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Mountain Stage
2:21 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

The Greencards On Mountain Stage

The Greencards performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:10 am

The Greencards make their fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V.

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Music Reviews
1:57 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Michele Rosewoman Goes Back To Afro-Cuban Jazz's Future

Michele Rosewoman (bottom right) is joined by batá percussionists in performance with her New Yor-Uba Ensemble in 2013.
Tom Ehrlich Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 2:57 pm

When Michele Rosewoman was growing up in the Bay Area, she played piano from childhood and congas from her teens. After moving to New York in the late 1970s, she began making music in two areas: modern jazz and traditional Cuban music. Before long, she started combining the two in her New Yor-Uba band.

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Best Music Of 2013
1:47 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2013

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is one of KEXP's favorite discoveries of 2013.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 2:21 pm

It's usually easy to keep up with your favorite artists. You can follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook and check them out when they come to your town.

Falling in love with unfamiliar bands? That's not quite as simple. There are so many aspiring musicians out there, you can't possibly listen to all of them.

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Alt.Latino
10:21 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Alt.Latino Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2013

Flor De Toloache is New York City's premier (and perhaps only) all-female mariachi group.
Andrei Averbuch Courtesy of the artist

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Best Music Of 2013
10:05 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Wayne Shorter And The Year's Other Passing Scenery

Wayne Shorter, who turned 80 in 2013, won the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll by a large margin.
Robert Ashcroft Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 6:00 pm

It says a lot about his enduring hold on jazz listeners that over a half century into his career, the descriptive phrases most commonly put in front of Wayne Shorter's name — along with "the great saxophonist and composer" — remain "the elusive" and "the enigmatic." The inside tray card to Shorter's Without a Net, the runaway Best Album winner in this year's NPR Music Jazz Critics P

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Best Music Of 2013
10:05 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The 2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

Wayne Shorter.
Robert Ashcroft Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 3:09 pm

NPR Music is pleased to present the results of a poll asking well over 100 jazz critics to pick their favorite recordings of 2013.

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World Cafe
3:25 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

J. Roddy Walston & The Business On World Cafe

J. Roddy Walston & The Business.
Courtesy of the artist

J. Roddy Walston & The Business return to World Cafe for a new studio session. Originally formed in 2002, the Tennessee band began picking up speed after it relocated to Baltimore in 2004. On the upright piano, Walston shapes the group's style of infectious Southern rock.

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Mountain Stage
3:14 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Vieux Farka Touré On Mountain Stage

Vieux Farka Touré performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:12 am

Vieux Farka Touré appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. The son of the late, beloved Malian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ali Farka Touré (a guest on Mountain Stage back in the summer of 1993), Vieux is massively prominent in his own right.

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Best Music Of 2013
2:09 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Jason Isbell's Southeastern was Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker's favorite album of 2013.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 11:21 pm

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The Record
9:31 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Remembering Ray Price, Voice Of The Nashville Sound

Ray Price on the Dean Martin Comedy Hour in 1973.
NBC NBC via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 11:30 pm

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Best Music Of 2013
7:03 am
Tue December 17, 2013

10 Favorite World Music Albums Of 2013

Magda Giannikou and one of her co-conspirators from her Banda Magda.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 4:54 pm

"World music" can mean pretty much anything. French club tracks. Field recordings captured on remote Pacific islands. Bollywood soundtracks. Argentine tangos. Or, for that matter, pop, traditional, classical or religious music from anywhere on the globe — as long as the lyrics aren't sung in English and the instruments aren't "Western" (unless they are).

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The Two-Way
6:25 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt And KISS Are In The Rock Hall

Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain in 1993. He took his own life in 1994.
Frank Micelotta Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 7:23 am

We can stop wagging our tongues about KISS not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The hall says its 2014 inductees are:

-- Cat Stevens

-- Peter Gabriel

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Business
3:34 am
Tue December 17, 2013

New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come

Some Steinway company representatives and employees — like Wally Boot, pictured here — have been working for the company for decades. Boot is the last person to touch every piano that leaves the factory in Queens, N.Y.
Craig Warga Bloomberg/Getty

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 11:30 pm

For 160 years, the pianos made by Steinway & Sons have been considered the finest in the world. So when hedge fund billionaire John Paulson recently bought the company, it struck fear in the hearts of musicians: Would the famously handcrafted pianos be changed, for the sake of efficiency? Paulson, who owns several Steinways himself, says nothing will change.

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The Two-Way
8:04 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Country Singer, Bandleader Ray Price Dies At 87

Ray Price performs during Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival 2010 held at The Empire Polo Club on April 24, 2010 in Indio, California.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Singer-bandleader Ray Price, who had more than 100 country hits in his decades-long career, has died at the age of 87 of complications related to pancreatic cancer, his family said.

Price was a Grammy Award winner and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee (1996).

Quoting family members, The Associated Press writes:

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Mountain Stage
2:40 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Steep Canyon Rangers On Mountain Stage

The Steep Canyon Rangers performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:12 am

The Steep Canyon Rangers appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. One of the fastest-rising bands in bluegrass, the group earned both critical and popular praise for its work in support of comedian and banjo wizard Steve Martin. The Rangers-Martin collaboration Rare Bird Alert was nominated for a Grammy, and the group followed it with Nobody Knows You, which took home 2013's Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album.

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World Cafe
2:11 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

World Cafe Next: Ryley Walker

Ryley Walker.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:46 pm

  • Hear Two Songs By Ryley Walker

This week's pick for World Cafe: Next is Chicago guitarist Ryley Walker. The singer-songwriter recently released a psych-folk EP titled The West Wind, which features swirling guitars and jazzy excursions that are easy to get lost in.

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World Cafe
1:59 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Nels Cline On World Cafe

Nels Cline.
Yuka C. Honda Courtesy of the artist

This segment, from April 15, 2009, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:19 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

La Santa Cecilia: Tiny Desk Concert

La Santa Cecilia performs a Tiny Desk Concert in November 2013.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 11:22 am

La Santa Cecilia spreads joy every time its members plug in to do a show. They do it one dance step at a time, with cumbias, corridos, elegant mambos and plain old rock 'n' roll.

I first saw La Santa Cecilia perform in an Austin, Texas, parking lot about five years ago. As all great bands do, it showcased an It Factor that has only intensified as the L.A.-based, Mexican-American group works tirelessly to perfect its musical vision.

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Best Music Of 2013
12:46 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

That's A Bad Lyric And You Know It

Edd Westmacott/Photoshot Getty Images

Hang the DJ!
Because the music that they constantly play,
It says nothing to me about my life.
The Smiths, "Panic"

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Music Reviews
12:40 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

A Former Girl-Group Singer Goes 'All Or Nothing'

With new songs and covers, La La Brooks' All or Nothing isn't just an attempted career comeback.
Jacob Blickenstaff Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:33 pm

A half-century on, La La Brooks still sings about boys and girls falling in love. At an age when other veterans of first-generation rock movements are thinking about retirement or oldies tours, Brooks has come up with a fresh, energetic collection that doesn't deny her past, but also refuses to succumb to mere nostalgia.

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Music Interviews
12:40 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Pianist Jimmy Amadie

Jimmy Amadie.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:39 pm

For decades, Jimmy Amadie played solely in his home, heard only by his students when he'd play for them during lessons. His performing career was derailed because of severe hand problems. But later in life, he achieved some fame for his albums — and for the story of what he'd had to overcome to make it possible for him to record. Amadie died of lung cancer on Dec. 10. He was 76.

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Favorite Sessions
12:15 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

KEXP Presents: The Head And The Heart

The Head and the Heart performs live at KEXP's studios in Seattle.
Renata Steiner KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:15 pm

Given the speed with which the band rose in popularity, it's not surprising that The Head and the Heart would want to slow down for a minute. After all, the Seattle group was performing at open mics just a few years ago, yet now sells out large theaters nationwide.

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All Songs Considered
6:13 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Bob Boilen's Top 20 Albums of 2013

Khaela Maricich (left) and Melissa Dyne of The Blow.
Kyle Dean Reinford Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 11:13 am

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All Songs Considered
6:08 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Robin Hilton's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

The Flaming Lips put out Robin Hilton's favorite album of the year. Son Lux, Telekinesis, James Blake, Foxygen, and many, many other artists and bands also released Robin's number one album of the year.
George Salisbury

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 11:14 am

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Kacey Musgraves.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:44 pm

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Music Interviews
5:07 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Nine Months In Nigeria, One Brilliant, Difficult Funk Musician

Since recording in the 1970s and '80s, Nigerian William Onyeabor has dropped off the music map.
Courtesy of the artist

Yale Evelev, head of world music label Luaka Bop, digs up information about great-but-forgotten musicians for a living. His quest to compile and release the work of Nigerian funk legend William Onyeabor, though, was a unique challenge.

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Music News
4:24 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Meet Latin America's Teenage Korean Pop Fanatics

The room of Samantha Alejandra, 18, in Mexico City, doubles as a shrine to her favorite K-Pop boy band, Super Junior.
Marlon Bishop for NPR

Originally published on Sun December 15, 2013 10:27 am

If you want to get a sense of what Mexican teenagers are up to these days, here's an unexpected place to start: A Korean bakery in downtown Mexico City.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Christine Salem: Tiny Desk Concert

Christine Salem performs a Tiny Desk Concert on October 14, 2013.
NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 12:19 pm

Her voice feels old, but it's got power that's young and vibrant. In fact, Christine Salem sings songs that are old: They're work songs and chants from the maloya tradition on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean. I first heard her in New York City as she shook a flat board called a kayamb, made of cane reeds, with two percussionists flanking her to provide rhythm.

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Best Music Of 2013
7:03 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Top 10 Dance Tracks Of 2013

Laurel Halo, seen here performing at the 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, released one of our favorite dance tracks of the year.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 7:23 am

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Music Interviews
4:13 am
Sat December 14, 2013

What Makes Tennessee's Music So Very Special?

Rosanne Cash, seen here in 1956 with her dad Johnny, is one of many musicians featured in Oxford American magazine's winter issue on the music of Tennessee.
Courtesy of Rosanne Cash

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 11:31 pm

From blues to funk, to country and rock, Tennessee is the place that's given voice to the likes of Bessie Smith, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes

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