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Mountain Stage
2:09 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

St. Paul & The Broken Bones On Mountain Stage

St. Paul & The Broken Bones.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Paul Janeway and his band St. Paul And The Broken Bones make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live before a sold-out crowd in Charleston, W.Va. Hailing from Birmingham, Ala., the group has a sound that forcefully channels Memphis. Comparisons to Stax Records heavyweights write themselves: the Memphis Horns, Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn and, perhaps most notably, Otis Redding, thanks to Janeway's mammoth vocal chops.

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Favorite Sessions
1:45 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

KEXP Presents: The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers perform "Come In The Water," live in the KEXP studio.
Jim Bennett KEXP

"Put your hand on the chest / of a heart that is beating."

That line, from The Barr Brothers' new album Sleeping Operator, might as well be the Montreal band's mission statement. While the new songs mix acoustic folk-rock, electrified blues, lush chamber-pop, traditional West African styles and other influences, each conveys immediate emotive force.

This is especially true of "Come In The Water," a song inspired by the tragic 1997 shooting of Israeli teens along the Jordan River. It's lovingly performed here in the intimate confines of a KEXP studio.

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The Best Music Of 2014
12:20 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Public Radio's 10 Breakout Artists Of 2014

Niia was a favorite find on KCRW this year.
Courtesy of the artist

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Holiday Music
12:04 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Festivo Alt.Latino: Cantigas In Concert

Cantigas performs live in NPR's Studio 1.
Colin Marshall NPR

For this edition of our holiday special we turn to the healing and uplifting power of the human voice with the Washington, D.C.-based group, Cantigas. The group's 25 members assembled in NPR's Studio 1 in front of a live audience to present an eclectic mix of songs and rhythms from Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Cuba and Puerto Rico–the home country of its artistic director, Diana Sáez.

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All Songs Considered
10:19 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Hear The First New D'Angelo Album In 15 Years

D'Angelo has just released his first album in 15 years, Black Messiah.
Vallery Jean FilmMagic

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 10:47 am

We woke up to a world with a new D'Angelo album, his first in almost 15 years. For lovers of R&B and soul — hell, for lovers of music that transcends — this is unreal.

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Music Interviews
6:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Jazz Saxophonist Jimmy Greene Plays Tribute To His Slain Daughter

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 11:18 am

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

Music Interviews
6:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

'Pippin' Performs The Final Ballad Of 'The Hobbit'

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 11:18 am

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

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

A bittersweet moment for moviegoers and Gandalf fans.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES")

ELIJAH WOOD: (As Frodo) It's done.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Yes, Mr. Frodo.

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Music Articles
1:03 am
Sun December 14, 2014

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

"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

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 1:50 pm

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Music News
4:18 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

'Voices Within The Music': A Brief History Of Guitar Effects

"I started thinking about effects pedals as being like a palette with different colors," Wilco guitarist Nels Cline says.
Diverse Images/UIG Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 5:40 pm

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Music News
7:12 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Malawi Mouse Boys: Hunting Mice And Singing In Harmony

The Malawi Mouse Boys.
Marilena Deli

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:21 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
4:17 am
Sat December 13, 2014

A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

Harry Christophers leads the Handel and Haydn Society, now celebrating its bicentennial.
James Doyle Handel and Haydn Society

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:14 pm

Boston's Handel and Haydn Society is one of the oldest continuously running performing arts organizations in the country. To celebrate its bicentennial this season, the group made a new recording of a holiday perennial, Handel's Messiah, which also happens to be one of the first works it staged nearly 200 years ago. Still, the Handel and Haydn Society is very different from what it was when it started.

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Mountain Stage
12:27 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Storyman On Mountain Stage

Storyman.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Storyman appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. Before changing its name to Storyman, the Irish duo released three albums under the moniker Guggenheim Grotto. Its electronic-infused folk music blends programmed beats and acoustic instruments with evocative vocals and honest, observational lyrics.

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Song Travels
11:11 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Anthony Strong On 'Song Travels'

Anthony Strong.
Courtesy of the artist

British jazz vocalist and pianist Anthony Strong built his reputation as a session pianist, supporting stars like B.B. King. His EP release Delovely reached No. 1 on the U.K. jazz charts, and he's continued his rise with his last album of classic jazz songs and originals, Stepping Out.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:25 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Mel Torme On Piano Jazz

Mel Torme.
David Redfern Redferns

Described by film critic Rex Reed as "America's greatest male singer," Mel Tormé (1925-99) was one of the most versatile performers of his day.

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1992, Tormé shares how his classic "The Christmas Song" inspired him to put out his own holiday album. He also sings and plays "Too Late Now" and "Walking My Baby Home," with host Marian McPartland joining in.

Originally recorded Jan. 21, 1992. Originally broadcast May 9, 1992.

Set List

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The Record
9:43 am
Fri December 12, 2014

In 2014, Pop Followed Beyonce's Lead

Beyonce's performance during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in August included clips of a speech about feminism by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Kevin Winter/MTV1415 Getty Images for MTV

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 4:12 pm

2014 was a divisive time in popular music, with no single album or song seeming to capture the year's mood and no trend pointing clearly toward the future. But most music lovers could agree on one thing: Beyoncé was flawless. The 33-year-old powerhouse set every standard by which pop music and celebrity are judged.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:05 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Best Classical Albums Of 2014

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean by John Luther Adams is one of NPR Classical's favorite albums of 2014.
Cantaloupe

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 9:59 am

Most years, Tom Huizenga and I spend a lot of time after Thanksgiving and well into December battling over — or, more truthfully, having many friendly but spirited discussions about — which recordings should comprise our 10 favorites of the year. We each come up with a list of 10, and then we start hammering things out in some amount of exquisite music-nerd agony. Some albums we agree upon, some are our individual picks.

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Microphone Check
11:29 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

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

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

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 11:03 am

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World Cafe
3:06 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Elephant Stone On World Cafe

Elephant Stone.
Bowen Stead & Daniel Barkley Courtesy of the artist

Montreal's Elephant Stone combines the sounds of Indian classical music and '60s psychedelic rock — the two loves of frontman, bassist and sitar player Rishi Dhir.

"It's music I was brought up on," Dihr says. "The idea of fusing pop music with Eastern instrumentation was never a foreign thing. It was just something that seemed natural to me. You listen to this music, you absorb all these influences. What comes out is what you can do."

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Mountain Stage
2:57 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Janiva Magness On Mountain Stage

Janiva Magness.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Janiva Magness appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. One of blues music's most decorated vocalists, Magness drew her earliest musical inspirations from the sounds of her native Detroit and her father's record collection. After losing both her parents, Magness spent her teen years in foster homes, and eventually found her way to an Otis Rush concert in Minneapolis. Her job as a recording engineer in St. Paul led to session work as a background singer, and before long, she was leading her own band.

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Favorite Sessions
1:40 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

KCRW Presents: Real Estate

Real Estate performs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Libby Pierson KCRW

Real Estate's music conjures a specific feeling of warm nostalgia for sunny days gone by. And, while the aesthetic may seem like simple, laid-back guitar-rock, there's a method to this style. On its third studio album, Atlas, Real Estate puts extra effort into its subtly layered sound, and the result can be heard in this studio performance of the album highlight "Talking Backwards."

SET LIST

  • "Talking Backwards"
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Alt.Latino
1:20 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Hear The Songs Alt.Latino Missed In 2014

Hear the premiere of a song from Miami singer Kat Dahlia on this week's Alt.Latino.
Courtesy of the artist

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The Record
1:19 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

The Political Folk Song Of The Year

Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Joshua Shoemaker Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 9:52 am

When Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff wrote the song "The Body Electric," she knew it would make its way into the world, and hoped its effects would be palpable. Horrified by the rapes that have made tragic news from India to America's college campuses, the singer-songwriter noticed that her own people — music makers and music lovers — would regularly sing along with choruses about killing women, comfortably accepting gender-based violence as part of the ballad tradition.

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The Record
7:45 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Ann Powers' Top 15 Albums Of 2014

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Bob Boilen's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

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All Songs Considered
6:58 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Robin Hilton's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

Robin Hilton calls Weezer's Everything Will Be Alright In The End "a breathtaking work of art, brilliantly produced.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:14 am

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All Songs Considered
6:53 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

Beyonce unleashed the year's grandest and most enduring pop juggernaut (even if it technically came out in 2013).
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:15 am

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Microphone Check
4:28 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

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

Rick Ross.
Courtesy of Def Jam Records

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

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The Thistle & Shamrock
3:42 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Music Migration

Bruce Molsky.
Joel Didriksen kingpinphoto.com

Host Fiona Ritchie recalls the connections that captured her attention when she first traveled in the U.S. in the early 1980s by exploring what ties her world to the music of the Southern Mountains.

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

The Record
3:23 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Cornell To Digitize A Rich Hip-Hop Archive

Bill Adler (center) with LL Cool J (left) and Fab 5 Freddy at LL's mother's house in 1988.
Daniel Root Courtesy of Bill Adler

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:12 am

Aaliyah, Ace Hood, the Afros, Ali D, Arrested Development: In Bill Adler's extensive collection of hip-hop history, some of the genre's biggest names are arranged next to lesser mainstream artists.

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World Cafe
2:35 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Hot Rize On World Cafe

Hot Rize.
Courtesy of the artist

Formed in 1978, the Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize has found itself straddling tradition and innovation since its inception.

"When we were in Colorado, we were the traditional bluegrass band. And when we went east of the Mississippi, we were the progressive one," songwriter and mandolin player Tim O'Brien says. "We were kind of an interesting middle ground there."

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