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World Cafe
4:09 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

World Cafe Next: Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett.
Lisa Sorgini Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By Courtney Barnett

This week's pick for World Cafe: Next is Melbourne, Australia's Courtney Barnett. The 25-year-old singer and guitarist has been self-releasing EPs since 2012; two of them were recently combined to form The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.

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World Cafe
4:02 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Yusuf Islam On World Cafe

Yusuf Islam.
Aminah Islam Courtesy of the artist

This segment, from Jan. 5, 2007, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, recently returned to the world of popular music with An Other Cup, his first secular studio album in 28 years. The disc contains old songs that were never recorded, songs he wrote in the last couple of years, and songs that he came up with on the spot, once he reached the studio.

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Mountain Stage
3:45 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Brett Dennen On Mountain Stage

Brett Dennen performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:29 am

Brett Dennen appears on this episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Cultural Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Capable of cranking out big, beautiful pop songs complete with splashy keyboards, catchy hooks and danceable beats, Dennen can strip the same songs down to just his voice and a guitar with equally captivating results.

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Music News
1:14 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Remembering A Congolese Rumba King

Tabu Ley Rochereau performing at a 2003 festival in Hertme, Netherlands.
Frans Schellekens Redferns

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 2:39 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:06 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

The Dismemberment Plan: Tiny Desk Concert

The Dismemberment Plan performs a Tiny Desk concert in October 2013.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:26 pm

When NPR Music started inviting musicians to perform at Bob Boilen's desk back in 2008, we never could have expected that we'd one day host The Dismemberment Plan. For one, the D.C.-area group had long since disbanded; for another, its fleshed-out and periodically funky sound wouldn't seem to lend itself to vastly stripped-down arrangements.

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Metropolis
11:01 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Metropolis: 11/30/13

Todd Terje's "Q" is featured on this week's edition of Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

This week's two-hour mix from Metropolis host Jason Bentley features an epic new tune from Todd Terje, drum-and-bass legend Goldie remixing Joker, the Mat Zo anthem "Easy" and much more.

Playlist

  • Grizzly Bear, "Will Calls (Diplo Remix)"
  • Joker, "On My Mind (Goldie Remix)"
  • Flume, "Sleepless (feat. Twin Shadow & Jezzabell Doran)"
  • Basement Jaxx, "Mermaid Of Salinas (Original)"
  • Shadow Child, "So High (Hot Since 82 Remix)"
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Deceptive Cadence
1:57 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Yuja Wang: Rooted In Diligence, Inspired By Improvisation

Yuja Wang at NPR's studio in Washington, D.C.
Denise DeBelius NPR

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 9:56 am

Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 — "Rach 3," as fans fondly call it — is one of the most famously difficult pieces of music there is. The sheet music goes on and on, with notes so dense the pages start to look like modern art. The piece is so challenging that some noted pianists have declined to perform it — but Yuja Wang has recorded it for her newest album.

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Music Interviews
4:45 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Ben Allison: Leading A Stellar Band Far Beyond The World

The Stars Look Very Different Today, the new album from bassist and composer Ben Allison (far right) and his band, comes out Dec. 3.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 6:55 pm

Most music fans will recognize the title of Ben Allison's new album, The Stars Look Very Different Today, as a reference to the song "Space Oddity," itself a reference to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Music Interviews
7:24 am
Sun December 1, 2013

Bringing Jazz On Walkabout: Jon Batiste And Stay Human

Jon Batiste (second from left) and the Stay Human band.
Peter Lueders Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 1:25 pm

Pianist Jonathan Batiste was born and raised in New Orleans as part of the Batiste jazz family dynasty there. He was playing with the family band by age 8. Eventually he took his talents to Julliard, and that's where he met the rest of Stay Human: Joe Saylor on the drums, Ibanda Ruhumbika on tuba and Eddie Barbash on alto sax.

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Favorite Sessions
9:02 am
Sat November 30, 2013

opbmusic Presents: Aaradhna

Aaradhna Patel performed live for OPB in Portland, Ore.
Kathryn Boyd-Batstone OPB

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:18 am

One of the big winners in last week's New Zealand Music Awards was the singer Aaradhna. She took home three "Tuis" awards — Album Of The Year for Treble and Reverb, Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban/Hip Hop Album. Treble and Reverb was released in the U.S. in October.

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Music Interviews
6:31 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Herb Alpert Steps Out With A Little Latin, A Little Piaf

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 9:37 am

Jazz legend Herb Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, are both Grammy winners, and Alpert, who co-founded A&M Records, has sold over 75 million albums in a career that dates back to the late 1950s. They join host Scott Simon to talk about their new album, Steppin' Out.

NPR Story
6:22 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Tony Joe White's Steamy 'Hoodoo' Rock

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 9:54 am

Even if you haven't heard of Tony Joe White, you've probably heard his music. His songs have been performed by Elvis, Ray Charles and Tina Turner. He's even been sampled by Kanye West. Host Scott Simon talks with White about his distinctive swamp rock sound, and his new album, Hoodoo.

Favorite Sessions
9:20 am
Fri November 29, 2013

KCRW Presents: Darkside

Nicolas Jaar of the duo Darkside performs live on KCRW.
Gregg Lewis KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:41 pm

We were fortunate to welcome Darkside — a project comprised of producer Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington — for their U.S. radio debut on Morning Becomes Eclectic. The duo had only played a handful of shows before arriving to KCRW, so we weren't sure what to expect. But it was immediately obvious that the project is rooted in live performance.

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Alt.Latino
8:03 am
Fri November 29, 2013

La Mera Mera: New Music From Peru, Colombia, Ecuador And More

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Silent For Years, A Riot Grrrl Steps Back To The Mic

Musician and riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna — formerly of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, now with The Julie Ruin — is the fascinating central figure in the biographical documentary The Punk Singer.
Allison Michael Orenstein Opening Band Films

Originally published on Thu November 28, 2013 5:29 pm

To many baffled outsiders over 40, Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna was a weirdo riot grrrl bopping up and down onstage in her bra and panties, bellowing atonal revenge lyrics at anyone who'd keep her and her fellow women down.

To her ardent young following of 1990s Third Wave feminists, though, Hanna was an alt Messiah, hacking out a space for women in the punk-rock mosh pit and sounding an enraged alarm on behalf of victims of sexual assault.

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Music
3:02 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

The Electric Bassist With An In-House Composer

Steve Swallow switched from acoustic bass to bass guitar in 1970, and hasn't looked back.
Klaus Muempfer Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 2:15 pm

Steve Swallow started playing jazz as a teenager. While a student at Yale University, he played mostly in with Dixieland bands. And then the 20-year-old bassist got a gig with the avant-garde-leaning pianist Paul Bley at a nearby college, went home, went to bed — and dropped out.

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Music Interviews
3:02 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

'It's Hard To Stay Patient': A Conversation With John Mayer

John Mayer in Studio 1 at NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Thu November 28, 2013 3:35 pm

John Mayer has a lot to be thankful for this year, including his return to the stage. A Grammy winner and a multi-platinum seller, Mayer is one of the most successful musicians of the past decade-plus — but a few events in his life have left him uncharacteristically quiet of late. He took a break from press after a pair of controversial interviews in 2010; not long after, he underwent surgery for damage to his vocal cords and had to stop speaking and singing publicly for more than a year.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:03 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Jason Moran On JazzSet

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon perform in the KC Jazz Club.
Jati Lindsay Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:27 am

He's not 40 yet, but Jason Moran is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, the Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center, and a Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ in San Francisco. He grew up in Houston, teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music and lives in New York, home to an early 20th century piano tradition of which he is more than aware. Moran has led this trio, The Bandwagon, for more than a dozen years.

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World Cafe
10:25 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Vince Gill & Paul Franklin On World Cafe

Paul Franklin (left) and Vince Gill.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 1:34 pm

Country Music Hall of Famer and 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill visited the WXPN studio, and in tow was renowned steel guitarist Paul Franklin. Together, they pay tribute to two other noteworthy figures in country music: Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.

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Favorite Sessions
8:36 am
Thu November 28, 2013

John Mayer, 'Waitin' On The Day' (Live)

"You may have to go someplace like Montana to 'get' this record." John Mayer tells NPR's Ari Shapiro about his new album, Paradise Valley.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 2:20 pm

John Mayer has made multi-platinum albums, won Grammys, dodged paparazzi, kind of self-destructed, escaped to Montana and spent more than a year without speaking or singing publicly to allow his damaged vocal chords to heal.

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Music Interviews
3:24 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

John Mayer On Getting His Voice Back

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 9:04 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Tomorrow on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer brings his guitar and his quick wit to our studios.

JOHN MAYER: It's like guitar tuning and paper medical records are like the two things that you look at and you're like, how is this still happening?

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World Cafe
2:35 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Latin Roots: Celebrating Thanksgiving With Flavor

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 1:33 pm

This episode of World Cafe is a special one: Thursday's Latin Roots episode coincides with Thanksgiving. For the occasion, we invited editor Judy Cantor-Navas of Billboard magazine to play some of her favorite Latin songs about food. As she puts it, these are songs with "sabor" — flavor. In this case, the selected songs may also feature double entendres. Listeners will hear from El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, a band celebrating its 50th anniversary, as well as tunes from other artists.

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World Cafe
2:35 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Whitehorse On World Cafe

Whitehorse.
Courtesy of the artist

For our Sense of Place: Toronto series, we welcome the duo of Whitehorse to the WXPN studio. The members of the band — Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland — happen to be married. The two had successful and separate solo careers in Canadian folk and rock, but decided to join forces musically in 2011. Their self-titled debut record came out shortly afterward.

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World Cafe
2:34 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Robbie Robertson On World Cafe

Robbie Robertson.
Courtesy of the artist

Toronto's own Robbie Robertson appears on this special episode of World Cafe as our Sense of Place series continues. Robertson served as lead songwriter and guitarist for the Canadian-American roots rock group The Band.

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All Songs Considered
1:25 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

5 Soundtracks For Awkward Family Gatherings

Thanksgiving small talk can be stressful. We've got the soundtrack for those awkward pauses.
Courtesy of FOX

It's Thanksgiving weekend, which means many of us will be sitting in a living room or around a dining table for hours on end with relatives we hardly know. Good times! In situations like this, the conversation is just as likely to flow like molasses as wine, so it's important to have great music playing at all times to ward off the awkward pauses.

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Music Interviews
11:20 am
Wed November 27, 2013

John Legend On Marriage, Music And 'Genius' Kanye West

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 11:27 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. My next guest needs little introduction because John Legend is, at a young age, already an R&B legend. His musicianship, impeccable phrasing, versatility and buttery sound have earned him nine Grammy awards. But it's been a while since he's delivered a solo. But now he's back with a new disc of original material titled "Love in the Future."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL OF ME")

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The Fresh Air Interview
11:19 am
Wed November 27, 2013

At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

The Beatles on the stairs of NEMS — North End Music Stores, Brian Epstein's Liverpool record shop — having just signed a management deal, in 1964.
Mark and Colleen Hayward Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 3:13 pm

England got a lot more of The Beatles than Americans did during the group's formative years. Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs, including their own series, Pop Go the Beatles. They performed originals and covers and chatted with BBC hosts.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
11:16 am
Wed November 27, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: Roots Run Deep

Natalie MacMaster.
Richard Beland Courtesy of the artist

Musical communities coast-to-coast in the U.S. and Canada show their roots with great traditional fiddling, gorgeous sensing and ear-catching blends of American and Celtic music.

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

Music Interviews
9:56 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Blitz The Ambassador: Fighting Against Invisibility

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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A Blog Supreme
4:56 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Drummer Chico Hamilton, West Coast Jazz Pioneer, Dies

Chico Hamilton.
Todd Boebel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 6:17 pm

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