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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.
Courtesy of the artist

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.
Courtesy of the artist

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.
Courtesy of the artist

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.
Courtesy of the artist

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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?"
Courtesy of the artist

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.
Courtesy of the artist

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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A Blog Supreme
4:38 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The 2014 Jazz At Lincoln Center Gala Concert

Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in concert.
Brad Barket Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:54 pm

Tonight's concert has concluded.

Jazz at Lincoln Center presents its annual gala concert, featuring an all-star lineup including host Billy Crystal and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis.

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Music Reviews
3:04 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Album Review: 'Supernova'

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

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Ray LaMontagne's fifth album is out this week. The 40-year-old is known for putting his own spin on music from a different era. His last release in 2010 earned a Grammy for best contemporary folk album. But this time, LaMontagne has stepped away from the rootsy folk sound that his fans have come to expect.

Reviewer Meredith Ochs says his new album, "Supernova," is a pleasant surprise.

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Mountain Stage
2:15 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Eilen Jewell On Mountain Stage

Eilen Jewell.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:29 pm

Eilen Jewell makes her second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

The self-proclaimed Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell has a sweet voice and easygoing delivery that have won her fans from her native rural Idaho to Boston, where she's now based. Her music encompasses a wide range of musical styles, from folk, country and gospel leanings to electric outings that skirt the edge of '60s garage rock and Chicago blues.

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A Blog Supreme
2:08 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Remembering Armando Peraza, An Afro-Cuban Percussion Giant

It's hard to imagine a musical career that included musicians as varied as Charlie Parker, Peggy Lee, George Shearing and Carlos Santana. But such was hand percussionist Armando Peraza's resumé after almost 70 years making music.

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Music Reviews
11:22 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The Animals: The British Invasion That Wasn't

The Animals.
Courtesy of ABKCO Records

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 1:35 pm

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Classics in Concert
9:55 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Seattle Symphony, New Pulitzer Winner At Carnegie Hall

Composer John Luther Adams accepts enthusiastic applause from the Carnegie Hall audience after the New York premiere of his 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, Become Ocean, performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Melanie Burford for NPR Music

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

The great outdoors is a perennial theme in classical music, usually expressed through bucolic or picturesque works. But the Seattle Symphony knew that to appear on Spring for Music — an annual festival of adventurous programming by North American orchestras — it required a more unusual, daring take on this theme.

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Favorite Sessions
6:47 am
Thu May 1, 2014

KCRW Presents: Beck

Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 11:37 am

Beck kept busy during his six-year hiatus between studio albums. Earlier this year, he returned with the gorgeously melancholy Morning Phase, a highlight of his already impressive catalog. With only a handful of live shows under his belt this year, the L.A. native recently played in his hometown for the first time since the new album's relelase. When he took to a small stage in Santa Monica for KCRW fans, he shared old songs and new favorites like this sweeping ballad, "Blue Moon."

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The Record
2:05 am
Thu May 1, 2014

'Illmatic': The Making Of A Classic

Nas in 1994, the year Illmatic was released.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of Sony Legacy

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 6:53 am

This summer Nas is traveling the world performing his debut album, Illmatic, in full. The crowds coming out to see him — in Texas, Germany and California — are turning up because the 20-year-old record is an acknowledged classic.

In the early '90s hip-hop was just beginning its takeover of popular music. It was landing on the charts, but more often than not, the songs there were novelties (see: MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice).

For the people who took hip-hop seriously, and especially the fans in rap's hometown of New York City, this was a problem.

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The Record
1:59 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Minya Oh: 'I Was Never Gonna Not Want To Listen To This'

Minya Oh, who reviewed Illmatic in The Source in 1994 under the pen name Shortie and is now a radio personality on New York's Hot 97 who goes by Miss Info. Here she poses for a portrait backstage at a vitaminwater Fader uncapped event in 2012.
Roger Kisby Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 8:12 am

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The Thistle & Shamrock
3:20 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Len Graham

Len Graham.
Courtesy of the artist

Fiona Ritchie meets Len Graham, the legendary singer and song collector from Northern Ireland, to chat about the connections between Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia, with plenty of time for a song or three.

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

Deceptive Cadence
2:26 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Coming Soon To Colorado: Wolfgang And Weed

The Colorado Symphony's Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver last summer. If you squint, you can see a cloud of something that's probably not pot smoke.
Matt Korona Courtesy of the Colorado Symphony

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:34 pm

Colorado Symphony patrons — if they aren't already — are about to have the option of being Rocky Mountain high.

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Mountain Stage
1:53 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

The Julian Lage Trio On Mountain Stage

The Julian Lage Trio.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:29 pm

The Julian Lage Trio makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

A bona fide prodigy, Lage was the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary Jules At Eight. He made his recording debut in 1999 at age 11, alongside David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Vassar Clements and Edgar Meyer.

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The Fresh Air Interview
1:27 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

Sheldon Harnick (right) with the late Jerry Bock, his long-time musical collaborator. Together they worked on musicals like Fiddler on the Roof and Fiorello!
Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 9:13 am

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World Cafe
1:07 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Chet Faker On World Cafe

Chet Faker.
Lisa Frieling Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:08 pm

Australian electronic musician Chet Faker has been releasing singles and EPs on the web for a few years, attracting a fair bit of attention for his popular cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity." Faker accompanies his soulful singing with loops, samples and keyboards, as he improvises over tracks he'd recorded in the studio. Earlier this month, he released his full-length U.S. debut, Built on Glass.

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World Cafe
12:58 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Boy And Bear On World Cafe

Boy And Bear.
Courtesy of the artist

The members of Sydney, Australia's Boy and Bear have enjoyed a fair amount of success: Their second album, Harlequin Dream, made its debut at No. 1 on the Australian charts. The folk-rock band, led by Dave Hosking and Killian Gavin, joins World Cafe guest host Michaela Majoun in the studio for a live set.

A Blog Supreme
12:54 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

How Japan Came To Love Jazz

U.S. servicemen and their Japanese partners dance to jazz tunes in the newly opened Tokyo nightclub Oasis of the Ginza, circa 1945.
Keystone Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 1:04 pm

If you've witnessed a headlining performance from pianists Toshiko Akiyoshi or Hiromi, visited a "jazu kissa" cafe where records are spun and coffee poured, or read nearly any work by author Haruki Murakami, then you probably have a sense that Japan has taken well to jazz music.

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The Record
10:45 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Hear Four Musicians Talk About What Moves Them

NPR Music's Ann Powers (right) interviews musicians (from left) Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff, Sharon Jones and Meshell Ndegeocello at the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle.
Brady Harvey

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 11:42 am

  • Sharon Jones, Mike McCready, Meshell Ndegocello And Alynda Lee Segarra On Stage

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