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Deceptive Cadence
4:36 am
Sat May 17, 2014

'The Cunning Little Vixen' Pokes Her Head Into An Animated Forest

In a scene from the Cleveland Orchestra's The Cunning Little Vixen, two actors (Julie Boulianne as Dog and Martina Jankova as Vixen) appear from behind a computer-animated backdrop.
Roger Mastroianni Cleveland Orchestra

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 10:29 am

Long before summer blockbuster films dazzled us with CGI-enhanced superheroes and villains, audiences got their dose of spectacle at the local opera house, where lavishly costumed singers have walked through monumental sets for centuries.

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Planet Money
2:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

A Stradivarius violin at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique, Paris, in 2009.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 7:00 pm

The Stradivarius violin gets its name from master craftsman Antonio Stradivari. When he died in 1737, his secrets died with him: No one has ever been able to duplicate the sound of the violins or violas he made.

His instruments have taken on a mythical quality. Today they fetch millions of dollars at auctions; Sotheby's will soon auction off a viola that it expects to sell for $45 million.

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Music Interviews
1:58 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Talking Blues With Hozier, A One-Man Irish Invasion

Hozier performs live in Studio 1 at NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Olivia Merrion NPR

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 7:00 pm

With a big, soulful voice rooted in American blues and gospel, Hozier has spent 2014 on a clear path to stardom. His breakthrough song, "Take Me to Church," has racked up millions of views online, and his U.S. tour is sold out. He's been favorably compared to Lorde and Adele. But to the 24-year-old from Ireland, big stages and big crowds are still a bit intimidating.

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Song Travels
12:46 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Diane Schuur On 'Song Travels'

Diane Schuur.
Courtesy of the artist

Blessed with perfect pitch and a resonant voice, vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur received her training at the Washington State School for the Blind. Today, Schuur is a two-time Grammy winner who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House.

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All Songs Considered
12:03 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Viking's Choice: Replicants Live On In Perturbator's Dark Synths

Ariel Zucker-Brull's artwork sets the dystopian tone throughout Perturbator's Dangerous Days.
Ariel Zucker-Brull Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 3:23 pm

We're only five years away from Ridley Scott's 1982 vision of a retro-futuristic Los Angeles, when all that stands between human and biorobotic android is the Voight-Kampff machine. But the dark tones and moral ambiguity of Blade Runner never left the film's cult fans — particularly those beguiled by Vangelis' synth-driven soundtrack.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:53 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Clint Eastwood On Piano Jazz

Clint Eastwood at the piano in Monterey, Calif.
Chris Felver Getty Images

Clint Eastwood is best known for his work in Hollywood, but he's also a composer and jazz aficionado. Combining his love of both art forms, he's included classic jazz recordings in his films — including Play Misty for Me, which features the famous Errol Garner ballad.

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Mountain Stage
11:20 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Mark Mulcahy On Mountain Stage

Mark Mulcahy on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:17 pm

Mark Mulcahy makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

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Music
11:07 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Boy George On World Cafe

Boy George.
Dean Stockings Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 3:01 pm

Since his time as lead singer of the British pop band Culture Club, Boy George has had his ups and downs, including failed projects, a battle with addiction and jail time. Now sober, he's just released his first solo album in 19 years, This Is What I Do.

In this World Cafe session, Boy George has a thoughtful conversation with host David Dye and performs a few songs from This Is What I Do.

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Music Reviews
11:05 am
Fri May 16, 2014

In 1970, Miles Davis Played Four Sets For A New Audience

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 12:36 pm

Transcript

DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

In June 1970, Miles Davis played four nights at New York's rock palace Fillmore East, following earlier appearances there and at San Francisco's Fillmore West. A complete recording of all four of those June sets are now available for the first time.

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the jazz trumpeter had gone to the Fillmore in search of a new audience.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Good evening. With great pleasure, Mr. Miles Davis.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MILES DAVIS: (Instrumental)

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All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Fri May 16, 2014

The Good Listener: When Should I Keep Criticism To Myself?

Morrissey's new album doesn't come out until July, and one of his diehard fans is already worried about starting the backlash.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the bag of caramel-filled chocolates we're neglecting to share with our colleagues is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on when hardcore fans hate their favorite artist's new project.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For May 16

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:29 pm

This week's fills (and, yes, yes, one intro) come from a range of styles and periods, from jazz and heavy metal to classic rock and '80s synth pop. Can you match all five?

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday.

Music Videos
4:04 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Juan Cirerol

Juan Cirerol performs for a video shoot on his neighbors' front stoop in Mexico City.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 12:22 pm

I've loved Mexican singer Juan Cirerol's music since the first time I heard it. But I didn't fully understand it until I traveled to his native Mexicali on an assignment for NPR.

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Mountain Stage
3:49 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Sean Keane On Mountain Stage

Sean Keane on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:17 pm

Sean Keane appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Born into the famous musical Keane family of Caherlistrane in the north of County Galway, Sean Keane began singing with the Keane Family Ceilidh Band when he was a toddler; he learned the traditional sean-nós style of singing from his mother and his aunts. Today, he remains one of the few Irish singers to incorporate the style, which is a precursor to unaccompanied Appalachian ballad singing.

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Music
3:37 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Joan Osborne On World Cafe

Joan Osborne.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 3:02 pm

On her new album, Love and Hate, Joan Osborne explores romance from many different angles, resulting in some of her most intimate songwriting. After a long run in the New York City club scene, Osborne's mainstream breakout came in 1995 with "One of Us," which won a Grammy for Song of the Year.

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All Songs TV
1:24 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Chris Schlarb, 'The Great Receiver'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 3:10 pm

The video was animated and directed by Imma Almourzaeva. "The Great Receiver" is from Schlarb's upcoming album, Making The Saint, due out May 27 on Asthmatic Kitty.

All Songs Considered
12:53 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Come Make Some Noise With Us In Brooklyn On June 21st!

Composer and drummer Sunny Jain, the founder of Red Baraat, is writing 100 BPM as a commission from NPR Music.
Wills Glasspiegal Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 2:55 pm

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All Songs TV
11:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

The Acid, 'Fame'

The Acid (from left: Adam Freeland, Ry X, Steve Nalepa)
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 1:42 pm

The video for "Fame" was directed by Dugan O'Neal and The Acid's Ry X. The Acid's debut album, Liminal, will be out July 15 on Mute Records.

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Music
10:36 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Breaking Up Helped Ledisi Find 'The Truth' In Her Music

Ledisi performs at the 2013 BET Honors awards. The singer has been nominated for eight Grammy awards over the past 10 years.
Kris Connor Getty Images for BET

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 11:37 am

Singer songwriter Ledisi has had eight Grammy nominations, and says she is grateful for that. "I would like to win, but it will happen when its time."

For more than 10 years, Ledisi has garnered an international fan base while striving to grow her musical abilities.

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Field Recordings
9:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

D.D Dumbo: Looping Sounds In An Austin Alleyway

D.D Dumbo during his Field Recording in Austin, Texas.
NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:47 pm

Mystery seems to swirl around D.D Dumbo. We'd heard all sorts of crazy rumors about this solo musician; namely, that Dumbo is a modern-day nomad whose only worldly possessions are his guitar and some crazy customized pedals. But once he arrived for one of our SXSW Backyard Sessions, here's what we discovered: Dumbo was born outside of Melbourne, Australia (birth name: Oliver Hugh Perry). He performs with a 12-string electric guitar, a simple drum set-up and some loop pedals. And he prefers to let his eclectic, drone-filled music speak for itself — so, alas, no comment on the nomad rumors.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

KCRW Presents: Chromeo

Chromeo performed live in Los Angeles for KCRW.
Jon Gordon McKenzie KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:38 pm

Flanked by a six-piece choir dubbed "The Chromettes," the Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo recently unleashed a set of dance music on a small audience at Apogee Studios in Santa Monica. With David "Dave 1" Macklovitch on guitar and lead vocals and Patrick "P-Thugg" Gemayel on synths and Talk Box, Chromeo bounced between older hits and favorites from its new album White Women — including the catchy "Jealous (I Ain't With It)."

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Kishi Bashi: Holding A Mirror To Pop Music's Many Faces

Kishi Bashi's second solo album is titled Lighght.
Kaden Shallat Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 9:55 am

Indie-pop musician K. Ishibashi blends violin, electronics and stylistic influences from multiple cultures and pop-music eras to create a unique sound. NPR's Steve Inskeep recently spoke with the musician, who is also a touring member of the eclectic band Of Montreal, about how his many experiences have contributed to the creation of Lighght, his second album as Kishi Bashi. Hear their conversation at the audio link.

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World Cafe
7:12 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Ryley Walker On World Cafe

Ryley Walker.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:47 pm

This April, acoustic guitarist and songwriter Ryley Walker released his debut album, All Kinds Of You, on Tompkins Square Records. The Chicago resident takes inspiration from 1960s folk stars like Bert Jansch and Tim Hardin, and you can also hear hints of Walker's past in free jazz in the way he plays.

Listen to the promising — and funny — guitarist speak with World Cafe host David Dye and perform three songs in our studio.

Music
3:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Sylvan Esso: Finding Humanity Between The Synths

Vocalist Amelia Meath and electronic musician Nick Sanborn are Sylvan Esso.
DL Anderson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 7:27 am

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Mountain Stage
2:57 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Logan Brill On Mountain Stage

Logan Brill on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:18 pm

Logan Brill makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Though she's only 22, Brill is already considered a veteran on Knoxville's music scene. Now living in Nashville, Brill recently earned an upcoming spot on tour with Americana legend Steve Earle, having already played with a wide range of revered musicians — including Sara Evans, Jerry Douglas, Pam Tillis, The Hackensaw Boys and Carbon Leaf.

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The Record
12:18 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

A Rational Conversation: How Deep Is The Disco Revival?

Giorgio Moroder performs at HARD Day Of The Dead in Los Angeles in November 2013.
Gabriel Olsen Getty Images

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All Songs TV
11:24 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Timber Timbre, 'Curtains?!'

Scene from Timber Timbre's video for the song "Curtains?!"
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 3:28 pm

In the video for the Canadian swamp-folk band Timber Timbre's "Curtains?!," a man released from prison embarks on a vengeful quest to find a mysterious woman who haunts his past.

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All Songs Considered
10:02 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Hear A Song From 'Fuego,' The First New Phish Album In 5 Years

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 11:55 am

It's been almost five years since Phish had a new album of songs. Today, we're happy to announce that Fuego, the band's twelfth studio album, will be out on June 24. That's the album cover above. The album's ten songs were premiered live by the band on Halloween 2013 in Atlantic City, N.J.

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Live in Concert
9:37 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Hamilton Leithauser, Live In Concert

Hamilton Leithauser performs live at Joe's Pub in New York City.
Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:14 pm

The Walkmen's members have scattered to the four winds, taking an indefinite hiatus while they pursue an assortment of solo projects. Singer Hamilton Leithauser is on tour for his own debut album, the moody and affecting Black Hours.

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All Songs TV
9:25 am
Wed May 14, 2014

White Lung, 'Face Down'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 11:31 am

Deep Fantasy comes out June 17 on Domino Records.

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

The Two-Way
5:09 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Last Chance To See Astronaut's 'Space Oddity' Video

Screen grab from astronaut Chris Hadfield's rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" — performed on the International Space Station.
Chris Hadfield YouTube

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 6:51 pm

Some of you might remember the music video rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shot aboard the International Space Station. That was a year ago, and the YouTube video he made, which is now approaching 23 million views, is set to come down Tuesday as the licensing agreement on the iconic song expires.

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