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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Phil Everly Dies; Transformed Rock 'N' Roll With Brother Don

The Everly Brothers (Phil on the left, Don on the right) singing on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957.
CBS/Landov

Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 2:58 pm

  • A bit of 'Bye Bye Love'
  • Don Everly talking with NPR's Noah Adams in April 1986

One half of one of the most influential duos in rock 'n' roll history has died.

Phil Everly, 74, died Friday in a Burbank, Calif., hospital. His son Jason tells The Associated Press, NPR and other news outlets that the legendary singer suffered from chronic pulmonary disease.

Everly's brother Don, now 76, is among the other survivors.

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Music News
9:52 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Phil Everly Of The Everly Brothers Dies At 74

The Everly Brothers, Phil, left, and Phil, perform in 1964.
AP

Phil Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock 'n' roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob Dylan, died Friday. He was 74.

Everly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a Burbank hospital, said his son Jason Everly.

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World Cafe
2:04 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Moby On World Cafe

Moby.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 4:05 pm

Today's Vintage Cafe is an extended session in front of an audience at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live with Moby. He and his singers play songs from his most recent album, Innocents, in this sparse and gorgeous session.

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NPR Story
1:10 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Marian McPartland On Piano Jazz, Part One

This week's installment of Piano Jazz marks a true milestone, as host Marian McPartland appears as a guest on the program with guest host Elvis Costello. In part one of this all-new interview, McPartland and Costello recount some memorable moments from the program's 30-year (and counting!) run.

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Ecstatic Voices
1:06 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

'Our Soul Music Is Mariachi Music': Houston's Mexican Mass

Jess Escalante (right), the 70-year-old founder of Mariachi Norteno, plays his guitarrón in a recent Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe inside St. Joseph Catholic Church in Houston. He's joined by Jose Martinez.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 7:50 pm

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Song Travels
9:58 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Gregory Porter On 'Song Travels'

Gregory Porter.
Shawn Peters Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Gregory Porter first broke through with his 2010 album Water and has since carved out a reputation as one of the next great jazz singers. His most recent album, Liquid Spirit, topped many year-end lists and appeared on NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2013.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:58 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Destroyed By Customs? Or Stolen? Whatever Happened, Flutes Are Gone

Flutist Boujemaa Razgui and his colleagues from the ensemble Al Andalus.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 1:28 pm

A case stirring intense outrage in the classical music community and starting to gain steam in the mainstream press is getting more mysterious by the day.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:18 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project On JazzSet

Ryan Truesdell conducts the Gil Evans Centennial Project at Newport.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 2:21 pm

Gil Evans was born in Canada in 1912. He latched onto jazz and, in time, taught himself to write it. First, for dancers, Evans arranged tunes off the radio for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra as well as the sweet, warm sounds of flutes and French horns. Then Evans downsized the Thornhill sound to a nonet for The Birth of the Cool.

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Music Reviews
1:11 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

When Memphis Made A Move On Nashville's Country Monopoly

Label for Warren Smith's "Ubangi Stomp" on Sun Records.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:31 pm

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Thu January 2, 2014

KCRW Presents: Novalima

Novalima performs on Morning Becomes Eclectic.
KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:56 pm

Fusing traditional Latin rhythms with Afro-Peruvian beats, Novalima is a one-of a-kind collective from Peru. During a visit to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic the day after Nelson Mandela's death, the group brought its signature energy to "Liberta" — performed with a dedication to the late South African president.

Watch Novalima's entire Morning Becomes Eclectic session on KCRW.com.

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The Two-Way
1:38 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Blues Musician Tabby Thomas Dies At 84

Chris Thomas King plays on the House of Blues stage with his father, Tabby Thomas, in 2001, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Douglas Mason AP

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 7:33 am

Legendary bluesman Tabby Thomas died Wednesday at the age of 84.

He would have celebrated his 85 birthday on Sunday.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that Thomas was probably best known for opening Tabby's Blue Box in Baton Rouge, La. He opened the club in the late 1970s, giving Louisiana blues musicians, who had lost opportunities because of the disco craze, a place to play.

Blues-lovers from around the globe flocked to Tabby's.

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Music Interviews
3:02 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Athlete-Turned-Jazz Musician Gregory Porter On His Influences

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 7:56 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. Happy New Year.

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All Songs Considered
12:06 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

The Knife On 'Shaking' Expectations

Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer from Swedish electronic music duo The Knife perform live on stage at Lowlands festival in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands in August.
Paul Bergen Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 12:43 pm

  • Hear The Knife On 'Shaking The Habitual'

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Alt.Latino
7:02 am
Wed January 1, 2014

10 Songs To Start 2014 In Style

Milka La Mas Dura.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear This Week's Show

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Toast Of The Nation
3:22 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Live In Washington, D.C.

Cecile McLorin Salvant.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:19 pm

Among the breakout performers of 2013 was the young singer Cecile McLorin Salvant. Her unfussy, yet flexible delivery and penchant for material of an older vintage cut a distinct profile — especially for someone who turned 24 last year. It's no surprise that her recent album WomanChild was received with wide acclaim, named the top vocal album in NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll and collecting a Grammy nomination.

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Toast Of The Nation
3:21 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Donald Harrison Quintet: Live At Berklee

Donald Harrison leads his quintet in concert.
Henry Hayes Courtesy of Berklee College of Music

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:19 pm

Since attending Berklee College of Music, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison has been a Jazz Messenger, a leading Young Lion, a New Orleans torchbearer, and a famed mentor for new talent. As a bandleader, he merges all that and more. Accompanied by a young rhythm section and fellow New Orleanian Detroit Brooks (guitar), the "King of Nouveau Swing" returns to his alma mater — where, incidentally he also played Toast of The Nation a decade ago. The concert, part of the First Night Boston festival, was hosted by Eric Jackson of WGBH.

Set List

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Toast Of The Nation
3:21 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Bobby McFerrin's 'spirityouall': Live At Monterey

Bobby McFerrin with his daughter, Madison McFerrin.
Craig Lovell Courtesy of Monterey Jazz Festival

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:17 pm

Robert McFerrin, Sr., a baritone, was the first African American man to perform solo at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and an important interpreter of spirituals. He's clearly passed along some of his talent to his son, the world-renowned vocal gymnast Bobby McFerrin. And McFerrin the younger has recently taken an interest in his father's spiritual repertoire, putting his own spin on them for his 2013 recording spirityouall. At the Monterey Jazz Festival, he performs that material with his own progeny — his daughter Madison McFerrin.

Set List

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Toast Of The Nation
3:21 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Paquito D'Rivera: Live In Chicago

Paquito D'Rivera performs with the Kaia String Quartet.
Aaron Edwards Courtesy of the Latino Music Festival/WFMT Radio Chicago

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:18 pm

The reedman Paquito D'Rivera has made a career out of crossing genres. Born in Cuba, his larder is never out of Afro-Caribbean and Latin American sounds; he's made a name for himself as a jazz virtuoso and classical performer. Chicago's Latino Music Festival took advantage this year. Artistic director Elbio Barilari, himself a composer (and host of Fiesta!

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Toast Of The Nation
3:20 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Convergence With Larry Goldings: Live In Denver

Convergence with Larry Goldings (foreground).
Travis Broxton Broxton Art

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:16 pm

Every month, the members of the Colorado-born sextet Convergence gather from near and far at the Denver club Dazzle, often with a special guest. The band certainly has plenty of material to draw from — Convergence first converged in 1991. For Toast of the Nation 2013-14, it welcomed Hammond B-3 organist Larry Goldings from Los Angeles to ring in midnight in Mountain Time. Carlos Lando of KUVO hosts the festivities.

Set List

  • "Jim Jam (For Jim Hall)" (Goldings)
  • "Pegasus" (Goldings)
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Best Music Of 2013
5:38 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Defining Detroit Techno: The Retrospectives And Reissues Of 2013

Juan Atkins, whose 1983 debut album was reissued this year.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 11:38 am

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All Songs Considered
2:51 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Viking's Choice 2013: We Saved The Weirdest And Loudest For Last

Clockwise from top left: Circuit des Yeux, Jeremiah Cymerman, Katie Gately, Satan, SubRosa.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 2:03 pm

We've saved the best (and weirdest ... and loudest) for last. It's been a couple of years since we last had NPR Music producer Lars Gotrich on the show to highlight the year in metal and what he sometimes calls "outer sound," a nebulous grouping of experimental music. It was time to bring his weird sonic world back.

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Best Music Of 2013
1:03 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

10 Favorite Cassettes Of 2013

Pitch-shifted soul and a pop song's game of chutes and ladders were among 2013's awesome tapes.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 3:18 pm

Cassettes have been a medium of choice since I bought my first car outfitted with a tape deck in college (RIP Maude). They force a full listening experience, their dimensions inspire designers in ways that a square doesn't and, for the most part, are cheap. Yes, you can find a $12 cassette, and unless it's a beautiful monstrosity encased in broken glass, it's a rip-off. But in a year when budgetary priorities fell more in the direction of a six-month engagement and wedding, cassettes were the way I connected with music.

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Best Music Of 2013
11:24 am
Tue December 31, 2013

The Year In Charts: Legacy Hits In The Age Of Memes

Macklemore (left) and Ryan Lewis, whose "Thrift Shop" was the biggest song of 2013, according to Billboard's year-end chart.
John Keatley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 3:19 pm

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Best Music Of 2013
10:04 am
Tue December 31, 2013

10 Favorite Metal Albums Of 2013

America should listen to more Manilla Road.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 2:59 pm

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Music News
7:52 am
Tue December 31, 2013

In Memoriam: 2013

In Memoriam 2013: remembering some of the greats who died this year.
NPR

Each December, NPR Music draws up a tribute to some of the great musicians, composers, producers and other visionaries who died during the course of the year. Inevitably, the list is incomplete, but it provides a sense of how much talent and vision has been lost in the past 12 months.

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Music
1:03 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Blessed Feathers: Nomadic And Loving It

Blessed Feathers.
CJ Foeckler Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 11:11 am

The two members of Blessed Feathers started off as an unlikely pair. Donivan Berube moved to West Bend, Wis., and got a job at a pizzeria; that's where he met Jacquelyn Beaupre. Both singers and songwriters, the two were brought together by music — first as friends, then as musical partners, then as a romantic couple.

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The Record
11:03 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Pharrell Williams On Juxtaposition And Seeing Sounds

Pharrell Williams.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 12:44 pm

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Metropolis
10:03 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

The Metropolis Interview: Cut Copy

Jason Bentley sat down with Australian band Cut Copy during their stop in New York City.
Shaun Regan for NPR

Metropolis host Jason Bentley sat down with Australian electro-pop giants Cut Copy to discuss the band's new album, Free Your Mind, and its connection to the rave-rock boom of the early 1990s.

Metropolis
2:28 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Metropolis: 12/28/13

Toro Y Moi is featured in this week's edition of Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

In this week's mix, Jason Bentley features tracks from Toro Y Moi, Hot Natured, Burial, James Blake, Phoenix and remixes by Psychemagik, Diplo, Prefuse 73, Breakbot and Special Request.

Playlist

  • Toro Y Moi, "Rose Quartz"
  • Flume, "Sleepless (feat. Twin Shadow & Jezzabell Doran)"
  • Kauf, "Relocate (Psychemagik Remix)"
  • Emiliana Torrini, "Speed Of Dark"
  • Ultraista, "You're Out (Prefuse 73 Remix)"
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Favorite Sessions
1:20 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

KEXP Presents: Julianna Barwick

Julianna Barwick and her band pause for a picture outside KEXP in Seattle.
Beth Crook KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:48 pm

If you were to define a sub-genre for Julianna Barwick's ambient music, it might be something like "polar pastoralism," as the young singer and composer evokes both the Southern straw-dust farmland of her youth and the glacial fields that surrounded the recording of her latest album.

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