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The Two-Way
10:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt And KISS Among Rock Hall Nominees

Gene Simmons of KISS during a 2009 concert in Washington, D.C.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Have years of complaining by fans (and The Two-Way) paid off?

The nominees for this year's of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honorees have been announced and the band that many love to hate (or hate to love?) is back on the list.

Yes, KISS is up for consideration.

So, soldiers of the KISS Army, here's your chance to show your support.

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Code Switch
4:03 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami

Pitbull is one of a growing list of celebrities who have opened their wallets or given their names to charter schools.
Jeff Daly AP

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 8:52 am

Rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) is the latest in a long list of celebrities lending their star power to the flourishing charter school movement. Alicia Keyes, Denzel Washington, Shakira, Oprah — all support or sponsor charter schools.

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Music Interviews
4:02 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

What Makes Paul McCartney Nervous?

Paul McCartney's latest album, New, is out now.
Mary McCartney Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 7:05 pm

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World Cafe
3:30 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Foy Vance On World Cafe

Foy Vance.
Courtesy of the artist

When Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance was a kid, he traveled the American South with his preacher father. On Tuesday's episode of World Cafe, he sits down with host David Dye to discuss how that experience and his father's death have affected his writing.

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Mountain Stage
3:16 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

John Hartford On Mountain Stage

John Hartford performs live on Mountain Stage.
Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:04 am

The importance of John Hartford's musical influence is difficult to overstate: His presence is felt in the various styles that have grown out of traditional Appalachian, country and bluegrass music, and can be found threaded through the works of contemporary artists like Béla Fleck and The Avett Brothers.

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Author Interviews
12:43 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Graham Nash Has 'Wild Tales' To Spare

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 2:11 pm

Graham Nash first came to the U.S. as part of the British Invasion with his band The Hollies, which got its start at the same time as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and shared bills with both groups in England.

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All Songs Considered
11:04 am
Tue October 15, 2013

New Mix: Sleigh Bells, Omar Souleyman, Blood Orange, More

Clockwise from upper left: Sleigh Bells, Blood Orange, Mind Spiders, James Vincent McMorrow
Courtesy of the artists

On this episode of All Songs Considered, NPR Music's Stephen Thompson stops by in his 1984 Dodge Omni to pick up hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for a trip down Memory Lane, revisiting artists they discovered years ago.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:13 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Okkervil River: Tiny Desk Concert

Okkervil River performs a Tiny Desk Concert in September 2013.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:05 pm

At first blush, Okkervil River is obviously a good rock 'n' roll band, but listen closely — especially to its lyrics — and you'll hear a great rock 'n' roll band. The group has been making sharp, thoughtful music since the late '90s, with the first of its seven albums coming out a dozen years ago.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Viking's Choice: Acoustic Swagger Exists, And Ryley Walker Has It

Ryley Walker.
Michael Vallera Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:46 pm

Sometimes, friends of friends are the best way to discover new music. Or, at the very least, friends of artists you never want to miss live. This was the case with Ryley Walker, a close friend and frequent tour buddy of American Primitive guitarist Daniel Bachman. Walker would accompany Bachman in seriously raucous and psychedelic live sets only a couple years ago, and Bachman would tell me, "Just wait 'til you hear Ryley's stuff." Well, now it's here — and it's not at all what I expected.

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Ecstatic Voices
5:15 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Before Churches Had Songbooks, There Was 'Lined-Out' Gospel

Church elder Elwood Cornett preaches at a recent reunion of Old Regular Baptists. Brother Don Pratt is seated behind him in a blue shirt and tie.
Cindy Johnston NPR

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 9:12 am

Deep in the hills of Appalachia, there's a mournful, beautiful style of church music that hasn't changed since the 18th century.

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Mountain Stage
11:03 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Bill Monroe On Mountain Stage

Bill Monroe performing live on Mountain Stage in 1989.
Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:05 am

It's no exaggeration to call Bill Monroe one of the most influential and important musicians America has ever produced. He's the undisputed father of bluegrass music: The style itself was created by and named for his band, The Blue Grass Boys, in the late '40s.

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Music Reviews
11:03 am
Mon October 14, 2013

'The Blow' Puts An Artsy, Electro-Pop Spin On Attraction

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 10:04 am

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. Our rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the new album, "The Blow" by the music and performance are duo called The Blow which was conceived by its singer, Khaela Maricich. Melissa Dyne plays a more behind the scenes role, arranging, mixing and co-producing much of this new collection. The music made by The Blow can be broadly labeled as electro pop, but Ken says it goes further than that.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "A KISS")

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Mon October 14, 2013

KEXP Presents: Odesza

ODESZA performs live on KEXP.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:00 pm

The Northwest electronic music scene has blown up in recent years, and at its forefront is the Seattle duo Odesza. The two young producers both made names for themselves in the local scene — Harrison Mills as Catacombkid and Clayton Knight as BeachesBeaches — before combining their individual styles for this new project.

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Music Interviews
2:18 am
Mon October 14, 2013

The Dismemberment Plan Returns, To Its Own Surprise

The Dismemberment Plan's new album, Uncanney Valley, is out Oct. 15.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 14, 2013 6:38 am

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Music Interviews
4:25 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

A Comedy Woodstock, Courtesy Of Tenacious D

Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D mug as 1960s hippies in a promo clip for Festival Supreme, a Los Angeles-based alternative comedy festival of their own creation.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 9:08 am

Woodstock didn't just bring together some of the most important musical acts of the late 1960s: It showed that a music festival could be a truly historic event.

These days, leave any pasture open long enough and someone will start setting up amps and concession stands. The outdoor music festival is ubiquitous in 2013. But so far, there has been no Woodstock for comedy.

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NPR Story
6:49 am
Sun October 13, 2013

'Flying Colours' Has No Fear Of Sincerity

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 10:05 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

When you think about the geography of hip-hop, chances are you're thinking East Coast, West Coast, probably not north of the American border. That's why you probably haven't heard of Canadian hip-hop star Shad.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SHADRACH KOBANGO: (Rapping) (unintelligible) Warmest wishes of snow (unintelligible) the show (unintelligible) what I'm spitting. Oh, Michigan snow. Listen, no, I don't put on airs. I'm conditioned to blow...

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NPR Story
6:49 am
Sun October 13, 2013

The Blurry Tone Of 'Double Exposure'

Originally published on Sun October 13, 2013 7:47 am

Kelley Stoltz has been called the godfather of the hazy, washed out, poppy sound coming from the Bay Area. Host Rachel Martin talks with musician Kelley Stoltz about his new album, Double Exposure.

Music Interviews
6:49 am
Sun October 13, 2013

Scary Meets Catchy In Darkside's 'Psychic'

Originally published on Sun October 13, 2013 7:47 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The band Darkside is made up of two men - two halves really. Dark, scary electronics and a funk, rhythmic guitar line. The electronic half is Nicholas Jaar. He got noticed as a laptop music prodigy when he was a student at Brown University. And up until a year or two ago, he mostly worked alone. Then, the other part of Darkside entered the picture - Dave Harrington, a composer and jazz bassist. Now, they've got this first album out together. It's called "Psychic." Nicholas Jaar explains why he chose a bass player as his guitarist.

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Music Interviews
4:15 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

The Minds Behind 'Einstein On The Beach' Talk Shop

A scene from the revival of Einstein on the Beach.
Los Angeles Opera

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 12:15 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Valerie June: Tiny Desk Concert

Valerie June performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:06 pm

Short of seeing her live and in person, this is the best way to encounter Valerie June's heartfelt sound. Her new album Pushin' Against a Stone is terrific, but when I first heard that voice unadorned, I was hooked. The same may happen to you.

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Music
6:36 am
Sat October 12, 2013

RJD2 Explains How He Builds Songs From Scraps

RJD2's new album, More Is Than Isn't, is out now.
Benny Mistak Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 1:19 pm

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Electronic Music's Godfather Isn't Done Innovating

Morton Subotnick performs at New York's La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in 2004. The pioneering electronic composer recently created a mobile app for children.
Jack Vartoogian Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 7:05 am

Morton Subotnick could fairly be called electronic music's first hitmaker. His 1967 album Silver Apples of the Moon was an international sensation. Or, in his words, "It was like a bombshell."

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Song Travels
3:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Catherine Russell On 'Song Travels'

Catherine Russell.
Stefan Falke Courtesy of the artist.

As a child, singer Catherine Russell bounced on the knee of Louis Armstrong. Her father, Luis Russell, held the position of musical director for Armstrong, and her mother, Carline Ray, was trained at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music. It was only natural that Russell would choose a musical path for her own life.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:16 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz

Elvis Costello.
Mary McCartney Courtesy of the artist

This Piano Jazz is a special live session from the 2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, with host Marian McPartland joined by a very special guest: singer-songwriter Elvis Costello.

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Mountain Stage
3:07 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Mark Bates On Mountain Stage

Mark Bates performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:06 am

Singer-songwriter Mark Bates makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. A native of Hurricane, W.V., Bates let his musical ambitions lead him to Los Angeles, where he now resides. His second album, Night Songs, was produced by Grammy-winning engineer Eric Liljestrand, who co-produced Lucinda Williams' Blessed and Little Honey.

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World Cafe
2:28 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

The Clash On World Cafe

The Clash.
Courtesy of the artist

Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Nicky "Topper" Headon of The Clash recently visited the WXPN studios for a lively conversation to celebrate the release of Sound System, a new 12-disc box set. The collection includes remastered versions of all the albums the original band released, in addition to video and audio rarities.

In a fascinating discussion, the former bandmates talk about the development of The Clash's image, and how the group's style changed throughout its existence.

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All Songs Considered
2:04 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Linda Thompson, 'It Won't Be Long Now'

Video for Linda Thompson's "It Won't Be Long Now."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:53 am

After five decades of singing, Linda Thompson is still one of the best voices in folk music. Her tone is alluring, sometimes mournful, and always passionate. Her story is unlike anyone else's, beginning in England during the 1960s, and continuing with her marriage to Richard Thompson, when she recorded my favorite British folk albums ever, including 1975's Pour Down Like Silver.

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Microphone Check
12:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Pusha T On Fronting, Responsibility And Kanye (Part 1)

Pusha T.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 1:42 pm

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Pusha T

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All Songs Considered
10:40 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Viking's Choice: Channel-Surf In Hell With Roomrunner

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 2:54 pm

There's something blurrily manic about cable television at 3 in the morning. Ren & Stimpy reruns feel oddly prescient next to personal-hygiene infomercials, while the swimsuit models on Baywatch and horror B-movies start to bleed together. (Not that I spent four months after college graduation in that "OMG I don't know what to do with my life" catatonic state, flipping channels and making runs to Krystal's.) The production team behind Roomrunner's video for the oddly hooky thrasher "Wojtek" has been there, and makes our all channel-surfing nightmares come true.

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Mountain Stage
3:35 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Brendan James On Mountain Stage

Brendan James performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:33 pm

Brendan James makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. James wraps his tranquil voice and serene songwriting around his own energetic piano playing, a technique that's proven successful with fans and critics. His first three albums placed in the Top 10 on the iTunes pop charts, and his third earned the top spot on iTunes' singer-songwriter chart.

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