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Deceptive Cadence
3:23 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours

Kristine Opolais made her Madama Butterfly debut as Cio-Cio-San, only to get a last-minute call to play Mimi in La Boheme.
Marty Sohl Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 6:29 pm

Over the weekend, soprano Kristine Opolais sang her heart out — and died twice.

Friday evening she had sung the lead in Puccini's Madama Butterfly. It was her debut in that role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It was a big deal. Opolais was so excited about it that she stayed up until five the next morning.

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World Cafe
2:59 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Vintage Cafe: Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors.
Courtesy of the artist

Dirty Projectors, heard here during the band's debut appearance on World Cafe in 2009, is led by Dave Longstreth, a New Haven townie who went to Yale. He studied music and then dropped out to pursue his ideas with what became Dirty Projectors in 2003.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:03 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Both: Tiny Desk Concert

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo perform together as The Both at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 1:05 pm

Singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are often at opposite ends of the volume knob. But what started as separate sets during a mutual tour, then a few walk-ons during Leo's solo set, is now an adventure in collaboration and mutual songwriting — and the birth of The Both. Months after this Tiny Desk Concert, which we recorded in February, there's an album.

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Mountain Stage
12:58 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Todd Snider On Mountain Stage

Todd Snider.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:39 pm

Mountain Stage celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special appearance by singer-songwriter Todd Snider.

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All Songs Considered
12:38 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Question Of The Week: The Last Song You'll Ever Hear?

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 12:37 pm

This week, we asked you to think about the end of your life. If you could pick it, what would you like the last song you ever hear to be? For me, it was easy. Pink Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky," from Dark Side of the Moon would send me off into the unknown with its perfect mix of sorrow, anguish, majestic awe and celestial wonder.

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Music Interviews
11:58 am
Mon April 7, 2014

LiV Warfield Lets Her 'Unexpected' Voice Out

NPR

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 1:20 pm

Growing up, LiV Warfield's friends and family had no inkling that the track athlete could sing and write songs. But when she moved away from home, the artist inside her came out.

That hidden talent now has her in the spotlight; recently she's been on stage at the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Her sound has been described as edgy and soulful. And her lyrical prowess has landed her support from music luminaries like Prince.

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Metropolis
11:57 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Metropolis: 4/5/14

DJ Frankie Knuckles plays at the Def Mix 20th Anniversary Weekender in 2007 in London.
Claire Greenway Getty Images

This Week's Playlist

  • Frankie Knuckles, "The Whistle Song (Re-Directed)" (Virgin)
  • Satoshi Tomiie, "Tears" (Columbia)
  • Mapei, "Don't Wait (Frankie Knuckles Remix)" (Downtown)
  • Bob Marley And The Wailers, "Is This Love (Jason Bentley Remix)" (Tuff Gong / Umgd)
  • Groove Armada & Brodanse, "Sweat (feat. Cari Golden) (S Jay Remix)" (Armada)
  • Static Revenger, "Colors At Night (feat. Kay) (Deep Mix)" (D-Dub)
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The Record
10:31 am
Mon April 7, 2014

David Lamb Of Folk Duo Brown Bird Dies At 35

Mikael Kennedy Courtesy of the artist

David Lamb, who sang in the folk duo Brown Bird, died Saturday at Memorial Hospital in Providence, R.I., due to complications from leukemia. Lamb started Brown Bird as a solo project in 2003 and stayed with the band in various formations until it settled into its final lineup, as a duo, with his partner MorganEve Swain. Lamb was diagnosed with leukemia last year and received a bone-marrow transplant in September, but he suffered a relapse last month. He was 35.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

First Listen: Jesse Boykins III, 'Love Apparatus'

Jesse Boykins III's new album, Love Apparatus, comes out April 22.
Dondre Green Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 10:28 am

"This is a matter of the heart — a matter of the soul," Jesse Boykins III declares toward the end of his new album, Love Apparatus. His heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears and laughter have merged and culminated in the project, out April 22, which is his first full-length solo album in more than five years. When he released his last LP, The Beauty Created, in November 2008 — only 9 months after his debut, Dopamine: My Life On My Back — Boykins was an earnest, bright-eyed kid who emanated potential.

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Music Interviews
3:59 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

The Coming Robot Army Just Wants To Rock

British musician Tom Jenkinson, a.k.a. Squarepusher.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 5:50 pm

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Music
10:22 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Family Musical Legacy Is No Burden For 'Carter Girl'

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:48 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LITTLE BLACK TRAIN")

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

That's a song called "Little Black Train" recorded in 1930's by a group recognized as the first family of country music, the Carter Family. A.P. Carter wrote it, and he sings it here with his wife, Sarah, and sister-in-law, Maybelle Carter. Fast-forward to the present day. Another member of the family has put her own spin on the song - Maybelle's granddaughter, Carlene Carter.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LITTLE BLACK TRAIN")

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All Songs Considered
9:16 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Revisionist History: 5 Crucial Frankie Knuckles Remixes

YouTube

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 10:24 am

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Folk Alley Presents: The Infamous Stringdusters, 'I'll Get Away'

The Infamous Stringdusters, performing at Beehive Studios in Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Courtesy of the artist

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

The Infamous Stringdusters' members have been a major part of the bluegrass world since their debut, Fork in the Road, back in 2007. Now on its sixth studio album, Let It Go, the group has just returned with more great progressive acoustic music.

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Music Interviews
4:12 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

A Music Of Exile: Haiti During The Duvalier Years

Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 5:19 pm

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Alt.Latino
7:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Moshing In The Rain: Alt.Latino Takes Mexico City

Fans of Mexican rockabilly band Rebel Cats watch a performance during the fourth day of the Vive Latino music festival.
Alfredo Estrella AFP/Getty Images

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Music News
6:42 am
Sat April 5, 2014

ABBA's Cheesy Start Was More Than Its 'Waterloo'

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:46 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Eurovision attracts more viewers than the Super Bowl. And yet, a lot of Americans have scarcely heard of it. Probably more people know that BJ Leiderman does our theme music. Winners of this pan-European song contest generally become one-hit wonders, if even that, and even more rarely do they make a name for themselves over here. But Sidsel Overgaard reports there have been a few exceptions. The most notable, the band that won 40 years ago this weekend.

SIDSEL OVERGAARD, BYLINE: First it helps to understand what came before ABBA.

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Music Interviews
6:42 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Puerto Rico's Most-Loved And Most-Hated Band

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 10:11 am

The bad boys of Puerto Rico have grown up. Step brothers Rene Perez Joglar and Eduardo Cabra of Calle 13 have a new album that takes a more thoughtful route to deliver their message.

The Record
4:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

We've Never Stopped Thinking About Kurt Cobain

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 8:15 am

Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago today. It's hardly news. You've probably already seen plenty of tributes to his career and what might have been, along with, perhaps, a criticism of the impulse to memorialize his death simply because it's been a round number of years since the event.

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Music
1:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Calle 13, On Being Loved And Hated In Latin America

Rene Perez Joglar from the Puerto Rican duo Calle 13.
Martin Bernetti AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 10:27 am

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The Record
4:16 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Make Peace With Pop: 6 Songs That Prove Pop Gets Along With Everyone

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:53 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
3:45 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood

Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures
Corey Hayes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 2:49 pm

Violinist Yevgeny Kutik was born in 1985 in the city of Minsk, in what is now Belarus. When he was 4 years old, his parents decided it was time to leave the country and come to America.

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Song Travels
1:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Jimmy Webb On 'Song Travels'

Jimmy Webb.
Larry Busacca Getty Images

One of the most prominent songwriters of his era, Jimmy Webb, has written for artists including Linda Ronstadt and Glen Campbell. He's won multiple Grammys and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Songwriters.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:44 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Mulgrew Miller On Piano Jazz

Mulgrew Miller onstage in 2011 in Potenza, Italy.
Giovanni Marino Getty Images

On this episode of Piano Jazz, Mulgrew Miller's unique harmonic and rhythmic style comes through in his composition, "Carousel." He also joins host Marian McPartland in performing Duke Ellington's "What Am I Here For?"

Mulgrew Miller died on May 29, 2013, following complications from a stroke.

Originally recorded Sept. 9, 2002.

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Mountain Stage
11:21 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Missy Raines And The New Hip On Mountain Stage

Missy Raines and the New Hip.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:40 pm

Missy Raines and the New Hip appear on Mountain Stage, live from the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

One of the most decorated and highly sought-after upright bassists in bluegrass music, Missy Raines explores an adventurous new sonic direction on her latest project. On the aptly named New Frontier, Raines and her band barrel fearlessly through unexpected genres, including Americana, progressive bluegrass and spacey, guitar-driven rock.

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World Cafe
11:11 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Broken Bells On World Cafe

Broken Bells.
Courtesy of the artist

The members of Broken Bells, producer Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and singer James Mercer (The Shins), met in 2004. They put out their first album in 2011 and released a follow-up, After the Disco, at the beginning of this year.

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Music Reviews
11:02 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly

Carlene Carter.
Marina Chavez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 11:53 am

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All Songs TV
8:03 am
Fri April 4, 2014

'At The Mercy Of It All,' A Short Film Inspired By The Body

Courtesy of Jason Evans

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 11:24 am

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Name That Drum Fill: Revenge Of Drum Fill

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:50 am

This week's batch of drum fills comes from a mix of classic rock and pop, and more recent cuts. As always, I was drawn to them simply because I love the songs themselves and was captivated at some point by the percussion. Pro tip: If you don't recognize a fill, try matching the timbre of it — the power behind it, the sound of the recording, etc. — to one of the album covers pictured (or to the period the album was recorded in).

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Music News
2:34 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Hip-Hop Academy: Inside A Beatmaker's Harvard Class

9th Wonder addresses Harvard students in a scene from the documentary The Hip-Hop Fellow, which chronicles a year the producer spent teaching hip-hop culture as an academic subject.
Price Films

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 9:21 am

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