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Front Row
9:23 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Cayetana, Live In Concert

The Philadelphia rock trio Cayetana performs during NPR Music's show at the CMJ Music Marathon.
Loren Wohl for NPR

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 6:08 pm

The CMJ Music Marathon, which takes place in clubs across New York City each autumn, began as a way for college-radio programmers to discover new acts for their airwaves. It was in that spirit that NPR Music chose the Philly rock band Cayetana to kick off its recent CMJ show.

Augusta Koch, Allegra Anka and Kelly Olsen are already underground stars in the city of brotherly love, but their audience is poised to grow massively on the strength of Cayetana's stellar debut album, Nervous Like Me. And, as you'll see here, the band's got the whole "live" thing down pat.

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Music News
5:16 am
Tue October 28, 2014

What Is It About Kendrick Lamar?

"I think that there are moments in hip-hop culture and pop culture when we become ready for somebody to complicate our lives," says NPR's Frannie Kelley of rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:14 pm

Kendrick Lamar put out his most recent album (and major label debut), good kid, m.A.A.d. city, in 2012. That album was acclaimed by both hip-hop critics and fans, and their mainstream equivalents, and Lamar's fame has only grown since then.

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Music Interviews
3:55 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

No Shame: Glen Campbell Documentary Follows Singer's Goodbye Tour

In 2011, Glen Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 5:25 pm

Anyone old enough to remember the 1960s and '70s is old enough to remember Glen Campbell.

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World Cafe
3:34 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

World Cafe Next: Alex G

Alex G.
Courtesy of the artist

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

Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is Philadelphia's Alex G. His new album, DSU, which comes out Nov. 4, is his fifth. The 21-year-old Temple University student continues to mine the rich space — explored so fruitfully by indie-rock forebears like Built To Spill — between intimate, personal expression and grandiose sonic worlds.

World Cafe
3:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

James Williamson On World Cafe

James Williamson.
Tanya Alexis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:06 am

Today's guest on World Cafe is guitarist James Williamson, who was a live guitarist for legendary Detroit rock band The Stooges after the release of 1970's Fun House and co-wrote 1973's Raw Power with Iggy Pop.

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All Songs Considered
2:03 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Question Of The Week: What Are The Most Terrifying Songs Of All Time?

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 2:02 pm

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All Songs Considered
12:56 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

The Taylor Swift/Aphex Twin Mashup You Didn't Know You Wanted Is Here

Aphex Swift.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 2:00 pm

You have to wonder what synapse fired in comedian David Rees' brain when he heard Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" and thought, "You know what this needs?

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Metropolis
12:11 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Metropolis: 10/25/14

Hear several tracks by Flight Facilities on today's Metropolis.
Jesse O'Brien Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • Expanding Head Band, "Sound Of Breaking Glass" (Lo)
  • Bondax, "All I See (Darius Remix)" (Ultra)
  • Asaga, "Close Ur Eyes (Original Mix)" (Dextrous Trax)
  • Stylophonic, "Buddy"
  • Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP, "Sugar Man (Vanilla Ace Remix)" (Ultra)
  • Raumtechnik, "Bammer (Original Mix)" (Imports)
  • Chad Tyson & Vanilla Ace, "Wanna Feel You (Original Mix)" (Bunny Tiger)
  • Groove Armada, "Soho Disco" (Om)
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Mountain Stage
11:56 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Chris Smither On Mountain Stage

Chris Smither.
Mountain Stage

A master of modern acoustic blues guitar, Chris Smither often draws on the influence of poets, folksingers, philosophers and humorists. Now in his fifth decade of making music, Smither made his 13th appearance on Mountain Stage this year, when the show visited the lakeside town of Grand Marais, Minn.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:42 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Roy Hargrove On Piano Jazz

Courtesy of the artist

Grammy-winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove has played with jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Mulgrew Miller and Bobby Watson.

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Favorite Sessions
11:34 am
Mon October 27, 2014

KEXP Presents: Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst performs live in the KEXP studio.
Renata Steiner KEXP

It's not as if Conor Oberst needs much help sounding great. The Omaha native has been writing and performing with various projects, most notably Bright Eyes, since his early teens, and he's helped found two important independent labels: Saddle Creek and Team Love. Everything he does is worth hearing.

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All Songs Considered
11:33 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Bob Boilen's Top 10 Discoveries From The 2014 CMJ Music Marathon

Bob Boilen NPR Music

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 8:50 am

Every fall, hundreds of bands migrate to New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. Many of these groups are playing their first shows in NYC and for a lot of the audience — music journalists, college dj's and fans alike — it's their first taste of these young upstarts. My previous CMJ discoveries include such favorites as Courtney Barnett, Public Service Broadcasting, Foxygen, The Blow, Zola Jesus, Caveman ... the list is long.

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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Ronnie Milsap Joins Country Music's Hall Of Fame

Singer and songwriter Ronnie Milsap is a new inductee into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville, Tenn.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 7:39 pm

A new class of musicians was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night, with blind singer and pianist Ronnie Milsap leading the group. Milsap's career ranged from playing both early R&B and on the Elvis hit "Kentucky Rain" in the 1960s to the heights of solo success in the '70s and '80s. One of his biggest hits was 1980's "Smoky Mountain Rain."

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First Listen
10:43 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

First Listen: Neil Young, 'Storytone'

Neil Young's new album, Storytone, comes out Nov. 4.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 8:46 am

One of Neil Young's recent records, 2009's Fork In The Road, contains nothing but rambling songs about his beloved electric car. Young has generated stacks of live albums — one of which, 1991's Arc, consists of exactly 35 minutes' worth of feedback and noise. Whether he's recording front-porch ballads, anthemic rock, early archival tapes, scathing protest music or even a rock opera, Young has become one of the most uncompromising, unpredictable, unbound and, at times, unearthly brilliant living musicians.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

First Listen: Bob Dylan, 'The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11'

The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, a compilation of unearthed recordings by Bob Dylan, comes out Nov. 4.
Elliott Landy Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 8:43 am

The dog's name was Hamlet.

He lived at the house known as Big Pink, in the woods near Woodstock, and during the summer of 1967, responsibility for his care was shared by Bob Dylan and members of The Band. Hamlet was on the scene during the fruitful recording of The Basement Tapes, part of the storied atmosphere that led to one of the most vivid chapters in American music.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

First Listen: Les Sins, 'Michael'

Les Sins' new album, Michael, comes out Nov. 4.
Andrew Paynter Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 8:42 am

Les Sins is the moniker that musician Chaz Bundick deploys when he's not performing as Toro y Moi. And while he's run the genre gamut in his best-known work — releasing chillwave-indebted pop, folk and rubbery funk over the years — it's as Les Sins that Bundick makes his most overt advances to the dance floor.

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Music
6:04 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Did Led Zeppelin Plagiarize 'Stairway'? A Pa. Judge Will Decide

This week, a judge in Pennsylvania moved forward with a lawsuit against the members of Led Zeppelin and their music publishers. The band is accused of plagiarism.
Dario Cantatore AP

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 9:29 am

Everyone who knows rock 'n' roll knows the opening riff to Led Zeppelin's 1971 hit "Stairway to Heaven." Play it side-by-side with the 1968 song "Taurus" by the band Spirit, and they sound almost the same.

The songs were released more than four decades ago, but just this week, a judge in Pennsylvania allowed a lawsuit about the issue to move forward.

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Music Interviews
4:13 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Maya Beiser Shreds The Cello

Maya Beiser's new rock covers album is called Uncovered.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 5:31 pm

Through the decades, classical cellists have studied the masters: Pablo Casals, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jacqueline du Pre. AC/DC doesn't quite make that list — but cellist Maya Beiser loves playing their music.

Beiser gives some of her favorite rock and blues numbers — like AC/DC's "Back in Black" and Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" — a modern cello workover on her new album, Uncovered.

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All Tech Considered
1:45 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Pandora Hopes To Lure Musicians Backstage With Analytics

Pandora founder Tim Westergren is a former touring musician himself, but some say the music streaming service he leads is hurting musicians more than helping.
Larry Busacca Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 12:33 pm

Coming up on the end of a year marred by bitter quarrels over royalties for online music, Pandora is now making a play for artists' goodwill.

On Wednesday, Pandora announced the launch of AMP (Artist Marketing Platform), a free service that pulls back the curtain on the widely popular streaming service and gives musicians access to data on who is listening to their music, when and where.

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Music Interviews
5:54 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Messing With Perfection: Why The Flaming Lips Took On 'Sgt. Pepper'

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips speaks to NPR's Arun Rath about his band's new album, With A Little Help From My Fwends.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:15 pm

Rolling Stone called it the greatest album of all time — and for some, that's an understatement. The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, raising the standard of rock 'n' roll and challenging their peers to catch up. For just about anyone who cares about rock music, this album is unassailable. And yet, one band — with a reputation for being contrarian — is testing the waters.

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The Two-Way
1:22 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Jack Bruce, Bassist And Singer For Cream, Dies At 71

Jack Bruce, left, seen here with fellow Cream members Ginger Baker (center) and Eric Clapton in 1967, has died. The bassist sang such hits as "Sunshine of Your Love."
George Stroud Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 1:33 pm

Scottish musician Jack Bruce, who co-founded the rock band Cream and created seminal music in the 1960s, has died, his family has confirmed. Bruce played bass in the trio that included Eric Clapton on guitar and Ginger Baker on drums. He sang such hits as "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room" and "I Feel Free."

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Sat October 25, 2014

The Good Listener: Where's All The Great Halloween Music?

Dead Man's Bones' 2009 debut belongs in any discussion of Halloween music.
Hama Sanders Courtesy of the artist

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the fake blood we ordered for our son's Andrew W.K. costume is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on Halloween music.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Danish String Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR Starff

An abundance of facial hair is not restricted to the sensitive male indie-rocker set. Three of the four players in the Danish String Quartet could easily pass for hipster Brooklyn beard farmers. "We are simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard," the group's website says.

Yet what's really important about the ensemble is how they play — and judging from this performance behind Bob Boilen's desk, these Nordic lads possess warmth, wit, a beautiful tone and technical prowess second to none.

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Music Interviews
6:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Oratorio Tackles The Issue Of Leaks From 'The Source'

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:57 am

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

Music Interviews
6:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Music To Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:57 am

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

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Halloween approaches, doesn't it? Hobgoblins and witches, and we don't just mean the campaign season. No artist was more successful at producing the sinister by suggestion than Sir Alfred Hitchcock. It's Saturday morning, why don't you all take a nice shower?

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Music Interviews
4:44 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Pat Benatar And Neil Giraldo: Tales From A Rock 'N' Roll Marriage

Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo have been married, making music, and performing together for more than 35 years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 2:07 pm

Every relationship has an origin story. For Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, it all goes back to the moment in the late 1970s when Benatar signed a recording deal with Chrysalis Records — who immediately fired everyone in her band but the bass player.

"They brought in all these top studio guys and all the guys that were in New York, the big guys," Benatar tells NPR's Scott Simon. "And we were in auditions for all the other musicians and they said, 'Neil Giraldo's here.'

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The Thistle & Shamrock
3:26 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: New Fall Sounds 2

Crooked Still.
Courtesy of the artist

Join Thistle & Shamrock host Fiona Ritchie as she explores the latest batch of releases, showcasing what's new from established artists and emerging talent alike.

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

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:49 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Ruth Brown On Piano Jazz

Paul Bergen Redferns

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 11:51 am

Ruth Brown was one of the pioneers of R&B. The vocalist and actress also hosted a blues program on NPR called Blues Stage that helped bring wider attention to the genre.

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1993, Brown's roots in blues, R&B and jazz are on display as she sings to host Marian McPartland's accompaniment in "Skylark" and "Fine And Mellow."

Originally recorded Feb. 8, 1993. Originally broadcast June 19, 1993.

Set List

  • "Fine And Mellow" (Holiday)
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Drum Fill Friday
9:45 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, With Sleater-Kinney's Janet Weiss

Sleater-Kinney (and Quasi and Wild Flag) drummer Janet Weiss at the kit.
Tim Bugbee Tinnitus Photography

Drummer Janet Weiss is a force. For the past 20 years, her distinctive punch, precision and signature head swing while at the kit has been a fierce anchor for the bands Quasi, Wild-Flag, Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks and most prominently Sleater-Kinney. Now that Sleater-Kinney is back together, following an eight-year hiatus, it seems like the perfect time to share some of Weiss' favorite fills (and a few intros) for this week's Drum Fill Friday.

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First Listen
7:59 am
Fri October 24, 2014

First Listen: Grouper, 'Ruins'

Grouper's new album, Ruins, comes out Oct. 31.
Jason Bokros Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 8:37 am

Nothing is more intimate than the human voice, and few human voices are as intimate as the one belonging to Liz Harris. The Portland ambient artist known as Grouper has recorded more than 10 albums in the past 10 years, but most of her fans likely know her from her crowning achievement, 2008's incongruously titled Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill.

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