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All Songs Considered
4:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Question Of The Week: Can You Imagine A World Without Music Genres?

Bombay Royale, performing at GlobalFEST 2014.
Ebru Yildiz/NPR

I've just spent the weekend at Winter Jazzfest and GlobalFEST in New York City. These are two of the biggest annual festivals of their kind, featuring several thrilling, packed days of music, with live performances that run late into the night.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:02 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Afro Blue: Tiny Desk Concert

Afro Blue performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 11, 2013.
Abbey Oldham NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 8:28 am

"Afro Blue" is a jazz standard written by Mongo Santamaria in 1959, with a lyric added later by Oscar Brown Jr. It's been performed countless times, by everyone from John Coltrane to Robert Glasper and Erykah Badu.

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World Cafe
12:54 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

World Cafe Next: Quilt

Quilt.
Allison Pharmakis Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By Quilt

Anna Fox Rochinski, Shane Butler and John Andrews make up the Boston psych-folk band Quilt. Together, they released their self-titled debut in 2011 and spent the spring of last year in New York City recording Held in Splendor, which comes out later this month.

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World Cafe
12:37 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

The Zombies On World Cafe

The Zombies.
Courtesy of the artist

The Zombies' jazzy, sophisticated single "She's Not There" showed another side of the British Invasion back in 1964. In this World Cafe interview with the band, singers Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent join us to tell the stories behind songs like "Time of the Season" and new ones from their 2011 album, Breathe Out, Breathe In.

Blunstone and Argent are in fine voice in this session, recorded in front of an audience and originally broadcast in 2011.

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Metropolis
11:20 am
Mon January 13, 2014

The Metropolis Interview: Above & Beyond

Above & Beyond.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 11:24 am

The U.K.-based EDM trio Above & Beyond has built a massive following over the past decade, playing live and DJing major festivals around the world. Through its own Anjunabeats label, the band has released numerous dance anthems, staying true to its purist trance sound over the years.

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Metropolis
11:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Metropolis: 1/11/14

Chromeo's "Come Alive" appears on this week's mix.
Timothy Saccenti Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 11:01 am

This week's two-hour mix features a collaboration between Chromeo and Toro Y Moi, new music from French producer Lifelike, classics from Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem, and much, much more.

Playlist

  • Lifelike, "Night Patrol"
  • Daft Punk, "Around The World"
  • Chromeo, "Come Alive (feat. Toro Y Moi)"
  • Sebastian, "Arabest"
  • Le Youth, "Dance With Me (feat. Dominique Young Unique)"
  • Blood Orange, "Clipped On"
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Favorite Sessions
10:47 am
Mon January 13, 2014

KEXP Presents: Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins performed live on KEXP.
Allyce Andrew KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:43 pm

U.K. musician Jon Hopkins brings warmth to dance music through his inventive sampling of organic sound: hands clapping, hitting things, even using his own voice to build seductive percussion. It's no wonder his fourth album, Immunity, was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2013.

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The Record
2:03 am
Mon January 13, 2014

A Big 'Frozen' Ballad Speaks To Tweens

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Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 11:18 am

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First Listen
10:01 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

First Listen: Warpaint, 'Warpaint'

Warpaint's self-titled album comes out Jan. 21.
Mia Kirby Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 10:58 am

A few years back, the band Low sold T-shirts emblazoned with a fine unofficial motto for its music: "I don't like cool, I like beautiful." For the four women who make up Warpaint, those two qualities aren't mutually exclusive: The L.A. group's swirling sound is full of mysterious buzzes and coos, and there's a sense of everything-in-its-right-place grace and impeccability to it, yet the songs themselves never feel icy or distant.

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First Listen
10:00 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

First Listen: Tom Brosseau, 'Grass Punks'

Tom Brosseau's Grass Punks comes out Jan. 21.
Nathaniel Wood Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 10:58 am

The opening lament on Tom Brosseau's new Grass Punks is as old as the hills: You don't pay attention to me anymore. In a thin, reedy voice that grows more vulnerable as the song unfolds, Brosseau confronts the reality that he no longer commands his beloved's attention. He's been supplanted not by a new affair, but by the smartphone: "I long for you to hold me in your arms," he sings, "but instead, you cradle your device."

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First Listen
10:00 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

First Listen: The Gloaming, 'The Gloaming'

The Gloaming releases its self-titled debut album on Jan. 20.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 11:02 am

The prime minister of Ireland showed up for The Gloaming's first gig; that's how big the supergroup's formation has been for fans of Irish music. Here at NPR Music, Bob Boilen and I have been waiting anxiously for the band's first album ever since The Gloaming made its U.S. debut at globalFEST in January 2012.

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First Listen
10:00 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

First Listen: Against Me!, 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues'

Against Me!'s Transgender Dysphoria Blues comes out Jan. 21.
Ryan Russell Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 11:01 am

The bracingly political Florida punk band Against Me! has been a going concern since 1997, but Transgender Dysphoria Blues can't help but feel like a debut: It's the group's first album since singer Tom Gabel came out as a woman. Now named Laura Jane Grace, she still barks her lyrics with fiercely assertive intelligence — with a voice as yet largely unchanged from the one in the band's earlier work — but Against Me!'s subject matter can't help but be turned on its head.

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First Listen
9:59 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

First Listen: Gem Club, 'In Roses'

Gem Club's In Roses comes out Jan. 28.
Tonje Thilesen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 9:00 pm

Roses are beautiful and alluring, but they're often seen in the saddest of settings: hospitals, funerals. The music of Gem Club is a bit like that, mixing beauty and melancholy. One makes you appreciate the other, so it's a dynamic that works perfectly on the band's second album, appropriately titled In Roses.

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Weekends On All Things Considered Podcast
8:15 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

The Case Against Hugging, Dead Authors, Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones' new album with the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want, comes out Jan. 14.
Kyle Dean Reinford Courtesy of the artist
  • The Case Against Hugging, Dead Authors, Sharon Jones

In this week's podcast, we hear a researcher's objections to hugging, comedian Paul F. Tompkins brings authors back from the dead, and Sharon Jones beats cancer and releases a long-awaited album.

A Blog Supreme
4:38 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

The 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Concert

Clockwise from top left: Anthony Braxton, Keith Jarrett, Richard Davis, Jamey Aebersold.
Carolyn Wachnicki/Rose Anne Colavito/Ken Halfmann/John Nation Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 3:33 pm

In a concert and ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the National Endowment for the Arts recognized its 2014 class of Jazz Masters.

The honor is the highest federally supported award for jazz artistry; those recognized receive a $25,000 grant and a tribute performance. The event was webcast live on the NEA's website, XM Satellite Radio and WBGO.org, as well as on NPR Music.

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Music Interviews
3:57 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

'No Music, No Headphones': Sharon Jones On Getting Through Cancer

Sharon Jones' new album with the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want, comes out Jan. 14.
Kyle Dean Reinford Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 12, 2014 5:50 pm

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Music News
8:56 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI For Targeting Fans

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 11:02 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSANE CLOWN POSSE: (Singing) If magic is all we've ever known, then it's easy to miss what really goes on.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Deceptive Cadence
8:38 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan?

Left to right: Kamala Sankaram as Mukhtar Mai, Steve Gokool, Theodora Hanslowe, Leela Subramaniam, Kannan Vasudevan, Manu Narayan.
Prototype Opera Festival

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 11:53 am

Mukhtar Mai is from a small tribal village in Pakistan. In 2002, her brother was accused of sexually molesting a woman from a wealthy land-owning clan. What happened next was horrifying, says singer and composer Kamala Sankaram.

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Music News
4:24 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Sax Great Jimmy Heath 'Walked With Giants,' And He's Still Here

Jimmy Heath and friends at a session at New York's WOR Studios in 1953. Left to right: Miles Davis, Kenny Drew, Art Blakey, Jimmy Heath.
Temple University Press / Jimmy Heath collection

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 10:31 am

In the room he uses as a practice space and office in his apartment in Corona, Queens, Jimmy Heath recalls a hit record from long ago.

"It's a song Bill Farrell, a popular singer, had years ago," he says, and then sings: "You've changed, you're not the angel I once knew / No need to tell me that we're through / It's all over now, you've changed." Then the 5'3" musician with the big sound picks up his tenor saxophone and blows.

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World Cafe
3:07 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Rosanne Cash On World Cafe

Rosanne Cash's The River & The Thread comes out Jan. 14.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Two things have come together for Rosanne Cash in recent years: her deepening understanding of her place in her father Johnny Cash's legacy, and her desire to only make albums that expand on a theme.

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Song Travels
1:37 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

John Proulx On 'Song Travels'

John Proulx.
Courtesy of the artist

Vocalist, pianist and composer John Proulx has a voice that recalls another great all-around musician, the late Chet Baker.

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NPR Story
12:09 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Marian McPartland On Piano Jazz, Part Two

Piano Jazz continues with part two of a monumental session (here's part one), as host Marian McPartland sits down as a guest on the program with guest host Elvis Costello. In this all-new interview, McPartland and Costello celebrate more moments from 30-plus years of Piano Jazz.

Beginnings In England

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Music Reviews
11:29 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History

Rosanne Cash.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 1:30 pm

For the past two decades, Rosanne Cash has lived with her family in Manhattan, but in 2008, she was asked if she wanted to help with a project to restore the childhood home of her father, Johnny Cash, in the small town of Dyess, Ark. She agreed and went down there to do some fundraising — and in the process, she and her husband, producer-songwriter-guitarist John Leventhal, took some car trips throughout the South, soaking up history and music.

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Remembrances
4:16 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful

Amiri Baraka, shown here in 1972, was a renowned poet whose politics strongly shaped his work.
Julian C. Wilson AP

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 9:31 am

One of America's most important — and controversial — literary figures, Amiri Baraka, died on Thursday from complications after surgery following a long illness, according to his oldest son. Baraka was 79.

Baraka co-founded the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. His literary legacy is as complicated as the times he lived through, from his childhood — where he recalled not being allowed to enter a segregated library — to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. His poem about that attack, "Somebody Blew Up America," quickly became infamous.

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Music Interviews
3:26 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

This Expensive Rubber Mat Could Be The Synth Of The Future

Fitted with rubbery keys and advanced electronics, the Seaboard was designed to realistically mimic other instruments by letting players pull off subtle bends and slides between notes.
Roli

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 9:06 am

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The Record
2:22 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

An Under-The-Radar Albums Preview For 2014

Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, whose album, the imagined savior is far easier to paint, will be released on March 11.
Emra Islek Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 8:40 am

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All Songs Considered
1:45 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The Good Listener: When Good Musicians Do Bad Things

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, seen here in 1968, had a relationship that offended many fans' sensibilities. But their complicated romantic history hasn't affected either's musical legacy.
Getty Images

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid a deluxe version of the Ashley Monroe record in which "deluxe" means "packed in a 10-pound wooden crate" is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how and whether to enjoy music by folks whose real-life actions offend us.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
1:04 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Edmar Castañeda And Friends On JazzSet

Edmar Castañeda performs at the Americas Society.
Roey Yohai Americas Society

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:07 pm

As a child in Bogotá, Edmar Castañeda and his sister took folk dance classes. Their mother made sure of that. Castañeda liked the dancing, but he really liked the live harp accompaniment. In Spanish, the harp is called the llanero. It's Colombian, not a classical harp.

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World Cafe
1:01 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The Dismemberment Plan On World Cafe

The Dismemberment Plan.
Courtesy of the artist

A Washington, D.C., indie-rock band that formed in 1993, The Dismemberment Plan released four widely beloved albums before going quiet for more than a decade — save for a brief reunion to perform a small handful of sold-out benefit concerts in 2007.

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Alt.Latino
12:06 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

A Dictator And The Music He Loved To Hate: Spanish Songs Of Rebellion

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Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 9:54 am

Martirio owes an artistic debt to both a dictator and jazz.

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