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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:03 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Jason Moran On JazzSet

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon perform in the KC Jazz Club.
Jati Lindsay Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 12:27 pm

He's not 40 yet, but Jason Moran is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, the Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center, and a Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ in San Francisco. He grew up in Houston, teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music and lives in New York, home to an early 20th century piano tradition of which he is more than aware. Moran has led this trio, The Bandwagon, for more than a dozen years.

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World Cafe
10:25 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Vince Gill & Paul Franklin On World Cafe

Paul Franklin (left) and Vince Gill.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 1:34 pm

Country Music Hall of Famer and 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill visited the WXPN studio, and in tow was renowned steel guitarist Paul Franklin. Together, they pay tribute to two other noteworthy figures in country music: Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.

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Favorite Sessions
8:36 am
Thu November 28, 2013

John Mayer, 'Waitin' On The Day' (Live)

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"You may have to go someplace like Montana to 'get' this record." John Mayer tells NPR's Ari Shapiro about his new album, Paradise Valley.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 2:20 pm

John Mayer has made multi-platinum albums, won Grammys, dodged paparazzi, kind of self-destructed, escaped to Montana and spent more than a year without speaking or singing publicly to allow his damaged vocal chords to heal.

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Music Interviews
3:24 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

John Mayer On Getting His Voice Back

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 9:04 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Tomorrow on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer brings his guitar and his quick wit to our studios.

JOHN MAYER: It's like guitar tuning and paper medical records are like the two things that you look at and you're like, how is this still happening?

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World Cafe
2:35 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Latin Roots: Celebrating Thanksgiving With Flavor

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 1:33 pm

This episode of World Cafe is a special one: Thursday's Latin Roots episode coincides with Thanksgiving. For the occasion, we invited editor Judy Cantor-Navas of Billboard magazine to play some of her favorite Latin songs about food. As she puts it, these are songs with "sabor" — flavor. In this case, the selected songs may also feature double entendres. Listeners will hear from El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, a band celebrating its 50th anniversary, as well as tunes from other artists.

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World Cafe
2:35 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Whitehorse On World Cafe

Whitehorse.
Courtesy of the artist

For our Sense of Place: Toronto series, we welcome the duo of Whitehorse to the WXPN studio. The members of the band — Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland — happen to be married. The two had successful and separate solo careers in Canadian folk and rock, but decided to join forces musically in 2011. Their self-titled debut record came out shortly afterward.

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World Cafe
2:34 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Robbie Robertson On World Cafe

Robbie Robertson.
Courtesy of the artist

Toronto's own Robbie Robertson appears on this special episode of World Cafe as our Sense of Place series continues. Robertson served as lead songwriter and guitarist for the Canadian-American roots rock group The Band.

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All Songs Considered
1:25 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

5 Soundtracks For Awkward Family Gatherings

Thanksgiving small talk can be stressful. We've got the soundtrack for those awkward pauses.
Courtesy of FOX

It's Thanksgiving weekend, which means many of us will be sitting in a living room or around a dining table for hours on end with relatives we hardly know. Good times! In situations like this, the conversation is just as likely to flow like molasses as wine, so it's important to have great music playing at all times to ward off the awkward pauses.

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Music Interviews
11:20 am
Wed November 27, 2013

John Legend On Marriage, Music And 'Genius' Kanye West

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 11:27 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. My next guest needs little introduction because John Legend is, at a young age, already an R&B legend. His musicianship, impeccable phrasing, versatility and buttery sound have earned him nine Grammy awards. But it's been a while since he's delivered a solo. But now he's back with a new disc of original material titled "Love in the Future."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL OF ME")

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The Fresh Air Interview
11:19 am
Wed November 27, 2013

At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

The Beatles on the stairs of NEMS — North End Music Stores, Brian Epstein's Liverpool record shop — having just signed a management deal, in 1964.
Mark and Colleen Hayward Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 3:13 pm

England got a lot more of The Beatles than Americans did during the group's formative years. Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs, including their own series, Pop Go the Beatles. They performed originals and covers and chatted with BBC hosts.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
11:16 am
Wed November 27, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: Roots Run Deep

Natalie MacMaster.
Richard Beland Courtesy of the artist

Musical communities coast-to-coast in the U.S. and Canada show their roots with great traditional fiddling, gorgeous sensing and ear-catching blends of American and Celtic music.

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

Music Interviews
9:56 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Blitz The Ambassador: Fighting Against Invisibility

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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A Blog Supreme
4:56 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Drummer Chico Hamilton, West Coast Jazz Pioneer, Dies

Chico Hamilton.
Todd Boebel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 6:17 pm

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All Songs Considered
11:18 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Edition: Songs About Your Family

ABC-TV

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 1:04 pm

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Music Reviews
10:16 am
Tue November 26, 2013

After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback

Conductor James Levine in rehearsal with Russian virtuoso Evgeny Kissin.
Cory Weaver Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 3:15 pm

An extended ovation greeted conductor James Levine last May when he returned to performing after a two-year absence. In 2011, he resigned as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and cancelled his performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He'd been plagued by health problems, injuries and operations, and it was painful for him to move. Many of his admirers, even he himself, feared he might never conduct again.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Tue November 26, 2013

As JFK Died In Dallas, Music Was Born In Boston

Composer William Jay Sydeman, whose first major orchestral premiere was with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963.
YouTube

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 6:30 pm

Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, it's still shocking to hear Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Erich Leinsdorf announce the horrific news to a stunned audience.

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Music News
1:03 am
Tue November 26, 2013

AK-47s, Accordions And Angels Of Death: Narcocorridos Hit The Big Screen

Edgar Quintero of the band Los Bukanas de Culiacan likens what he does in the narcocorrido genre to gangster rap.
Shaul Schwarz Cinedigm

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 12:28 pm

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World Cafe
4:25 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

World Cafe Next: Phèdre

Phèdre.
Maya Fuhr Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 1:43 pm

  • Hear Two Songs By Phèdre

This week's pick for World Cafe: Next is Phèdre, a Canadian band that also serves as a highlight for this month's Sense of Place: Toronto series. The group was named by singer Daniel Lee and bassist April Aliermo after Nancy Sinatra's alter ego in "Some Velvet Morning," the classic duet with Lee Hazlewood.

The band released its second album — the synth-laden, oozy and outrageous Golden Age — in October. Listeners can hear and download two songs from the record with today's podcast.

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World Cafe
3:42 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Stars On World Cafe

Stars.
Courtesy of the artist

This segment from Nov. 19, 2010, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

Originally formed in Toronto in 1998, the indie-pop band Stars features singer Torquil Campbell, keyboardist Chris Seligman, singer-guitarist Amy Millan and bassist Evan Cranley. After the release of 2004's Set Yourself on Fire in the U.S., Stars became a huge buzz band for songs like "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead" and "Ageless Beauty."

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Music Interviews
3:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

'Divided & United': Songs Of The Civil War Re-Imagined

An unidentified Union soldier holds a banjo.
Library of Congress via Flickr

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 5:59 pm

Divided & United is the name of a new, two-disc collection of songs from the Civil War. The selections tell tales of fear, loneliness, exhaustion and triumph. All recordings featured on the album, which was produced by Randall Poster, are new takes on old songs; historian Sean Wilentz wrote the liner notes for the record.

The collection features lesser-known songs of the Civil War, some by a songwriter named Henry Clay Work. According to Wilentz, Work was a key member of a group of composers that wrote the history of the era through song.

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Favorite Sessions
2:46 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

KEXP Presents: Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm performed live on KEXP Sept. 26.
Beth Crook KEXP

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 6:38 pm

"I always claim I that like to improvise, so I need to prove it," says Nils Frahm as he sits down before a setup completely new to him and cobbled together for this in-studio performance at KEXP. Lately, the young German minimalist composer has been exploring the spaces between things, between the extemporaneous and the rehearsed, between live and recorded, between intimate and public — and most definitely between classical music, electronica and pop.

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Mountain Stage
1:31 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Lucinda Williams On Mountain Stage

Lucinda Williams performs live on Mountain Stage in 2001.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 9:42 am

Lucinda Williams appears on this episode of Mountain Stage from Dec. 2, 2001. Williams' first appearance on the show in 1989 is often touted as her first nationally broadcast performance. Since then, she's enjoyed mainstream success while earning a place as one of alt-country's most beloved singer-songwriters.

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Microphone Check
1:06 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Bun B On Janis Joplin, UGK's Label Struggles And His Voice

Bun B getting ready to take the stage with the Houston Symphony two days after this interview took place.
Courtesy of Marco Torres

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 5:29 pm

  • Bun B With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:03 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Kronos Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Kronos
NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:26 pm

Sunny Yang joined Kronos Quartet in June 2013. Now, just five months later, the cellist she says she's learned quite a few new works — not just a handful, but about 70 pieces.

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Music Reviews
12:04 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Will The Real Llewyn Davis Please Stand Up?

Dave Van Ronk at the 1968 Philadelphia Folk Festival.
Diana Davies Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 1:15 pm

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All Songs Considered
6:01 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Bruce Springsteen Releases New Single, 'High Hopes,' Ahead Of 2014 LP

Bruce Springsteen's new album is due out in January.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 5:11 pm

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Mon November 25, 2013

'Foreverly' Yours: Billie Joe Armstrong And Norah Jones Get Close

Foreverly, a new album from Norah Jones and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, was released today.
Marina Chavez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 12:11 pm

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Music Interviews
4:01 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

In A Tale Of Two Sisters, The Story's In The Songs

The new Disney film Frozen is the tale of sisters Anna and Elsa, whose relationship is captured in music by songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 4:52 pm

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Favorite Sessions
11:09 am
Sun November 24, 2013

Folk Alley Presents: Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange performs live for Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 5:46 pm

There is no shortage of folk and country songs about whiskey. But what makes this Mandolin Orange tune so enchanting is its effortlessness. The words seem to fall right into one another, like cheery drunks into so many bar stools. Mandolinist Andrew Marlin wrote this song during a road trip with his friend. They thought it might be fun to write a stereotypical country song and didn't expect for it to be so catchy.

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Music News
7:21 am
Sun November 24, 2013

For A Few Musicians, Beating Songwriter's Block Is A Game

Singer and songwriter Bob Schneider invented "The Song Game" a decade ago, inviting a closed group of fellow musicians to submit a new song every week.
Chris Miller Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 12:50 pm

Bob Schneider finished writing "The Effect," a song from his latest album, Burden of Proof, in just a few days. That's how he does it: For 12 years, the Texas musician has beaten back the urge to procrastinate by writing a song once a week, every week. It began casually, just him and a friend sharing their songs with one another.

"I'll go home, write a song, you'll write a song, and then we'll come back here in two days and play 'em for each other," Schneider says. "That's basically how it started."

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