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Studio Sessions
4:52 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Guster Talks 20 Years Of Music — And Performs Live

Guster's latest album is Evermotion.
Zoe Ruth Erwin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 10:15 am

When the members of Guster met at Tufts University, they never guessed that by the time they graduated they'd be looking to buy a van and hit the road together. To this day, drummer Brian Rosenworcel says he can't believe his bandmates let him join the group — after all, he was the guy who thought it'd be cool to bring his bongos to college.

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Author Interviews
6:41 am
Sat January 17, 2015

A 'Down-To-Earth Diva' Confronts Her Flaws And Good Fortune

Deborah Voigt regularly hosts and performs in the Metropolitan Opera's The Met: Live in HD series.
Heidi Gutman HarperCollinsPublishers

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 10:57 am

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Music Interviews
6:41 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Meghan Trainor's Confidence Got A Boost From 'That Bass'

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 10:57 am

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Song Travels
2:29 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Melissa Manchester On Song Travels

Melissa Manchester.
Courtesy of the artist

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Melissa Manchester performed with Bette Midler as "Toots in the Middle" in the original group The Harlettes. Manchester co-wrote and produced a number of hits through the '70s and '80s, and her songs have been recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Alison Krauss and Johnny Mathis.

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Drum Fill Friday
12:41 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Drum Fill Friday: Unfailing Flailing

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 1:10 pm

I'm not a drummer. And it's a lot harder for me to articulate why one fill works over another than it is for people who've been hitting the toms since they were kids. So when our guest Quizmasters have the week off and I put together one of these puzzlers myself, I just reach for the songs that always get me air drumming. Driving in the car, waiting for the Metro, walking down the street — the fills in this week's Drum Fill Friday are all ones that get my arms flailing. I wonder if it's strange for drummers to know they've created beats and patterns that idiots like me try to pantomime.

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The Record
11:43 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Kim Fowley, Producer And Rock Svengali, Dies

Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 11:57 am

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All Songs Considered
10:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Tiny Desk Contest Entries Just Keep Coming

Our search to find the next great unknown musician to play at the Tiny Desk ends Monday.
NPR

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 12:33 pm

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Songs We Love
8:27 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Levon Vincent, 'Anti-Corporate Music'

Underground dance producer Levon Vincent.
Courtesy of the artist

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Alt.Latino
7:08 am
Fri January 16, 2015

History Goes To The Illustrators: 'A Contrarian History Of The United States'

A Most Imperfect Union champions the progress and ideals of the U.S. while recognizing its missteps.
Lalo Alcaraz Courtesy of the artist

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Fri January 16, 2015

KCRW Presents: Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell performs live for Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Alex Pieros KCRW

Australian singer Lisa Mitchell recently made her U.S. live radio debut on Morning Becomes Eclectic, which coincided with her first visit to Los Angeles. The 24-year-old has been writing music since her teens, and is about to release her third album. Here, the Australian Idol alum performs a soft, airy song called "Wah Ha."

SET LIST

  • "Wah Ha"

Watch Lisa Mitchell's full performance on KCRW.com.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:41 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

What We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'

Gael García Bernal (right), Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell star in the classical music comedy series Mozart in the Jungle.
Nicole Rivelli Amazon Studios

Pill popping, pot smoking, back-stabbing, bed hopping and tantrum throwing — now we're talking classical music! At least that's what the new Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle would have us believe is all in a day's work for orchestra musicians. The 10-part series is based on a tell-all book of the same name published a decade ago by oboist Blair Tindall.

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All Songs Considered
2:04 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

All Songs At 15: How To Get The Greatest Job In The World

Robin's redesign demo for All Songs Considered from 2000. (Don't laugh, this looked pretty cool 15 years ago).
Robin Hilton

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 2:34 pm

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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World Cafe
1:56 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Latin Roots: The Protest Music Of South America

Calle 13.
Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Latin Roots from World Cafe, Rachel Faro joins the show to discuss cancion de protesta. While the U.S. experienced its own period of politically charged songs about the Vietnam War and more in the '60s and '70s, Latin American songwriters were creating commentary about the repressive regimes in power there.

Here, Faro shares some of the musicians who put their lives at risk — and identifies the artist she considers the Bob Dylan of the Latin music world.

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World Cafe
1:45 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Son Little On World Cafe

Son Little.
Kelsey Stanger WXPN

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 3:19 pm

Philadelphia singer Son Little cut his teeth on collaborations with The Roots and RJD2. Now, he's got his own nationally released EP, titled Things I Forgot.

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All Songs TV
12:55 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Adventures, 'Heavenly'

A still from Adventures' "Heavenly."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 9:04 am

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All Songs Considered
11:44 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Viking's Choice: Zs, 'Xe'

Zs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 11:24 am

Some noise freaks will have you believe that if the music doesn't kill you, it's not extreme enough. Since 2000, the Brooklyn band Zs and its rotating cast could sometimes be accused of that mentality, as they've looked to the caustic examples of '60s free jazz, '80s No Wave and minimalism. Zs' members take grand leaps into music with no place to land, which is what makes the approachable (but no less challenging) Xe, especially its title track, the group's most radical statement.

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The Record
9:59 am
Thu January 15, 2015

How One Of Gospel's Essential Songs Gave 'Selma' Its Soul

David Oyelowo (left) as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King in Selma.
Atsushi Nishijima Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 11:11 am

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Song Premiere: Jackson Scott, 'Pacify'

Jackson Scott's sophomore album Sunshine Redux is due out April 28 on Bloodmoss Records.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 8:14 am

The young singer and guitarist Jackson Scott first popped up on our radar when he released his psych-pop debut Melbourne in 2013. It was a lo-fi wonder that included an unsettling but strangely sunny (and unforgettable) tribute to the children killed at Sandy Hook.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
2:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Our Point Of View At Le Poisson Rouge

Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Derrick Hodge (bass) and Marcus Strickland (saxophone) of Our Point of View.
David Tallacksen WBGO

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 1:32 am

Blue Note Records celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, marking three-quarters of a century issuing music by the biggest names in jazz history. The company continues to aspire to that standard, with a contemporary roster ever on the lookout for today's movers and shakers. The supergroup Our Point Of View — the name references a 1963 Herbie Hancock album — combines six of those Blue Note artists for a program of originals and classics heard on Blue Note Records alike.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
1:57 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Prestige Records' 65th Anniversary Party

Jamison Ross performs at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition in 2012.
Paul Morigi Getty Images for The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 5:38 pm

Like many a jazz label throughout history, Prestige Records was a small, independent company which happened to document greats: musicians like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk, among others. Last year marked its 65th anniversary.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
1:31 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Butler, Bernstein And The Hot 9 At Jazz Standard

Steven Bernstein (trumpet) and Henry Butler (front row, right) lead the Hot 9.
Stephanie Berger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 12:56 am

Henry Butler comes from a line of New Orleans piano geniuses, virtuosi who command any style under the syncopated sun. Steven Bernstein comes from a career of collaboration, blowing a slide trumpet all over downtown New York and writing arrangements for just about any medium and context. Both share a love for Jelly Roll Morton and Bessie Smith — Butler grew up in New Orleans, and Bernstein leads the pre-war Millennial Territory Orchestra — and for injecting personal, modern twists into anything they do. And when they met on stage recently, they knew they had to collaborate deeper.

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Music
4:15 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Thievery Corporation: All Things Considered's In-House Band For A Day

All Things Considered director Monika Evstatieva offers a little last-minute advice to the day's in-house band, Thievery Corporation.
Morgan McCloy NPR

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:32 pm

If you listen to NPR's newsmagazines, short bits of instrumental music often provide the connective tissue linking one story to the next. We call them buttons or breaks or deadrolls, and each is chosen by the show's director that day. Sometimes the selections make a sly reference to the story they follow — say, a snippet of "Baby Elephant Walk" after a story about elephants — but more often they're there to capture, enhance or brighten the mood while helping the listener differentiate between news pieces.

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Music News
2:22 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

'Everything Is Cyclical': Christian McBride Looks At 2015 In Jazz

Christian McBride is the host of NPR's Jazz Night In America.
Anna Webber Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 4:55 pm

Christian McBride likely doesn't need much of an introduction. He's a bassist who's worked with everyone from McCoy Tyner to Diana Krall to Paul McCartney.

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World Cafe
2:02 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Israel Nash On World Cafe

Israel Nash.
Pooneh Ghana Courtesy of the artist

Israel Nash got his start in music after moving to New York City; his 2009 debut came out of his experiences there. His 2011 follow-up album was recorded on a small farm in the Catskills and was co-produced by Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley. A relocation to a small ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas, preceded his new record, Rain Plans.

On this episode of World Cafe, he describes how he wanted his third album to reflect the Hill Country, and professes his love for Neil Young. And, of course, he performs a few of his songs live.

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All Songs Considered
1:55 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Viking's Choice: Mind Over Mirrors, 'Calling Your Name'

Mind Over Mirrors.
Saverio Truglia Courtesy of the artist

At the center of Mind Over Mirrors' sound lies the Indian pedal harmonium, an instrument that elicits a piercing tone; it's at once devotional and alarming in its presence and volume. Jaime Fennelly typically surrounds these song-driven drones with tape loops and synthesizers, and on The Voice Calling, he's joined by Circuit Des Yeux's Haley Fohr, whose deep baritone voice could also be described as devotional and alarming. She's an incantatory force in "Calling Your Name."

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Favorite Sessions
12:59 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Folk Alley Presents: Pieta Brown

Pieta Brown performs live for Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Pieta Brown says she didn't find the guitar; the guitar found her. The daughter of singer-songwriter Greg Brown grew up surrounded by music and wrote her first song when she was only 3. By age 8, she was writing poetry and instrumental music on the piano, eventually picking up the guitar in her early 20s and merging the two into songs.

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Music
11:53 am
Wed January 14, 2015

The National Parks, 'Helsinki'

The National Parks
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 1:44 pm

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Songs We Love
11:05 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Pop Zeus & Wyatt Blair, 'I've Never Been More Alive'

Mikey Hodges, a.k.a. Pop Zeus, was killed in a motorcycle crash on Dec. 18. "I've Never Been More Alive" is one of his final completed songs.
Courtesy of Lolipop Records

Michael "Mikey" Hodges began his music career the way thousands of other songwriters start out: by moving to New York. Hodges split from his home state of Indiana in 2009 and landed in Brooklyn, moving in with a musician buddy from back home. He bounced around the Brooklyn scene, bartending, performing with friends' bands and making pals everywhere he went — but on his own, he'd begun to record a batch of pop songs that would mark his debut as a solo artist.

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Songs We Love
9:26 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, 'Whenever You See Me'

The sibling trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis.
Dean Chalkley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:04 am

When Daisy Durham tells the skirt-chaser in her path to "Think about where you put that hand" in this tough-spirited, joyfully punchy musical kiss-off, she has a girl gang's worth of rock 'n' roll predecessors to back her up. Daisy's on-the-corner vocals, doubled by her sister Kitty, recall outer-borough demolition dolls like the Shangri-La's, the Bobbettes and the Angels.

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All Songs Considered
3:07 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Discoveries From globalFEST 2015

Clockwise from upper left: Puerto Candelaria, Emel Mathlouthi, Sam Lee, The Jones Family Singers
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 9:53 am

The news headlines weren't always easy to read last week, between the mass shootings in Paris and the relentless violence in Nigeria. But over the weekend, in New York City, some of the most remarkable global music groups in the world converged for a moment of musical solidarity.

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