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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
5:49 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation At Jazz At Lincoln Center

Marcus Roberts.
John Douglas Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 11:02 pm

The pianist Marcus Roberts rose to prominence as a gifted performer — first with the Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center bands for years, then with his own trio and as a classical soloist. Along the way, he's become a mentor to many younger musicians, training many on the bandstand and from his professorship at Florida State University. That's given rise to a new group called The Modern Jazz Generation, which recently released a suite of original work called Romance, Swing, and the Blues.

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World Cafe
4:03 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Latin Roots: Canciones De Cuna

Raul Midón's lullaby "Duérmete Mi Niño" is featured on this episode of Latin Roots.
Courtesy of the artist

In World Cafe's newest Latin Roots segment, Rachel Faro returns to discuss lullabies, or canciones de cuna. Many of these songs are passed down from grandmothers to babies and end up becoming songs that everyone knows. Faro will play a couple of examples, and then you can explore her Spotify playlist if you truly need to drift off to sleep.

Remembrances
3:39 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Singer Anita Darian Remembered For Genre-Spanning Career

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 5:26 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

A moment now to remember a soprano whose voice was heard by millions of people who never who she was.

(SOUNDBITE OF UNIDENTIFIED SONG)

ANITA DARIAN: (Singing) How I wish we weren't...

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Music
3:36 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

A Serious Man: Father John Misty's Transformation In Progress

Father John Misty's latest album is titled I Love You, Honeybear.
Emma Tillman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 7:13 am

When singer-songwriter Josh Tillman started on his latest album, he set out to write honestly about love and intimacy.

"The things that emerge in true intimacy can be fairly brutal," he says, adding a joke: "That's why it's a metal album."

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All Songs TV
1:33 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Rome Fortune, 'OneDay'

A still from Rome Fortune's video for "OneDay."
Courtesy of the artist

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Music Interviews
1:19 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Meet Fantastic Negrito, The Winner Of Our Tiny Desk Concert Contest

"I like going out and looking at people, and they inspire me so much," says Oakland musician Fantastic Negrito, winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
Eric Taylor Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 10:22 am

Some offices have sandwich carts. We have live music.

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All Songs TV
12:16 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

High Aura'd & Mike Shiflet, 'Parlour Games'

A still from High Aura'd and Mike Shiflet's video for "Parlour Games."
Courtesy of the artist

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All Songs Considered
10:19 am
Thu February 12, 2015

All Songs At 15: Our First Ever Tiny Desk Concert

Will Marsh

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 12:28 pm

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All Songs TV
8:38 am
Thu February 12, 2015

SOAK, 'Sea Creatures'

SOAK
Joshua Hillard Courtesy of the Artist

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 6:06 am

SOAK is the music of eighteen-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson from Derry, Ireland. I love the simplicity in her music and puzzling out the images in this song, "Sea Creatures." At one moment I think it's a love song, with lines like:

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All Songs Considered
5:00 am
Thu February 12, 2015

The Tiny Desk Concert Contest Winner Is ...

Fantastic Negrito is the winner of the first-ever Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
Brian Gibel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 10:22 am

Today we're thrilled to announce that the winner of the Tiny Desk Concert Contest is Fantastic Negrito.

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NPR Story
4:09 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Centuries-Old Cello Is Awakened; Smells Like The Maestro's Pipe

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 8:09 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Songs We Love
2:10 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Speedy Ortiz, 'Raising The Skate'

Speedy Ortiz.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 2:22 pm

The songs of Sadie Dupuis, the songwriter and guitarist of Speedy Ortiz, dance a tightrope of juxtapositions: Equal parts hilarious self-deprecation and wry honesty, she can fire off lyrical phrases masked in ambiguous, sing-songy non sequiturs, then reveal personal opinions and complicated feelings that cut deep.

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World Cafe
1:16 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Horse Feathers On World Cafe

Horse Feathers.
Courtesy of the artist

The Portland folk-pop band Horse Feathers' new album, So It Is With Us, showcases a lively, even aggressive sound. It's a much different approach than the one taken during the group's previous visit to World Cafe. Bandleader Justin Ringle presides over a full-band sound that's more cohesive than ever, and you can hear that quality in this upbeat session.

A Blog Supreme
11:57 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Introducing The Reginald Cyntje Group: Who Are These Guys?

Saxophonist Brian Settles takes a solo, with bandleader Reginald Cyntje looking on.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

The artists featured on this week's Jazz Night In America Wednesday Night Webcast are, by a fair margin, the least-known performers we've had on the program. Their names don't travel far outside the underrated musicians' community of the mid-Atlantic — specifically, Washington, D.C. — but not for lack of talent. They're among the premier musicians in the region, some being bandleaders themselves, and they all have strong individual sound identities.

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Favorite Sessions
11:38 am
Wed February 11, 2015

KCRW Presents: Belle And Sebastian

Belle and Sebastian performs live on KCRW.
Jeremiah Garcia KCRW

On the day the charismatic Glaswegian pop band Belle And Sebastian released its new album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance last month, the group performed as part of KCRW's Apogee Sessions. With 13 musicians onstage, Belle And Sebastian weaved through new tracks like this one, "The Party Line," and dug into its catalog for old favorites. It's a captivating performance in front of an intimate Santa Monica crowd.

SET LIST

  • "The Party Line"
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Microphone Check
11:37 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Terrace Martin: 'Everything Got A Little Bit Of Funk In It'

Terrace Martin.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 3:47 pm

Last year you heard Terrace Martin's work on YG's album, Ninth Wonder's compilation, Big K.R.I.T.'s Cadillactica and, just this week, a new song by Kendrick Lamar, called "The Blacker The Berry." In the space of less than six months in 2014, the LA-based producer and multi-instrumentalist also put out a full solo album, 3Chor

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Songs We Love
11:17 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Joanna Gruesome, 'Last Year'

Joanna Gruesome.
Pat Graham Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 1:33 pm

So much of punk is about ratcheting up tension, whether through cranked-up amps and explosive drumming or the release of pent-up anger. That's one side to Joanna Gruesome's fast and fuzzy music. But the Cardiff band with the punny name also knows how to offset that noise by deploying hooks just as a song reaches its breaking point. It's a winning formula on full display in "Last Year," the new single from Joanna Gruesome's forthcoming album Peanut Butter.

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All Songs TV
10:58 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Roomrunner, 'Karn'

Still from Roomrunner's "Karn" video.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 1:56 pm

This is the mash-up of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers you never knew you wanted. And, yes, you want it.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Ask Me (Bob Boilen) Anything

Caller, you're on air ... uh, the Internet.
Morgan McCloy NPR

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 9:27 am

I'll be online at reddit.com/r/music on Wednesday, February 11, 1 to 2 p.m. EST, answering your questions on this post. I'm a little scared because you can actually ask me anything. It will be kind of like a Tiny Desk Concert (intimate, awkward) but I'm sure we'll have fun.

In case you need a little background information about me:

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Music News
4:12 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Tiny Desk Concert Judges To Announce Contest Winner

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 7:00 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Deceptive Cadence
2:39 am
Wed February 11, 2015

What It Means To Play Pablo Casals' Cello

Amit Peled is preparing to re-create a century-old cello recital by Pablo Casals, using the master's own instrument. Here, he shows if off in NPR's Washington, D.C., studios.
Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 1:47 pm

When Amit Peled was 10, his parents gave him a gift: a cassette of music by cello master Pablo Casals. Peled had no classical background; his parents were not musicians. He says his own budding interest in the cello was a scam, a way of getting close to a girl in his town who happened to play the instrument. And yet, every night, he would fall asleep with the tape playing from a boombox beside his bed. The music made an impression.

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World Cafe
3:37 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Punch Brothers On World Cafe

Punch Brothers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 10:16 am

If you saw the concert film Another Day, Another Time — the companion movie to the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis — you saw today's World Cafe guest. Punch Brothers performed as the house band, accompanying a wide range of folk and roots-music acts.

Its new album, The Phosphorescent Blues, extends well beyond Punch Brothers' bluegrass roots to incorporate a huge variety of pieces, including two by the classical composers Debussy and Scriabin.

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The Record
3:16 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

D'Angelo At The Apollo: We Were All Here Before

D'Angelo.
Gregory Harris Courtesy of RCA Records

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 4:24 pm

We were all here before. Rising up out of the subway onto 125th Street, it strikes me that I should come uptown to Harlem more often. The Popeye's on 125th and St. Nicholas Avenue is still there, offering the same crispy bird parts and sodium-heavy buttermilk biscuits; it's still the same bustling, up-til-3-a.m. refuge it always was. Vendors still hawk street literature, pamphlets and incense sticks on fold-up tables that line the sidewalks. It could just as easily be 1995. That's when I was restless and unsettled.

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Songs We Love
2:56 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Alabama Shakes, 'Don't Wanna Fight'

Alabama Shakes.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 4:20 pm

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All Songs Considered
11:21 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Viking's Choice: Chris Weisman, 'Backpack People'

Chris Weisman.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 11:53 am

Chris Weisman's songs shouldn't work. Or, at the very least, the massive volume and musical limits the Battleboro, Vt., singer places on his songs shouldn't work.

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World Cafe
10:16 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Marilyn Manson On World Cafe

Marilyn Manson.
Jiro Schneider Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 10:31 am

"I think America needs people like me," Marilyn Manson tells World Cafe host David Dye. "The world needs bad men to keep out the other bad men. And I think the world needs a villain like me, because I'm the part of the movie where change happens."

Known as a dark, demonic, heavily made-up shock rocker, Manson just released his first new album in three years, called The Pale Emperor. Written and produced with film composer Tyler Bates, it exhibits a stylistic shift, as a few blues chords sneak into Manson's industrial rock.

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Front Row
9:03 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Front Row: Milo Greene, 'On The Fence'

Milo Greene performs live on WGBH.
WGBH

The L.A. pop-rock band Milo Greene performed live at House Of Blues in Boston on Oct. 18, 2014. The group played an assortment of songs from its synth-heavy second album, this year's Control, as well as fan favorites from Milo Greene's 2012 debut. Here's one from the new album, called "On The Fence."

SET LIST

  • "On The Fence"

You can watch Milo Greene's full set at House Of Blues Boston on WGBH's YouTube channel.

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All Songs Considered
8:50 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Hear A Brand New Song By Lord Huron

Lord Huron's sophomore full-length, Strange Trails, is due out April 7.
Josh Sanseri

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 6:07 am

Lord Huron's "Fool For Love" opens with a delicate wash of humming bells, a distant organ drone and a few carefully plucked strings. It's a beautiful, meditative mix that shimmers with the kind of hope and determination that only a new day can hold in its earliest hours, just after waking, before the inevitable letdown.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Tue February 10, 2015

The Knights, Steve Reich: 'Duet' For Two Violins And Strings

The Knights play a mix of Reich, Bach, Stravinsky and a couple of their own compositions on their new album.
The Knights

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 6:09 am

Even trailblazing composers like Steve Reich sometimes look to the distant past for inspiration. His 1993 Duet for two violins and strings is music in which minimalism reaches back to its ancient roots. These six minutes of mesmerizing sunshine recall both the rigorous counterpoint of J.S.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Mucca Pazza: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

When I first imagined Mucca Pazza at the Tiny Desk, I honestly had no idea how the Chicago band's 23 members would fit in — in the literal sense of the term. To load-test this performance, we actually gathered a gaggle of interns behind my desk and began to stack people on cabinets, step-stools and, of course, desks.

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