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All Songs Considered
11:38 am
Fri November 15, 2013

First Watch: Marian McLaughlin, 'Before You Leave'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 11:57 am

I've never seen anyone play guitar quite the way Marian McLaughlin does, or sing the patterns she sings. After catching her live a few years ago, I thought this could either be someone naively noodling or deliberately taking an adventure. I've come to the conclusion it's a bit of both. You can see and hear how McLaughlin pulls this off in a new video for her song "Before You Leave."

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Music Reviews
11:08 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Two Sides Of Holiday Cheer From Kelly Clarkson, Nick Lowe

Kelly Clarkson's new holiday album is titled Wrapped in Red.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 1:57 pm

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All Songs Considered
9:50 am
Fri November 15, 2013

The Good Listener: Is There Too Much Music?

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the whale-sedatives we ordered to help us endure the Green Bay Packers' losing streak is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how to handle the desire to take a break from music.

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Favorite Sessions
9:48 am
Fri November 15, 2013

KCRW Presents: Hiatus Kaiyote

Hiatus Kaiyote's Nai Palm performs live in KCRW's studios.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

When your first full-length album draws fans like ?uestlove of The Roots and Gilles Peterson from the BBC, you've probably hit on something special. That's just what Melbourne, Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote did with Tawk Tomahawk, a record that blends jazz and soul with warm vocals and fuzzy effects.

It's hard to keep your eyes off singer Nai Palm: She's a true original, as you can see in this live performance of "Nakamarra" as part of Hiatus Kaiyote's Morning Becomes Eclectic debut.

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The Record
4:34 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Business As Usual At The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

John Digweed, shown here performing in August at Electric Zoo, was one of the biggest names at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival last weekend.
Daniel Zuchnik Getty Images

Friday night at 1:45 a.m., at least a hundred people were on the main door line for Output, a dance club in Brooklyn that opened near the beginning of the year. They wouldn't be getting in for a while: the spot had reached capacity a half-hour before, shortly after the night's headliner, John Digweed, had begun his DJ set, and they were only letting in folks who'd bought tickets specifically for the show. "No wristbands," said the doorman. The wristbands were all-events passes for the sixth annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) — the nominal reason for Digweed's appearance.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:46 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Amir ElSaffar And Two Rivers On JazzSet

Two Rivers achieves long meters at breakneck speeds, even in non-Western modes and odd.
Adam Kissick for NPR

"I feel as though there's almost two streams going through my veins, two bloodstreams," says trumpeter and composer Amir ElSaffar, leader of Two Rivers. "A lot of my life has been about reconciling the two."

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World Cafe
2:30 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Latin Roots: Rachel Faro On Candombe

Ruben Rada.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 3:25 pm

On this installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, music producer and singer-songwriter Rachel Faro discusses an Afro-Uruguayan style of Latin music called Candombe.

Separated by a river from Argentina and nestled next to southern Brazil, Uruguay experienced the same influx of African slaves as Brazil, which resulted in a similar but often overlooked musical impact. Played on sets of three drums, Candombe is highly rhythmic; it's been an integral part of carnival celebrations for centuries.

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World Cafe
2:03 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Okkervil River On World Cafe

Lead singer Will Sheff (above center) and Okkervil River.
Ben Sklar Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 3:26 pm

Today's Vintage Cafe is a studio performance from the Austin band Okkervil River. The music performed here, from 2013's The Silver Gymnasium, pays homage to singer Will Sheff's life as a boy in Meriden, N.H., during the late '80s.

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Mountain Stage
1:56 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Red Baraat On Mountain Stage

Red Baraat performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Red Baraat appears on this special 800th episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, W.V. The Brooklyn band's eight members draw on North Indian rhythms, hip-hop, funk and New Orleans jazz to create undeniably singular party music. The band has performed during its own TED Talk, at the White House and at Google's Mountain View headquarters, and closed the 2012 Paralympic Games.

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Alt.Latino
11:20 am
Thu November 14, 2013

From Peruvian Jungle Laments To Grand Theft Auto V

Lulu Jankilevich, singer of the Argentine band Los Labios.
Courtesy of the artist

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World Cafe
10:07 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Jeffrey Remedios & Kevin Drew On World Cafe

Jeffrey Remedios (left) and Kevin Drew, co-founders of the label Arts & Crafts.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 9:58 am

World Cafe's Sense of Place visit to Toronto continues with a discussion between host David Dye and the co-creators of the Canadian label Arts & Crafts: Jeffrey Remedios, formerly of Virgin Records, and Kevin Drew, co-founder of Broken Social Scene.

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Mountain Stage
9:49 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Dawes On Mountain Stage

Dawes performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Dawes appears on this special 800th episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, W.V. Founded by brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Dawes' breakthrough debut, North Hills, drew instant comparisons to work from iconic California rock acts like Jackson Browne and Buffalo Springfield.

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Live in Concert
9:39 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Bill Callahan, Live In Concert

Bill Callahan, performing live at the Sixth And I Synagogue in Washington, D.C.
Gabriella Garcia-Pardo NPR Music

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:18 am

This was a perfect night. The setting: A magnificently refurbished synagogue from the turn of the 20th century, with a stunning domed ceiling, menorah's flanking the sides of the stage. Add to it a minimal band of guitar, bass, drums and the beautiful, if deadpan, baritone of singer and guitarist Bill Callahan.

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Music Interviews
1:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Omar Souleyman: America's Favorite Syrian Wedding Singer

Omar Souleyman's new album, Wenu Wenu, is out now.
Hisham Bharoocha Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 5:53 am

The growing Syrian diaspora streaming out of a country being torn apart includes one of its most popular singers: Omar Souleyman. The musician combines songs of love and desire with driving techno beats, performed on a synthesizer.

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All Songs Considered
3:33 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love

Bettmann/CORBIS

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 9:07 pm

A while back (a long while back), Bob Boilen and I were sitting around the office, chatting like we do about music and life, and got to wondering: Is it possible to come up with a top ten list of albums that everyone can agree on?

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The Record
1:36 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

'12 Years A Slave' Is This Year's Best Film About Music

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 2:02 pm

12 Years a Slave is the most compelling film about music to be released this year, maybe this century. It's so many other things, too, as others have noted: a corrective to the weird cocktail of piety and cartoonishness that Hollywood usually supplies when depicting slavery; a gorgeous art film and an actor's hellish paradise; a cultural highlight of the Obama administration.

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Music Reviews
4:12 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Latyrx: Still Deft And Defiant After Two Decades

Latyrx's new record, The Second Album, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 6:49 pm

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Mountain Stage
3:45 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Dave Mason On Mountain Stage

Dave Mason performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Dave Mason appears on this special 800th episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, W.V. As a singer, songwriter and guitarist, Mason has had a hand in the creation of a staggering number of classic rock and pop songs.

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World Cafe
3:36 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Laura Veirs On World Cafe

Laura Veirs.
Chloe Aftel Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe has long been a fan of singer-songwriter Laura Veirs: Host David Dye recalls when she first broke through nationally with 2004's Carbon Glacier. Veirs now records on her own label, Raven Marching Band Records.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:11 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Remembering 'Holy Minimalist' Composer John Tavener

John Tavener's ethereal music was influenced by the Russian Orthodox traditions.
Simone Canetty-Clarke Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 6:47 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:08 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Debashish Bhattacharya: Tiny Desk Concert

Debashish Bhattacharya performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in September 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:29 pm

You've probably never seen or heard an instrument like this. The Hindustani slide guitar is the creation of Debashish Bhattacharya, whose creation pairs his first love — a Hawaiian lap steel guitar, a gift from his father when he was only 3 — and the sounds of India. You can see the similarities to a lap steel guitar, as Bhattacharya lays the guitar across his legs, sliding a metal bar to create the fluid, almost vocal melodies.

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All Songs Considered
2:08 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

New Mix: John Vanderslice, Hospitality, Marijuana Deathsquads, More

Clockwise from upper left: Ephel Duath, Hospitality, Toy, John Vanderslice
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 2:27 pm

On this episode of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are still buzzing from the concerts they saw last week, from the spastic noise rock of Marijuana Deathsquads (webcast live from the 9:30 Club), to an intimate, joyful and humor-filled set by John Vanderslice.

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Live in Concert
11:19 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Cut Copy, Live In Concert

Dan Whitford of Cut Copy looks out over a packed house at Le Poisson Rouge on Nov. 19.
Shaun Regan for NPR

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

To launch the partnership between NPR music and KCRW's Metropolis, Cut Copy drew a packed house to downtown New York for a dynamic set of new material from Free Your Mind, along with a few older gems to the delight of an adoring crowd at Le Poisson Rouge. The Aussie dance rockers showed their experience in the live arena, keeping spirits high and working the crowd until late.

Set List

  • "Free Your Mind"
  • "Where I'm Going"
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Microphone Check
10:03 am
Tue November 12, 2013

'All Daps And Hugs': G-Side Reunites And Releases A New Song

G-Side, reunited.
Matt McGinley

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 10:31 am

For about five years, we at NPR Music have been listening to G-Side, a rap duo from Huntsville, Ala., and the group's in-house production pair the Block Beattaz. Some of us rocked 2008's Starshipz & Rocketz until the tape popped, reveling in the sequined sound and mostly level-headed lyrics that alternate between the gruff and drawled deliveries favored by Clova and ST 2 Lettaz, respectively.

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Favorite Sessions
8:50 am
Tue November 12, 2013

KEXP Presents: No Age

No Age poses for a Polaroid outside KEXP in Seattle.
Amber Zbitnoff KEXP

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 9:55 am

KEXP has a long history with No Age, dating back to a 2008 performance in our employee parking lot. Over the years, the band's music has grown even more experimental, as its recent album An Object demonstrates. Still, the two-man onslaught — guitarist Randy Randall and singer/drummer Dean Spunt — remains riveting.

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All Songs Considered
6:31 am
Tue November 12, 2013

New Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Song

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 1:18 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:29 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster

Napster founder Shawn Fanning in February 2001, after a ruling that the free Internet-based service must stop allowing copyrighted material to be shared.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 8:02 pm

This week on-air and online, the tech team is exploring the sharing economy. You'll find the stories on this blog and aggregated at this link, and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Just email, leave a comment or tweet.

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Microphone Check
2:39 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Eight Million Stories: Hip-Hop In 1993

Faith Newman, Ralph McDaniels and Prince Paul at the Ace Hotel Sept. 25.
Ebru Yildiz for NPR

All year Morning Edition and NPR Music have been running radio pieces about rap albums released 20 years ago, in 1993. For a special episode of Microphone Check we invited a group of people who were working in hip-hop back then to meet us at the Ace Hotel in New York City and tell stories about that productive and creative year. At the audio link you can hear an edited version of the evening.

Our guests were:

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World Cafe
2:23 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

World Cafe Next: Star Anna

Star Anna.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By Star Anna

This week's pick for World Cafe: Next is Seattle singer-songwriter Star Anna, an up-and-coming artist who's already attracted the attention of hometown musicians, including Pearl Jam's Mike McCready.

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Music Reviews
2:14 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP'

Lady Gaga's new album, ARTPOP, is out now.
Inez and Vinoodh Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 6:54 pm

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