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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Review: Buena Vista Social Club, 'Lost And Found'

Buena Vista Social Club's new album, Lost And Found, comes out March 24.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 1:31 pm

It was nearly 20 years ago, back in 1997, that the Buena Vista Social Club became an improbable worldwide sensation: a group of mainly elderly (and some younger) Cuban musicians, performing traditional son music for an album produced by Ry Cooder.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:27 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Oboist Reclaims Mozart's Lost Contemporaries

Berlin Philharmonic Principal Oboist Albrecht Mayer introduces neglected composers from Mozart's time on the new album Lost and Found.
Harald Hoffmann Deutsche Grammophon

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 5:22 pm

Does the name Jan Antonín Koželuh mean anything to you? It doesn't register even to most classical music geeks. But Albrecht Mayer would like to change that.

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Music
4:27 am
Sun March 15, 2015

What Glen Hansard Learned From His Friend Jason Molina

Glen Hansard's new tribute EP is called It Was Triumph We Once Proposed: Songs of Jason Molina.
Zoran Orlic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 10:03 am

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Music
4:19 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Albert 'Tootie' Heath, Drummer Extraordinaire, Turns The Tables

Albert Heath
Michael Perez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 5:36 pm

Albert "Tootie" Heath is one of the most accomplished jazz drummers of the past 60 years. The 79-year-old has played with everyone from John Coltrane to Ethan Iverson, the piano player for The Bad Plus. Iverson and bassist Ben Street join Tootie Heath for his new album, Philadelphia Beat, named for the fertile jazz city of Heath's upbringing — where, as a young man starting out, he once piloted a group consisting only of the drums and two horns.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Sat March 14, 2015

The Good Listener: How Can I Experience SXSW Without Actually Going?

Even if you're missing SXSW, lots of people are taking pictures of it for you.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 10:45 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside laminates containing SXSW's most coveted VIP party passes, all of which are set to arrive the day after we leave for Austin, is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on SXSW envy.

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Music Reviews
6:48 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Ooze, Fog And Climate Change Threaten Mummies

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 4:20 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Northern Chile is home to some 7,000-year-old mummies, some of the oldest mummies in the world. But scientists say the mummies are in danger. NPR's Jasmine Garsd has this story about mummies, strange oozing substances and a mysterious fog.

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Animals
6:48 am
Sat March 14, 2015

From Bored To Blown Away: Feline Reactions To 'Music For Cats'

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 4:20 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Last week we invited you to bring your cat closer to your speakers, not to hear anything I had to say, but this...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SPOOKS DITTY")

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:31 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley: Tiny Desk Concert

Carlos Waters NPR

Whether it's warranted or not, classical music wonks are perennially worried about the next generation of fans.

It seems there's less need to fret when you hear cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O'Riley. Some 15 years ago, they were already chipping away at the barriers — both real and perceived — between classical and pop.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:19 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Mercer Ellington On Piano Jazz

Mercer Ellington.
David Redfern Redferns

Copyist, arranger and musician Mercer Ellington worked for his father, Duke Ellington, as a horn player before becoming manager of the group. He took on additional duties, including composition, resulting in his original tune "Things Ain't What They Used To Be."

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World Cafe
4:12 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Vintage Cafe: Steve Winwood

Steven Winwood.
Courtesy of the artist

Today's Vintage Cafe looks back to 2003, around the time Steve Winwood made a return to rock with the album About Time. He'd had a string of massive, synth-driven pop hits in the '80s ("Higher Love," et al), but clearly felt more comfortable revisiting his roots in bands like Traffic, Blind Faith and the Spencer Davis Group.

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Song Travels
3:01 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Somi On Song Travels

Somi.
Devin Doyle Courtesy of the artist

American vocalist and songwriter Somi combines the music of her African heritage with American-style jazz, pop and soul. After her parents left Rwanda and Uganda, Somi spent 18 months living in Lagos, Nigeria; that time provided the inspiration for her 2014 album The Lagos Music Salon.

On this episode of Song Travels, Somi and host Michael Feinstein discuss the cultural roots of her music. She performs her original "Last Song" and joins Feinstein for "Embraceable You."

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Music Interviews
12:36 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Drummer Hal Blaine Talks About Making Music Over The Years

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 12:37 pm

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Music Interviews
12:36 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

They're Not Only '60s Songwriting Superstars, But They're Also Married

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 12:37 pm

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All Songs Considered
11:25 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, For March 13

Eagles drummer and singer Don Henley takes it to the limit during a 1975 concert.
Neal Preston Corbis

I don't have any special tricks or themes to this week's Drum Fill Friday. (Well, I may have slipped one little trick in here. See if you can catch it.) But there should be a little bit in here for everybody, from funk and soul to vintage Top 40 pop and rock. If I star-rated these for difficulty, I'd give this one a two out of five. So see how you do, and good luck, careful listeners!

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Favorite Sessions
9:27 am
Fri March 13, 2015

World Café Presents: Kishi Bashi

Kishi Bashi performs live on World Café.
Rich McKie WXPN

Kishi Bashi's compositions seem free and effortless, yet they require elaborate attention to detail for the magic to work. Whether he's crafting multilayered, loop-intensive solo arrangements or working with a string quartet (as he does here), it takes chops to make "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!" soar. It works as pop music, but it's so much more.

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Music Interviews
3:21 am
Fri March 13, 2015

'We Knew Things Were Different For Us': Heems On Rap, Race And Identity

Heems' first proper solo album, Eat Pray Thug, focuses on his experiences as an Indian-American raised in Queens, N.Y.
Shivani Gupta Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 10:06 pm

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World Cafe
3:52 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Latin Roots: Jovem Guarda

Erasmo Carlos.
Courtesy of the artist

A revolutionary Brazilian music and arts movement in 1960s Brazil, Tropicalia gave the world the initial offerings of superstars Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes and others. Today on Latin Roots, Ernesto Lechner discusses another Brazilian movement from the mid-'60s: Jovem Guarda. While Tropicalia drew on Brazilian influences, the artists of Jovem Guarda were more directly influenced by The Beatles and music from abroad.

Hear Lechner's Jovem Guarda Spotify playlist on this page.

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World Cafe
3:44 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

JJ Grey & Mofro On World Cafe

JJ Grey.
Kelsey Stanger WXPN

JJ Grey lives in Northern Florida on what used to be his family's pecan farm — a perfect place for a band like Mofro to practice in solitude. It's in the Northern Florida/Georgia sweet spot for soul singers, another way it's ideal for Grey.

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Jazz Night In America
3:21 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Two Greats From Seattle, 'One Of The Most Important Jazz Cities'

Ernestine Anderson performs at the Windsor Jazz Festival in 1966.
David Redfern Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 12:02 pm

Jazz bassist and composer Christian McBride recently finished a week-long West Coast tour in Seattle. It reminded him of how great a town it was for jazz, both historically and presently.

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Favorite Sessions
1:49 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

KCRW Presents: Dom La Nena

Dom La Nena performs live on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Dom La Nena's second album Soyo takes a cosmopolitan approach, with songs written in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English. During her return to Morning Becomes Eclectic, the Brazilian-born cellist performed new songs like "Llegaré" with the assistance of loop pedals and percussion. The result is beautiful.

SET LIST

  • "Llegaré"

Listen to Dom La Nena's full performance at KCRW.com.

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The Record
12:26 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Assassin: Rap's Best Kept Secret Weapon

Assassin poses New York in 2006.
Kristy Leibowitz Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:52 am

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All Songs Considered
11:31 am
Thu March 12, 2015

All Songs At 15: Björk Plays DJ

Inez & Vinoodh Matin/ILC

Every Thursday this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a story about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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Alt.Latino
11:27 am
Thu March 12, 2015

A Cuban Soul Singer Walks Into A Colombian Party, And The Bass Drops

Dayme Arocena.
Casey Moore Courtesy of the artist

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Songs We Love
10:24 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Pharis & Jason Romero, 'Ballad Of Old Bill'

Pharis and Jason Romero's new album is A Wanderer I'll Stay.
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Songs We Love
2:29 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Ben Khan, '1000'

Ben Khan's new EP, 1000, is out May 11.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 3:49 pm

You might remember British soul artist Ben Khan from his song "Youth," which made our list of the best songs of 2014 back in December. On his new single "1000," the 22 year old leaves no room for hesitation. The title track to his upcoming EP comes in thumping from the jump, crammed to the brim with shimmy-worthy synths, muddy bass, and a splash of blues guitar — all played and produced by Khan in his bedroom.

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World Cafe
1:13 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

New Madrid On World Cafe

New Madrid.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 9:00 am

The Athens, Ga., indie-rock band New Madrid has released two albums, including last year's Sunswimmer, since forming in 2012. The group members acquired a space far enough outside town that they could live together and work on their songs in relative privacy. This allows them to get inspired by Athens' music scene and run home to jam and explore new ideas in the middle of the night.

On this episode of World Cafe, the band performs a few of its songs and discusses its name and history.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
1:05 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: Scent Of Spring

Nightnoise's song "The March Air" helps welcome spring on this week's episode.
Courtesy of the artist

Spring is in the air — and in the jigs, reels and songs — as The Thistle & Shamrock puts out a musical welcome mat for the first signs of the season.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Favorite Sessions
1:01 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

KUTX Presents: Dana Falconberry

Dana Falconberry performs live for KUTX.
KUTX

Austin's adventurous Dana Falconberry (a Tiny Desk Concert alum) is preparing for a musical tour through national parks this summer. "All I really care about these days is playing music in beautiful places," she tells KUT. So, in anticipation of the upcoming tour, we teamed up to shoot a few videos at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve in the beautiful Austin hill country.

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All Songs Considered
12:34 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Sufjan Stevens, 'Should Have Known Better'

Sufjan Stevens' latest song is a return to his folk roots.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 1:50 pm

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All Songs TV
10:39 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Paul de Jong, 'Auction Block'

Paul de Jong, formerly of The Books.
Courtesy of the artist

It's always a treat when members of dearly departed duo The Books release new material. Last year, it was Nick Zammuto and his Anchor LP; today, it's Paul de Jong, who's teasing is upcoming album IF with an entertaining retro-collage video for the song "Auction Block."

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