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Deceptive Cadence
11:59 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83

Robert Ashley's operas for television redefined the genre.
Joanne Savio Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 6:50 pm

Robert Ashley, a restlessly innovative American composer, died at his home in New York March 3 from complications of cirrhosis of the liver. NPR confirmed the composer's death through his wife and manager Mimi Johnson. Ashley was 83.

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Code Switch
9:56 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Where Did All The Female Rappers Go?

Nicki Minaj's commercial success over the last decade has stood as an exception to the unwritten rule that women rappers no longer have a place among elite artists.
Mike Coppola Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 3:40 pm

This piece comes to us from Erik Nielson, an assistant professor at the University of Richmond. He teaches classes on hip-hop culture and African American literature.

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All Songs Considered
9:12 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Hundred Waters, 'Cavity'

The Gainsville, Fla. quartet Hundred Waters. The band's second album will be out on May 27.
Nicole Miglis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 12:26 pm

Here's some great news: On May 27, the Gainesville, Fla. quartet Hundred Waters will release its second album (via OWSLA, the label run by Skrillex), and today the band has shared a brand new song, "Cavity," along with an eerily beautiful video.

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Metropolis
4:16 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Metropolis: 3/1/14

Tourist's new song, "I Can't Keep Up," was featured on this week's show.
Adam Kissick NPR

• Tycho, "See" (Ghostly International)


• Rufus Du Sol, "Modest Life" (Sweat It Out!)


• Sleight Of Hands, "Sometimes" (Smoke N'Mirrors)


• Shur-I-Kan, "Won't Love, Can't Love" (Lazy Days Recordings)


• Sleight Of Hands, "Seal The Deal" (Smoke N'Mirrors)


• Sharam Jey, Night Talk, "The Future" (Bunny Tiger)


• Tensnake, "Pressure" (Astralwerks)


• Chromeo, "Jealous (I Ain't With It)" (Big Beat / Atlantic)


• Tourist, "I Cant Keep Up" (Method)

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Music Reviews
12:04 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Chuck Mead: Gleefully Sinister Country Serenades

Chuck Mead.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 1:25 pm

In "Reno County Girl," Chuck Mead serenades us with a tale about a young woman with whom his narrator fell in love. It's a loping country song, Mead's version of cowboy music, but as its pretty melody unfurls, you realize that its scenario is bleak: Mead's character urged her to leave home despite the objections of her father, and it turns out Daddy was right — this guy leaves her all by her lonesome much of the time.

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Favorite Sessions
7:53 am
Mon March 3, 2014

KEXP Presents: Band Of Horses

Band of Horses performed live on KEXP.
Renata Steiner KEXP

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

"Are you digging our laid-back vibe?" Band of Horses band leader Ben Bridwell asked the audience during the group's recent concert at Seattle's Moore Theatre. Following their recently released live recording, Acoustic at the Ryman, Bridwell and company chose to perform very loose, rootsy interpretations of their most well-known songs, often gathering the core string players — Bridwell, Ryan Monroe and Tyler Ramsey — around a single microphone, old-timey style.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

First Listen: Tycho, 'Awake'

Tycho's new album, Awake, comes out March 18.
Reuben Wu Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 9:53 am

The instrumental music San Francisco's Scott Hansen makes as Tycho splits the difference between post-rock's melodic architecture and pop ambient's immersive, uplifting environments. Hansen's aims felt a little harder to grasp on the sprawling Dive, the 2011 predecessor of his fourth album as Tycho, Awake. The latter is a slickly constructed album that finds him streamlining both his setup and his aims — the sounds he uses and how he deploys them are more considered and purposeful.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

First Listen: Ambrose Akinmusire, 'the imagined savior is far easier to paint'

Ambrose Akinmusire's new album, The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint, is out March 11.
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 2:08 pm

In early September, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire teased the new album he was recording:

@amBROSEire: Ohhh wait ... I think I was suppose to be making a killing melt your face off jazz album ---- opps !!!

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos'

Violinist Augustin Hadelich pairs a classic concerto with a contemporary one on this new album.
Rosalie O'Connor

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 9:54 am

Looking for a new violinist to fall in love with? Meet Augustin Hadelich, the 29-year-old Italian-born son of German parents. On his new album, to be released March 11, he pairs two searching, seemingly disparate violin concertos — one classic and one contemporary.

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First Listen
10:02 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

First Listen: Raz Simone, 'Cognitive Dissonance'

Raz Simone's album, Cognitive Dissonance, comes out March 6.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 10:42 am

Heavy psychological difficulty is a hot theme in chart-topping hip-hop these days, with artists like Eminem and Rihanna making Al-Anon worthy testimonies to codependency, and Macklemore vying for soberest man in all of pop. Joining them could be Seattle's Raz Simone — he's part of a scene within the local rap sphere there looking to do national numbers, a new ambition in the city, post-"Thrift Shop."

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Deceptive Cadence
4:12 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Philippe Jaroussky And The Impossibly High Male Voice

Philippe Jaroussky's new album is Farinelli: Porpora Arias.
Marc Ribes Erato/Warner Classics

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 6:09 pm

Philippe Jaroussky cuts a masculine figure on the cover of his new album, Farinelli: Porpora Arias, but you might do a double take upon hearing the music. The arias the French opera singer performs on this release were written in the 18th century for a castrato — a boy singer castrated to retain his high singing voice through adulthood.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:15 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Asaf Avidan: Tiny Desk Concert

Asaf Avidan performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 8:36 am

So I'm driving down the road when I hear this incredible voice coming out of my car speakers — part Janis Joplin, part Nina Simone — and I wonder, "Who is she?"

That day, I'd ripped a number of CDs onto my phone and didn't remember which record this was. Upon a quick glance at my phone during a traffic light, I discover the name Asaf Avidan. Next traffic light, I look it up and I see a picture of a skinny, handsome white male. I figure that's a mistake — that I must have typed the wrong name — so I wait to get home.

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Music News
6:20 am
Sun March 2, 2014

ABBA's 1970s Costumes Decidedly Worth The Tax Break

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:34 am

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows

goats standing on things

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The Record
7:03 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Listening In Reel Life: The Pop Music Inside The Oscar Nominees

Beautiful Music Together: Joaquin Phoenix takes a walk on the beach with his girlfriend the Operating System in the Oscar-nominated film Her.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 8:54 am

The most romantic scene from any of this year's Oscar-nominated films begins with a deliciously idiosyncratic pickup line. At a swinger's pool party in 1978, a flabby yet still somehow alluring Christian Bale gently grabs the arm of Sydney Prosser, played by Amy Adams at her most wide-eyed and guileful. "Is that Duke Ellington on your bracelet?" he murmurs.

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Sports
6:59 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Teen Pop Idol Attracts Extra Fans To UK Soccer Match

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:35 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This week, one-fifth of the biggest boy band in the world made up one-eleventh of an English professional soccer team. In a charity game, the One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson turned out to play for his hometown club, the reserve team of Doncaster Rovers.

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Music
6:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

The Soundtrack Of The World's Biggest Street Party

Samba isn't just for the musicians who work the scene in Rio. Singer Maria Rita is from São Paulo in southern Brazil; she recorded a samba album several years ago and will release a second this spring.
Tribo Productions

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 10:29 am

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Around the Nation
6:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

New Orleans Piano Legend's Home Finally Restored After Katrina

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:34 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Professor Longhair's house has been saved. Now, last year we brought you a story about the piano legend and the nationwide effort to rebuild his home following Hurricane Katrina. Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, is widely considered to be the father of modern New Orleans music. He died in 1980, but at carnival time especially, it's evident that Professor Longhair's influence endures. Now, his house will too. Gwen Thompkins brings us this story of music and more.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Music News
6:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Playing To The Rafters, Singing Like A Man Possessed

Possessed by Paul James is the performing title of Konrad Wert, a country-folk artist from Austin, Texas.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 10:03 am

Konrad Wert is a teacher by day, but when he plays his country-folk songs for fans in his home of Austin, Texas and elsewhere, he goes by the moniker Possessed By Paul James. In truth, "Paul James" is a fiction, a combination of the names of Wert's father and grandfather. Those who have seen him perform, however, would agree he seems possessed by something.

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The Checkout: Live
6:30 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Warren Wolf And Wolfpack: Live At Berklee

Warren Wolf.
Michael Borgida Berklee College of Music

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:48 pm

From a young age, Warren Wolf studied piano and drums, and you can still see him gig on those instruments. But the Baltimore native and resident has made his biggest mark as a vibraphone and marimba player — whether with Christian McBride's Inside Straight group, or with the SFJAZZ Collective, or, increasingly, as a bandleader himself. His 2013 album Wolfgang, his second LP, turns up the spotlight on his composing, and his Wolfpack band showcases his mallets up front.

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Song Travels
3:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Bobby McFerrin On Song Travels

Bobby McFerrin.
Carol Friedman Courtesy of the artist

The Grammy Award-winning Bobby McFerrin joins host Michael Feinstein to talk about his musical evolution. In addition to demonstrations of his a cappella style, McFerrin performs a number of songs from Porgy and Bess and shares a bluegrass track from his 2013 album Spirityouall.

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Music News
3:02 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

From Recife, Brazil, 3 Rhythms Get The Carnival Party Started

Colorful umbrellas long ago replaced concealed knives during frevo parades.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 7:23 am

It's Carnival this weekend in Brazil. While it costs hundreds of dollars just to get a bad seat in Rio de Janeiro, the northern city of Recife hosts the most unique and varied celebration in the country, with two million people expected to attend.

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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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