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Mountain Stage
4:19 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Mason Jennings On Mountain Stage

Mason Jennings performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:22 pm

Mason Jennings appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Raised in Hawaii by way of Pittsburgh, Jennings has made his home in Minnesota for the past two decades. During that time, he's built a loyal following throughout the Upper Midwest and beyond.

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Best Music Of 2013
12:43 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Top 10 Slept-On R&B Songs Of The Year

King
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 12:50 am

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Best Music Of 2013
11:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Top 10 Public Radio Studio Sessions Of 2013

Savages lead singer Jehnny Beth during the band's visit to KEXP in Seattle.
Brittney Bush Bollay KEXP

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 2:02 pm

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Holiday Music
9:11 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Have Yourself A Sullen Little Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 10:13 am

Less than a week before Christmas, holly-jolly holiday music abounds — and if you're not feeling holly or jolly, it can be a little hard to take. For NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Morning Edition producer Travis Larchuk, the holidays often mean searching for alternatives: In Thompson's case, it means diversions into melancholy, while Larchuk often seeks something cutting or sarcastic or hyperrealistic to cut through the treacle.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
8:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Let It Snow: The Piano Jazz Holiday Show

Let it snow.
Keene and Chesire County Historical Photos via Flickr

Piano Jazz swings in the holiday season, as Marian McPartland and her guests from seasons past, present and future share favorite memories and unique musical performances of Christmas classics and original holiday tunes.

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World Cafe
5:08 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages On World Cafe

Barrence Whitfield.
Courtesy of the artist

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages reunited in 2011 after more than a decade apart; this year, the Boston band released a new album titled Dig Thy Savage Soul. The new record gives longtime fans the opportunity to relive fond memories of a group that packed clubs with sweaty souls back in the '80s.

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Mountain Stage
5:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Robbie Fulks On Mountain Stage

Robbie Fulks performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:23 pm

Robbie Fulks appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. As one of the pioneers of the alt-country movement, Fulks broke through with songs that are witty, sophisticated and poignant, often at the same time.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
4:24 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band On JazzSet

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band plays the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Tomas Ovalle Courtesy of the Monterey Jazz Festival

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:24 pm

Closing his set at 92Y Tribeca, drummer Henry Cole — leader of the 11-player Afrobeat Collective from New York and Puerto Rico — told the audience, "Big groups are going to come again!" This show, which features Cole's young collective and a top big band playing the Monterey Jazz Festival, is a vote for that proposition.

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The Record
3:10 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Feminists Everywhere React To Beyonce's Latest

The audience at Beyonce's Dec. 3 performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Larry Busacca/PW WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 6:20 pm

617,000. That's how many copies of her self-titled album Beyonce sold in three days last week, after she dropped it without warning. As fans and critics have dug in, debates about the messages and images within it are roiling. Is Beyonce, the sexy pop goddess who has performed at two inaugurations, also this generation's highest-profile feminist? I spoke to six people who identify as feminists — all of whom feel differently about Beyonce — to find out how a pop album no one was ready for is capping off a year of think pieces and Twitter skirmishes.

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Favorite Sessions
11:37 am
Thu December 19, 2013

KCRW Presents: Nightmares On Wax

Gregg Lewis KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:52 pm

Nightmares on Wax was one of the first acts to sign to the Warp Records label, and the man behind the moniker — Ibiza-based DJ and producer George Evelyn — has never stopped exploring new territories for musical inspiration. The latest album, Feelin' Good, is no exception, as Evelyn taps into a talented group of musicians who've contributed their individual styles to help create a fresh new sound.

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Alt.Latino
10:55 am
Thu December 19, 2013

La Lupe, Queen Of Latin Soul: The Original Alt.Latina

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 1:10 pm

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All Songs Considered
6:15 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Bob And Robin's Excellent Holiday Adventure

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton set out on a road trip to find the true spirit of the holiday season. Along the way they stop at the Silent Night Motel, where they meet Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Josh Ritter, and more.
Michael Huey Mastery Of Maps

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 9:13 am

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Music Interviews
2:08 am
Thu December 19, 2013

From Duke's 'Nutcracker' To A Cynical Carol, Jazz For Christmas

Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn collaborated to release The Nutcracker Suite in 1960.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 8:35 am

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The Thistle & Shamrock
4:11 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: Solstice

Eileen Ivers.
Courtesy of the artist

Travel into the traditions of midwinter through some spellbinding music of the season.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

World Cafe
4:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Daughter On World Cafe

Daughter.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe welcomes the U.K. trio Daughter to the studio for Wednesday's session. Led by singer-songwriter Elena Tonra, the group formed when its members met as students at London's Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. The band released a pair of EPs independently before attracting the attention of a big label, which released the full-length If You Leave in March.

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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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