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Metropolis
10:57 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Metropolis: 5/3/14

Jacques Greene's new EP, Phantom Vibrate, was released last week.
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This Week's Tracklist

  • Mr. Probz, "Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)" (Ultra)
  • Junior Jack, "Thrill Me (Infinity Ink Mix)" (Defected)
  • Static Revenger, "Colors At Night (Deep Mix)" (D-Dub)
  • Disclosure & Friend Within, "The Mechanism" (Method)
  • Kraak & Smaak, "How We Gonna Stop The Time (Valique Remix)" (Jalapeno)
  • Junior Jack, "Thrill Me (No_ID Mix)" (Defected)
  • London Grammar, "Hey Now (Sasha Remix)" (Sony)
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Classics in Concert
10:08 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Spring For Music: A Rare American Oratorio At Carnegie Hall

James Conion leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on May 09, 2014.
Melanie Burford/Prime Melanie Burford/Prime for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:16 pm

When NPR Music and WQXR present the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus' performance of R. Nathaniel Dett's The Ordering of Moses at Carnegie Hall Friday, there will be one significant difference from its first airing: it should be free of interruptions.

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Music Reviews
9:33 am
Mon May 5, 2014

tUnE-yArDs: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

tUnE-yArDs.
Holly Andres Courtesy of the artist.

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 12:43 pm

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

First Listen: Swans, 'To Be Kind'

Swans' new album, To Be Kind, comes out May 13.
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Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 2:33 pm

Only on occasion does it make sense to praise music as scary, and somehow many of those occasions coincide with Swans sending new sounds out into the world. Since 1982, when the band emerged from the same New York "no wave" scene as noise-rock acts like Sonic Youth, Swans' seething intensity has been a default mode. Every element of the Swans sound is alarming, brutal, dark and sublimely beautiful for all the rage that gets articulated — and the sense of release that gets promised, too.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

First Listen: Mirah, 'Changing Light'

Mirah's new album, Changing Light, comes out May 13.
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Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 2:31 pm

Mirah wrote Changing Light, her fifth full-length solo album, in the years-long aftermath of a punishing breakup. Maybe it's the amount of time it took for the material to gestate, or maybe it's the thoughtfulness and patience gleaned from a nearly 20-year career, but Changing Light keeps looking at her ache from wise angles. Nervy and sonically inventive in spots, tender and graceful in others, it's a breakup record that eschews childish outbursts and pointless wallowing.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

First Listen: Agalloch, 'The Serpent & The Sphere'

Agalloch's new album, The Serpent & The Sphere, comes out May 13.
Veleda Thorsson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 2:34 pm

It's been four years since Agalloch released Marrow of the Spirit, a spectacular record that exposed the cultish metal band to a wider audience seeking something ritualistic and caustic in heavy music. For all of its lengthy and textured songs, Marrow kept things fairly linear — thrilling in its momentum, for sure, but onward and forward.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

First Listen: Sturgill Simpson, 'Metamodern Sounds In Country Music'

Sturgill Simpson's new album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, comes out May 13.
Crackerfarm Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 7:51 am

There are so many "whoa, stop" moments in the first three minutes of Sturgill Simpson's second album. A few selected quotes, which Simpson delivers in a stretched-out Waylon croon: "I've seen Jesus play with flames ... met the devil in Seattle ... met Buddha yet another time," "Don't waste your time on nursery rhymes and fairy tales of blood and wine," "Marijuana, LSD, psilocybin, DMT, they all changed the way I see," and "There's a gateway in our mind that leads somewhere out there beyond this plane / where reptile aliens made of light cut you open and pull out all your pain." Wait, what?

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

First Listen: Sylvan Esso, 'Sylvan Esso'

Sylvan Esso's self-titled debut album comes out May 13.
DL Anderson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 2:32 pm

The product of an unlikely pairing of musicians, Sylvan Esso works in equally unlikely ways: Singer Amelia Meath first surfaced as a singer in the largely a cappella Vermont folk group Mountain Man, while Nick Sanborn plays bass in the versatile North Carolina psych-rock band Megafaun.

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Music Interviews
3:53 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Composer Elliot Goldenthal's New Work In An Odd Key

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:31 am

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

If you're just joining us, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. What connects the films "Drugstore Cowboy," "Pet Cemetery," "Batman Forever" and "Frida?" You can skip Kevin Bacon and connect them all with just one name, composer Elliot Goldenthal.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Folk Alley Presents: Ray Bonneville

Beehive Productions

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:27 am

So much of music is about longing, navigating life's unexpected moments with curiosity, searching for clarity and better understanding. All of this is pieced together beautifully on Ray Bonneville's new album, Easy Gone.

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Music Reviews
6:38 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Alt Latino Spring Cleaning: Cover Songs From The Mailbox

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:32 am

NPR's Rachel Martin chats with Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR Music's AltLatino. This week they tackle cover songs.

Author Interviews
4:05 am
Sun May 4, 2014

The 'Marvelous Living' Of Soprano Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman performs late on June 6, 2008 during the 14th Sacred World Music Festival.
Abdelhak Senna AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 12:32 pm

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Music News
4:04 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Hear Hans Zimmer's Bid For The Next Great Screen Composer

Hans Zimmer.
Zoe Zimmer Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 12:06 pm

Crimson Tide, The Lion King, Inception, Gladiator — that's just a handful of the many movies that feature award-winning scores by Hans Zimmer. Lately, Zimmer has lent his ear to soundtracks written by a new generation of aspiring film composers.

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Music Interviews
4:18 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Sonny Rollins: 'You Can't Think And Play At The Same Time'

"Jazz improvisation is supposed to be the highest form of communication," Sonny Rollins says, "and getting that to the people is our job as musicians."
John Abbott Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 5:27 pm

When you consider that critics have been writing about him for over 60 years, it can seem as if there's nothing left to say about Sonny Rollins. But there is – because over the decades, the "Saxophone Colossus" has never stopped growing or adding to his sound.

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Alt.Latino
3:06 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Dancing To The Radio: Alt.Latino's Cinco De Mayo Playlist

Whether or not you celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you'll need some music this weekend.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:17 pm

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All Songs Considered
9:02 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Bob's Rainbows: May 3, 2014

Future Islands at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC.
Photo by Zac Visco for NPR NPR

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Music Interviews
8:52 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Sri Lankan Opera Singer Followed Her Dream To American Stage

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:32 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Kids in America can dream of becoming an opera singer and performing around the world. The odds are long, but talent, hard work, the right breaks - all of that could make it happen. But what if you grew up in Sri Lanka, off the coast of India?

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:42 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Cian Nugent: Tiny Desk Concert

Cian Nugent performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 10:20 pm

Cian Nugent doesn't know what he wants to be, and that's OK. The Dublin-based guitarist cut his teeth as a 19-year-old pickin' on the acoustic worlds that John Fahey, Jack Rose and Bert Jansch built.

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World Cafe
6:10 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

David Crosby On World Cafe

David Crosby.
Buzz Nelson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:06 pm

As a member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young our guest today, David Crosby, is one of folk-rock's superstars. He has made four solo albums, worked with his partner Graham Nash, produced Joni Mitchell, and formed a band with his son James Raymond.

He's had such a wild life, we're thankful that he is still with us — and turning out work as good and relevant as his fourth solo album, Croz.

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World Cafe
5:54 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Real Estate On World Cafe

Real Estate.
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Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 10:50 am

The North Jersey-based band Real Estate returns to the Cafe today with its new album, Atlas, in tow. The disc is a further refinement of their '80s-influenced guitar pop.

You will not find a more unassuming band — they repeatedly say that they are just the boys from up the street that you knew in high school who happened to form a band. That may be true, but more mature themes of responsibilities and even nostalgia for the not-so-distant past have crept into Martin Courtney's writing — themes that were not part of the band's first two albums.

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Music Interviews
3:39 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Connections On A Dance Floor: The Musical Brotherhood Of Young Fathers

Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers performs in Texas in 2013. From left: Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham "G" Hastings, Kayus Bankole.
Joshua Brasted Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 10:17 am

Even in music's melting pot, Young Fathers are an unlikely trio. Alloysious Massaquoi is originally from Liberia, Kayus Bankole has Nigerian parents, and producer Graham "G" Hastings hails from North Edinburgh, Scotland, where the three first met as teenagers in the early 2000s.

In a conversation with NPR's Audie Cornish, the members of the genre-mashing group say they connected instantly — even though, under the circumstances, they couldn't actually speak to one another:

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Song Travels
3:36 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Christine Ebersole On 'Song Travels'

Christine Ebersole.
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Tony-winning actress and vocalist Christine Ebersole has been a stage and screen presence for more than 30 years. Her resume includes the musicals Grey Gardens, Oklahoma! and Camelot, as well as a role in the 1984 film Amadeus and an appearance on FX's American Horror Story: Coven.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:42 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Howard Alden On Piano Jazz

Howard Alden.
Joseph Boggess Courtesy of the artist

Guitarist Howard Alden's superb solo and accompaniment skills have led to work with legends including Red Norvo, Woody Herman and his mentor, guitarist George Van Eps. On this episode of Piano Jazz, Alden demonstrates his harmonic and melodic mastery of the seven-string guitar with a glowing version of "Single Petal of a Rose."

Originally recorded July 26, 1999.

All Songs Considered
2:22 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of April

One of the hottest tracks we heard all month was the live version of "P.A.R.T.Y." by L.A. producer Seven Davis Jr.
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Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 2:31 pm

Another month means another Recommended Dose from All Songs Considered. We listen to literally hundreds of new electronic music tracks each month, test the standouts on some very loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.

You can stream this month's mix here or on NPR Music's SoundCloud page. If you'd rather just hear each song individually, check out the playlist below.

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The Record
1:38 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

These New Puritans: 'You Have To Be Meticulous'

These New Puritans, from left: Elisa Rodrigues, Thomas Hein, Jack Barnett, George Barnett.
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Mountain Stage
11:41 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Damon Fowler On Mountain Stage

Damon Fowler.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:28 pm

Damon Fowler makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Known as a master of the guitar in and around his hometown of Tampa, Fowler started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager. He began singing and writing his own music as the years passed, further expanding his repertoire. Fowler has released three albums for the Blind Pig label, including his latest, Sounds of Home.

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Music Reviews
11:04 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Review: Drummer Billy Hart's 'One Is The Other'

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:33 am

Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, in for Terry Gross. Drummer Billy Hart has recorded hundreds of records, backing, among many others, guitarist Wes Montgomery, pianists Shirley Horn and Herbie Hancock, saxophonists Stan Getz and Dave Liebman, and the co-op band The Cookers. Billy Hart sometimes records under his own name, too, especially now that he has a well-seasoned quartet. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews their latest.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YARD")

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All Songs Considered
9:48 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The Good Listener: Is It Fair To Call A Band A Sellout?

"Did you know that [The Promise Ring] made fifty thousand dollars last year?"
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the Pokemon games we purchased for our kids even though they're entirely indistinguishable from the other Pokemon games we've purchased for our kids is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on what it means (and whether it's even possible) to sell out as a musician.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Drum Fill Friday With The War On Drugs Drummer Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall, drummer for the band The War On Drugs, is this week's guest quizmaster for Drum Fill Friday.
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Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 9:30 am

If you think my picks for these weekly puzzlers were hard, try guessing the ones selected by an actual drummer. Charlie Hall, who anchors the Philadelphia-based rock group The War On Drugs, is this week's guest quizmaster. He offers an eclectic, surprising and (for me anyway) challenging batch of fills and intros to identify. See how you do!

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Music Documentaries
5:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Los Romanticos De Zacatecas

Los Romanticos de Zacatecas, performing for a video shoot in Mexico City.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 12:23 pm

Ever since I moved to Mexico City, I've been overwhelmed by the amount of music at my fingertips. I'm not just talking about amazing concerts: So many artists from all over Latin America live here in Mexico, and I love being here to check in on their creative process.

We started the series Mi Casa Es Tu Casa with Fusion based on that concept; the idea of catching musicians in their most comfortable setting, and having them go beyond performances and into the DNA of their art.

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