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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Aurelio: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 12:03 pm

Many tributaries follow the story of African migration to this part of the world. Much of that narrative is well-known, but little-known pockets of African culture still produce unique cultural expressions. The story of the Garifuna people is just one example.

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Animals
7:02 am
Sat March 7, 2015

These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears

Could this cat be enjoying "Spook's Ditty"?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 11:18 am

When you leave the house, do you ever turn on some music to keep your cat company?

What kind do you choose? Tom Jones crooning "What's New Pussycat?" A ballad by Cat Stevens? Perhaps Al Stewart's "The Year of the Cat"?

Nonsense. Cats don't to want to hear humans singing about them, says composer and University of Maryland music professor David Teie.

Researchers at U.Md. and the University of Wisconsin have teamed up with Teie to make music that was more feline friendly.

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Music
5:18 am
Sat March 7, 2015

From The Shadows Of Apartheid, Three Singers Bring Their Voices To The States

Bala Brothers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 9:29 am

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Deceptive Cadence
3:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Saying Goodbye To A Manhattan Classical Music Mecca

Owner Heidi Rogers Tuesday at her famous Manhattan shop, Frank Music Company, before the store's final closing Friday. Judging silently from on high is composer Igor Stravinsky.
Anastasia Tsioulcas NPR

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 6:04 pm

There's a kind of little village of artisans on Manhattan's West 54th Street. In a couple of plain looking office towers, there are a bunch of rehearsal studios, violin makers' workshops and other music businesses. Behind one of those office doors on the 10th floor sits Frank Music Company — Frank's, as everybody calls it.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:56 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Arturo Sandoval On Piano Jazz

Arturo Sandoval.
Courtesy of the artist

Trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval is one of Cuba's best-known musical exports. He's won multiple Grammys, including one for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2013, and his life inspired the film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, starring Andy García. On this installment of Piano Jazz, Sandoval proves to McPartland that his talent on the trumpet crosses over to the piano.

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Songs We Love
8:42 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Rabit, 'Straps'

Houston-based producer will release an EP on Tri Angle records called Baptizm on March 17.
Lane Stewart Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 7:36 am

After Kanye West's performance in London this week, grime seems poised to get some well-deserved attention in the U.S. The British street music, best epitomized by Dizzee Rascal's Boy In Da Corner, has its fans in America, no doubt, but no one of West's influence has ever embraced it to the extent that he's been rumored to on his next album So Help Me God.

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TED Radio Hour
8:10 am
Fri March 6, 2015

What Are The Mathematics of Jazz?

"Numbers are beautiful." - Clayton Cameron
Ryan Lash TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Clayton Cameron's TED Talk

Percussionist Clayton Cameron dissects the mathematics of improvisational jazz, demonstrating how numerical patterns make him a better musician.

About Clayton Cameron

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Deceptive Cadence
11:08 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Young Composer's Work Dropped For Nazi Melody

21-year-old Estonian-American composer Jonas Tarm.
Elena Snow Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 7:28 am

It was supposed to be a celebratory occasion, a high-profile performance of a piece given life by the orchestra that commissioned it — a young composer's music played by other young musicians.

Instead, the performance scheduled for Sunday of Jonas Tarm's music at Carnegie Hall by the highly regarded New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) has been canceled after it came to the attention of the ensemble's administration that the piece contains a quotation from the Nazi "Horst Wessel Lied."

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World Cafe
12:58 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Joan Shelley On World Cafe

Joan Shelley.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Joan Shelley's music takes time to work its magic. Last year, the Louisville folk-pop singer released Electric Ursa, a patient record whose languid beauty builds and unfolds over time. Here, she performs a few of its songs for World Cafe.

Copyright 2015 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit http://www.xpn.org/.

Songs We Love
12:52 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Royal Thunder, 'Time Machine'

Royal Thunder.
Capitol Photography Partners Courtesy of the artist

Royal Thunder's "Time Machine" wields power from nuance. In just two albums, the Atlanta band has become a modern master of hard-rock restraint — no small feat given its affinity for psychedelic wandering and songs that typically wouldn't fit one side of a 7" single. Which is saying nothing of Mlny Parsonz's belting voice.

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Favorite Sessions
12:33 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

KCRW Presents: Dan Deacon

Libby Pierson KCRW

During his debut performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic, Dan Deacon saved something special for the KCRW audience. The mad genius from Baltimore premiered "When I Was Done Dying," a standout from his new album Gliss Riffer. Deacon's new album features some of his most accessible and appealing material yet, and his live performances remain one of a kind.

SET LIST

  • "When I Was Done Dying"
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All Songs TV
12:21 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Tall Tales & The Silver Lining, 'Something To Believe In'

Courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles songwriter Trevor Beld Jimenez writes radio hits for a bygone era. He and his band of merrymakers record as Tall Tales & The Silver Lining, a seven-strong collective who channel that Laurel Canyon soft-rock vibe from mid-1970s.

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Alt.Latino
12:17 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Hear 6 Latin American Artists Who Rock In Indigenous Languages

Vayijel is a Mexican rock band that sings in Tzotzil.
Alfio Tommasini Courtesy of the artist

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All Songs Considered
11:55 am
Thu March 5, 2015

All Songs At 15: Bon Iver And Our First Trip To Austin

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, performing live at The Parrish in Austin, TX in March, 2008.
Joel Didriksen

Hardly anyone had heard of Bon Iver when we booked him to play our South By Southwest day party in March 2008. It was a magical time. Jagjaguwar had just released Bon Iver's breathlessly beautiful album For Emma, Forever Ago, the one Justin Vernon had famously recorded in a remote log cabin in the woods, where he'd holed up to exorcise some inner demons. He's adored now, but for many people in the audience, it was the first they'd heard of the record or of Bon Iver.

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The Record
10:28 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Planet Of Sound: The Long, Unmistakable Orbit Of Aphex Twin

Courtesy of Warp Records

Releasing music under multiple names is a standby in the world of electronic dance music, but nobody in the early 1990s made more of the tendency than Aphex Twin, born Richard D. James in Cornwall, England in 1971. In addition to his main moniker, James had perhaps the most perversely odd pseudonyms in a field heavy on dweebs, gearheads, sci-fi nuts and other language-as-alien-device types.

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All Songs TV
9:01 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Wasted Wine, 'The Strangest Of Eyes'

Courtesy of the Artist

If you're attracted to the strange, then you must watch "The Strangest Eyes." The music video for this song, by Wasted Wine, feels like a bastard child of David Lynch and Nick Cave. There's humor, but damn it's dark.

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First Listen
7:03 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Review: Pearson Sound, 'Pearson Sound'

Pearson Sound's self-titled debut comes out March 9.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 9:40 am

David Kennedy, the London-based producer behind Pearson Sound, has been at the vanguard of British electronic music since his first singles (under another alias, Ramadanman) back in 2006. He's had a productive and popular career to date, a dozen singles credited to Pearson Sound and another dozen as Ramadanman, and he even bested the likes of James Blake and Actress in a 2010 list at Little White Earbuds.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
9:24 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

SFJAZZ Collective Plays Joe Henderson And More

The SFJAZZ Collective.
Chuck Gee Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 1:24 am

Every year, each of the eight members of the SFJAZZ Collective is tasked with two writing assignments. The first: Compose a new piece specifically for the band, which gathers some of the most outstanding performers on the modern jazz scene. The second: Rearrange a composition by the elder artist that the Collective has chosen to feature that year. For the 2014-15 season, SFJAZZ is paying tribute to a tenor saxophone titan, a composer of classic tunes and a long-time San Francisco resident: the late Joe Henderson.

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All Songs TV
2:32 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Föllakzoid, 'Electric'

Courtesy of the artist

When I first saw this video for the song "Electric" by Chilean psych band Föllakzoid, I couldn't look away for the full 12 minutes. For something to hold your undivided attention that long these days is a minor miracle, so let's figure out how directors Ion Rakhmatulina and Domingo Garcia-Huidobro did it.

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Author Interviews
1:14 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

A 'Girl In A Band': Kim Gordon On Life After Sonic Youth

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 1:20 pm

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

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

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World Cafe
12:11 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

PHOX On World Cafe

PHOX.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 4:22 pm

PHOX's members grew up together — attending high school in Baraboo, Wisconsin — but it took some time out in the world before they decided to form a band in the nearby college town of Madison.

Together, they built PHOX's sound around the irresistible, smoky-shy voice of Monica Martin. PHOX released its charming self-titled debut last year, and today World Cafe catches up with the group on stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

The Thistle & Shamrock
11:35 am
Wed March 4, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: Welsh Roots

Robin Huw Bowen.
Courtesy of the artist

This week, The Thistle & Shamrock host Fiona Ritchie presents acoustic roots music from Wales with Cerys Matthews, Robin Huw Bowen, Julie Murphy, Rag Foundation, Ffynnon, Ember and Crasdant. Discover a world of Welsh contemporary folk and new roots sounds in the land of St. David.

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

Music Articles
7:03 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Latitudes: The Film 'The Last Song Before The War'

Members of the Tuareg band Tartit at Mali's Festival of the Desert in 2011.
Courtesy of Kiley Kraskouskas

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:39 am

One of the best recently released music documentaries — The Last Song Before The War — wasn't originally supposed to be about music.

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Music Reviews
3:10 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Music Review: 'Soyo' By Dom La Nena

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 5:25 pm

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

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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Songs We Love
2:51 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Banditos, 'Cry Baby Cry'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 3:19 pm

On the cover of its soon-to-be released Bloodshot Records debut album, the rock and roll marauders in Banditos are relaxing on an American flag. The huge banner makes up the floor and walls of a makeshift living room, where the group lounges in voluminous hair, hats and, on drummer Randy Wade, a motorcycle helmet. It looks like Banditos is waiting backstage at the club in at the end of the roots-rock universe.

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All Songs Considered
2:01 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mix: Björk, Torres, Boots, More

Clockwise from upper left: Panda Bear, Björk, Lowland Hum, Torres
Courtesy of the artists

This week on All Songs Considered, we get heavy — heavy lyrics, heavy themes — as hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton explore the meaning of life, even breaking it down to the atomic level, with existential music from English folk singer Bill Fay, Björk and more.

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Songs We Love
10:56 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Girl Band, 'Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?'

Girl Band's new EP, The Early Years, is out April 21.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 6:25 pm

Electronic music borrows from its live music brethren all the time, but how often do you see a rock band covering techno or house? Aside from The Dirtbombs' Party Store album of Detroit techno covers, I can't think of one off the top of my head. (Feel free to school me in the comments section.)

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All Songs TV
10:51 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Young Buffalo, 'No Idea'

A boy and his young robot friend plan a party for the ages in a scene from Young Buffalo's new video, "No Idea."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 11:16 am

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Metropolis
10:40 am
Tue March 3, 2015

The Metropolis Interview: MK

Marc Kinchen, better known as MK.
Courtesy of the artist

In the mid-'90s, Marc Kinchen, better known as MK, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play chart with his songs "Always" and "Love Changes." Since then, MK has made a name for himself as a producer and DJ with a gift for remixes and a knack for matching perfect vocals to deep house.

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World Cafe
10:39 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Sinkane On World Cafe

Sinkane.
Erez Avissar Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 4:26 pm

There's something entrancing about the electro-funk of Sinkane. The Brooklyn band is led by Ahmed Gallab, who spent time in Sudan as a child before moving around the U.S.

Sinkane subtly incorporates East African sounds, complete with a loping repetition of lyrics and musical phrases. Last year, the band released its third album, Mean Love, and it's the most concise and poppy Sinkane record yet.

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