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10:10 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Preserving American Roots Music Begins With Keeping The Lights On

For 20 years, the Music Maker Relief Foundation has been supporting indigent musicians like Boo Hanks (left), who recently released a collaborative album with fellow roots musician Dom Flemons.
Peter Breslow NPR

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 2:54 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
6:46 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Steinway Bids Farewell To Its Historic Hall

The rotunda at the historic Steinway Hall in Manhattan. The building will be torn down to build luxury condominiums.
Steinway & Sons

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 10:10 am

New York is saying goodbye to another historic building. Steinway Hall, the main showroom for Steinway & Sons pianos, will be moving to a new location, leaving its home of almost 90 years on 57th Street near Carnegie Hall. The first floor has been designated a landmark and will be preserved, while the rest of the building will be torn down to build high-rise luxury condominiums.

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Music Interviews
5:22 am
Sat December 27, 2014

For Pieta Brown, Music Is A Father-Daughter Dance

"You guys know that road," Pieta Brown told a crowd in Des Moines earlier this month, describing how a row of Missouri warehouses selling fireworks inspired her song "I Don't Mind."
Clay Masters

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 10:10 am

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Music Interviews
3:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

A Week With Musical Storytellers Of The Silver Screen

"Canadian culture is so new and almost nonexistent that it's easy for us to see through the eyes of other nations," says Mychael Danna of his scores. Danna won the 2013 Academy Award for his score for Life of Pi.
20th Century Fox

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 6:35 pm

This week on All Things Considered, NPR's Robert Siegel spoke with some of film's most thoughtful and high-profile composers — plus an up-and-comer — about what it means to tell a story with music, and how a score can enhance a scene.

We've collected five conversations that you can listen to below. You'll hear about the magic of the Wizard of Oz score, how 5/4 time inspired Halloween's terrifying theme, and why a Canadian says he's become to the go-to composer for films requiring South Asian-inspired soundtracks.

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World Cafe
8:45 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Over The Rhine On World Cafe

Over the Rhine.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 11:17 am

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Music Interviews
8:03 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 1:39 pm

In 1986, a bomb planted by the Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path exploded in the luggage rack above Sam Baker. Somehow, during his long recovery, songs focused on empathy started coming to him.

Originally broadcast May 6.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Music News
4:25 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Remembering When Johnny Cash Stopped To Talk To A Young Reporter

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 6:52 am

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Music Interviews
8:03 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 12:13 pm

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Merry Christmas. Today, we begin a week-long series of some of our favorite interviews of the year.

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Music News
4:00 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Committed's 'Home For Christmas' Has Fun Songs And Some Classics

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 6:00 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

As always, we have a lot of news to cover today. But on this holiday, we thought it was worth devoting a good bit of time to some Christmas music.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS")

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NPR Story
3:52 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Barry Manilow: I Jump At The Chance To Do A Christmas Album

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 6:00 am

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Music Interviews
4:09 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Director John Carpenter On The Sound Of A Terrifying Film

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 10:12 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

All this week, we're hearing about the music behind the movies.

(SOUNDBITE OF VARIOUS MOVIE THEME SONGS)

SIEGEL: We've been hearing from composers across the genres. And today, we add screams.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "HALLOWEEN")

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Favorite Sessions
3:43 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

KCRW Presents: TV On The Radio

TV On The Radio perform live for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Ethan Shvartzman KCRW

TV On The Radio waited a few years between album releases, and with their last record, Seeds, it's clear that the group has returned energized and inspired. At an intimate show in Santa Monica, Calif. for KCRW's Apogee Sessions, the Brooklyn-based band rolled through new songs with influences from punk to dance, all with precise harmonies and intricately layered production. Check out the album's first single, "Happy Idiot," live from KCRW.

SET LIST

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The Thistle & Shamrock
1:53 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Nollaig

Fiona Ritchie and Cerys Matthews at the BBC Music studios.
Alison Gardiner BBC

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 12:46 pm

Enter the spirit of a traditional Scottish, Irish and Welsh Yuletide this week with Fiona Ritchie and special guest Cerys Matthews. The Welsh singer-songwriter and broadcaster has recorded "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas to mark the poet's centenary year. Matthews tells Fiona about the project, set to music she co-wrote with Mason Neely, and narrates excerpts from this timeless holiday classic. You'll also hear a set of reels played by fiddler Eileen Ivers, including "Christmas Eve."

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:52 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Michel Petrucciani On Piano Jazz

Michel Petrucciani.
Frederic Reglain Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Born with the genetic disease osteogenesis imperfecta, he only stood at three feet. But with hands unaffected by his disease and an extraordinary talent, Michel Petrucciani is one of the greatest French jazz pianists of all time.

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World Cafe
10:16 am
Wed December 24, 2014

An Americana Christmas On World Cafe

Luther Dickinson.
Courtesy of the artist

We have a wonderful collection of artists — friends old and new — visiting to perform music from the new compilation An Americana Christmas. We will hear a high-energy original by Nikki Lane, called "FaLaLaLaLove Ya." Robert Ellis covers a Willie Nelson classic. Ronnie Fauss adds to a growing history of "Christmas in prison" songs.

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World Cafe
9:20 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Judith Owen And Harry Shearer On World Cafe

Judith Owen and Harry Shearer.
Courtesy of the artist

For 15 years, singer-songwriter Judith Owen and her husband, humorist and actor Harry Shearer, have been hosting holiday singalongs at home and in venues throughout the country. Today, they're with us on the World Cafe. This year's edition is called Christmas Without Tears — originals, a Spın̈al Tap Christmas song and classics, all in an intimate in-studio performance.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Tiny Desk Concert: HMSTR

NPR

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 11:00 am

You could never fully steal the show when you're followed by the blown-out spectacle of Sun Ra Arkestra's Tiny Desk Concert. But the opening act kept jumping on the piano and nibbling on the set, literally pulling up the carpet and leaving "presents" on the floor. How could we not have them back? Did I mention they're hamsters?

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All Songs Considered
1:03 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Have An Oddly Jolly Christmas: A Quirky Holiday Playlist

Crate-digger and director Mitchell Kezin shows off one of his Christmas finds in a still from his documentary, Jingle Bell Rocks!
Elaine Littman Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 8:27 am

Searching for Christmas music you've never heard before? Well, Mitchell Kezin is a collector of what he calls "Christmas orphans," those Christmas songs hardly played and mostly unknown. After being a closet collector of Christmas music for years, now he's directed a documentary about obsessive crate-diggers who specialize in rare Christmas music.

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Holiday Music
1:03 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Couldn't Miss This One: Behind 'Christmas Wrapping'

The Waitresses' members were in the middle of a tour behind "I Know What Boys Like" when "Christmas Wrapping" took over the radio in 1981.
David Corio Redferns

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 7:02 am

Chris Butler founded The Waitresses, a smart-aleck New Wave band, in late-'70s Akron, Ohio. He recalls a long-ago summer when the owner of ZE Records asked him and his collaborators to come up with a Christmas song.

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World Cafe
12:27 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Haerts On World Cafe

Haerts.
Rich McKie WXPN

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 5:15 pm

Haerts, which stylizes its name with the a and e reversed, joins World Cafe in the studio today. Eccentric spelling is just one element that makes the electro-pop band stand out.

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Alt.Latino
11:44 am
Tue December 23, 2014

An Alt.Latino Christmas, With Cantigas In Concert

Cantigas performs live in NPR's Studio 1.
Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 4:06 pm

It's been an eventful year for Alt.Latino. We've brought you live concerts, dance music, protest songs and thought-provoking interviews with the performers who are helping to shape modern culture.

Regardless of your spiritual affiliations, the end of the year provides an opportunity to reflect on what we'd like to do differently next year, what we've learned, our successes and failures, and what makes us thankful.

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Front Row
8:03 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Front Row: Bombay Bicycle Club, 'Feel'

Bombay Bicycle Club performs live at the House of Blues in Boston, Mass.
WGBH

The genre-bending indie-rock band Bombay Bicycle Club formed in North London in 2005. At House Of Blues Boston on Oct. 18, the group put on a high-octane set that spanned its four full-length albums and three EPs. The sold–out Saturday-night crowd witnessed an unforgettable performance — including this rendition of "Feel" from 2014's So Long, See You Tomorrow.

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  • "Feel"

Watch the entire Bombay Bicycle Club concert on WGBH's YouTube channel.

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The Record
7:07 am
Tue December 23, 2014

A Rational Conversation: 2014 Through The Eyes Of A Choreographer

Ryan Heffington.
Jean-Baptiste Huong Courtesy of the artist

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The Best Music Of 2014
7:03 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Watch Public Radio's Best In-Studio Performances Of 2014

Cincinnati indie rockers Wussy were the featured musicians in KEXP's favorite studio session of the year.
Brady Harvey KEXP

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 10:45 am

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Music News
4:05 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Moreno's 'El Burrito Sabanero', Welcomed Update To A Holiday Song

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:28 am

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Music News
4:50 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

What A Failed Hip-Hop Experiment Can Teach Us About The Future Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Los Aldeanos' Aldo Rodriguez (left) and El B.
Daniel Hdez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 10:55 am

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Remembrances
3:23 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Charismatic Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

Joe Cocker.
Ernesto Ruscio Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 4:54 pm

Joe Cocker died Monday at his home in Crawford, Colo., after what his publicist described as a hard-fought battle with small-cell lung cancer. He was 70.

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World Cafe
1:55 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

World Cafe Next: Kingsley Flood

Kingsley Flood.
Terry Moffatt Courtesy of the artist

The World Cafe: Next artist for this week is a folk-rock sextet from Boston and Washington, D.C., called Kingsley Flood. Fueled by Naseem Khuri's songwriting, the band is about to step out of the album-release cycle by releasing To The Fire EP in early 2015 — followed by a new EP for each season of the year.

World Cafe
1:48 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Yusuf/Cat Stevens On World Cafe

Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. Cat Stevens.
Rich McKie WXPN

Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. Cat Stevens, just completed his first U.S. tour in 36 years, in which he performed music from his just-released album Tell 'Em I'm Gone alongside favorites from his long career. He'd stopped playing the latter for nearly three decades after changing his name and embracing Islam in 1977. In this performance, he plays old and new music alike in a session recorded at Philadelphia's Tower Theater.

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Singer Joe Cocker Dies At Age 70

Singer Joe Cocker, famous for his powerful and raspy voice, has died at age 70.
Ron Wolfson Landov

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 3:02 pm

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