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Mountain Stage
3:14 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Ashley Monroe On Mountain Stage

Ashely Monroe performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Ashley Monroe makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Monroe moved to Nashville and signed a publishing deal when she was only 20.

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Music Interviews
12:01 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Esperanza Spalding: Guantanamo Doesn't Represent 'Our America'

Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding in her video 'We Are America."
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Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 2:24 pm

Grammy Award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding has a problem with using the phrase "protest song" to describe her new recording, "We Are America." The song, along with its accompanying music video, demands congressional action to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

" 'Protest' doesn't seem accurate to me," she tells NPR's Celeste Headlee. "We weren't thinking of a 'protest' song, we're thinking of a 'let's get together and do something pro-active, creative and productive' song."

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:33 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Kenny Werner On Piano Jazz

Kenny Werner.
Richard Conde

Pianist, composer and author Kenny Werner is known for his 1996 book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within, which has become a university textbook for improvising musicians and other artists. His album of original compositions, No Beginning No End -- a meditation on loss, death and renewal — was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2010.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:18 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Hear What Happened At Boston's Symphony Hall After JFK's Assassination

Conductor Erich Leinsdorf has the Boston Symphony Orchestra play the funeral march from Beethoven's Third Symphony after breaking the news of John F. Kennedy's death.
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Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 12:43 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
1:33 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Consumed By Violence, With Hope For Peace: Britten's 'War Requiem'

Benjamin Britten takes a cup of tea during rehearsals for his War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral, in Coventry, England in May, 1962.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 10:18 am

I'm a bit of a cynic when it comes to composer anniversaries but this year, marking 100 years since the birth of Benjamin Britten, has been absolutely fascinating for me. I am now living proof that such centenaries can indeed change the way we look at a composer and provide us with opportunities to explore their breadth and depth. In Britten I have found a new hero, a musically surprising and multi-dimensional citizen of the world.

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Alt.Latino
1:03 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

'A Fire That Cannot Be Extinguished': Calle 13 Teams Up With Julian Assange

Rene Perez Joglar of the Puerto Rican group Calle 13.
Martin Bernetti AFP/Getty Images

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
11:58 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Highlights From The Umbria Jazz Festival On JazzSet

Mauro Ottolini at the Umbria Jazz Festival.
Courtesy of the Umbria Jazz Festival

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 9:11 am

The Umbria Festival in Italy turns 40 this summer. Umbria presents jazz indoors and out in two historic cities — Perugia in summer, Orvieto in winter. Marching bands parade; gospel choirs sing. Concerts start at noon, midnight and all the hours in between. (The New Year's Eve show in Orvieto begins at 1 a.m. on New Year's Day.) And the musicians can be delightfully unfamiliar, at least to American ears.

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World Cafe
11:46 am
Thu November 21, 2013

London Grammar On World Cafe

London Grammar.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe welcomes British trio London Grammar to WXPN's studios for Thursday's session. Vocalist Hannah Reid, guitarist Dan Rothman and multi-instrumentalist Dot Major initially met in 2009 as students at University of Nottingham.

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All Songs Considered
10:27 am
Thu November 21, 2013

The Good Listener: Can You Meet Your Favorite Band Without It Getting Awkward?

You don't get many opportunities to hug Bono — better do it right!
Courtesy of beth.anderson2007 via Flickr

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 9:38 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the holiday gift baskets from which our interns will receive their only sustenance is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how to meet your favorite musicians without feeling like a complete stooge.

Helen Okolicsanyi writes via Facebook: "How can you not be awkward when you get a chance to meet your favorite musician in person? I never know what to say besides 'Love your music' without sounding like a fangirl."

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Music Interviews
4:04 am
Thu November 21, 2013

The Orchestral Recipe, From The Pilgrims To Today

Food and music mingle in Pieter Claesz's Still Life with Musical Instruments (1623).
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 5:55 am

If you're going to be cooking Thanksgiving dinner next week, you've probably already started gathering the traditional ingredients — but your ingredients are most likely very different from those that made up the first Thanksgiving meal in 1621. (Marshmallows with those sweet potatoes, anyone?)

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Music Interviews
4:53 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

For Dev Hynes, Every Sound Is A Color

Cupid Deluxe is Dev Hynes' new album under the name Blood Orange.
Stacey Mark Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 5:57 pm

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World Cafe
4:07 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Metric On World Cafe

Metric.
Brantley Gutierrez Courtesy of the artist

Our Sense of Place: Toronto series continues with a stripped-down session from Metric. The band was formed in Toronto in 1998 by vocalist-keyboardist Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw. Drummer Joules Scott-Key and bassist Joshua Winstead round out the rest of the group, though they don't appear on Wednesday's episode.

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World Cafe
3:43 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Frank Yang On World Cafe

Frank Yang, founder of the Canadian music blog Chromewaves.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 1:41 pm

To find out about terrific local bands for our Sense of Place stop in Toronto, we went straight to one of the city's best-known sources: Frank Yang, founder of the Canadian music and arts blog Chromewaves. Yang has won numerous awards for the site, including Best Music Website in Toronto by NOW Magazine in 2008. Yang has also been a member of the Polaris Music Prize jury since 2006.

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Mountain Stage
3:36 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Scott Miller And Rayna Gellert On Mountain Stage

Rayna Gellert and Scott Miller perform live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Scott Miller and Rayna Gellert appear together on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. A veteran of Knoxville's lively music scene and a member of alt-country band The V-Roys, Miller was among the first artists signed to Steve Earle's E-Squared label. He then released a series of solo albums, backed by his own band — The Commonwealth — while continuing to play the acoustic shows that first brought him to prominence.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
11:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: New Fall Sounds

Breabach.
Archie MacFarlane Courtesy of the artist

Get a few ideas for your holiday gift shopping as Fiona Ritchie introduces new releases from debuting artists that have caught her ear, as well as favorite players who have helped to define the genre.

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

Live in Concert
9:27 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Sound Opinions Presents Savages, Live In Concert

Savages, performing live at Chicago's Lincoln Hall
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 10:20 am

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The Mix
7:53 am
Wed November 20, 2013

The Mix: Northern Soul Radio

Marvin Gaye walks ahead of his Rolls Royce in Notting Hill, London, in 1976.
John Minihan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 5:08 pm

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Music Videos
7:03 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Britten Goes Back To Brooklyn With Nicholas Phan

Tenor Nicholas Phan and harpist Sivan Magen perform at a group house in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 12:21 pm

Composer Benjamin Britten, whose 100th birth anniversary falls on Nov. 22nd, is so deeply associated with his native England that he's on a new 50-pence coin issued by the Royal Mint.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Jake Bugg On World Cafe

Jake Bugg.
Courtesy of the artist

British sensation Jake Bugg, 19, visits WXPN's studios for Tuesday's installment of World Cafe. Bugg's self-titled debut topped the U.K. charts when it was released last year — and the success didn't stop there. The singer-songwriter was featured on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival this year, and nominated for British Breakthrough Act at the 2013 Brit Awards.

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Mountain Stage
2:53 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band On Mountain Stage

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. One of the most respected and accomplished instrumentalists in popular music, Jorgenson co-founded country-rock's pioneering Desert Rose Band, spent more than half a decade in Elton John's touring band, and led the group of country-guitar wizards known as the Hellecasters.

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All Songs Considered
12:59 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

New Mix: Death Grips, Angel Olsen, GEMS, and More

Clockwise from upper left: Angel Olsen, Ages And Ages, Death Grips, GEMS.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 2:40 pm

On this episode of All Songs Considered, hear Robin Hilton explain why he has a Yo Gabba Gabba! song stuck in his head every day, and how the best remedy this week has been the new Death Grips record, Government Plates.

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All Songs Considered
11:13 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Pixies, 'What Goes Boom'

World premiere video for a brand new Pixies song, "What Goes Boom."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 12:28 pm

It's been several months since longtime Pixies bassist Kim Deal left the band, and the remaining members are still figuring out how to play together. But the group's new sound seems to coalesce on its latest single and video, "What Goes Boom."

"Since the reunion, there are sounds that I've been coming up with," guitarist Joey Santiago tells us via email. "And a lot of them just got condensed into this one song, with me going sh*thouse on guitar."

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World Cafe
4:36 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

World Cafe Next: July Talk

Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis of July Talk.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 8:56 am

  • July Talk On World Cafe

This week's pick for World Cafe: Next is the Canadian indie-rock group July Talk. The band's appearance also ties into this month's Sense of Place: Toronto series, and features a live studio session.

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All Songs Considered
4:31 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Song Describes Your Family?

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We need some help putting together next week's show. Thanksgiving is coming up, and for a lot of you, this means you'll be spending some close time with family. Maybe it's more time with family than you want. Or maybe you can't get enough of it. Either way, it's an opportunity to reflect on the people in our lives and how they've shaped who we are.

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World Cafe
4:26 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Feist On World Cafe

Feist.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 9:18 am

  • Feist in-studio on World Café

This segment, from Sept. 28, 2007, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

Leslie Feist has long attracted serious buzz: For the last several years, she's appeared on the verge of jumping from underground success to mainstream stardom. In recent weeks, she's started to fulfill that promise, with her song "1234" surfacing in ubiquitous commercials and her face appearing on top late-night talk shows.

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Music Interviews
4:14 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Brandy Clark: Country Music For Drinking And Thinking

Brandy Clark's new album, 12 Stories, is out now.
Becky Fluke Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 5:59 pm

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Mountain Stage
4:09 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Jesse Winchester On Mountain Stage

Jesse Winchester performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Jesse Winchester makes his eighth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Winchester ranks among the elite group of singer-songwriters who can captivate an audience with just his words, his voice and an acoustic guitar.

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The Record
2:53 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

A Rational Conversation: Is Emo Back?

Garret Klahn of Texas Is The Reason performing in London this summer during the band's reunion tour.
Brigitte Engl Redferns via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 4:11 pm

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on iChat or Gchat or the phone or whatever with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness. It previously appeared at The Daily Swarm.

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Nightsounds Blog
12:48 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

A History of the Sounds of the Night

Credit Brian Snelson

Nightsounds was originally chartered in 1987 as a locally produced radio program that showcased artists loosely affiliated with New Age music, which became quite popular with the ascension of such labels as Windham Hill, Optimism, Higher Octave and Narada Records; all studios which featured artists loosely affiliated with acoustic and electronic instrumental music that did not pigeon hole into jazz or even soft record categories.

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Metropolis
11:03 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Metropolis: 11/16/13

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MK's remix of Sky Ferreira's "Everything Is Embarrassing" is featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
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This week's two-hour Metropolis mix includes a brand-new Disclosure song, Rudimental remixed by Maya Jane Coles, an extended remix of Basement Jaxx's latest jam, MK remixing Sky Ferreira, and the U.K. chart-topping hit by Morgan Geist's Storm Queen alias.


Playlist

  • Tiga vs. Audion, "Let's Go Dancing (Solomun Remix)"
  • Basement Jaxx, "Mermaid Of Salinas (Jaxx Extended Club Mix)"
  • Disclosure, "Apollo"
  • Booka Shade, "Love Inc. (Hot Since 82 Remix)"
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