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Music Interviews
10:24 am
Fri October 31, 2014

In Conversation With George Clinton

George Clinton backstage at the Museum of the Moving Image, in Astoria, Queens, NYC.
NPR

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 11:36 am

Earlier this week, the inimitable George Clinton sat for not one but two conversations about his work and where it comes from. First, he spoke with the host of NPR Music's R&B channel, Jason King, about soul music, swag and Kendrick Lamar.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:21 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Sun Ra Arkestra: Tiny Desk Concert

Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra perform at the Tiny Desk.
Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:48 am

Sun Ra was a big-band innovator, a pioneer of recording and playing with electronics, a poet, a cosmic philosopher, a bandleader and a keyboard innovator who claimed to be from Saturn. Herman Poole Blount would have turned 100 in 2014 had he not left us more than 20 years ago. But his spirit lives on, and so does his long-running band.

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Drum Fill Friday
10:03 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, From Otis Brown III

Drummer and composer Otis Brown III performing live earlier this year in New York City.
Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images

This week's Drum Fill Friday comes courtesy Otis Brown III, a young jazz drummer and composer who's best known for his work with Joe Lovano, but who recently released his own debut solo album, The Thought Of You. Brown's selected a number of intros and fills from some of his favorite vintage jazz tracks, along with some funk, soul and R&B classics, showcasing some of the greatest drummers of all time. Good luck, careful listeners!

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World Cafe
11:07 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Paolo Nutini On World Cafe

Paolo Nutini.
Shamil Tanna Courtesy of the artist

Paolo Nutini, the Scottish soul singer with the Italian name, is our guest today on World Cafe. Here, he and his band perform songs from his new album, Caustic Love, which has topped the charts across Europe.

In an interview with host David Dye, Nutini describes how a speech from Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator resonated with him during the making of the song "Iron Sky."

Songs We Love
3:27 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Shamir, 'On The Regular'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 3:55 pm

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Mountain Stage
2:11 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Tony Trischka's Great Big World On Mountain Stage

Tony Trischka.
Mountain Stage

Tony Trischka's Great Big World appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Cook County, Minn.

One of the most influential banjo players the instrument has ever known, Trischka has been playing, teaching and expanding the instrument's possibilities for more than 45 years. "There was a time," host Larry Groce says in his introduction, "when people were surprised when you took a banjo to anything besides bluegrass, old time and country. Trischka was one of the first to take the banjo to places it had never been before."

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The Record
2:03 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Many New Voices Of Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has called her fifth album, 1989, her "very first documented, official pop album."
Courtesy of Big Machine Records

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:27 pm

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Alt.Latino
1:57 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Alt.Latino Lays Out A Sonic Altar For Dia De Los Muertos

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All Songs Considered
12:28 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Viking's Choice: A Pregnant Light, 'Born To Ruin'

A Pregnant Light.
Ashley Sheridan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 3:35 pm

"Born To Ruin" contains one more letter than Bruce Springsteen's ode to the "runaway American dream." Whether or not the pun is intentional, Damian Master has been steadily ratcheting up the drama in his own riffs, hooks and production over three years of cassette releases under various guises (This Station Of Life, Aksumite, All Wave, the list goes on). But his solo project, A Pregnant Light, continues to be unbound by the metal elsewhere in his catalog.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:36 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Banks: Tiny Desk Concert

James Clark NPR

Tiny Desk Concerts often require creative and logistical transformations, from electric bands going acoustic to big bands squashing into a tiny space to many players gathering around a single microphone. But the setting is particularly challenging for vocalists, especially those accustomed to heavy production, effects or — in the case of recent guest T-Pain — generous dollops of Auto-Tune.

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Music News
3:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

A Violin Concerto Back From Beyond The Grave

Robert Schumann wrote his Violin Concerto in 1853.
Josef Kriehuber Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 1:40 pm

Classical music meets Halloween and the paranormal Thursday night when the National Symphony Orchestra plays the Schumann Violin Concerto, a work buried for nearly a century and recovered — or so the story goes — by a message from the beyond.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:39 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Just Who Is This Opera Star Singing At The World Series Tonight?

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who is singing the national anthem at Game 7 of the World Series tonight in Kansas City, Mo.
Simon Pauly Courtesy of the artist

Maybe this trajectory mirrors the Kansas City Royals' unlikely road to the pennant: An opera star beats out much more mainstream artists to sing the national anthem at the decisive World Series Game 7.

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Songs We Love
2:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The New Basement Tapes, 'When I Get My Hands On You'

Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford are The New Basement Tapes.
Courtesy of the artist

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All Songs TV
12:26 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Greylag, 'Yours To Shake'

Courtesy of the artist

It's easy to define the world in absolutes, but it rarely leads to truth. Reality is usually more complicated, mostly colored in shades of gray, and often unknowable. It's a never-ending struggle to make sense of each other, ourselves and our desires.

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Songs We Love
10:40 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Deerhoof, 'Paradise Girls'

Deerhoof's new album, La Isla Bonita, comes out Nov. 4.
Chad Kamenshine Courtesy of the artist

"Paradise Girls" is bright and upbeat, defined by fluttery percussion and syncopated guitar lines. The song was inspired by the band's long roster of female heroes, including 'Joan Jett, Janet Jackson, [and] Kim Gordon.' For more on La Isla Bonita, visit the band's website.

Tiny Desk Concerts
10:36 am
Wed October 29, 2014

T-Pain: Tiny Desk Concert

Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 3:06 pm

T-Pain's fingerprints are all over pop and R&B and hip-hop. He wasn't the first musician to use Auto-Tune as an instrument — he noticed it on a Jennifer Lopez remix, and remembers "Deep" well — but it was, as he says, his style. For a while, in the mid-2000s, he lived at the top of the charts. He dominated that brief moment of our lives when ringtones were a thing.

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Songs We Love
10:23 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Son Little, 'The River'

Son Little's new song "The River" is a favorite on WFUV in New York City.
Todd Cooper Courtesy of the artist

Son Little clearly studies, respects and loves the music that came before him. What happens next, though, is what makes him so appealing. Aaron Livingston made his name as a collaborator with The Roots and RJD2, each of whom helped him develop a sound that touches on soul, blues, hip-hop and reggae. Samples, fuzzy guitar and simple drums work together to create an undeniable groove, and as a songwriter, he can really tell a story.

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Mountain Stage
10:21 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Dan Wilson On Mountain Stage

Dan Wilson.
Mountain Stage

Dan Wilson appears on today's episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live on the Campus of the North House Folk School in Cook County, Minn. A singer, songwriter, producer and occasional cartoonist, Wilson was once best known as the lead singer of Semisonic, for which he wrote the inescapable power-pop smash "Closing Time."

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World Cafe
10:06 am
Wed October 29, 2014

John Mellencamp On World Cafe

John Mellencamp.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:07 am

In the 1980s, singer-songwriter John Mellencamp was known for huge heartland rock hits like "Jack & Diane," "Small Town" and "Pink Houses." Now, he tells World Cafe host David Dye, "It would be ridiculous for me to try to act like a 27-year-old guy at my age. ... I just can't play 'Hurts So Good.' I just can't do it."

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Favorite Sessions
10:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

KCRW Presents: Mikky Ekko

Mikky Ekko performs live at Sonos Studio in New York.
Bryan Derballa Courtesy of Sonos

Nashville singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko was catapulted to fame when pop superstar Rihanna recorded his song "Stay" and then performed it with him at the Grammys. Now, with the release of his debut album Time, Ekko is showcasing the talent that has had so many big-name acts clamoring to work with him.

During Ekko's recent visit to a Sonos Studio pop-up set in New York City, KCRW captured this live version of "Stay."

All Songs Considered
9:56 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Hear A Stunning Bonus Track From Angel Olsen's 'Burn Your Fire For No Witness'

Kelly Giarrocco Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:23 am

When it came out in February, I told friends that the Angel Olsen album Burn Your Fire For No Witness was my favorite of the year so far. Now, here in late October, my love for that record has only grown deeper. The songs are sullen at times, on fire at others. All are memorable. It's one of those perfect records.

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Songs We Love
9:46 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Crying, 'War Of Attrition'

Crying, mostly not crying.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 7:46 am

When listening to Crying's "War Of Attrition," you might think: Which solo came first, the Game Boy or the guitar? With Ryan Galloway's outrageous, Thin Lizzy-esque power-pop hooks going note-for-note with his own series of ecstatic 8-bit blips — not to mention Nick Corbo's muscular drumming — the New York trio has already leaped past the charming chiptune pop-punk of last year's excellent Get Olde, collected now on a double EP with six new tracks.

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Jazz Night In America Videos
9:36 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Funky Tune That Was Too Big For Miles Davis

NPR

When Miles Davis returned to performing in the early 1980s, he asked his former bandmate and master composer, Wayne Shorter, to write something for him. What came out was a large ensemble work too unwieldy for Davis, and Shorter put it back on his shelf. "I asked him for a tune, and he gives me a [expletive deleted] symphony," Davis reportedly said at the time.

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Music
7:18 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Latitudes: 10 Musical Discoveries From Around The World

Galician singer Davide Salvado enchanted the audience at his WOMEX showcase in Santiago de COmpostela, Spain in October 2014.
Anastasia Tsioulcas/NPR

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 6:08 pm

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Ghosts In The Music: A Spooky Songs Quiz

Ghosts, both friendly and fiendish, make appearances in a wide range of songs.
iStockphoto.com

Where would Halloween be without ghosts — those wispy spirits either friendly or fiendish in disposition? They've haunted our consciousness for ages, thanks to appearances in visual art, literature, film and music. And now they've overrun this puzzler. From country and classical to rock and jazz, ghosts glide through these songs. Some are nice, others nefarious. Score high and allow yourself to be treated today. Score low and consider yourself tricked.

Music Reviews
3:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Music Of Honduran Singer Aurelio Rooted In Uplifting, Preserving His Culture

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 5:30 pm

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Transcript

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Mountain Stage
2:54 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

David Wax Museum On Mountain Stage

David Wax Museum.
Mountain Stage

David Wax Museum makes its third visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. Led by singers and multi-instrumentalists David Wax and Suze Slezak, the group has been hailed by NPR's Bob Boilen as "pure, irresistible joy."

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Music News
1:13 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

SBTRKT: 'There's Always A Space You Can Go'

Charlotte Rutherford Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 5:30 pm

For more conversations with music-makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

Homepage photo: Charlotte Rutherford

All Songs Considered
12:09 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

New Mix: The Velvet Underground, Belle & Sebastian, Grouper, More

Clockwise from top: Belle And Sebastian, Grouper, Bo Ningen, The Velvet Underground
Courtesy of the artists

On this week's All Songs Considered, Robin Hilton shares the first single from Belle & Sebastian's upcoming album, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, out Jan. 20. If they're looking for it, "The Party Line" would give those girls what they want — it's a surprisingly bouncy song from the veteran Scottish band.

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World Cafe
9:53 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Annie Lennox On World Cafe

Annie Lennox.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 5:16 pm

One half of The Eurythmics with Dave Stewart — with whom she crafted hits like "Here Comes The Rain Again" and "Sweet Dreams" — Annie Lennox has also enjoyed a hugely successful solo career in the past few decades.

Now, she turns to major songs of an earlier era on a new album of jazz standards, Nostalgia. On this episode of World Cafe, Lennox sits down with host David Dye to discuss why she chose certain songs for the album.

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