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Mountain Stage
4:06 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Sons Of Bill On Mountain Stage

Sons Of Bill.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Sons Of Bill's members make their first Mountain Stage appearance, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. As its name suggests, the five-piece band is led by three brothers: James, Sam and Abe. Their love of music was inspired by their father, Bill Wilson, an associate professor of philosophical theology at the University of Virginia.

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Music Articles
3:26 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

A Supposedly Irie Thing I'll Most Certainly Do Again

Jr. Gong, Stephen Marley, Cham, Sean Paul — the list goes on. A massive jam session ensues and nearly everyone leaps onstage to spit some lyrics. To call this reggae history is no hyperbole.
Empress K For NPR

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 3:21 pm

DAY ONE

How much Bob Marley paraphernalia can you cram on a single boat?

That's no riddle. I'm sincerely pondering this as I stand in line at the Port of Miami, about to board the Norwegian Pearl. I am going on a cruise.

I am going on a cruise.

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World Cafe
1:17 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Ranchera

Antonio Aguilar in The Undefeated.
Wikimedia Commons

Rachel Faro joins World Cafe's Latin Roots to talk ranchera. Sometimes called "Mexican country music," ranchera, Faro says, is a serenade style that began as a protest against the tastes of the rich during the Mexican revolution. In fact, the work of composer José Alfredo Jiménez sometimes resembles U.S. folk music — a form of protest music in its own right.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:27 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Dublin Guitar Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 4:09 pm

Don't ask the members of the Dublin Guitar Quartet to play the time-honored classics of the Spanish repertoire. They might play traditional Spanish style classical guitars, but they're not your standard guitar ensemble. The Dubliners are strictly devoted to contemporary music. They've been commissioning new pieces and adapting others for both acoustic and electric guitars since 2002, when the group formed at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

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Alt.Latino
12:09 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Alt.Latino's Favorite Latin Music Of 2014

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World Cafe
11:56 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Ex Hex On World Cafe

Ex Hex.
Jonah Takagi Courtesy of the artist

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Vote For The Best Albums Of 2014

NPR

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 10:11 pm

For the past few weeks, the NPR Music team has been huddled together, trying to agree on a list of our 50 favorite albums. We'll post our final list on Dec. 8, followed by hundreds of our favorite songs on Dec. 9 and much more to follow. But we want you to get in on the act by telling us your favorite albums from 2014.

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The Two-Way
5:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Keyboardist Ian McLagan Dies At 69

Ian McLagan performs at Grimey's Americanarama in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 20. The keyboardist for the Faces and Small Faces, who was also a sideman for the Rolling Stones, died Wednesday. He was 69.
Erika Goldring Getty Images for Americana Music

Ian McLagan, who played keyboard for the English rock bands Small Faces and Faces and was a sideman for the Rolling Stones, died Wednesday in Austin, Texas. He was 69.

His official website listed the cause as "complications from a stroke suffered the previous day."

"I am completely devastated by this shocking news, said Kenny Jones, McLagan's bandmate in Small Faces and Faces.

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Goats and Soda
4:08 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

A Tale Of Dueling Ebola Songs: One From Britain, One From Africa

TK
Courtesy of Jean-Christophe Nougaret/MSF

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 9:34 am

In separate recording studios and separate songs, two groups of international stars have harnessed the power of their voices to help raise awareness of Ebola.

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Mountain Stage
3:23 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

The Secret Sisters On Mountain Stage

The Secret Sisters.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Secret Sisters' members make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Since releasing their first album in 2010, Laura and Lydia Rogers have caught the attention of roots-music luminaries like Jason Isbell and T-Bone Burnett — who produced the Alabama sisters' second album, Put Your Needle Down.

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Music
2:28 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

First Watch: Luluc, 'Tangled Heart'

The silhouettes of Zoë Randell and Steve Hasset, in a video for the duo's song "Tangled Heart."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 3:04 pm

Luluc's new video for "Tangled Heart" is a grainy, melancholy ode to New York and the city's remarkable community of artists.

In a montage of mostly black-and-white found footage, people come and go, shuffling to work or school, or wander the streets as nameless faces. They're anonymous on their own, but collectively offer a breathtaking and prosaic portrait of humanity.

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Front Row
1:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Elle Varner, Live In Concert

Elle Varner performs at NPR Music's CMJ show.
Loren Wohl for NPR

R&B singer-songwriter Elle Varner flew out of the gate in 2011 with a feel-good, boom-bap-heavy tune about a man who had managed to snag her attention away from a particularly nice pair of shoes. But three years already feels like an eternity ago, and on her newer material Varner sounds far from satisfied by either a sweet talker or some new kicks.

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Goats and Soda
10:12 am
Wed December 3, 2014

World Premiere Videos: Wilbur Dunks A Chicken, Digs Into Indian Food

Wilbur Sargunaraj sings and dances about village life in India.
Wilbur Sargunaraj for NPR

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 11:43 am

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Music Interviews
11:04 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Mary J. Blige: 'I'm Not Worried, Trying To Keep It Real — I Am Real'

Mary J. Blige has just released a new album, her 13th, called The London Sessions.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 6:25 pm

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Music News
4:44 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Anatomy Of A Hit: Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'

Kelly Clarkson performs during an American Idol broadcast in 2002.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 1:24 pm

What makes one song sound like another? Sometimes it's coincidence; sometimes it's plagiarism. And sometimes, it's the byproduct of deliberate craftsmanship: building a song piece by piece from distinct styles of music. All of that can make it hard to give a tune a genre.

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Remembrances
3:18 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dies

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:24 pm

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

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Saxophonist Bobby Keys was still a teenager when he started playing with his fellow Texan Buddy Holly and pop star Bobby Vee. Later, he joined up with the Rolling Stones. And for more than 40 years, Bobby Keys' powerful sax was a key part of their sound.

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The Two-Way
2:44 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Bobby Keys, Who Played Saxophone For The Rolling Stones, Dies At 70

Saxophonist Bobby Keys of The Rolling Stones performs at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 2012.
Taylor Hill FilmMagic/Getty Images

Updated at 3:44 p.m.

Bobby Keys, the legendary saxophonist most associated with The Rolling Stones, has died. He was 70 years old.

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World Cafe
12:31 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Alice Gerrard On World Cafe

Alice Gerrard.
Irene Young Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 11:03 am

Alice Gerrard is a folk mainstay known for her collaborations with Hazel Dickens — particularly the duo's landmark 1965 debut, Who's That Knocking. Gerrard's new album, Follow The Music, finds her looking to the next generation of folk musicians. M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger produced the album and joins Gerrard in the studio for this live set.

Hear their warm, spare performances of songs from Follow The Music below, and listen to the full episode of World Cafe at the audio link.

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Mountain Stage
12:17 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Chip Taylor On Mountain Stage

Chip Taylor.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Chip Taylor makes his fifth visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Even if he hadn't written some of the best-known songs in pop music, including "Wild Thing" and "Angel Of The Morning," Taylor might still be a contender for the real-life Most Interesting Man In The World.

In the mid-'70s, he left the music business to work, at various times, as a golf pro, as a professional blackjack player (finishing third in the Las Vegas World Championship), and as one of the most respected horse-race handicappers on the East Coast.

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All Songs Considered
9:30 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Introducing Our Tiny Desk Concert Contest

Introducing our Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
NPR

Want to play a Tiny Desk Concert? Now's your chance: NPR Music and Lagunitas are holding a contest, and the winner gets to perform at my desk here at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Tue December 2, 2014

KEXP Presents: Júníus Meyvant

Junius Meyvant performs live on KEXP during Iceland Airwaves.
Jim Bennett KEXP

Northern soul? How about Arctic soul? That's yet to be a thing, but if young Icelandic singer-songwriter Júníus Meyvant has anything to do with it, you'll hear more similarly soul-stirring melodies from way up north. The singer — whose real name is Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson — has yet to release his debut, but his sole single, the lushly orchestrated "Color Decay," is already one of the most requested songs at KEXP.

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Mountain Stage
3:55 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Todd Snider On Mountain Stage

Todd Snider.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Todd Snider performs on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. One of the show's most frequent and favorite guests, Snider has appeared on Mountain Stage 12 times over the years, beginning with the release of his debut, Songs For The Daily Planet, in 1995.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:41 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Sam Amidon & Bill Frisell: Tiny Desk Concert

Bill Frisell (left), Sam Amidon and Shahzad Ismaily perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 16, 2014.
Susan Hale Thomas NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 4:08 pm

Sam Amidon takes traditional music and makes it his own. He might begin with a traditional murder ballad and then morph it into something of his own, fueled by Bill Frisell's languidly atmospheric guitar, Shahzad Ismaily's minimal but essential percussion and Amidon's own yearning voice. At other times, Amidon weaves his own new tunes into worn, weary, seemingly ageless sagas.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
1:48 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Dance Time

Alasdair Fraser is featured on this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

The rhythms of Celtic music work their way down into your feet; before you know it, you're dancing. Limber up and tune into this hour of music featuring Alasdair Fraser, Trian, and a pair of traditional dance bands from Ireland and Scotland.

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

Metropolis
1:46 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Metropolis: 11/29/14

Cashmere Cat is featured on this week's Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • BMB Spacekid, "Cuba"
  • Blonde, "I Loved You (Braxton Remix)"
  • Fairchild, "I Just Want You"
  • Pomo X Kaytranada, "Cherry Funk"
  • Les Sins, "Why (feat. Nate Salman)" (Company)
  • Dante Klein, "Ertesuppe" (Spinnin Deep)
  • Beacon, "Only Us" (Ghostly International)
  • Klo., "Under Lie"
  • Kele Okereke, "Doubt (Remix)" (Lilac)
  • Say Lou Lou X Lindstrom, "Games For Girls (The Penelopes Remix)" (Columbia)
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World Cafe
1:36 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

World Cafe Next: Cookies

Cookies.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 11:01 am

World Cafe: Next's featured artist this week is the Brooklyn band Cookies. Led by Ben Sterling (formerly of Mobius Band) and featuring Melissa Metrick on vocals, Cookies crafts indelible, sophisticated pop songs.

The group's debut album, Music For Touching, works as a melting pot of genres and styles, drawing equally from house, contemporary R&B and West African guitar music.

World Cafe
1:04 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

TV On The Radio On World Cafe

TV On The Radio.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 5:17 pm

Seeds is TV On The Radio's sixth album and the first since the band's bassist, Gerard Smith, died in 2011. In spite of geographical distance — the group is now split between L.A. and New York — and the profound loss of a collaborator and friend, TV On The Radio sounds tight and focused. The songs on Seeds are punchy, pleasurable, searing and concise.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

What's Your Top 100 Of The Last 100 Years?

Composer Steve Reich, whose Music for 18 Musicians pulled out ahead of Gershwin, Shostakovich, Bartok, Ives, Berg and all others in last year's Q2 poll.
Wonge Bergmann Courtesy of the artist

For the past few years, member station Q2 in New York City has been enlisting listeners in a thought-provoking year-end poll. Forget the best music of the last year — what are the very best compositions of the last century?

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First Listen
10:06 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

First Listen: 'When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926-1936'

African-Americans on their way to church.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:43 am

In the history of American popular music, gospel is the great conveyor. People could hear it everywhere as the 20th century grew from infancy to adolescence: in churches, of course, but also on street corners, sung by wanderers whose guitar work and moaning vocals arose in dialogue with the blues; in factories and mines, where harmonizing quartets provided balm to frustrated workers; on the radio, where preachers and singers performed live to thousands of listeners; and through the new medium of recordings, which turned regional styles into national trends.

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First Listen
10:05 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

First Listen: PRhyme, 'PRhyme'

PRhyme is Royce Da 5'9" (left) and DJ Premier.
Courtesy of The Chamber Group

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:42 am

PRhyme, rapper Royce Da 5' 9" and producer DJ Premier's collaborative project, is in actual fact a hardcore rap fan's fantasy realized; it's also one of those mythical instances of a good-looking tracklist exceeding all expectations. PRyhme is a nine-song testament to its creators' perseverance in changing times and proof positive that — even in an era when novelty supplants quality more often than not — the "dope rhymes, dope beats" formula can still yield something remarkable.

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