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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Christine Salem: Tiny Desk Concert

Christine Salem performs a Tiny Desk Concert on October 14, 2013.
NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 12:19 pm

Her voice feels old, but it's got power that's young and vibrant. In fact, Christine Salem sings songs that are old: They're work songs and chants from the maloya tradition on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean. I first heard her in New York City as she shook a flat board called a kayamb, made of cane reeds, with two percussionists flanking her to provide rhythm.

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Best Music Of 2013
7:03 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Top 10 Dance Tracks Of 2013

Laurel Halo, seen here performing at the 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, released one of our favorite dance tracks of the year.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 7:23 am

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Music Interviews
4:13 am
Sat December 14, 2013

What Makes Tennessee's Music So Very Special?

Rosanne Cash, seen here in 1956 with her dad Johnny, is one of many musicians featured in Oxford American magazine's winter issue on the music of Tennessee.
Courtesy of Rosanne Cash

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 11:31 pm

From blues to funk, to country and rock, Tennessee is the place that's given voice to the likes of Bessie Smith, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes

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The Record
5:21 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Beyonce's New Album Is Entertainment's October Surprise

Beyonce.
Nick Farrell Photography Courtesy of Columbia Records

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 5:56 pm

Thursday night — just as Twitter was coming down from Scandal's midseason finale, and it's hard to think of this as a coincidence — Beyonce dropped an album out of nowhere. The news ricocheted through social media. People called it Bey Day and Christmas come early.

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Music Reviews
4:12 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point

Live at the Cellar Door, the new album from Neil Young, was recorded in 1970.
Gary Burden Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:29 pm

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All Songs Considered
3:28 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

First Watch: Puerto Rican Rap Duo Calle 13 Goes 'Multi Viral'

Rene Perez Joglar, aka Residente, fronts Puerto Rican Group Calle 13.
MARTIN BERNETTI AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 4:19 pm

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:51 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Stefano Bollani On Piano Jazz

Stefano Bollani.
Valentina Cenni Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz recorded in 2007, Italian born pianist Stefano Bollani stops by for a session with host Marian McPartland.

Born in Milan on December 5, 1972, Stefano Bollani was playing piano by age six. He grew up listening to his father's stride piano albums, and the pop music of Italian superstars Renato Carsone and Adriano Celentano.

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Mountain Stage
1:31 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

The ETSU Old Time Pride Band On Mountain Stage

The East Tennessee State University Old Time Pride Band performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The East Tennessee State University Old Time Pride Band makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Johnson City. Founded in 1982, ETSU has the oldest established roots-music studies program at any four-year institution. Each year, the Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies program fields its own band that plays and tours throughout the region. This year, the group focused on the historic Johnson City Sessions from country music's infancy; songs from these sessions make up the entirety of the band's set.

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World Cafe
1:24 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Midlake On World Cafe

Midlake.
Sammy Reed Courtesy of the artist

Fans of Midlake have no doubt grown accustomed to the band's malleable sound, which fluctuates from album to album. The Texas folk-rock band's second record, The Trial of Van Occupanther, was steeped in the atmosphere of the '70s, while 2010's The Courage of Others headed in another direction altogether.

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Song Travels
1:21 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Renee Fleming On 'Song Travels'

Renee Fleming.
Andrew Eccles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 1:37 pm

Grammy-winning soprano Renée Fleming is a regular at the world's top opera houses and concert halls around the globe. Her awards include a Fulbright Lifetime Achievement medal and the National Medal of Arts.

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The Fresh Air Interview
1:09 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall

Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:57 pm

Jazz guitarist, composer and arranger Jim Hall died in his sleep Tuesday; he was 83. Hall was known for a subtle, lyrical playing style, a gift for innovation and collaborations with a host of talented musicians in a career that stretched more than seven decades.

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Music
10:53 am
Fri December 13, 2013

'Wallace' Grew Up, So What's He Listening To?

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 4:53 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Concerts
10:21 am
Fri December 13, 2013

A Jazz Piano Christmas 2013

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Left to right: Stanley Cowell, Andy Bey, Michele Rosewoman and Sullivan Fortner team up on "Jingle Bells" during A Jazz Piano Christmas.
NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 2:45 pm

Toward the end of every year, NPR Music invites some of the world's best jazz keyboard players to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. We ask them to take on some of their favorite Christmas tunes, solo, and the recording becomes the public radio special A Jazz Piano Christmas.

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Best Music Of 2013
10:03 am
Fri December 13, 2013

5 Songs That Tell The Story Of R&B In 2013

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Alt.Latino
9:36 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Alt.Latino's Favorite Songs, Albums And Artists Of 2013

Clockwise, from top left: Bosnian Rainbows, Mala Rodriguez, Frikstailers, Raquel Sofia, La Santa Cecilia.
Courtesy of the artists

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Best Music Of 2013
7:03 am
Fri December 13, 2013

NPR Classical's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2013

Classical albums we loved this year.
NPR Denise DeBelius

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 8:42 am

The year may have suffered a couple of black eyes in the form of shuttered opera companies and orchestras in labor disputes, but as far as recordings go, don't let anyone tell you classical music is dying — the music and musicians are thriving.

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World Cafe
5:25 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Latin Roots Live: La Santa Cecilia

La Santa Cecilia.
Courtesy of the artist

This week, the Los Angeles group La Santa Cecilia joins World Cafe in concert for WXPN's first installment of Latin Roots Live. This set with the popular Mexican-American band was recorded at World Cafe Live Upstairs in Philadelphia.

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All Songs Considered
3:55 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums of 2013

Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City was the most popular record in our listener poll for the best music of 2013.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 4:20 pm

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Music Reviews
3:36 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

For The Bloodiest Tales In American Music, A Revenge-Themed Sequel

In the song "Old Time Angels," Jim Lauderdale imagines a second act for the women felled in American murder ballads.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 6:10 pm

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The Two-Way
3:35 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

So Much For The 'Mozart Effect'

Researchers could not find a link between exposure to music and improved IQs in preschoolers.
Dmitry Naumov iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 6:02 pm

Music makes the heart grow fonder, but scientists are not so sure that it boosts IQ.

The Boston Globe notes:

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Mountain Stage
2:58 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Old Man Luedecke On Mountain Stage

Old Man Luedecke performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Old Man Luedecke makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of East Tennessee State University. A native of Nova Scotia, Chris Luedecke isn't actually old, but his music clearly draws from his remarkable ear for the music and melodies of years gone by.

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World Cafe
2:54 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Deer Tick On World Cafe

Lead singer John McCauley (center) and Deer Tick.
Anna Webber Courtesy of the artist

Deer Tick visits the WXPN studio to perform songs from its fifth album, Negativity. Of all the material the band has released over the past seven years, this record contains some of lead singer John McCauley's most personal songwriting yet.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:49 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Dee Alexander And The Evolution Arkestra On JazzSet

Marc PoKempner Courtesy of the artist

The Jazz Institute of Chicago and the city's Park District teamed up in December 2012 to present this free family concert with Dee Alexander. As we air it on JazzSet a year later, Alexander is just back from performing the show in Poland where, she writes, "everyone was on their feet."

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Music Interviews
10:42 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Original 'Dreamgirl' Jennifer Holliday: 'I'm Not Going Nowhere'

Jennifer Holliday at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 2:29 pm

Jennifer Holliday won fame by turning a Broadway show tune into an anthem. With her performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" in the musical Dreamgirls, she became a star on Broadway. But Holliday's life and career offstage slipped out of control as she battled obesity and depression. After years out of the recording studio, Holliday is back with the album The Song is You. It's due out in January.

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Best Music Of 2013
7:03 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Heavy Rotation: Public Radio's Songs Of 2013

British songwriter Laura Mvula was a favorite on public radio stations around the country.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 10:15 am

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Our friends in the public radio system are some of the most open-minded listeners we know. Each month, our Heavy Rotation series brings you free downloads of what our fellow programmers and producers are experiencing on repeat.

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World Cafe
3:41 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Rusted Root On World Cafe

Rusted Root.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe revisits a 2002 studio session with Rusted Root as Sense of Place: Pittsburgh continues. The energetic, percussion-heavy band has become synonymous with the sound of the city. Formed in 1990, Rusted Root is a sextet featuring many instruments and styles; the group is known for blending acoustic rock with world music. Its percussion style is heavily influenced by the music of Africa, Latin America and Native America, while its lyrical content often touches on Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

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World Cafe
3:33 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Donora On World Cafe

Donora.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe's day trip to Pittsburgh for Sense of Place kicks off with a session by the pop-rock trio Donora. Donora, made up of brother and sister Jake and Casey Hanner and bassist Jake Churton, is a second-generation band. The Hanner siblings are the offspring of Dave Hanner, from the country band Corbin/Hanner. As kids, they spent time in their father's studio, which influenced them to pursue music careers of their own; Casey sings and plays guitar and keyboards, while her brother plays drums. Eventually, their dad convinced them to perform together.

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World Cafe
3:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Download Six Songs By Pittsburgh's Finest, On World Cafe

Cindy Howes, host of Morning Mix on WYEP in Pittsburgh.
Courtesy of the artist

To find out about up-and-coming local bands for our Sense of Place stop in Pittsburgh, we went straight to one of the city's best-known sources: Cindy Howes, host of Morning Mix on NPR member station WYEP.

A close observer of Pittsburgh's music scene, Howes couldn't pick just five bands to feature on Wednesday's episode, so she gave us six. She also gives listeners insight into the wide variety of music playing at any given night in the clubs of Pittsburgh's East End.

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Mountain Stage
2:48 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

The Deadly Gentlemen On Mountain Stage

The Deadly Gentlemen performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Deadly Gentlemen make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of East Tennessee State University.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
12:47 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: Harpers

Grainne Hambly.
Courtesy of the artist

Hear some of today's most innovative and inspirational Celtic music in recordings of its most ancient instrument. William Jackson, Wendy Stewart, Maire Brennan, Grainne Hambly, Savourna Stevenson and Alan Stivell all feature in an hour dedicated to small harps.

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