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All Songs Considered
11:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Broken Bells Shares New Song, Accidentally Channels Bee Gees

Broken Bells — James Mercer (left) and Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) — are back with a new album. After The Disco is due out in January.
James Minchin

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 9:38 am

There's soon to be a new album from Broken Bells — the duo of James Mercer (The Shins) and Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) — and you're about to find out how it all came together.

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Music Interviews
3:36 am
Sun November 3, 2013

Ashley Monroe: Country Music Has Always 'Sliced Me In The Heart'

Ashley Monroe's latest album is Like a Rose.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 11:18 am

In country music, Ashley Monroe is still a new kid on the block — but the 27-year-old artist has already worked with the likes of Wanda Jackson, Jack White and Miranda Lambert, and has also found success writing for other artists, including Carrie Underwood. The singer says her tastes are eclectic, but country has always had an especially tight hold on her.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:03 am
Sun November 3, 2013

Ashley Monroe: Tiny Desk Concert

Ashley Monroe performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in September 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 2:54 pm

In the last few years, Ashley Monroe has cobbled together an impressive country-music pedigree by working alongside both upstarts (Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley) and longtime Nashville veterans (Vince Gill produced Monroe's solo album Like a Rose), and even collaborating with Jack White every now

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The New And The Next
5:08 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

A Male Belly Dancer, Social Activism On Instagram, 'Thriller'

Courtesy of Ozy.com

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.

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Music Lists
3:38 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Betto Arcos Brings The Heat From Brazil

Among Betto Arcos' new music picks from Brazil is percussionist Wilson Das Neves, who has been an active and integral part of Rio De Janeiro's music scene since he began playing professionally in the 1950s.
Daryan Dornelles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 4:49 pm

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Music Interviews
5:46 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Midlake Makes The Most Of Its Leader's Departure

Midlake's new album, Antiphon, is out Nov. 5.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 11:09 am

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Music News
5:46 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Digital Music, In The Truest Sense

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 3:33 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And now, another take on jazz hands...

(SOUNDBITE OF FINGER SNAPS, SLAPS)

SIMON: It may sound like Savion Glover tapping, or some kind of tin pan Buddy Rich, but this is digital music in the true sense. You're hearing the fingers and hands of Darren Drouin snapping and slapping out a percussive freestyle in a YouTube video that he uploaded this week.

(SOUNDBITE OF FINGER SNAPS, SLAPS)

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The Record
4:33 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Paramount Records: The Label Inadvertently Crucial To The Blues

King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in Chicago in 1923: Louis Armstrong is kneeling, from left to right behind him are Honore Dutrey, Baby Dodds, King Oliver, Lil Hardin, Bill Johnson and Johnny Dodds.
Frank Driggs Collection Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 3:31 pm

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All Songs Considered
3:31 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

10 Memories Of Lou Reed

Christopher Felver CORBIS

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:01 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Carli Muñoz On Piano Jazz

Carli Muñoz.
David Gasser Courtesy of the artist

Pianist Carli Muñoz's musical journey has taken him from Puerto Rico to the studios and clubs of Los Angeles and back to the island of his birth. His musical career has followed a similar trajectory. He left jazz to perform with big names in pop such as The Beach Boys and Rickie Lee Jones, then returned to his first love, filling the role of a jazz-club owner.

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World Cafe
2:12 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Graham Nash On World Cafe

Graham Nash.
Eleanor Stills Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 4:56 pm

This segment, from Nov. 1 is part of our Best Of 2013 series, in which we revisit some of our most memorable interviews and performances of the year.

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Mountain Stage
12:36 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Jonathan Rundman On Mountain Stage

Jonathan Rundman performing live on Mountain Stage.
Josh Saul Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:46 am

Jonathan Rundman makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. A native of the Finnish-American towns that dot Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Rundman moved to Chicago and began touring the country when he was 18.

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Mountain Stage
11:06 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Dead Man Winter On Mountain Stage

Dead Man Winter performing live on Mountain Stage.
Josh Saul Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:47 am

Dead Man Winter makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. The band is more than just a side project for Trampled by Turtles frontman Dave Simonett; for the lead singer and guitarist, it also represents a return to the roots of electric rock and country.

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All Songs Considered
10:38 am
Fri November 1, 2013

The Good Listener: How Long Is The Perfect Concert?

We're giving The Decemberists 10 minutes with this crowd.
Courtesy of FOX

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 10:21 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the 500 pounds of generic Circus Peanuts we intend to melt down for home insulation is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, a request for a unifying theory of concert length.

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A Blog Supreme
10:09 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Frank Wess, Basie Woodwind Specialist, Dies

Frank Wess appears at a tribute concert in 2007.
Hiroyuki Ito Getty Images

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Legal Issues Settled, Dylan's Guitar May Sell For $500,000

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 11:11 am

Now that Bob Dylan's no longer talking about it not being the guitar he played when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, a sunburst Fender Stratocaster is to be auctioned by Christie's on Dec. 6.

The pre-sale hype has it going for as much as $500,000.

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Alt.Latino
7:03 am
Fri November 1, 2013

A Sonic Altar: Celebrating The Day Of The Dead

A woman disguised as "Catrina" poses for a photo in Guadalajara, Mexico. La Catrina is the Mexican representation of death, created 100 years ago by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.
Hector Guerrero AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 11:40 am

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The Record
7:03 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Holding Music History In Your Hands: Why Archives Matter

Ma Rainey Georgia Jazz Band posing for a studio group shot in the mid-1920s, with Thomas A. Dorsey at the piano.
JP Jazz Archive Redferns

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 6:23 pm

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World Cafe
5:01 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Laura Marling On World Cafe

Laura Marling.
Courtesy of the artist

There's no denying the alluring musical presence of 23-year-old Laura Marling. The U.K. singer-songwriter has already released four great albums — three of which were eventually nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize, a British music award.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
3:24 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Nicole Mitchell And Ice Crystal On JazzSet

Nicole Mitchell performs at the Kennedy Center.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:48 am

Nicole Mitchell grew up in California, but Chicago is where she became the original artist she is today. From her mid-20s into her 40s, she played and taught there, and composed and presented complete works for creative spirits like science-fiction novelist Octavia Butler (Xenogenesis Suite) and musician Alice Coltrane (Where the Paths Meet the Sea).

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The Record
1:11 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Lonnie Holley: Self-Made Man

Lonnie Holley.
Courtesy of Force Field PR

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 1:44 pm

Somebody does something a little different — they briefly step off the curb — and plenty of folks are ready to dub them a "self-made man" or "self-made woman." But what Lonnie Holley does, and what he has made of himself, demands a whole new term. He truly is his own invention.

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Music Reviews
11:06 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Brandy Clark Tells The 'Stories' That Are Tough To Hear

Brandy Clark's new album is titled 12 Stories.
Becky Fluke Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 8:12 am

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All Songs Considered
9:03 am
Thu October 31, 2013

James Vincent McMorrow, 'Cavalier'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 12:29 pm

James Vincent McMorrow first popped on our radar back in 2010, when he released his breathtakingly beautiful debut Early In The Morning, a collection of acoustic folk notable, in part, for McMorrow's remarkable voice. But it turns out McMorrow never really wanted to be a folk singer. His latest album, Post-Tropical, is a sultry, slinky R&B album, with drum machines and soul-inspired harmonies. Now comes a dark, sometimes unnerving new video for the album's first single, "Cavalier."

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Folk Alley Presents: Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival performed live for FolkAlley.com at the Fayetteville Roots Festival.
Folk Alley

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:23 am

The Colorado band Elephant Revival has made a few records that mix jam, bluegrass and folk music. But its latest, These Changing Skies, finds what seems to be its sweet spot. With banjo, bass, guitar, fiddle and washboard balancing the many disparate influences, songs like "Birds and Stars" capture the mystery and intrigue of everything from nature to love — those places where all of life's most important formative elements intersect.

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Music Interviews
3:03 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Luscious Jackson Is Ready For Its 'Magic Hour'

Luscious Jackson has reconvened after more than a decade for its new album, Magic Hour, which comes out Nov. 5.
Doug Seymour Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 6:22 am

"3 Seconds to Cross," a new song by Luscious Jackson, begins somewhere in New York City. The narrator lies awake longing to be in California, though it becomes apparent a New Yorker like her really wouldn't fit in: "It only takes just a little to get yourself lost."

California, we're told, is a land unfriendly to pedestrians, where an L.A. traffic light might give you three seconds to cross the street.

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Mountain Stage
5:12 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

The Pines On Mountain Stage

The Pines performing live on Mountain Stage.
Josh Saul Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:49 am

The Pines' members make their second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. Led by Iowa natives Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt, the band plays washy, dark, melodic sounds that evoke the stark side of folk-rock. Now based out of the Twin Cities, the group actually found its roots in Arizona, where Ramsey and Huckfelt met while living in a Mexican barrio. The musicians discovered an overlap in their musical tastes and soon began writing original material together.

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World Cafe
4:36 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Black Joe Lewis On World Cafe

Black Joe Lewis.
Keith Davis Young Courtesy of the artist

In this session, World Cafe welcomes back the Austin blues-funk band Black Joe Lewis, which recently released a new album called Electric Slave. It's a different animal than the group's first two albums, 2009's Tell 'Em What Your Name Is and 2011's Scandalous: It's fiercer, it's more rock-driven, and it moves away from the soul-revival sound of the earlier discs.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
11:49 am
Wed October 30, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: Heart Of The Session

From Matt Molloy's pub in County Mayo, Ireland to Edinburgh's famous folk bar, Sandy Bell's, we celebrate the sound of communal music making.

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

Tiny Desk Concerts
10:13 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Neko Case: Tiny Desk Concert

"I tried to get the sexy gorilla costume. But they're out, so I got the standard one," Neko Case says. "But there's still boobies."
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 2:54 pm

Set List

  • "Night Still Comes"
  • "Calling Cards"
  • "Local Girl"

Credits

Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Becky Harlan, Abbey Oldham, Christopher Parks; photo by Meredith Rizzo/NPR

The Record
7:03 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Where Rock The Bells Fails, Drake's Tour Succeeds

Drake backlit at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday night.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 3:18 pm

What does the concert-ticket buyer want? If we're accepting that the market for albums — physical and digital — won't ever rebound, that digital singles will never make up for the loss in revenue and that streaming can't be profitable under current licensing laws, professional musicians (and the labels that love them) need to figure this out. Rap music, with its younger audience, has been more flexible in this regard than other genres: Rap acts now run the multi-genre summer festival gamut after infiltrating smaller cities' club circuits long ago.

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