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4:02 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Just In Time For Father's Day: Bad Dads In Opera

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:19 am

Renee Montagne talks to music commentator Miles Hoffman, who says his candidate for opera's most evil father is the character of Alberich from Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung.

Mountain Stage
2:03 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Tommy Malone On Mountain Stage

Tommy Malone.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:09 pm

Tommy Malone appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Creative Arts Center on the campus of West Virginia University.

The prime mover behind the New Orleans swamp-rock band The Subdudes, Malone has been a fixture in the Louisiana music scene and beyond for 40 years. He began in a family band that included his brother, Radiators guitarist Dave Malone, and worked as a sideman; he also helped found the storied music collective The Continental Drifters.

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World Cafe
1:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Latin Roots: Music Of The World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup runs from June 12 to July 13.
FIFA.com

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 3:53 pm

The World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil amid controversy concerning FIFA (soccer's governing body) and Brazil's preparations for the month-long event. The music of the World Cup has also been contentious, and on this episode of Latin Roots from World Cafe, Billboard's Judy Cantor-Navas explains the difference between the official "theme song" and the official "anthem."

We'll hear both pieces of music and discuss how the largely Portuguese-speaking Brazilian population feels about official music that's not in its language.

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World Cafe
1:34 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Bombay Bicycle Club On World Cafe

Bombay Bicycle Club.
Courtesy of the artist

Bombay Bicycle Club formed when its members were teenagers in South London. It took its name from a now-defunct chain of Indian restaurants in the group's hometown. The band's initial good fortune in winning the Road To V contest in 2006 earned it an opening spot in a major festival, which helped put Bombay Bicycle Club on the map.

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Alt.Latino
11:38 am
Thu June 12, 2014

The New Sounds Of Brazil: Artists To Watch

A mural in Rio de Janeiro.
Matthias Hangst Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:25 am

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Deceptive Cadence
10:29 am
Thu June 12, 2014

The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks

American composer John Adams has written a new concerto for saxophone.
Nonesuch

The concerto. It's a musical recipe more than 400 years old but composers still cook with it. And why shouldn't they? We still seem to crave the sound of a virtuosic soloist playing with (and often against) an orchestra. As in centuries past, virtuosos still inspire, and in many cases commission, composers to write some of their best music, which can push an instrument to its creative limit.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
9:36 am
Thu June 12, 2014

John Ellis, Darcy James Argue On JazzSet

Saxophonist John Ellis (center) performs with Matt Perrine (left) on sousaphone at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:27 pm

As we re-release these two sets from Newport, saxophonist John Ellis (leader of one, player in the other) is leading workshops in Portugal and Italy. Darcy James Argue has released a studio recording of Brooklyn Babylon, and his Secret Society tied with the Maria Schneider Orchestra for the Big Band of 2013 in the just-out DownBeat Critics Poll.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Thu June 12, 2014

KCRW Presents: First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit performs at the KCRW studios.
KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:54 pm

The Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit has been a KCRW mainstay since "Hard Believer," the first single from the band's debut record Big Black & The Blue a few years ago. Fast-forward two full-length albums later, and the Söderberg sisters have reenlisted the help of producer Mike Mogis for their now-signature two-part harmonies and carefully crafted Nashville pop.

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World Cafe
2:59 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Kevin Drew On World Cafe

Kevin Drew.
Norman Wong Courtesy of the artist

Kevin Drew is best known for co-founding the groundbreaking Canadian indie-pop supergroup Broken Social Scene in 1999. Around the same time, he founded Arts & Crafts, a record label for that band's releases. Now, 15 years later, it has become one of Canada's most important labels, releasing albums by Feist, Deer Tick and more.

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Mountain Stage
2:49 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band On Mountain Stage

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:09 pm

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Widely credited with revitalizing the sound of New Orleans jazz, the group blew down musical barriers by combining its love of traditional sounds with funk and bebop. Having recently celebrated its 35th anniversary together, the band has the rare distinction among jazz ensembles of having shared the stage with The Grateful Dead, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, 2 Live Crew and Black Crowes.

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The Fresh Air Interview
2:43 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Dave (left) and Phil Alvin.
Beth Herzhaft Courtesy of the artist

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The Record
2:19 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

A Gentle Buzz At The CMA Music Festival

During the CMA Festival in downtown Nashville, Miranda Lambert (left) welcomed Carrie Underwood for a duet on their hit "Somethin' Bad."
John Russell CMA

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 2:31 pm

American music festivals used to be mostly a summer thing, but in many ways they now frame the concert experience all year round. In these temporary hot spots for pleasure and cultural conversation, new artists emerge as sensations and established ones do special things with fans. Culture watchers note fashion trends and predict whose careers will rise and fall by observing what emerges from festivals' impromptu communities.

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Field Recordings
12:07 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

On A Magical Mystery Tour With Hassan Hakmoun

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:19 am

When we plan Field Recordings, we usually look far and wide to find off-the-beaten-path locations for filming musicians. But a unique opportunity presented itself when a duo called Wanderlust Projects — designers of "transgressive placemaking experiences" for urban explorers, usually in abandoned or otherwise off-limits places — invited us to come along on an adventure.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:44 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Rafael Fruhbeck De Burgos, Versatile Spanish Conductor, Dies At 80

The versatile Spanish conductor Rafael Frübeck de Burgos.
Morten Abrahamsen

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World Cafe
3:59 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Dave And Phil Alvin On World Cafe

Dave and Phil Alvin.
Beth Herzhaft Courtesy of the artist

Dave and Phil Alvin are best known for their stint in The Blasters, the bluesy Los Angeles band that formed in the late '70s. They're also known for their contentious relationship, which led them to a 30-year hiatus from musical collaboration.

Though it seems too good to be true, the brothers recently found a point of agreement: a musical tribute to Big Bill Broonzy, a bluesman whose heyday was in the first half of the 20th century. Hear them perform three of their songs here.

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Music Reviews
3:46 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

From Jack White, A Fierce New Record Raised In Captivity

Jack White's first solo album was the sound of heartbreak. His latest, Lazaretto, feels more like isolation.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 7:31 pm

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Mountain Stage
3:39 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Joan Osborne On Mountain Stage

Joan Osborne.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:10 pm

Joan Osborne makes her sixth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Osborne's rich, muscular voice has earned her fans and accolades across many genres: She's been a pop hitmaker, a bluesy soul singer, a roots-music diva and an R&B crooner, and she even drops a hint during this performance about an upcoming record of standards.

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Mountain Stage
2:50 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Keb' Mo' On Mountain Stage

Keb' Mo'.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:10 pm

Keb' Mo' appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Born Kevin Moore in Los Angeles, he first visited Mountain Stage nearly 20 years ago, around the time he first adopted the stage name he now uses. In the time since, he has won three Grammy Awards and become one of the world's most decorated living performers of blues and roots music.

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All Songs Considered
12:33 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Viking's Choice: Consider Yourself Ravaged By Bastard Sapling

Bastard Sapling.
Tony Lynch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 1:12 pm

Dorthia Cottrell is one of the most haunting vocalists in metal right now, howling like Ozzy Osbourne in a wind tunnel. But either out of aesthetics or shyness, her voice has always been buried by the relentlessly heavy mix on her two excellent records singing for Windhand. Thankfully, some friends convinced her to serve as the focal point of a track from a fellow Richmond metal band.

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All Songs Considered
10:45 am
Tue June 10, 2014

New Mix: The New Pornographers, Mapei, Moon Hooch And More

Clockwise from upper left: The New Pornographers, Mapei, Moon Hooch.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 12:46 pm

On this week's All Songs Considered: New music from the pop giants in The New Pornographers, hip-hop and R&B singer Mapei, the riff-rock sax group Moon Hooch, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and more.

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Metropolis
9:43 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Metropolis: 6/7/14

Lana Del Rey is featured on this week's mix.
Adam Kissick for NPR

This Week's Tracklist

  • London Grammar, "Hey Now (Tensnake Remix)" (Columbia)
  • Basement Jaxx, "Mermaid Of Salinas (Quell Club Dub)" (Atlantic)
  • Lana Del Rey, "West Coast (Four Tet Remix)" (Interscope)
  • Chocolate Puma, "Rubberband Lazer" (Promo)
  • DJ Dan, "Don't Disturb This Groove" (Promo)
  • Watermat, "Bullitt" (Promo)
  • Digitalism, "Wolves (feat. Youngblood Hawke)" (Pid)
  • The Rapture, "Sail Away (Digitalism Remix)" (!K7)
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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Tue June 10, 2014

I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler

If it's June, let the wedding bells, and the music, ring out.
iStockphoto.com

Can you hear the wedding bells? June has arrived. Theories vary on why this is the month for marriage. Old traditions like the timing of the harvest season (and pregnancies) might have had something to do with it, or more modern practicalities such as nicer weather and abundant fresh flowers. And then there's the name of the month itself, thought to be inspired by Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage.

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World Cafe
4:28 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

World Cafe Next: Beaty Heart

Beaty Heart.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 11:02 am

  • Hear Two Songs By Beaty Heart

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a trio from South London. Beaty Heart makes rock music that keeps you on your toes: It's quirky, irreverent and complicated, with a tropical vibe that recalls Vampire Weekend.

Download two songs by the band at the audio link.

Live in Concert
4:08 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

tUnE-yArDs In Concert

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, performing live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
NPR

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 9:26 am

A live performance by tUnE-yArDs is as thrilling and unshakeable as the music itself. For this set, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Merrill Garbus, the mad genius behind tUnE-yArDs brought along two frenetic dancers and backup singers, an extra percussionist, a bassist, and two enormous pairs of glittery blue eyes that stared the audience down from the back of the stage.

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Music News
3:16 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Apple Jacks The Headphone Port

What do you mean Apple is getting rid of the headphone jack? Where's it going?
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 9:54 am

Apple may be set to end its use of the standard 3.5mm headphone connector — the mini plug — in favor of its proprietary connector, the Lightning port. If it was to do that, new iPhones, iPads and iPods wouldn't work with old headphones. It's had more than a few industry folks and Apple fanatics upset, to say the least.

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Music News
3:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Reach For The Sky, YouTube: Music Service In Standoff

A still from Vampire Weekend's "Diane Young" music video, which has received more than 3 million views on YouTube.
YouTube

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 10:41 am

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Music
12:14 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Wailers Carry On Bob Marley's Legacy

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:20 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

If you are a fan of reggae - and you know what? - even if you aren't, then you certainly know Bob Marley and the Wailers.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IS THIS LOVE")

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS: (Singing) I want to love you and treat you right. I want to love you, every day and every night. We'll be together.

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Live in Concert
11:08 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Jack White, Live In Concert

Jack White, performing live at the Ford Theater in Hollywood, Calif. on Jun. 10, 2014.
TourGigs for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 3:58 pm

"I'm in a talkative mood," Jack White told the sold-out crowd at Hollywood's historic Fonda Theater. Though it ended up being one of the few comments the singer and guitarist made during the performance, White frequently threw it to the audience for the refrains of several White Stripes songs, including "Fell In Love With A Girl," "We're Going To Be Friends," and the thrilling encore closer "Seven Nation Army."

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Ladies And Gentlemen, Silence Please, For Sir Mix-A-Lot

Sir Mix-a-Lot and the Seattle Symphony performed his hit "Baby Got Back" amid energetic audience participation Saturday night.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 8:29 am

Violinists were nodding their heads to a different beat this weekend, as Sir Mix-a-Lot and the Seattle Symphony presented what the rapper called "Orchestral Movements from the Hood Night." Their version of the hit "Baby Got Back" drew a large crowd of dancers to the stage.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Mon June 9, 2014

KEXP Presents: Young Fathers

KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:19 pm

KEXP hosts hundreds of in-studio sessions a year, but it's rare when our entire staff is blown away the way we were over the soulful Scottish trio Young Fathers. DJ Larry Rose, a longtime fan who conducted the interview, said the energy in the room when those three childhood friends combined their voices was intense: a mix of guttural yelps, sharply recited verses and powerfully soaring vocals. Our video team couldn't stop raving about Young Fathers' passionate, energetic performance.

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