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World Cafe
12:39 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Rosanne Cash On World Cafe

Rosanne Cash.
Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 10:13 am

Rosanne Cash's last three records, starting with Black Cadillac and including both her covers collection The List and her new The River & The Thread, form a trilogy on the subject of her relationship with her father Johnny Cash — both as his daughter and as a fellow artist.

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Music Reviews
12:31 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

Bud Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation on the piano.
Metronome Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 1:14 pm

The great bebop pianist Bud Powell played several engagements at the New York jazz club Birdland in 1953. Parts of his shows were broadcast on the radio, and one listener recorded some onto acetate discs. A new collection of those recordings is out now: Birdland 1953 on three CDs from ESP-Disk'. The sound quality isn't much, but the music is terrific.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Mon March 24, 2014

KEXP Presents: Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen Performing Live in the KEXP studios.
Amber Zbitnoff KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:37 pm

It's hard not to use fiery rhetoric when describing Angel Olsen's new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness — whether it's the heated passion of her lyrics, her smoky voice or her occasionally scorching melodies. There's just a brightness, an intensity that shines through even the album's darkest moments. As the scope of Olsen's songwriting and her confidence in performing has grown over the past four years, so has her audience.

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Music Interviews
2:41 am
Mon March 24, 2014

For Boy George, Music And Style Is Just 'What I Do'

Boy George's first solo album in 19 years is This Is What I Do.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 11:25 am

Boy George's style and sound are unmistakable. In 1982, the Irish Catholic singer joined a Jewish drummer, a Protestant guitar-and-keyboard player and a Jamaican bassist to form Culture Club.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Inventions, 'Inventions'

Inventions' self-titled album comes out April 1.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 1:14 pm

The majestic instrumental rock band Explosions in the Sky broke into the mainstream thanks to its contributions to the soundtrack for Friday Night Lights — both the film and the TV series of the same name. With three-quarters of the band originally from Midland, Texas, Explosions in the Sky possesses an ideal toolkit to capture the sounds of football, the roaring wind of the plains and the quiet hope and despair of small-town life in the Texas Panhandle.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Saintseneca, 'Dark Arc'

Saintseneca's new album, Dark Arc, comes out April 1.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 1:19 pm

Banjo, baglama, bulbul, balalaika, bowed banjo, baritone ukulele, banjo, bass, bouzouki... Saintseneca might pick up any of these instruments at any given moment, and those are just the ones that start with the letter B. The band has its origins and heart in a small Appalachian town in Ohio, as well as a passion for sounds and textures with acoustic instruments at their core. Saintseneca's members eventually settled in Columbus, and they like their acoustic music a bit punkish, with stomping feet as a heartbeat to accompany mind-altering words and music.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Mac DeMarco, 'Salad Days'

Mac DeMarco's album, Salad Days, comes out April 1.
Robert Redfield Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 1:15 pm

For someone who once coined the phrase "jizz jazz" to describe his own style, Montreal 23-year-old Mac DeMarco sounds remarkably grounded on his second album, Salad Days. Gone are the Rocky Horror pantomimes, the sleazy radio promo skits, the gnomic pronouncements about "European Vegas." In their wake is a thematically tight, formally slender album full of sun-dappled songs about frittering youth away and being mostly okay with it.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Cloud Nothings, 'Here And Nowhere Else'

Cloud Nothings new album, Here and Nowhere Else, comes out April 1.
Pooneh Ghana Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 1:13 pm

The word "maturation" and the word "punk" don't often coexist easily: For a band like Cleveland's Cloud Nothings, whose sloppily aggressive songs channel slackerdom and frustration, growing up would seem antithetical to its mission. But the group's third album, Here and Nowhere Else, threads the needle just right, tightening and brightening Cloud Nothings' sound in ways that never numb its blistering, careening forcefulness.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Timber Timbre, 'Hot Dreams'

Timber Timbre's new album, Hot Dreams, comes out April 1.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 1:13 pm

Timber Timbre's members tiptoe across some strange boundaries: Atop atmospheric sound beds that often conjure spaghetti Westerns, Taylor Kirk's dusky croon can seem seductive, inviting and, when he prefers, deeply creepy. It's a voice that can embody Halloween itself — Timber Timbre is self-aware enough to have titled its last album Creep On Creepin' On — and yet Kirk possesses the versatility to sing sweet ballads with Feist on the side.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Nickel Creek, 'A Dotted Line'

Nickel Creek's new album, A Dotted Line, comes out April 1.
Brantley Gutierrez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 1:32 pm

"I think we're more grown-up now, to use an extremely childlike term," the violinist Sara Watkins recently told a reporter who asked what had changed in the eight years since Nickel Creek — the trio of Watkins, guitarist Sean Watkins (her brother) and mandolinist Chris Thile — released a studio album. Watkins' words astutely acknowledged the expectations leveled at the former child prodigies, who wowed bluegrass and country fans with three precocious albums in the early 2000s.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade'

Thievery Corporation's new album, Saudade, comes out April 1.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 1:16 pm

Every language has words and phrases that elude easy translation. In Portuguese, "saudade" (pronounced by Brazilians as "sow-DAH-djee") is one of those. Some musicians equate it with the blues; it's generally associated with melancholy and longing. In its most recent bio, the Washington, D.C., electronic duo Thievery Corporation defines it as "a longing for something or someone that is lost."

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Deceptive Cadence
4:15 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

John Adams' Psychedelic Oratorio Gives Voice To 'The Other Mary'

Composer John Adams.
Margaretta Mitchell

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:36 am

For the millennium, in 2000 American composer John Adams completed a compelling, large-scale oratorio based on the nativity story called El Niño. Now he's composed a companion piece, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, a Passion oratorio mounted with his usual collaborator, the stage director and librettist Peter Sellars.

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Music Interviews
6:41 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Playing Around With A Piano For 'Abandoned City'

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 10:45 am

Volker Bertelmann is the master of using household junk to create haunting instrumental pieces. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to him about his new album, Abandoned Cities.

Music News
4:20 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Lost Album Gives Voice To A Johnny Cash In Recovery

John Carter Cash relaxes on the cabin's front steps.
Stephen Jerkins

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 9:24 am

On the porch of a log cabin outside Nashville lies the junk of country music royalty — an old bowling ball here, a Hotpoint stove from the 1940s there. Part retreat, part recording studio, this is where Johnny Cash spent some of his golden years.

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Music Interviews
7:49 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Skrillex, The Darling Of Dubstep, Speaks

"I feel like people don't take you as seriously unless you've done a 'studio record' — which is OK, but I think it's also important to not limit yourself to that," Skrillex says. His new LP Recess is a debut in name only, part of a consistent stream of mini-releases over the past several years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 1:18 pm

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Movie Interviews
6:50 am
Sat March 22, 2014

'Flaco And Max' Keep A South Texas Musical Tradition Thriving

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 10:45 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Conjunto music can be as American as cherry pie - with Mexican and German flavoring:

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

FLACO AND MAX: (Singing in foreign language)

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Latin America
6:50 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Leaving Behind The Cartel's 'Songs Of Death'

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 11:07 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Narcocorridos are a form of Mexican folk music that tell the tales of drug traffickers. They are tremendously popular in Mexico and the Southwest borderlands. NPR's John Burnett has this story of one ex-Narcocorrido singer who escaped that life and lived to tell the tale.

JOHN BURNETT, BYLINE: When Jorge Rivera, stage name El Imperial, watches old images of himself on YouTube these days, he's filled with conflicted feelings.

JORGE RIVERA: (Foreign language spoken)

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Alt.Latino
4:02 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Messing With Texas: Alt.Latino's Favorite Music From SXSW 2014

Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta.
Jorge Balderrama Courtesy of the artist.

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Music News
4:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

For Kelis, Music Is Back On The Menu

Kelis gave her first U.S. performance in years at the 2014 SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 5:22 pm

Kelis Rogers has made a career of reinventing herself. When the R&B singer, whose "Milkshake" made her an international pop star in 2003, took the stage last week at SXSW in Austin, Texas, it marked her first live show in the United States in years. Kelis herself insists she never went away (she's continued to tour in Europe and Asia), but she did make a big career change after releasing her last album in 2006: She went to cooking school.

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World Cafe
3:20 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

St. Vincent On World Cafe

St. Vincent.
Renata Raksha Courtesy of the artist

Annie Clark, who records under the name St. Vincent, has never done anything musically as it might be expected. From the beginning, her guitar playing defied convention, while her compositions have evolved drastically since her debut album Marry Me in 2007.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:06 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Nadine Jansen On Piano Jazz

Nadine Jansen
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist and horn player Nadine Jansen got her start as a part of Horace Heidt's amateur show. Performing alongside The Clooney Sisters, Skitch Henderson and Tony Pastor, Jansen learned show business from the best entertainers around. She quickly made a name for herself on the nightclub circuit, particularly in clubs like New York's Capital Theatre and the Blue Note in Chicago.

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Song Travels
12:56 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Peter Yarrow And Noel Paul Stookey On 'Song Travels'

Noel Paul Stookey (left) and Peter Yarrow.
Courtesy of the artists

The iconic folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary made music together for nearly 50 years, arriving on the scene with a 1962 self-titled album and its hit "If I Had a Hammer." Mary Travers died in 2009, but Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey continue to tour as a duo.

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The Mix
12:08 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

10 Celtic Songs To Kick Off Spring

Patryk Kosmider
Patryk Kosmider iStock

Welcome in the new season with these 10 vernal-themed songs from NPR Music Radio's 24/7 channel highlighting Celtic music, ThistleRadio.

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

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Andrew Hill On Piano Jazz

Andrew Hill photographed in his home, 2005.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Fifty years ago today, Andrew Hill recorded what would become his signature album: Point of Departure. Fifty years later, it still sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday. Assembling a murderer's row of horn players (Eric Dolphy, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson) with a rhythm section for the ages (Hill, Richard Davis, Tony Williams), Hill juxtaposed complex, layered harmonies with charged grooves. The result occupies that rare territory between the comfort of the familiar and the allure of the perceptibly unique.

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Mountain Stage
8:03 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Celtic Fiddle Festival On Mountain Stage

Celtic Fiddle Festival performing on Mountain Stage in 2005.
?? Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:45 pm

The group known as Celtic Fiddle Festival began with Scotsman Johnny Cunningham, Irishman Kevin Burke, and Christian LeMaitre of Britanny wanting to bring together the fiddle traditions of all three countries. Upon Cunningham's passing in 2003, Andre Brunet of Quebec joined the lineup. While the group was originally conceived as a one-off, the audience response was such that Celtic Fiddle Festival is still touring and recording two decades after its formation.

This 2005 performance on Mountain Stage features Burke, LeMaitre, Brunet and guitarist Ged Foley.

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Heavy Rotation
7:03 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Heavy Rotation: 10 SXSW Discoveries Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Future Islands at SXSW 2014.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:04 am

Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Check out past editions here.

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

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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World Cafe
2:58 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Lake Street Dive On World Cafe

Lake Street Dive.
Jarrod McCabe Courtesy of the artist

The history of the buzzed-about Boston band Lake Street Dive dates back before its show-stopping appearance in Another Day, Another Time, the Showtime documentary celebrating the making of Inside Llewyn Davis. It goes back even farther than the band's one-camera street-corner video version of "I Want You Back," which has more than a million views on YouTube.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:32 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

'Two Skirts And A Shirt' On JazzSet

Left to right: Rene Marie, Allan Harris and Carla Cook.
Courtesy of Pat Harris

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:39 am

After a sweetly harmonized "Tryin' Times" from 1970 by Donny Hathaway and a rocking version of "Compared to What" by Gene McDaniels ("The president, he got his war / Folks don't know just what it's for"), Rene Marie pauses to ask two questions: "Do you remember when it was not unusual for jazz composers to write about social issues? What happened?" There's a pause, and then Carla Cook says off-mic, "The '80s." The audience hears her and laughs.

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SXSW: Live From Austin
12:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

SXSW 2014: Perfect Pussy, Live In Concert

Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves performs during NPR Music's SXSW showcase.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:08 am

Before her band had played a single note, frontwoman Meredith Graves surveyed a thousands-strong crowd packing Stubb's BBQ at NPR Music's 2014 SXSW showcase.

"We're Perfect Pussy," she said. "We're terrified."

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Music Reviews
10:07 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Sara Evans: Country Power Ballads With A Punch

Sara Evans.
Robert Ascroft Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:35 pm

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