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7:10 am
Sat December 21, 2013

A Jew And A Latino Walk Into A Recording Studio...

Released November 2013
Courtesy of Cary Baker

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 10:30 am

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert

Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at the Tiny Desk on Dec. 3, 2013.
John W. Poole John W. Poole

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:14 pm

Our goal for this special holiday Tiny Desk Concert is simple: to bring you joy. Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a hot and historic outfit from New Orleans, and its members brought us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what they call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter.

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Best Music Of 2013
6:03 am
Sat December 21, 2013

The Top 10 Folk And Americana Albums Of 2013

Jason Isbell performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Meagan Beauchemin for NPR

The best folk music released in 2013 was, almost without exception, of the intensely personal variety. These remarkable albums struggled with addiction and death, coming of age, faith and the unstoppable rhythm of change. Three of these releases came from well-loved artists making music in ways that nobody saw coming. But all of the recordings listed below challenged us to open our minds and consider things differently, find beauty in small places and discover possibility in life's many challenges.

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Music Interviews
4:20 am
Sat December 21, 2013

War Stories From Petula Clark

Petula Clark's new album, Lost In You, features a reworking of her signature hit "Downtown."
Clement Schneider Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 10:30 am

Petula Clark's show business career spans more than 70 years, from the time of the Blitz to the era of the blog. She found signature hits, including "Downtown" and "I Know a Place," in the 1960s and '70s.

But she began her career decades earlier, as an 8-year-old girl in a London theater, in the early years of the Second World War. The BBC had been using the theater as a studio because of its strategic location: underground.

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World Cafe
5:01 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Oscar Isaac On World Cafe

Oscar Isaac as the titular character in the upcoming Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.
Alison Rosa Courtesy of the artist

Before Guatemalan actor and singer Oscar Isaac auditioned with the Coen Brothers for the title role in their new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, his friends told him that he would love the brothers — and that he wouldn't get the part or ever hear back from them. They were right about him loving the filmmakers, but not so much when it came to Isaac getting a call.

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World Cafe
4:52 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Carey Mulligan On World Cafe

Carey Mulligan (left) and Justin Timberlake in a scene from the upcoming Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.
Alison Rosa Courtesy of the artist

British actress Carey Mulligan plays a tough-skinned woman by the name of Jean Berkey in the new Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. In the movie, she sings alongside Justin Timberlake in the duo Jim and Jean, but has issues with the film's title character.

On Friday's episode of World Cafe, Mulligan talks with host David Dye about how playing the part was liberating, and how the challenge to sing live proved to be an enjoyable experience.

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World Cafe
4:48 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Dave Van Ronk Biographer Elijah Wald On World Cafe

Elijah Wald.
Sandrine Sheon Courtesy of the artist

Back in 2005, we talked with Elijah Wald about his biography of folksinger Dave Van Ronk, The Mayor of MacDougal Street. Wald was Van Ronk's guitar student and finished the book after the influential musician died in 2002.

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World Cafe
4:33 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Pretty Lights On World Cafe

EDM DJ Pretty Lights.
Courtesy of the artist

Pretty Lights is the stage name of Derek Vincent Smith, who describes his sample-based music as "electro hip-hop soul." Smith, an EDM DJ, has built up a large live following for his music, which he's given away on the Internet.

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Mountain Stage
4:19 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Mason Jennings On Mountain Stage

Mason Jennings performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Mason Jennings appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Raised in Hawaii by way of Pittsburgh, Jennings has made his home in Minnesota for the past two decades. During that time, he's built a loyal following throughout the Upper Midwest and beyond.

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Best Music Of 2013
12:43 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Top 10 Slept-On R&B Songs Of The Year

King
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 12:50 am

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Best Music Of 2013
11:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Top 10 Public Radio Studio Sessions Of 2013

Savages lead singer Jehnny Beth during the band's visit to KEXP in Seattle.
Brittney Bush Bollay KEXP

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 2:02 pm

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Holiday Music
9:11 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Have Yourself A Sullen Little Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 10:13 am

Less than a week before Christmas, holly-jolly holiday music abounds — and if you're not feeling holly or jolly, it can be a little hard to take. For NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Morning Edition producer Travis Larchuk, the holidays often mean searching for alternatives: In Thompson's case, it means diversions into melancholy, while Larchuk often seeks something cutting or sarcastic or hyperrealistic to cut through the treacle.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
8:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Let It Snow: The Piano Jazz Holiday Show

Let it snow.
Keene and Chesire County Historical Photos via Flickr

Piano Jazz swings in the holiday season, as Marian McPartland and her guests from seasons past, present and future share favorite memories and unique musical performances of Christmas classics and original holiday tunes.

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World Cafe
5:08 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages On World Cafe

Barrence Whitfield.
Courtesy of the artist

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages reunited in 2011 after more than a decade apart; this year, the Boston band released a new album titled Dig Thy Savage Soul. The new record gives longtime fans the opportunity to relive fond memories of a group that packed clubs with sweaty souls back in the '80s.

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Mountain Stage
5:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Robbie Fulks On Mountain Stage

Robbie Fulks performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Robbie Fulks appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. As one of the pioneers of the alt-country movement, Fulks broke through with songs that are witty, sophisticated and poignant, often at the same time.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
4:24 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band On JazzSet

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band plays the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Tomas Ovalle Courtesy of the Monterey Jazz Festival

Closing his set at 92Y Tribeca, drummer Henry Cole — leader of the 11-player Afrobeat Collective from New York and Puerto Rico — told the audience, "Big groups are going to come again!" This show, which features Cole's young collective and a top big band playing the Monterey Jazz Festival, is a vote for that proposition.

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The Record
3:10 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Feminists Everywhere React To Beyonce's Latest

The audience at Beyonce's Dec. 3 performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Larry Busacca/PW WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 6:20 pm

617,000. That's how many copies of her self-titled album Beyonce sold in three days last week, after she dropped it without warning. As fans and critics have dug in, debates about the messages and images within it are roiling. Is Beyonce, the sexy pop goddess who has performed at two inaugurations, also this generation's highest-profile feminist? I spoke to six people who identify as feminists — all of whom feel differently about Beyonce — to find out how a pop album no one was ready for is capping off a year of think pieces and Twitter skirmishes.

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Favorite Sessions
11:37 am
Thu December 19, 2013

KCRW Presents: Nightmares On Wax

Gregg Lewis KCRW

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 12:08 pm

Nightmares on Wax was one of the first acts to sign to the Warp Records label, and the man behind the moniker — Ibiza-based DJ and producer George Evelyn — has never stopped exploring new territories for musical inspiration. The latest album, Feelin' Good, is no exception, as Evelyn taps into a talented group of musicians who've contributed their individual styles to help create a fresh new sound.

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Alt.Latino
10:55 am
Thu December 19, 2013

La Lupe, Queen Of Latin Soul: The Original Alt.Latina

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 1:10 pm

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All Songs Considered
6:15 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Bob And Robin's Excellent Holiday Adventure

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton set out on a road trip to find the true spirit of the holiday season. Along the way they stop at the Silent Night Motel, where they meet Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Josh Ritter, and more.
Michael Huey Mastery Of Maps

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 9:13 am

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Music Interviews
2:08 am
Thu December 19, 2013

From Duke's 'Nutcracker' To A Cynical Carol, Jazz For Christmas

Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn collaborated to release The Nutcracker Suite in 1960.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 8:35 am

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The Thistle & Shamrock
4:11 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: Solstice

Eileen Ivers.
Courtesy of the artist

Travel into the traditions of midwinter through some spellbinding music of the season.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

World Cafe
4:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Daughter On World Cafe

Daughter.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe welcomes the U.K. trio Daughter to the studio for Wednesday's session. Led by singer-songwriter Elena Tonra, the group formed when its members met as students at London's Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. The band released a pair of EPs independently before attracting the attention of a big label, which released the full-length If You Leave in March.

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Mountain Stage
2:21 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

The Greencards On Mountain Stage

The Greencards performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Greencards make their fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V.

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Music Reviews
1:57 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Michele Rosewoman Goes Back To Afro-Cuban Jazz's Future

Michele Rosewoman (bottom right) is joined by batá percussionists in performance with her New Yor-Uba Ensemble in 2013.
Tom Ehrlich Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 2:57 pm

When Michele Rosewoman was growing up in the Bay Area, she played piano from childhood and congas from her teens. After moving to New York in the late 1970s, she began making music in two areas: modern jazz and traditional Cuban music. Before long, she started combining the two in her New Yor-Uba band.

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Best Music Of 2013
1:47 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2013

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is one of KEXP's favorite discoveries of 2013.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 2:21 pm

It's usually easy to keep up with your favorite artists. You can follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook and check them out when they come to your town.

Falling in love with unfamiliar bands? That's not quite as simple. There are so many aspiring musicians out there, you can't possibly listen to all of them.

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Alt.Latino
10:21 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Alt.Latino Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2013

Flor De Toloache is New York City's premier (and perhaps only) all-female mariachi group.
Andrei Averbuch Courtesy of the artist

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Best Music Of 2013
10:05 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Wayne Shorter And The Year's Other Passing Scenery

Wayne Shorter, who turned 80 in 2013, won the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll by a large margin.
Robert Ashcroft Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 6:00 pm

It says a lot about his enduring hold on jazz listeners that over a half century into his career, the descriptive phrases most commonly put in front of Wayne Shorter's name — along with "the great saxophonist and composer" — remain "the elusive" and "the enigmatic." The inside tray card to Shorter's Without a Net, the runaway Best Album winner in this year's NPR Music Jazz Critics P

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Best Music Of 2013
10:05 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The 2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

Wayne Shorter.
Robert Ashcroft Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 3:09 pm

NPR Music is pleased to present the results of a poll asking well over 100 jazz critics to pick their favorite recordings of 2013.

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World Cafe
3:25 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

J. Roddy Walston & The Business On World Cafe

J. Roddy Walston & The Business.
Courtesy of the artist

J. Roddy Walston & The Business return to World Cafe for a new studio session. Originally formed in 2002, the Tennessee band began picking up speed after it relocated to Baltimore in 2004. On the upright piano, Walston shapes the group's style of infectious Southern rock.

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