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Deceptive Cadence
1:15 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

A Friday Surprise: Alan Gilbert Will Leave The New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, has announced he will step down in 2017.
Chris Lee New York Philharmonic

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 6:45 pm

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Song Travels
12:04 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Eric Hutchinson On 'Song Travels'

Eric Hutchinson.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson's self-released debut album, Sounds Like This, made it to No. 5 on iTunes' albums chart. His music has also been featured on the TV series Grey's Anatomy, and he's toured in support of Kelly Clarkson.

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Favorite Sessions
10:24 am
Fri February 6, 2015

World Cafe Presents: George Ezra

George Ezra performs live on World Cafe.
Rich McKie WXPN

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All Songs Considered
3:02 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

All Songs At 15: The Near Disaster Of Our First Live Concert Webcast

The Bright Eyes setlist from our first-ever live concert webcast in January, 2005. The backwards handwriting you see bleeding through the other side of the page is Coco Rosie's setlist, another band on the bill that night.
NPR

Every Thursday this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a personal memory about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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Songs We Love
1:03 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Jonnie Common, 'Shark'

Jonnie Common is an indie-electronic artist from Glasgow, Scotland.
Kenny Drew Courtesy of the artist

No sense in letting the feeding frenzy over Katy Perry's left shark dissipate without taking the opportunity to introduce a great song. "Shark," by Scottish oddball Jonnie Common, mixes the production values of alt-J with the droll humor of The Beta Band.

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World Cafe
12:57 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

George Ezra On World Cafe

George Ezra.
Rich McKie WXPN

George Ezra today is a young English folk-pop singer with a warm, soulful voice and a worldwide hit song called "Budapest." In this episode of World Cafe, he performs solo and talks with Michaela Majoun.

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Alt.Latino
11:53 am
Thu February 5, 2015

A Bolivian Folk Singer Walks Into A Portuguese Dance Club...

Fernanda Ulibarri.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 11:47 am

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Songs We Love
11:39 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Makthaverskan, 'Witness'

Makthaverskan.
Hilda Randulv Courtesy of the artist

Makthaverskan, the Swedish post-punk band with a horns-up-worthy name that loosely translates to "powerful woman," is adept at mixing sweetness with spit. Where 2013's striking album Makthaverskan II gave the genre a kick in the teeth with searing honesty about sick hearts and scummy ex-lovers, in the new 7" single "Witness," vocalist Maja Milner wants to bury her enemy.

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All Songs Considered
11:26 am
Thu February 5, 2015

What Is Your Ideal Romantic Song?

Mike Katzif NPR

Is there a single song that sounds like romance to you? My mom might pick Sinatra singing "Fly Me To The Moon." For someone growing up in the '50s it might be "I Only Have Eyes For You" sung by The Flamingos.

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All Songs TV
12:05 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

The Dodos, 'Competition'

Meric Long and Logan Kroeber of The Dodos bust out serious dance moves in their latest video.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 8:33 am

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Music
11:42 am
Wed February 4, 2015

I'm Rick James: 15 Hours Of The Funk Supernova's Best Songs

Rick James in 1984.
Vinnie Zuffante Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 4:03 pm

The inimitable Rick James' birthday was Feb. 1. To ride out his month we brought back our temporary takeover of "I'll Take You There," the 24/7 R&B and soul channel from NPR Music. Curated and hosted by Jason King of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, the playlist runs the gamut from the genre's origins in the 1940s to today's slow jam stunners — except when we're wall to wall Rick James.

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World Cafe
11:33 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Ray Davies On World Cafe, Part 2

Ray Davies.
Paul Bergen Courtesy of the artist

The top British invasion bands — The Who, The Beatles, The Kinks — were able to quickly evolve beyond singles and embrace the album.

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Songs We Love
10:48 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Dorthia Cottrell, 'Oak Grove'

Dorthia Cottrell.
Jordan Vance Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 1:47 pm

On the outdoor stage at last year's Maryland Deathfest, Dorthia Cottrell was a vocal force you couldn't ignore, as she howled over Windhand's oppressive doom-metal riffs. But as much as Cottrell can match and destroy that volume — just listen to last year's guest vocals with Bastard Sapling — she can shake the ground at a whisper, too. Take a listen to "Oak Grove," from her self-titled solo album.

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Field Recordings
7:03 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Joyce DiDonato Takes A Stand At Stonewall

Joyce DiDonato sings during a video shoot for NPR Music's Field Recordings series at the Stonewall Inn in New York City
NPR

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 7:25 am

On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village. A riot broke out, sparking successive nights of protest and, many say, the emergence of the modern gay rights movement.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
6:35 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Reginald Cyntje Group At Bohemian Caverns

Reginald Cyntje.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 9:54 am

The Washington, D.C. area trombonist Reginald Cyntje speaks English with an accent — it's a patois from the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he grew up. He also plays jazz with a Caribbean accent, where hard bop vocabulary meets reggae and calypso rhythms. His group draws from a rich regional talent pool of undersung talent, including two men — childhood friend and drummer Amin Gumbs and steel drum bebop master Victor Provost — who also hail from the Islands.

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Music Reviews
4:48 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Dylan The Crooner

Detail from the cover art of Bob Dylan's new album-length Frank Sinatra tribute, Shadows in the Night.
Album cover

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 10:02 am

Bard. Voice of a generation. Bob Dylan has been called many things over the years. With his new album, Shadows in the Night, the 73-year-old aims for another title: crooner.

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Remembrances
3:07 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Prolific Songwriter Rose Marie McCoy Was Largely Unknown

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 8:40 am

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

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

This is "I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine," performed by Ike and Tina Turner in 1961.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I THINK IT'S GONNA WORK OUT FINE")

TINA TURNER: (Singing) Darling.

IKE TURNER: Yes, Tina.

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World Cafe
2:39 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Ray Davies On World Cafe

Ray Davies.
Paul Bergen Courtesy of the artist

The Kinks put out so much music on Pye Records between 1964 and 1971 that a new anthology of the period takes five discs just to scratch the surface. So it makes sense that World Cafe's conversation with singer Ray Davies would need to be spread out over two days.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
1:58 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: Muir Of Gormack

Dougie MacLean.
Courtesy of the artist

The wilderness area known as the Muir Of Gormack was first mentioned in 1776 by scholars who labeled it a "Caledonian Camp" for its prehistoric remains of hut-circles, cairns and decorated stones. On this episode of The Thistle & Shamrock, Dougie MacLean evokes the setting and imagines the ancient culture in "Muir Of Gormack: A Pictish story."

Front Row
1:52 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Front Row: Rubblebucket, 'Pain From Love'

Rubblebucket performs live at Paradise Rock Club in Boston.
WGBH

The Boston band Rubblebucket, known for its spirited live shows, closed out its fall 2014 tour at its hometown Paradise Rock Club in Boston. The group went out with a literal and figurative blast — complete with confetti cannons, glitter balloons, crowd-surfing and general delirium. "Pain From Love" is from Rubblebucket's 2012 EP, Oversaturated.

You can watch Rubblebucket's full recording at the Paradise on WGBH's YouTube channel.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:41 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

John Reilly & Friends: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 12:04 pm

It might be easy to dismiss a music project from actor John Reilly, but that would be a huge mistake: Reilly is a fine singer, especially when he gets a hold of old-time material, and his guitar work provides a perfect foundation for these church and porch tunes from America's past.

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All Songs Considered
1:03 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

New Mix: Toro Y Moi, Courtney Barnett, Pops Staples, More

Clockwise from upper left: Courtney Barnett, Pops Staples, Toro Y Moi, Other Lives
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 6:51 am

This week on All Songs Considered, we start the show with new music Bob's been waiting for two years to hear: the great first single from Courtney Barnett's debut full-length album. Don't miss the video for "Pedestrian at Best" off her album Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.

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The Record
10:34 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Unfinished Business

Frank Black (right) and Joey Santiago of the Pixies perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2004, the year the band reunited after more than a decade apart.
Tim Mosenfelder Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 12:54 pm

One thing you can say for the improbable return of Olympia punk deities Sleater-Kinney: By the standards of a Greatest Indie Rock Band of Their Generation, it's off to a rousing start. Not just with critics and fans, but possibly also with people who've never bought a Sleater-Kinney album before.

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All Songs Considered
9:40 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Viking's Choice: Mylets, 'Trembling Hands'

Henry Kohen records under the name Mylets.
Courtesy of the artist

Watch just about any video where Mylets' Henry Kohen is performing his guitar-looping one-man-band wizardry live, and it's like that one scene in Back To The Future III when Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen shoots at the floor, yells "dance!" and Marty McFly hops around until — much to the befuddlement of Tannen — he straight-up moonwalks.

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Music News
1:03 am
Tue February 3, 2015

To Promote A New Album, Bob Dylan Gave His Only Interview To ... The AARP?

"This music is almost sacred to him," Bob Love says of Bob Dylan's love for Frank Sinatra and the Great American Songbook.
Christopher Polk Polk/Getty Images for VH1

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 11:27 am

It turns out Bob Dylan is big Frank Sinatra fan. You just probably won't hear it from him. To promote Shadows In The Night, an album of songs Sinatra made famous, Dylan gave just one print interview — to the AARP.

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Music News
4:19 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

'We Need Her': At The Super Bowl, Missy Elliott's Incredible Return

Missy Elliott (left) joins Katy Perry during the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Christopher Polk Getty Images Sport

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 10:39 am

Sunday night, in the middle of Katy Perry's flashy Super Bowl Halftime Show featuring dancing beach balls and sharks, rapper Missy Elliott and her dancers dropped in.

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Recommended Dose
2:00 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of January

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 8:54 am

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 called Recommended Dose.

January's selections include some seriously gnarly vibes from the other side of the planet (Shanghai and Sydney, to be precise), as well as triumphant returns from two of New York City's most distinct dance producers.

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World Cafe
1:58 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

World Cafe Next: Caitlin Canty

Caitlin Canty.
Jay Sansone Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty, mixes a gritty side with aching ballads on her new solo album, Reckless Skyline. The Vermont native has been at music a while, with two other solo albums and contributions to a handful of bands. Hear and download a couple of songs on this page, including one written in the mountains of Idaho in the wake of a forest fire.

World Cafe
1:47 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Guster On World Cafe

Guster.
Cameron Pollack WXPN

Today's episode of World Cafe features an interview and live performance by Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller and Brian Rosenworcel of Guster, whose new album Evermotion was produced by Richard Swift. After 20 years together, Guster explores new directions on the record, and this performance — recorded in front of an audience at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia — marked only the third time the band had played the new songs.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:45 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Aldo Ciccolini, An Italian Pianist With A French Soul, Dies At Age 89

Italian-born pianist Aldo Ciccolini was closely associated with French music. He died this weekend at age 89.
Sabine Weiss Courtesy of the artist

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