under Swift's guidance, Cayucas has become a true California guitar band.

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All Songs Considered
2:19 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Good Listener: What Makes An Anthem?

The Boss: Maker of anthems for the young, for the old, forever.
Courtesy of the artist

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All Songs Considered
1:14 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Viking's Choice: Behold, Noneuclid's Confounding Thrash Alchemy

Noneuclid.
Courtesy of the artist

When you can count the director of the Wagner Festival and Tom G. Warrior (the mastermind behind metal behemoths Celtic Frost and Triptykon) among your supporters, you must be doing something right. After all, classical music and metal aren't all that different — both can be bombastic, complex pieces of music high on drama, to put it lightly.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:14 am
Thu April 3, 2014

How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.)

Was playing a much-maligned instrument — or writing about it beautifully — part of Kwasi Enin's secret? (Not that he is playing the 'Archinto' Stradivarius pictured here.)
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

By now, you may have heard about Kwasi Enin, the impressive young man from Long Island who has been accepted into the classes of 2018 at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale (all eight Ivy League universities) as well as Duke and three campuses of the State University of New York.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Sole Of A Band, April 3

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:32 am

Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.

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Mountain Stage
3:37 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Sam Baker On Mountain Stage

Sam Baker.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Singer-songwriter Sam Baker makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, live from the Culture Center Theater in Charleston W.Va.

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Favorite Sessions
2:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

KCRW Presents: Jessy Lanza

Jessy Lanza performing live in the KCRW studios.
Rob LaFond Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 9:29 am

Canadian artist Jessy Lanza grew up playing piano and studying jazz, and she only started exploring electronic music five years ago. She performed as a one-woman band during her Morning Becomes Eclectic debut on KCRW, with club-ready songs like "Keep Moving."

Find KCRW's entire session with Jessy Lanza on KCRW.com

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World Cafe
1:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Tinariwen On World Cafe

Tinariwen.
Marie Planeille Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 2:54 pm

Today's episode of World Cafe features a couple of sparse, dry, angular and beautiful songs, performed live by the band Tinariwen. The group, made up of musicians from the Tuareg tribespeople of Northern Mali, has been making music together since 1979. Known for long, trance-inducing concert performances, the band has become increasingly revered in the West. Tinariwen's 2012 album Tassili even won a Grammy.

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All Songs Considered
12:41 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of March

Greek producer Giganta released an excellent EP, Force, on Actress' Werkdiscs label in March.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 1:18 pm

In the world of dance music, March will be remembered first and foremost for the passing of house progenitor Frankie Knuckles on the final day of the month. If you haven't read our remembrance by Barry Walters, please stop what you're doing and check it out. It's hard to put into words what Knuckles meant to dance music, which makes Walters' piece all the more impressive.

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