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World Cafe
3:27 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Field Report On World Cafe

Field Report's Christopher Porterfield.
Brittany Salerno XPN

World Cafe's guest today is the Milwaukee band Field Report, named for an anagram of bandleader Chris Porterfield's last name. Before forming Field Report, Porterfield played with fellow Wisconsinite Justin Vernon — who now leads Bon Iver — in the band DeYarmond Edison. Porterfield opted to stay in Milwaukee when the rest of that group relocated to North Carolina.

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Microphone Check
3:19 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Dante Ross: 'We Wanted Our Own Universe'

Dante Ross at an Anthony Hamilton performance in New York City in 2006.
Ray Tamarra Getty Images

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Alt.Latino
3:08 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

In Music, Carlos Santana Seeks The Divine

Carlos Santana uses music to reflect on his career in this week's episode of Alt.Latino.
Frank Micelotta Getty Images

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All Songs Considered
12:40 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Bryan Ferry Shares New Songs And Stories From His Upcoming Record

Courtesy of the artist

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Front Row
7:13 am
Tue November 4, 2014

BJ The Chicago Kid, Live In Concert

B.J. The Chicago Kid performed live at NPR Music's CMJ show.
Loren Wohl for NPR

For a few years now, BJ The Chicago Kid has been the answer when rappers known for taking their pound of flesh need a little help baring their souls — from Freddie "Gangsta" Gibbs to Top Dawg Entertainment's reluctant industry darlings, Kendrick Lamar and

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Michel Martin, Going There
2:19 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Carlos Santana: 'I Am A Reflection Of Your Light'

Carlos Santana visits NPR for an interview about his new memoir The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:10 am

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Carlos Santana has won 10 Grammys and sold more than 100 million records. He has become one of the world's most celebrated musicians, a destiny that was difficult to imagine during his childhood in a small Mexican town. His father, also a musician, was Santana's first teacher, but he really learned his craft playing on the street and in strip clubs in Tijuana.

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Music Reviews
3:36 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Re-Compositions, Not Covers: Sam Amidon's Personal Folk Collages

Sam Amidon's new album is titled Lily-O.
Piper Ferguson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 5:23 pm

Sam Amidon knows how to juice the drama out of a folk song. His version of the old murder ballad "Lily-O" — from which his new album, Lily-O, gets its name — begins with a solo voice, but by the time the story reaches its bloody climax, the music has swelled with jangling drones and a roar of electric guitar.

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World Cafe
2:50 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

World Cafe Next: Jungle Fire

Jungle Fire.
Duran Castro Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 3:08 pm

Jungle Fire keeps listeners on the dance floor. Like War or the British band Cymande back in the day, the L.A. group fuses Latin rhythms with funk, Afrobeat and jazz to produce an incendiary effect. The band's full-length debut, Tropicoso, came out earlier this year. Hear and download two songs from that album on today's episode of World Cafe: Next.

World Cafe
2:07 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Macy Gray On World Cafe

Macy Gray.
Kelsey Stanger XPN

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 3:10 pm

World Cafe's guest today is R&B and soul singer-songwriter Macy Gray. Her 1991 debut On How Life Is contained the massive hit "I Try," and she's released a string of solo records since. On her two most recent releases, Gray has turned to taking on the songs of others, including an album-length cover of Stevie Wonder's Talking Book.

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Mountain Stage
1:56 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

David Lindley On Mountain Stage

David Lindley.
Mountain Stage

David Lindley makes his seventh visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. One of music's most in-demand and widely respected multi-instrumentalists, Lindley first came to the attention of a greater audience while working as an accompanist for Jackson Browne; he plays the incendiary lap steel in the classic "Running On Empty." With a repertoire that mixes and matches instruments and influences, Lindley combines American folk, blues and bluegrass with African, Arabic, Asian and Celtic musical traditions.

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Metropolis
1:49 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Metropolis: 11/1/14

Audion, who also records under his birth name, Matthew Dear, is featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • Above & Beyond, "We're All We Need (feat. Zoë Johnston)" (Ultra)
  • Deadmau5, "Brazil (2nd Edit)" (Ultra)
  • Flight Facilities, "Heart Attack" (Glassnote)
  • Audion, "Dem Howl (feat. Troels Abrahamsen) (Michael Mayer Mix)" (Kompakt)
  • James Hersey, "Coming Over (Remix)" (Promo)
  • Bondax, "All I See (Darius Remix)" (Ultra)
  • Cut Copy, "Sun God (Andrew Weatherall Mix)" (Loma Vista)
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Favorite Sessions
12:13 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

KEXP Presents: Ásgeir

Ásgeir performs live in the KEXP studio.
Morgen Schuler KEXP

It'll take a little practice, but you'll likely find yourself saying the name Ásgeir like a true Icelander soon enough. When we started playing the young singer-songwriter's music two years ago, we knew his ethereal falsetto and captivating songs would catch on, even though his lyrics were sung completely in Icelandic at the time.

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Songs We Love
11:22 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Les Sins, 'Talk About'

Chaz Bundick, known for his work as Toro Y Moi, assumes the name Les Sins for his latest, dance beat project.
Angel Ceballos

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 11:29 am

It turns out all Chaz Bundick really wants to do is dance. Since releasing his debut album as Toro Y Moi in 2010, the 27 year-old musician has staked a career on making sometimes idiosyncratic but soulful pop, with occasional shades of R&B. But for his latest project, Bundick assumes the name Les Sins and drops throbbing dance beats, with minimal lyrics, deep bass lines and pulsing synths. It's a full-throttled, unapologetic leap to the dance floor.

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All Songs Considered
10:42 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of October

Paula Temple's "Deathvox" is one of our favorite tracks this month.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 5:40 pm

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.

October's selections are a bit darker and more aggressive than normal. Maybe it was the days leading up to Halloween, or maybe it was the rage-inducing onslaught of pumpkin spice. Either way, it made for an uptempo mix featuring new music from Chicago house auteur Hieroglyphic Being and the Livity Sound crew, some nuanced jamming from a trio of New York producers, and downright scary tracks from Paula Temple and Cut Hands.

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First Listen
11:07 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

First Listen: Damien Rice, 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy'

Damien Rice's new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, comes out Nov. 11.
Lilja Birgisdottir Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 7:59 pm

Damien Rice's creative ambition has always outstripped his personal ambition: The Irish singer-songwriter's 2002 debut O yielded many lavish orchestral flourishes, and even a foray into opera near the end, but Rice himself always seemed a reluctant star. After 2006's 9, he quietly retreated from the public eye and relocated to Iceland, barely popping up publicly since, so the arrival of these eight new songs comes as a welcome and periodically thrilling surprise.

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First Listen
11:04 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

First Listen: Bedhead, '1992-1998'

The Bedhead 1992-1998 box set — which includes re-issues of the band's three studio albums and a disc of singles, EPs, and rarities — comes out Nov. 11.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 8:30 pm

Boring can be beautiful, and Bedhead proved it. The band walked the walk — or sleepwalked it, as the case may be — throughout its existence in the '90s. While groups like Nirvana, the Pixies and Weezer had mastered the art of the quiet-loud dynamic in their songs, Bedhead mostly kept quiet.

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First Listen
11:01 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

First Listen: Big K.R.I.T., 'Cadillactica'

Big K.R.I.T.'s new album, Cadillactica, comes out Nov. 11.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 8:29 pm

Big K.R.I.T. isn't supposed to still be here.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

First Listen: Hookworms, 'The Hum'

Hookworms' new album, The Hum, comes out Nov. 11.
Steve Gullick Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 8:00 pm

Music that spins itself around in circles is likely to end up right where it started. This notion is both the driving principle and the curse behind the motorik beat, the precise refinement in rhythm production made possible by German drummers like Jaki Liebezeit (Can) and Klaus Dinger (Neu). A clean, exacting beat in 4/4 time, it mirrors rock 'n' roll's emphasis on the third beat in the count. But stripped of any combustibles, it was made to power a transcendental rhythm, a dream machine.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

First Listen: Marianne Faithfull, 'Give My Love To London'

Marianne Faithfull's new album, Give My Love To London, comes out Nov. 11.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 8:01 pm

In many classic stories, there comes a point where someone speaks from the corner and changes everything. A stranger reveals the secret that solves a mystery; a minor character finally unburdens herself, and her words reconfigure the plot. Marianne Faithfull's music comes from that place of shadow and revelation.

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Music Interviews
4:27 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Reconnecting The Circuit Of Puerto Rican Identity Through Music

Miguel Zenón's new album is titled Identities Are Changeable.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 2:50 pm

New Yorkers of Puerto Rican descent are a diverse group. Some were born in Puerto Rico, some have never set foot on the island, and everyone else falls somewhere between.

But they do share a special identity, calling themselves "Nuyoricans." And when you look over the long list of notable Nuyoricans — everyone from Supreme Court Justice Sandra Sotomayor to Jennifer Lopez — it's kind of amazing how much they've contributed to American culture.

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Music
6:46 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Latin Music Celebrates Lives For Day Of The Dead

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 4:14 pm

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

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Music Lists
4:02 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

'Global Village' Goes To Mexico: 4 Songs That Fuse Style And Tradition

Oaxacan band Pasatono Orquesta's new album, Maroma, is inspired by the traveling circus of the same name that focuses on the performance of a clown.
Daniel Robles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 5:24 pm

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All Songs Considered
8:07 am
Sat November 1, 2014

The Good Listener: How Do I Share Music With My Kids? Should I?

How do you share music with your kids without going overboard?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 2:03 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the bales of fan letters for HMSTR is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, tips for new parents who can't wait to share their favorite songs with their kids.

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Music Interviews
7:11 am
Sat November 1, 2014

After A Life Of Critiquing Other's Music, 'Sylvie' Makes Her Own Album

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 1:25 pm

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

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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Music Interviews
4:21 am
Sat November 1, 2014

'It's A Bit Of A Gift': Yusuf Islam On His Break And Return To Music

Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has a new album out titled Tell 'Em I'm Gone.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 2:06 pm

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Music Interviews
4:29 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

'Anything That Connects': A Conversation With Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's new album is titled 1989.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 5:43 pm

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Music
1:32 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

'Merry Widow' Operetta: Stage Versus Screen

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 3:21 pm

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

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

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The Thistle & Shamrock
1:01 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Tales For All Hallow's Eve

The Whistlebinkies.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 3:06 pm

Hear music for the season and spine-chilling Scottish tales, narrated by host Fiona Ritchie.

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

Song Travels
12:56 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Leftover Cuties On 'Song Travels'

Leftover Cuties.
Courtesy of the artist

The Los Angeles noir-pop band Leftover Cuties has a sound that's both retro and refreshing.

On this episode of Song Travels, host Michael Feinstein talks with Shirli McAllen, Leftover Cuties' lead singer and ukulele player. Here, the band performs a set of originals from The Spark And The Fire, along with its unique interpretation of "You Are My Sunshine."

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:34 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Kenny Drew Jr. On Piano Jazz

Kenny Drew Jr.
Jack Vartoogian Getty Images

The son of pianist Kenny Drew, who rose to fame in the 1950s and '60s, Kenny Drew Jr. made his own way with a virtuosic career in both jazz and classical music. He favored direct, single-note lines, but could also play in a full orchestral style.

In this 1992 session, Drew interprets Monk's "In Walked Bud" — and he and host Marian McPartland collaborate in a performance of "Falling In Love With You."

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