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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:53 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Alice Coltrane On Piano Jazz

Alice Coltrane.
Chuck Stewart

On this episode of Piano Jazz, pianist and composer Alice Coltrane shimmers on a set of her original tunes and honors the legacy of her husband, saxophonist John Coltrane. She also duets with host Marian McPartland in Trane's "Giant Steps" and "Miles' Mode."

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World Cafe
11:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Pixies On World Cafe

The Pixies.
Michael Halsband Courtesy of the artist

The Pixies are our guests today, playing a set onstage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia before of an enthusiastic audience. It is one of their rare acoustic performances, their unplugged set at Newport in 2005 and a Tiny Desk Concert being two of the few.

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Alt.Latino
7:03 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Saudade: An Untranslatable, Undeniably Potent Word

Gilberto Gil, pictured here on the cover of Luar (A Gente Precisa Ver o Luar), is one of the many artists we listen to this week to understand the concept of "saudade."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 1:27 pm

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Music Articles
7:03 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Music Takes Center Stage In Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

Egyptian singer-songwriter Ramy Essam, in the heady early days at Tahrir Square in 2011.
Mark LeVine Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 9:06 am

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World Cafe
4:27 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Butch Walker on World Cafe

Butch Walker.
Taylor Boylston Courtesy of the artist

Our guest today is songwriter and producer Butch Walker. After successful releases with the band The Marvelous 3 in the '90s, the Georgia native started getting recognized for his production skills. Since 2000, he has balanced producing people like Pink and Katy Perry with his own work.

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World Cafe
3:27 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Latin Roots: Jibaro Music is Puerto Rican Country Music

Quique Domenech.
Courtesy of the artist

Our very popular Latin Roots series continues today as Grammy Award-winning producer Aaron Levinson joins us to talk about what he says is often referred to as "Puerto Rican Hillbilly Music." It's called jibaro, and it is music that originated in the Puerto Rican countryside. Although the island is getting more and more urbanized, Aaron says jibaro still has its proponents. We will hear a couple of songs.

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Music News
1:13 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

And The Oscar Goes To ... Mr. 'Star Wars' Or Arcade Fire?

William Butler of Arcade Fire: not the most typical contender for Best Original Score.
Jason Oxenham Getty Images

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
12:58 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio On JazzSet

Dr. Lonnie Smith.
Benedict Smith Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 3:14 pm

Hammond B3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith recently led his trio through a soulful set before a sold-out house at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club in Washington, D.C. The good doctor turns 70 this year, and he's still a leader and innovator on his instrument. He's also gaining a whole new audience, as young musicians and producers sample his deep, relentless grooves.

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Favorite Sessions
9:03 am
Thu February 27, 2014

KCRW Presents: Lo-Fang

Lo-Fang (right) performs live on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:27 pm

Lo-Fang's Matthew Hemerlein writes poignant lyrics embedded in layers of acoustic and electronic elements. He's also surrounded himself with a trio of talented musicians including Paul Taylor, who crafts percussive sounds using everything from skateboard wheels to plastic frogs. It's a unique sound and an equally impressive sight. Check it out here with the song "Permutations" from his album Blue Film.

Watch KCRW's entire session with Lo-Fang at KCRW.com.

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First Listen
8:50 am
Thu February 27, 2014

First Listen: Calle 13, 'Multi_Viral'

Calle 13 singer René Pérez Joglar.
Leo Ramirez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 9:53 am

Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13 is both famous and infamous throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Its members went from making hilariously raunchy club hits early in the previous decade to becoming two of the most visible and socially conscious Latin musicians today. Their unabashed support of the independence movement in Puerto Rico and their sympathy for leftist causes has earned them both rabid fans and furious detractors.

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The Record
8:36 am
Thu February 27, 2014

A Rational Conversation: What's With All The Drummers Leading Late-Night Bands?

Arsenio Hall with his band. Robin DiMaggio stands to the right of Arsenio.
Courtesy of the artist

"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.

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Heavy Rotation
12:03 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Parker Millsap.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 7:21 pm

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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The Record
4:28 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Paco De Lucia, Modern Superstar Of Flamenco, Dies

Paco de Lucia in 1982.
Paco Junquera Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 11:08 am

Paco de Lucia, considered by his fans and critics to be the world's greatest flamenco guitarist, died Wednesday in Mexico of a heart attack. The 66-year-old musician was a modern superstar in a Roma, or Gypsy, tradition that is hundreds of years old.

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Microphone Check
3:38 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

ScHoolboy Q: 'I Call Myself All-American'

ScHoolboy Q onstage at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City two days before his major label debut dropped.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 2:21 pm

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Music Reviews
3:20 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

The Spotlight Shines Bright On A Consummate Sideman's Debut

Benmont Tench has a reputation in rock as the guy you want playing on your album. You Should Be So Lucky is his solo debut.
Sam Jones Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 11:08 am

If you ever form a band, you'll be very lucky to find a collaborator like Benmont Tench. You may know him as the consummate sideman, keyboardist and co-founder of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Or as a renowned session musician who has played with Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and dozens of other artists.

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World Cafe
3:06 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

The Strypes On World Cafe

The Strypes.
Jill Furmanovsky Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 4:51 pm

Our guests today are The Strypes from the small town of Cavan, Ireland, and they are still in their teens. They formed in 2008, in love with the R&B of Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry as translated by the British blues rock bands of the '60s, like The Animals and The Stones.

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Music Reviews
3:19 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Album Review: 'Morning Phase'

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 10:05 am

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The singer and songwriter Beck is considered one of the most innovative artists of his generation. This week, he released "Morning Phase," his first new album in six years. Critic Tom Moon says the new record returns back to the brooding pop of 2002's "Sea Change," which many consider his best work.

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All Songs Considered
12:39 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

New Mix: The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser, The Faint, Perfect Pussy

Clockwise from upper left: Hamilton Leithauser, Hundred Waters, Perfect Pussy
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 2:08 pm

On this week's All Songs Considered, we've got two premieres: A beauty called "Alexandra" by The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser, and a shred-fest called "Interference Fits" by raucous Syracuse punk band Perfect Pussy.

But host Bob Boilen kicks off the mix with the Omaha-based rock group The Faint. "Help in the Head," from Doom Abuse, the band's first new album in six years, is a heart-pounding thrill ride.

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Live in Concert
11:17 am
Tue February 25, 2014

First Listen Live: ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron'

ScHoolboy Q onstage at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on Sunday, February 23rd.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:03 pm

Within Black Hippy, the Los Angeles-based crew consisting of Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q is the fun-loving middle child who taunts you with a straight face but can't always help cracking a smile. He's a wildcard who put out two highly-regarded independent albums and has become a reliable source for bracing guest spots. Sometimes he's incisive, sometimes he's callous. He's always charismatic and perceptive and forthright.

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Music Reviews
11:02 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Still 'Out To Lunch' 50 Years Later

Eric Dolphy in Copenhagen, 1961.
JP Jazz Archive Redferns

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 4:15 pm

1964 was a great year for cutting-edge jazz records like Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme and Andrew Hill's Point of Departure. But none sounds as far ahead of its time as Eric Dolphy's masterpiece Out to Lunch, recorded for Blue Note on Feb. 25, 1964.

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World Cafe
10:47 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Damien Jurado On World Cafe

Damien Jurado.
Steve Gullick Courtesy of the artist

Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado has made some changes in what he does, including making more music with a band. His last two albums — Maraquopa from 2012 and the new Brothers and Sisters of The Eternal Son — are his best work yet. Both were inspired by an elaborate dream Jurado explains today. Credit also goes to producer Richard Swift for turning this latest set of songs into a mesmerizing listen.

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All Songs Considered
8:25 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of The Month

Laurent Garnier's "Bang (The Underground Doesn't Stop)" is one of our favorite dance tracks of the year so far.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 8:09 pm

Welcome to Recommended Dose, All Songs Considered's roundup of our favorite dance tracks. We listen to literally hundreds of new songs each month, test the standouts on some very loud speakers, and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.

You can stream this month's mix here or on NPR Music's SoundCloud account. If you'd rather just hear each song individually, check out the playlist below. (But seriously, listen to the mix.)

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Music Interviews
2:36 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Beck's Long Balancing Act

Beck's new album, his first since 2008, is called Morning Phase.
Peter Hapak Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:17 am

Beck was recording his latest album when he encountered an unexpected hazard in the studio.

"I got bit by a black widow in the middle of this recording session," he says laughing. "I was in the hospital, and my arm was all swollen up."

That was only one of the indignities Beck suffered on the way to Morning Phase.

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Music News
3:08 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

'Let It Go': A Global Hit In Any Language

Queen Elsa embraces her power to freeze things with the anthem "Let It Go" in Frozen.
Disney

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:02 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
3:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'

Star violinist Gil Shaham, whose newest recording project surveys the wildly different violin concertos of the 1930s.
Luke Ratray Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:02 pm

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Music Reviews
1:15 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Vertical Scratchers: Slashed Chords, Fractured Poetry

Vertical Scratchers.
Joseph Amario Courtesy of the artist

The members of Vertical Scratchers don't have to pretend: They are free spirits, making music that is at once tightly composed, whimsical and anarchic.

The vocals on a Vertical Scratchers song tend to be high-pitched and yearning. John Schmersal creates harmonies from his vocal tracks that have a keening romanticism. His guitar lines are a series of slashed chords — vertical scratching, and thus the band's name. At the same time, there's a compressed intensity to the tunes, which uncoil with a snap, again and again.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:03 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Brass Bed: Tiny Desk Concert

Brass Bed performs a Tiny Desk Concert in January 2014.
Jim Tuttle/NPR NPR

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 2:12 pm

It wasn't an easy road to the Tiny Desk for the four guys from Louisiana who make up Brass Bed. Their tour, for the band's debut album The Secret Will Keep You, was plagued from the start: Singer Christiaan Mader had the flu, there was a death in the family and multiple dates had to be canceled. Their van was broken into and their instruments stolen. So when they heard that a big snowstorm was headed for D.C. at the same time they were to play the Tiny Desk, it felt like yet another bad omen.

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Metropolis
11:39 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Metropolis: 2/22/14

Duke Dumont's new single, "I Got U," gets the remix treatment from Tensnake on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

Tensnake, "First Song" (Astralwerks)


Tomas Barfod, "Pulsing (feat. Nina Kinert)" (Secretly Canadian)


Shur-I-Kan, "Blue Giraffe" (Lazy Days Recordings)


Jonas Rathsman, "Hope I'm Wrong" (French Express)


Booka Shade, "Crossing Borders (Mihalis Safras Remix)" (Blaufield Music)


Duke Dumont, "I Got U (feat. Jax Jones) (Tensnake Remix)" (Blase Boys Club)

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World Cafe
11:22 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Beck On World Cafe

Beck.
Peter Hapak Courtesy of the artist

Our Vintage Cafe this week is with Beck, whose new album, Morning Phase, will be released nationally on Feb. 25.

This interview from 2007 was conducted in the wake of the deluxe edition of his album The Information. The studio session contains some fine performances, including "I Think I'm In Love," and a wide-ranging discussion touching on the hip-hop and indie music scenes. Also, Beck looks back on dropping out of high school and traveling the world before ultimately settling in Southern California.

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Favorite Sessions
7:43 am
Mon February 24, 2014

KEXP Present: Noah Gundersen

Noah Gundersen.
Dagmar Patterson KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:36 pm

It's a family affair for Seattle artist Noah Gundersen. Accompanied by his sister, brother and friends, the soft-spoken singer-songwriter performed a dynamic, yet delicate Morning Show session featuring tracks from his debut full-length, Ledges.

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