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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:57 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Anat Cohen on Piano Jazz

Anat Cohen.
Jimmy Katz

Israel-born clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen joins Marian McPartland, along with bassist Gary Mazzaroppi and drummer Glenn Davis, for a quartet edition of Piano Jazz.

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All Songs Considered
10:53 am
Fri November 8, 2013

The 2013 Mountain Oasis Festival In GIFs

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, performing live at the 2013 Mt. Oasis festival.
Adam Kissick NPR Music

Late this past month, the first-ever Mountain Oasis music festival popped up in Asheville, N.C. for three days and nights of glorious weirdness. Officially called the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, the event featured bands both big (Nine Inch Nails) and small (Adventure Club), thrilling audiences with thumping dance, mind-blowing electronic, fist-pounding rock and more.

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All Songs Considered
10:36 am
Fri November 8, 2013

The Five Best Things About This Year's Mountain Oasis Festival

A crush of fans dance together at a Bassnectar performance, from the 2013 Mountain Oasis festival.
Adam Kissick NPR Music

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 12:07 pm

Late last month I witnessed the most creative music festival I know, and I'm back with some astonishing new music discoveries. The first annual Mountain Oasis festival took place in a number of venues in Asheville, N.C. the weekend before Halloween. Asheville's a city that, much like Austin, Texas or Portland, Ore., lives up to that often-used slogan "Keep (insert city name here) Weird." As music pours into the streets, you'll see people dressed up as gnomes in illuminated hats, traveling in packs along with jellyfish, various monsters or even giant butterflies.

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Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10:35 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Tourist., Live In Concert

Tourist performing live at the 2013 Mt. Oasis Electronic Music Summit
Adam Kissick NPR

London-based electronic producer Tourist. (aka Will Philips) has steadily earned the reputation of being one of the next big names in dance music. Known for creating emotive, slightly swampy remixes for Haim and Sharon Van Etten, Tourist. was recently signed to Disclosure's new label.

Here, Tourist. performs live at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit 2013 in Asheville, N.C.

Set List:

  • I Have No Fear
  • Trust In You
  • Peaks
  • Never Stop
  • Stay
  • Tonight
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Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10:35 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Disclosure, Live In Concert

Disclosure, performing live at the 2013 Mt. Oasis Electronic Music Summit
Adam Kissick NPR

It's been a pretty big year for Brit producers (and brothers) Guy and Howard Lawrence. The electronic duo, better known as Disclosure, released their debut album, Settle, to great fanfare, and have been selling out venues across America.

Here, Disclosure performs a number of their hits live in Asheville, NC on Oct. 27, 2013.

Set List:

  • F Four You
  • When A Fire Starts
  • You & Me
  • White Noise
  • Voices
  • What's In Your Head
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Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10:35 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Jherek Bischoff, Live In Concert

Jherek Bischoff performing live at the 2013 Mt. Oasis Electronic Music Summit
Adam Kissick NPR

Multi-hyphenate entertainer Jherek Bischoff is known for pushing the limits of orchestral music. For this very special set for the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, Bischoff worked with four local Asheville, N.C. musicians willing to learn his complex, blissful compositions in less than 24 hours, and also asked his friends from the band People Get Ready to contribute vocals and percussion.

Here, Jherek Bischoff performs live at The Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit on October 25, 2013.

Set List:

  • Dae2
  • Reminder
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Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10:34 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Gary Numan, Live In Concert

Gary Numan, performing live at the 2013 Mt. Oasis Electronic Music Summit.
Adam Kissick NPR

Singer and composer Gary Numan is firmly considered a pioneer of synth-based electronic music. His dark, brooding songs have often featured a heavy rock influence, with Numan sometimes feeding his synths through guitar pedals in order to create futuristic, industrial sounds. For this special Mountain Oasis set, Numan performed a number of his classic hits, as well as new tracks from his 2013 album, Splinter.

Gary Numan performs live in Asheville, NC on Oct. 25, 2013.

Set List

  • I Am Dust
  • Films
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Classics in Concert
9:25 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Carnegie Hall Live With The San Francisco Symphony

The elegant conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in a live performance from Carnegie Hall on November 13, 2013.
Eric Thayer for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 8:03 am

Last March, when the San Francisco Symphony was slated for an East Coast tour, including a stop at Carnegie Hall, the musicians went on strike. Fortunately, the labor dispute was settled in 18 days — a blink of an eye compared to the recent drawn-out disruptions in Minnesota and Detroit. Still, it left New Yorkers hungry for the San Francisco Symphony's brand of tonal luminescence and programming bravado, nurtured by forward-thinking conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Classical Sessions
2:20 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Paul Lewis: Confronting Schubert's Nightmare

Pianist Paul Lewis is drawn to the late piano sonatas by Franz Schubert.
Josep Molina Harmonia Mundi

Pianist Paul Lewis came to Boston to make his recital debut on Jan. 12. The evening before, at this performance he gave at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio, he told the audience he suddenly realized there was a certain magic in that date. It had been exactly 20 years earlier — Jan. 12, 1993 — when the great pianist Alfred Brendel came to London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama to do a master class. "I thought he'd tell me to do something else with my life," Lewis remembered with a laugh.

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Alt.Latino
1:11 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Mexican Princesses And The Musical Kingdom Of Tijuana

Ceci Bastida.
Courtesy of the artist

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
12:39 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Ray Anderson's 'Sweet Chicago Suite' On JazzSet

Ray Anderson (right) leads his scaled-down Pocket Brass Band at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

This set takes us to the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival for trombonist Ray Anderson and his Pocket Brass Band as they perform Anderson's Sweet Chicago Suite. To open: a high-energy chorus of "76 Trombones" by Pocket Brass at the 1997 Iowa City Jazz Festival, as originally heard on our long-running, go-where-the-music-is series, JazzSet.

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World Cafe
12:13 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

White Denim On World Cafe

White Denim.
Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

The psychedelic Austin rock band White Denim recently released its fourth album, Corsicana Lemonade, which cuts back on the shifting time signatures and guitar virtuosity the group had so often employed in the past. While those elements remain, they're subtler in a way that better serves the overall sound.

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Mountain Stage
11:42 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Drew Kennedy On Mountain Stage

Drew Kennedy performs live on Mountain Stage.
Josh Saul Mountain Stage

Drew Kennedy makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the north shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minn. A native of the Gettysburg area, Kennedy attended law school but was drawn to a life of music, which he's lived full-time since the mid-2000s. The singer-songwriter now makes his home in Texas, where his musicianship often draws comparison to Lone Star State heavyweights like Guy Clark.

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Mountain Stage
11:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Lori McKenna On Mountain Stage

Lori McKenna performs live on Mountain Stage.
Josh Saul Mountain Stage

Lori McKenna headlines this episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minn. One of Nashville's most in-demand songwriters — her songs have been covered by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban — McKenna didn't play her first show until she was 27. Here, she's backed on stage by Mark Erelli on electric guitar.

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The Record
10:48 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Eminem: The Great Confounder

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Eminem, in a still from his video for "Don't Front," a bonus track on The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Courtesy of the artist

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Music Lists
9:33 am
Thu November 7, 2013

No Earbuds Allowed: 5 Songs For Commuting By Bicycle

NPR's soon-to-be London correspondent Ari Shapiro on his trusty steed.
Denise DeBelius NPR

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 10:49 am

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Thu November 7, 2013

KCRW Presents: White Denim

White Denim performed live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Rob LaFond KCRW

When the down-and-dirty Austin rock band White Denim stopped by the KCRW studios on the day of its album release, its members had one goal in mind: Put as much pressure on our studio equipment as possible before total collapse. They nothing held back, even sweating through their shirts on a crisp fall morning. From blues to prog-rock, soul and psychedelia, there's plenty to like about White Denim's album Corsicana Lemonade — including this song, "Cheer Up/Blues Ending."

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Ecstatic Voices
1:56 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Across America, Voices Rise To Reinvent India

Kanniks with the choir at St. Johns Unitarian Church in Cincinnati in 2004.
Courtesy of Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 3:20 pm

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World Cafe
3:12 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Michael Hollett On World Cafe

Michael Hollett (left) with World Cafe host David Dye.
John Vettese Courtesy of the artist

For this installment of Sense of Place: Toronto, host David Dye talks with NOW Magazine editor and publisher Michael Hollett. For 32 years, Hollett has guided the alternative news publication to reflect the music culture of Toronto.

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The Fresh Air Interview
3:12 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Vince Giordano: The Fresh Air Interview

Boardwalk Empire features music by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.
Abbot Genser HBO

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 4:42 pm

If you love jazz and pop from the 1920s and '30s, you might already love the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City during Prohibition. The music played throughout the show is performed by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and a second album of music from the series was recently released.

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World Cafe
2:59 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Basia Bulat On World Cafe

Basia Bulat.
Caroline Desilets Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe's Sense of Place spotlight on Toronto kicks off with a session from singer-songwriter Basia Bulat, who grew up in Little Poland on the east side of Toronto.

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World Cafe
2:46 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Neil Young On World Cafe

Neil Young.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe revisits a 2005 studio session with Neil Young as Sense of Place: Toronto continues. At the time of this recording, Young — who was born in the city — had just released Prairie Wind. In a conversation with host David Dye, the musician reflects on two significant events that affected the album: his recovery from a brain aneurysm and the death of his father.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
10:47 am
Wed November 6, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: Brian McNeill At Swannanoa

Brian McNeill.
Courtesy of the artist

Join Fiona Ritchie at the Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina for a conversational, musical encounter with multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer Brian McNeill. The musician chats about his globetrotting years with Battlefield Band, his song and novel writing, and his projects uncovering Scottish connections in North America and Europe. His travels always inspire new music, and McNeill shares songs and tunes with the audience.

Live in Concert
10:01 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Poliça, Live In Concert

Polica, performing live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
NPR Music

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 12:27 pm

Electro-pop band Poliça is known for its memorable live performances, propelled by the alluring voice and moves of lead singer Channy Leaneagh, not to mention two drummers with full kits. The group broke out of the Minneapolis music scene just a year ago with its 2012 debut, Give You The Ghost, a heady mix of beauty and power.

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World Cafe
2:46 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Willy Mason On World Cafe

Willy Mason.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally from Martha's Vineyard, New England singer-songwriter Willy Mason has enjoyed much of his success in Europe, where albums such as 2004's Where the Humans Eat and 2007's If the Ocean Gets Rough were met with wide acclaim.

After a six-year hiatus, Mason put out his third album, Carry On, in the U.K. last year; a U.S. release recently followed. This session marks the first time he's performed with a band at the WXPN studio.

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All Songs Considered
2:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

New Mix: The Beatles, James Blake, Colin Meloy, More

Clockwise from top: The Beatles, James Blake, Colin Meloy, Marisa Anderson
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 9:53 am

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Mountain Stage
12:55 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Matraca Berg On Mountain Stage

Matraca Berg performs live on Mountain Stage with her husband, Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Josh Saul Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 2:21 pm

Singer-songwriter Matraca Berg appears on this episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. As one of Nashville's most respected and sought-after songwriters, Berg has seen her songs recorded by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris and Martina McBride.

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All Songs Considered
11:45 am
Tue November 5, 2013

America, The Primitive: 5 New Guitar Records That Would Make John Fahey Proud

Bill Orcutt has reinvigorated and befuddled our ideas about the guitar.
Hans van der Linden via Flickr

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 1:39 pm

The American Primitive guitar record is the soundtrack to the open road. It breathes in dust and exhales smoke. Blues, country, rock, psych, drone, folk, ragtime, bluegrass — it encompasses all of them and none at all. But ultimately, it's evocative of a landscape that doesn't know its boundaries. That's why, in particular, 2013 has felt like a 6- and 12-string renaissance that both celebrates and extends this music, especially since the passing of the beloved Jack Rose four years ago.

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The Record
9:03 am
Tue November 5, 2013

A Rational Conversation: Molly Lambert On Music Biopics

The real TLC (from left to right, Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas) in the early-'90s.
Tim Roney Getty Images

"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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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Perera Elsewhere, 'Giddy'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 12:29 pm

The music of Perera Elsewhere sounds like it was picked up from outer space, like a strange, haunting frequency drifting through the ether from god-knows-where. So it makes sense that the Berlin-based DJ and ambient trip-hop artist brings an otherworldly vibe to life on the video for her song "Giddy."

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