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Live in Concert
9:39 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Bill Callahan, Live In Concert

Bill Callahan, performing live at the Sixth And I Synagogue in Washington, D.C.
Gabriella Garcia-Pardo NPR Music

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:25 am

This was a perfect night. The setting: A magnificently refurbished synagogue from the turn of the 20th century, with a stunning domed ceiling, menorah's flanking the sides of the stage. Add to it a minimal band of guitar, bass, drums and the beautiful, if deadpan, baritone of singer and guitarist Bill Callahan.

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Music Interviews
1:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Omar Souleyman: America's Favorite Syrian Wedding Singer

Omar Souleyman's new album, Wenu Wenu, is out now.
Hisham Bharoocha Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 5:53 am

The growing Syrian diaspora streaming out of a country being torn apart includes one of its most popular singers: Omar Souleyman. The musician combines songs of love and desire with driving techno beats, performed on a synthesizer.

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All Songs Considered
3:33 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love

Bettmann/CORBIS

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 9:07 pm

A while back (a long while back), Bob Boilen and I were sitting around the office, chatting like we do about music and life, and got to wondering: Is it possible to come up with a top ten list of albums that everyone can agree on?

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The Record
1:36 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

'12 Years A Slave' Is This Year's Best Film About Music

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 2:02 pm

12 Years a Slave is the most compelling film about music to be released this year, maybe this century. It's so many other things, too, as others have noted: a corrective to the weird cocktail of piety and cartoonishness that Hollywood usually supplies when depicting slavery; a gorgeous art film and an actor's hellish paradise; a cultural highlight of the Obama administration.

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Music Reviews
4:12 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Latyrx: Still Deft And Defiant After Two Decades

Latyrx's new record, The Second Album, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 6:49 pm

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Mountain Stage
3:45 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Dave Mason On Mountain Stage

Dave Mason performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:37 am

Dave Mason appears on this special 800th episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, W.V. As a singer, songwriter and guitarist, Mason has had a hand in the creation of a staggering number of classic rock and pop songs.

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World Cafe
3:36 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Laura Veirs On World Cafe

Laura Veirs.
Chloe Aftel Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe has long been a fan of singer-songwriter Laura Veirs: Host David Dye recalls when she first broke through nationally with 2004's Carbon Glacier. Veirs now records on her own label, Raven Marching Band Records.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:11 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Remembering 'Holy Minimalist' Composer John Tavener

John Tavener's ethereal music was influenced by the Russian Orthodox traditions.
Simone Canetty-Clarke Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 6:47 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:08 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Debashish Bhattacharya: Tiny Desk Concert

Debashish Bhattacharya performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in September 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:29 pm

You've probably never seen or heard an instrument like this. The Hindustani slide guitar is the creation of Debashish Bhattacharya, whose creation pairs his first love — a Hawaiian lap steel guitar, a gift from his father when he was only 3 — and the sounds of India. You can see the similarities to a lap steel guitar, as Bhattacharya lays the guitar across his legs, sliding a metal bar to create the fluid, almost vocal melodies.

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All Songs Considered
2:08 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

New Mix: John Vanderslice, Hospitality, Marijuana Deathsquads, More

Clockwise from upper left: Ephel Duath, Hospitality, Toy, John Vanderslice
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 2:27 pm

On this episode of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are still buzzing from the concerts they saw last week, from the spastic noise rock of Marijuana Deathsquads (webcast live from the 9:30 Club), to an intimate, joyful and humor-filled set by John Vanderslice.

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Live in Concert
11:19 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Cut Copy, Live In Concert

Dan Whitford of Cut Copy looks out over a packed house at Le Poisson Rouge on Nov. 19.
Shaun Regan for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:23 pm

To launch the partnership between NPR music and KCRW's Metropolis, Cut Copy drew a packed house to downtown New York for a dynamic set of new material from Free Your Mind, along with a few older gems to the delight of an adoring crowd at Le Poisson Rouge. The Aussie dance rockers showed their experience in the live arena, keeping spirits high and working the crowd until late.

Set List

  • "Free Your Mind"
  • "Where I'm Going"
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Microphone Check
10:03 am
Tue November 12, 2013

'All Daps And Hugs': G-Side Reunites And Releases A New Song

G-Side, reunited.
Matt McGinley

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 10:31 am

For about five years, we at NPR Music have been listening to G-Side, a rap duo from Huntsville, Ala., and the group's in-house production pair the Block Beattaz. Some of us rocked 2008's Starshipz & Rocketz until the tape popped, reveling in the sequined sound and mostly level-headed lyrics that alternate between the gruff and drawled deliveries favored by Clova and ST 2 Lettaz, respectively.

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Favorite Sessions
8:50 am
Tue November 12, 2013

KEXP Presents: No Age

No Age poses for a Polaroid outside KEXP in Seattle.
Amber Zbitnoff KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:58 pm

KEXP has a long history with No Age, dating back to a 2008 performance in our employee parking lot. Over the years, the band's music has grown even more experimental, as its recent album An Object demonstrates. Still, the two-man onslaught — guitarist Randy Randall and singer/drummer Dean Spunt — remains riveting.

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All Songs Considered
6:31 am
Tue November 12, 2013

New Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Song

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 1:18 pm

There's a new song from Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, and a new album coming Jan. 7, 2014. The record will be called Wig Out At Jagbags, and the new song is called "Lariat."

The former Pavement singer and guitar player says the album was influenced by a move to Germany and an odd assortment of other things, from the NBA to laziness.

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All Tech Considered
4:29 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster

Napster founder Shawn Fanning in February 2001, after a ruling that the free Internet-based service must stop allowing copyrighted material to be shared.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 8:02 pm

This week on-air and online, the tech team is exploring the sharing economy. You'll find the stories on this blog and aggregated at this link, and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Just email, leave a comment or tweet.

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Microphone Check
2:39 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Eight Million Stories: Hip-Hop In 1993

Faith Newman, Ralph McDaniels and Prince Paul at the Ace Hotel Sept. 25.
Ebru Yildiz for NPR

All year Morning Edition and NPR Music have been running radio pieces about rap albums released 20 years ago, in 1993. For a special episode of Microphone Check we invited a group of people who were working in hip-hop back then to meet us at the Ace Hotel in New York City and tell stories about that productive and creative year. At the audio link you can hear an edited version of the evening.

Our guests were:

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World Cafe
2:23 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

World Cafe Next: Star Anna

Star Anna.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By Star Anna

This week's pick for World Cafe: Next is Seattle singer-songwriter Star Anna, an up-and-coming artist who's already attracted the attention of hometown musicians, including Pearl Jam's Mike McCready.

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Music Reviews
2:14 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP'

Lady Gaga's new album, ARTPOP, is out now.
Inez and Vinoodh Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 6:54 pm

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Music
1:23 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Remembering Cheb I Sabbah, DJ Who Built A New Musical World

Composer, musician and DJ Cheb I Sabbah, who died Thursday at age 66.
Shay Peretz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 9:43 am

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All Songs Considered
1:01 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Question Of The Week: Do You Collect Setlists?

A remarkably illustrated setlist for musician Dan Wilson.
Anonymous Reader

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 2:33 pm

Earlier this week we asked you to submit photos of the setlists you've collected over the years. We got a lot of amazing pics. Some, such as the Elliott Smith setlist from 1999, felt like rare treasures. We've added some of our favorites to the gallery below. Click the info icon or mouse over the images for captions and explanations for each one.

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World Cafe
12:27 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Broken Social Scene On World Cafe

Members of Broken Social Scene.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 1:18 pm

This segment, from March 2, 2006, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

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Mountain Stage
12:18 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Ani DiFranco On Mountain Stage

Ani DiFranco performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:38 am

Ani DiFranco appears on this special 800th episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, W.V. A fiercely independent singer-songwriter, activist and artist, DiFranco blazed her own path through the music world, implementing a fan-centered business model in the early '90s that all but predicted the future of the industry.

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All Songs Considered
11:23 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Butch Walker, 'Coming Home'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:58 am

"I really wanted to stay away from anything too literal in favor of something bigger, more fantastical and ethereal." And with that concept, director Olivier Agostini completely drew me into a sweet story while turning me on to Butch Walker's new video for the song "Coming Home."

Butch Walker was a guitarist in a glam metal band (SouthGang), a singer and guitarist with Marvelous 3, and later-turned-producer for Avril Lavigne, Fall Out Boy, and Pink. Go figure. He's also been making his own songs, and his latest is "Coming Home" from the EP Peachtree Battle.

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Music Reviews
10:08 am
Mon November 11, 2013

No Need To Cook The Books: Booker Ervin's Debut LP Reissued

Booker Ervin on the cover of The Book Cooks, his debut album.
Courtesy of Bethlehem Records

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 12:42 pm

Tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin came to New York in 1958. Pianist Horace Parlan heard him and invited Ervin to sit in one night with a band he worked in. That's how Ervin got hired by bassist Charles Mingus, who featured him on albums like Blues and Roots and Mingus Ah Um.

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Heavy Rotation
8:11 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Heavy Rotation: Download 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Holy Ghost! is getting a lot of play on AllDayPlay.fm.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 4:11 am

Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Check out past editions here.

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

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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Music Interviews
3:53 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

In Lucius, Two Singers Find An Arresting Harmony

Lucius' new album, Wildewoman, is out now.
Peter Larson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 5:58 pm

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Music Interviews
6:34 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Heidecker And Wood, Inspired By The '80s

Some Things Never Stay The Same is the new album from Davin Wood (left) and Tim Heidecker, better known as Heidecker & Wood.
Nick Weidner Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 11:25 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Music Lists
4:15 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Cumbia: The Music That Moves Latin America

Dancers move to cumbia during a Carnival parade in Barranquilla, Colombia in Feb. 2012.
Luis Acosta AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 3:19 pm

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Music Interviews
4:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Can I Kick It? Organ Master Lonnie Smith Can

Dr. Lonnie Smith's In the Beginning, a new album that reimagines the artist's older, out-of-print work, is out now.
Susan Stocker Courtesy of the artist

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Music News
6:14 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Brazil's 91-Year-Old Leading Lady Still Shines

Actress and singer Bibí Ferreira has been performing on stage and television for more than 60 years.
Wilian Aguiar Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 2:26 pm

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