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The Two-Way
5:14 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Motown's Jimmy Ruffin Dies; Sang 'What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted'

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:13 pm

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Music Reviews
3:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Music Review: 'Here is Barbara Lynn' Reissue

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 6:48 pm

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

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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Music News
3:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Joyful Opera Performed In Nazi Concentration Camp Revived In Chicago

Ela Stein Weissberger joins the cast of Brundibár for a final song.
Cheryl Corley

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 6:53 pm

Brundibár, a children's opera that premiered during World War II, became both a symbol of hope and resistance and a Nazi propaganda tool. Now, Petite Opera, a small company in suburban Chicago, is reprising the opera, originally performed by Jewish children held in a concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia.

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World Cafe
2:20 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

The History, And Future, Of Zydeco

Herman Fusilier.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:38 pm

World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., has to include a long look at zydeco music. As the host of The Zydeco Stomp on KRVS — and food and culture editor of the Lafayette newspaper The Daily Advertiser -- Herman Fusilier has made zydeco his life. Here, Fusilier discusses the differences between Cajun music and zydeco, the many styles of zydeco, and why he's not worried about the genre's future.

World Cafe
2:13 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band On World Cafe

CJ Chenier.
Noah Silvestry XPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:38 pm

When the "King Of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier died in 1989, his son CJ Chenier, already part of the famous Red Hot Louisiana Band, shouldered the accordion and followed in his father's footsteps. This past July, World Cafe talked with the younger Chenier — who was performing at the XPoNential Music Festival in Philadelphia — about growing up with zydeco and what it was like to take over his father's band.

Hear the conversation and full set at the audio link.

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World Cafe
2:06 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Soul Creole On World Cafe

Soul Creole.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:39 pm

For the next stop on World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., the show visits a group of young musicians who combine the two French cultures of the state. Soul Creole — led by Grammy-nominated Cajun fiddler Louis Michot and zydeco accordionist Corey Ledet — fuses Cajun and Creole music into a wild, boundary-blurring mix.

Hear a live set by the band, performed at The Blue Moon Saloon in downtown Lafayette, at the audio link.

Mountain Stage
1:43 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Hiss Golden Messenger On Mountain Stage

Hiss Golden Messenger.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Hiss Golden Messenger makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Led by Durham, N.C., songwriter M.C. Taylor, the band plays folk in the broadest sense of the word, as it stews influences from country, punk, pop, atmospheric music and beyond.

The group's fourth album, Poor Moon, prompted none other than David Bowie to describe the music as "mystical country, like an eerie yellowing photograph." Its newest record is titled The Lateness Of Dancers.

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A Blog Supreme
1:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

A Jazz Institution Moves Back Home To Los Angeles

Herbie Hancock and Pharrell Williams performed Williams' hit "Happy" at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition.
Imeh Akpanudosen Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 2:38 pm

Last weekend, at a sold-out, star-studded gala concert in Hollywood, Pharrell Williams and Herbie Hancock remixed Williams' hit "Happy," Kevin Spacey served up a compelling Frank Sinatra imitation singing "Fly Me To The Moon" and former President Bill Clinton offered a heartfelt reminiscence about his early days as a John Coltrane wannabe. ("Sometimes frustrated jazz musicians end up in another line of work and it ends up pretty good," he joked.) The opener was a jazz concert: Three virtuosic young trumpet players — Adam O'Farrill, Billy Buss and Marquis Hill — deftly negotiated standards.

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All Songs Considered
1:10 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Viking's Choice: Cretin, 'Ghost Of Teeth And Hair'

Cretin.
Sean Wix Courtesy of the artist

How's this for an opening line? "Gross. They say I ate you in the womb, that Mom had no room." After eight years of other projects, members joining Repulsion on tour, and vocalist/guitarist Marissa Martinez-Hoadley's sex-reassignment process, Cretin has crawled back out of its delightfully gore-obsessed grindcore hole for Stranger and the pit-baiting song "Ghost Of Teeth And Hair."

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Music News
4:29 am
Wed November 19, 2014

'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Raises Hackles As Well As Dollars

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 7:17 pm

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

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now let's hear the new generation of an aging song. It's a song produced 30 years ago to raise money for people in Africa.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS?")

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
3:50 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Revive Big Band At Berklee

Igmar Thomas leads the Revive Big Band in concert.
Denika Peniston Courtesy of Revive Music Group

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 1:16 am

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Mountain Stage
2:30 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

San Fermin On Mountain Stage

San Fermin.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 7:53 am

San Fermin makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone, a Brooklyn composer and songwriter, only began focusing on pop music after wrapping up his music studies at Yale alongside composer Nico Muhly.

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World Cafe
2:18 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

'Heathens From The Bayous': Cajun And Creole Culture In Lafayette

Michael Doucet.
John Vettese XPN

On today's installment of World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., we speak with Michael Doucet, who plays Cajun, Creole, zydeco and other traditional music as a founding member and fiddler of Lafayette band BeauSoleil.

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Front Row
1:57 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Front Row: St. Paul And The Broken Bones, 'I'm Torn Up'

St. Paul And The Broken Bones performs at Boston's Paradise Rock Club on Oct. 21, 2014.
WGBH

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 5:13 pm

St. Paul And The Broken Bones nearly blew the roof off Boston's legendary Paradise Rock Club — and on a Tuesday night, no less. The soulful Birmingham, Ala., rock band left the sold-out crowd in a state of delirium that lasted long after the end of an unforgettable 90-minute set. "I'm Torn Up," heard here, is the lead-off track to St. Paul And The Broken Bones' 2014 debut, Half The City.

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Songs We Love
1:27 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

SZA, 'Sobriety'

Faith Silva Courtesy of Life or Death PR

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 4:29 pm

Singer-songwriter SZA consistently tagged the music she released on SoundCloud in 2012 and 2013 as one thing: "Alternative." That tag is something of an anti-classification ether, the place artists go to hide out when music journalists not unlike myself go hunting for victims to categorize.

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Music Reviews
1:16 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Bryan Ferry Slinks Home

Bryan Ferry's new album, Avonmore, revisits his Roxy Music heyday.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 5:32 pm

The opening groove in "Loop De Li," the first song on Bryan Ferry's new album, Avonmore, might as well be a "Welcome Home" sign.

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All Songs Considered
12:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

New Mix: TV On The Radio, Caribou, More

Clockwise from upper left: A Winged Victory For The Sullen, TV On The Radio, Samaris, Caribou
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 1:22 pm

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All Songs TV
8:22 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Public Service Broadcasting: 'Gagarin'

Two astronauts bust a move in a scene from Public Service Broadcasting's new video for the song "Gagarin."
Courtesy of the artists

Trust me, this is the best thing you'll watch all day.

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The Record
7:03 am
Tue November 18, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Can The Delayed Album Curse Be Lifted?

Azealia Banks.
Courtesy of the artist

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Metropolis
4:10 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Metropolis: 11/15/14

Human Life's track with Anabel Englund, "El Diablo," is featured on this week's episode.
Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • Lane 8, "Without You" (Anjunadeep)
  • Eli & Fur, "Feel The Fire" (Anjunadeep)
  • Alt-J, "Hunger Of The Pine (The Penelopes Mix)" (Canvasback/Atlantic)
  • Basement Jaxx, "Just Be Free Wit Ur Body" ([PIAS] America)
  • Claude Von Stroke, "Califuture (feat. Barry Drift)" (Dirtybird)
  • Shiba San, "Okay" (Dirtybird)
  • Deadmau5 & Kaskade, "I Remember (Shiba San Remix)" (Ultra)
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Mountain Stage
4:05 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Shovels & Rope On Mountain Stage

Shovels & Rope.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Shovels & Rope makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Since forming in South Carolina half a decade ago, husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst have won the hearts of countless roots-music fans, thanks in large part to their heartfelt songwriting and intense, passionate live performances.

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Music Videos
4:04 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Meredith Monk On Q2's 'Spaces'

Meredith Monk.
Q2 Music

For more than 40 years, one sprawling, light-drenched, fifth-floor loft in Tribeca has played home to the life and white-hot creative energies of composer, choreographer, dancer and joyfully pioneering singer Meredith Monk.

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World Cafe
3:57 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

World Cafe Next: Royal Teeth

Royal Teeth.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 4:32 pm

This week, World Cafe takes its Sense Of Place series to Lafayette, La. Though the city is known for Cajun and zydeco music, we begin with a cheerful pop band, Royal Teeth. Fronted by Nora Patterson and Gary Larsen, the group (though currently based in New Orleans) formed in Lafayette in 2010. Its first full-length album is titled Glow.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:47 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Uncovering The Heart Of Chopin — Literally

Composer and pianist Frederic Chopin, who died in 1849.
General Photographic Agency Getty Images

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Favorite Sessions
10:14 am
Mon November 17, 2014

KEXP Presents: Perfume Genius

Perfume Genius performs live on KEXP.
Morgen Schuler KEXP

Mike Hadreas (a.k.a. Perfume Genius) is local to Seattle, but when he first started, he didn't play around town very often. When he did, he'd often appear fragile on stage — and yet he'd hold audiences' rapt attention thanks to the impressive strength hidden within his slight frame.

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First Listen
10:33 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

First Listen: Your Old Droog, 'Your Old Droog'

Your Old Droog's self-titled new album comes out Nov. 25.
Seher Sikandar Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 3:28 pm

If this is the first time you're hearing of somebody called Your Old Droog, don't even trip. Some people know the name; those people spent the spring and summer speculating if an unknown entity who posted a better-than-it-should-be debut EP on Soundcloud was in fact Nas, our (hip-hop's) Jeff Buckley, minus the tragedy.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

First Listen: Two Inch Astronaut, 'Foulbrood'

Two Inch Astronaut's new album, Foulbrood, comes out Nov. 25.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 3:27 pm

The Silver Spring, Md., band Two Inch Astronaut borrows a great deal from Ian MacKaye's Dischord Records — everything from Fugazi's stick-and-rim percussion to the rampant melodicism of Smart Went Crazy to the chording and phrasing of Shudder To Think. But it doesn't feel like a product of derivativeness so much as a form of folk music: Two Inch Astronaut's songs sound like traditions being passed down from one generation to the next. D.C. hardcore is, in a sense, the group's birthright, and its members acquit themselves admirably on their second album, Foulbrood.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

First Listen: Flake Music, 'When You Land Here, It's Time To Return'

A remixed, remastered reissue of When You Land Here, It's Time to Return, the 1997 debut album by Flake Music, comes out Nov. 25. Singer James Mercer would later become famous for his work in The Shins and Broken Bells.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 3:26 pm

Before James Mercer broke through as lead singer of The Shins, he spent a good chunk of the '90s in a like-minded New Mexico band called Flake Music. The group only managed one full-length album in its five-year existence — 1997's When You Land Here, It's Time to Return — before giving way to the band that made Mercer famous.

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Music Interviews
4:11 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Bryan Ferry: A Classic Crooner Informed By The Art-Rock Movement

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 8:00 pm

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

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

OK, Bryan Ferry's recording career in 60 seconds.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DO THE STRAND")

ROXY MUSIC: (Singing) There's a new sensation.

RATH: It started in 1972 with the art-rock jolt of Roxy Music.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Folk Alley Presents: Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform live on WKSU's Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have just released their first album together. Fleck says its main conceit was that "it would just be the two of us all the way" — and not just in the studio, either. They also wanted to tour the project properly, honorably, as a duo. But, as musicians are wont to do, Fleck says, "We really wanted to have different colors."

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