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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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World Cafe
3:28 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Luella & The Sun On World Cafe

Luella & The Sun performing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
John Vettese Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 4:19 pm

During World Cafe's annual summer visit to the Philadelphia Folk Festival, we finally met up with Luella & The Sun — a dark, raw and exciting roots band we've been watching for a while. The group is led by a charismatic Nashville singer, Melissa Mathes, and gritty guitarist Joe McMahan.

At the time of the festival, the band was still recovering from the aftermath of a devastating studio fire. Here, host David Dye talks with Mathes and McMahan about how they overcame the setback with the help of their community.

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Favorite Sessions
3:13 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

KCRW Presents: Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost! performs live in KCRW's studios.
KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:04 pm

When Holy Ghost! started out, it was just two friends playing nu-disco before it was en vogue. Now, with a full band, a wall of synthesizers and a new album partially produced by DFA Records co-founder James Murphy, the Brooklyn band has taken its sound to another level. Its members recently visited The Village Studios for this live Morning Becomes Eclectic session, during which they performed this song, "Hold My Breath."

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All Songs Considered
2:01 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

The Good Listener: How Do You Get Your Parents Into New Music?

You don't need to attend Foreigner concerts in 2013 to bond with your parents over music.
Slaven Vlasic Getty Images

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the packages our kids discard in disgust for not including the new Pokemon 3DS games is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, tips on inter-generational bonding over music.

Jake Ibey writes via Facebook: "How do you introduce new music to a parent (mid-50s) who is stuck in late-'70s rock mode?"

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Music News
1:03 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students

Trombone Shorty, aka Troy Andrews, has started a foundation dedicated to music education in New Orleans.
Jonathan Mannion Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 7:33 pm

In New Orleans, it's cool to be in the high school band — especially when Trombone Shorty shows up in the band room.

The brass player and bandleader recently paid a visit to New Orleans' Warren Easton High School to work with band members. It's part of his work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, a music education initiative.

"[Trombone Shorty] is, without a doubt, the role model for the next generation right now," says Bill Taylor, the foundation's executive director.

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Alt.Latino
12:30 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

You Are What You Create: 7 Brand New Latin Musical Inventions

This week on Alt.Latino, Jarina De Marco casts a spell.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:55 am

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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Verdi's Requiem With The Chicago Symphony

Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Todd Rosenberg Courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 10:43 am

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Music Reviews
10:14 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Two Bluegrass Truths From James King And Alan Jackson

James King.
Julie Lilliard King Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 12:13 pm

On Three Chords and the Truth, bluegrass musician James King picks from the canon of country music to rearrange its songs as bluegrass. On The Bluegrass Album, country star Alan Jackson has recorded his first collection of bluegrass music — some classics, some originals.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
9:53 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Geof Bradfield's 'Melba!' On JazzSet

Geof Bradfield's suite traces Melba Liston's (pictured) life story through her work with Dizzy Gillespie and Randy Weston.
Courtesy of Institute Of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:13 am

Not long ago, when musicians needed good charts, they called Melba Liston. She wrote for Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston, Elvin Jones, Clark Terry and many more.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Song Premiere: Christopher Denny, My Morning Jacket's 'Bermuda Highway'

Timothy S. Griffin Courtesy of the artist

Five years ago, a listener looking for a lonesome song anywhere near Arkansas might have heard a voice she still can't forget. Christopher Denny was 23 when he released Age Old Hunger, introducing the world to a high Southern warble that doesn't defy gravity so much as play with the tension that force creates – an androgynous, time-jumping instrument. Denny was learning to control his singing then, a process he says is more about instinct than craft. "I have to say...

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The Record
11:03 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Mala Rodriguez And The Women Of Latin Hip-Hop

Mala Rodriguez on stage at the Mulafest Festival in Madrid in June.
Pedro Armestre AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 6:39 am

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Mountain Stage
5:35 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Vienna Teng On Mountain Stage

Vienna Teng performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:28 am

Vienna Teng makes her second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV. Teng made her first visit to the show as her career was just beginning to take off – she had left her job as a software engineer to promote her album, and within months was featured on David Letterman, CNN, and NPR's Weekend Edition. This lead to tours with Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and Joan Osborn.

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The Checkout: Live
4:32 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Melissa Aldana Crash Trio: Live At Berklee

Melissa Aldana performs with her Crash Trio, including bassist Pablo Menares.
Kelly Davidson Courtesy of Berklee College Of Music

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:02 am

The saxophonist Melissa Aldana, 24, came to the U.S. from Chile with little money and less command of English. But she did have some serious ability at the saxophone — her father is a saxophonist too — and thanks in part to a Berklee College of Music scholarship, has begun to carve out a career in the music. Since moving to New York, Aldana has already cut two albums for Inner Circle Music, the label founded by saxophonist Greg Osby, one of her mentors. And in winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition last month, she was given funds to record her next album.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:28 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

What Is Classical Music's Women Problem?

Australian conductor Simone Young, the outgoing artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera.
Klaus Lefebvre Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:36 am

Close your eyes, and you may think that this is 1913. In the past few days, the classical music community has been set aflame by recent comments from three prominent male conductors who are — steel yourself — actually saying that women are not capable of standing on the podium.

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Live in Concert
12:57 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Pusha T, Live In Concert

Pusha T performs live at NPR Music's showcase at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Loren Wohl for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:51 am

Pusha T's set was the culmination of a gradual separation from his brother, No Malice, with whom he performed as Clipse until three years ago. The Virginia native made his name as a writer of sharply observed scenes of the drug trade and a connoisseur of unsettling, emotionally raw production.

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Music Reviews
12:24 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Ahmad Jamal Weaves Old And New On 'Saturday Morning'

Ahmad Jamal.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 1:26 pm

Jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal started playing when he was 3 years old in Pittsburgh, which means he's now been playing for 80 years. His new album, Saturday Morning, often recalls his elegant trios of yesteryear, with its tightly synchronized arrangements, plenty of open space and deceptively simple charm.

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All Songs Considered
12:13 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

So Pusha T, Omar Souleyman And Cults Walk Into A Bar...

Meet our lineup for the next NPR Music Presents webcast: Pusha T, Omar Souleyman and Cults.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 5:01 pm

NPR Music is throwing a party in New York next Wednesday, Oct. 16, with some phenomenal live music and we want you to come.

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Thistle and Shamrock
12:09 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: Gaelic Voices

Left to right: Martin Green, Kris Drever and Aidan O'Rourke of Lau.
David Angel Courtesy of the artist

Explore the branches of contemporary song sprouting from the roots of ancient vocal traditions.

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

Deceptive Cadence
12:03 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Act Like You Know: Giuseppe Verdi

Don't be caught fishing for facts about Verdi on the bicentennial of his birth.
Getty Images/DeAgostini

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 10:52 am

It's that time of year again when freshly steamed curtains are rising on opera stages across the country, introducing another new season of performances. And this time, one composer will be popping up more than usual — Giuseppe Verdi.

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Concerts
8:07 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Volcano Choir, Live In Concert

NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:00 am

A lot of people come to the music of Volcano Choir - and see concerts like this one - because of the band's lead singer, Justin Vernon, an artist better-known for his work as Bon Iver. But Volcano Choir isn't a Bon Iver side project. It's a completely separate creative force, and the group's songs sound like no one else's.

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All Songs Considered
8:01 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Volcano Choir Reveals Secret Behind Epic Live Show

Cameron Wittig Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 9:43 am

  • Hear Volcano Choir Talk About The Band's Live Performances

Volcano Choir got its start in 2005 when Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and members of the band Collections Of Colonies Of Bees decided to make mysterious, multi-layered, adventurous music together. Their first album, 2009's Unmap, was dreamy, frequently abstract, and simply gorgeous.

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World Cafe
7:03 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Pearl Jam On World Cafe: Part 2

Pearl Jam.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:51 am

In the second installment of this two-part broadcast interview, the members of Pearl Jam continue their engagingly in-depth discussion with comedy director and producer Judd Apatow.

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A Blog Supreme
7:03 am
Wed October 9, 2013

A Saxophonist From Santiago Cracks The Stateside Scene

Melissa Aldana, 24, took after her father in pursuing jazz saxophone.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

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The Record
7:03 am
Wed October 9, 2013

A3C, Atlanta's Hip-Hop Festival, Expands

Iamsu! performing at the Street Execs showcase Thursday night.
Seth Garcia

Last week the ninth edition of the A3C Hip-Hop Festival went down in Atlanta, Ga. A3C, which stands for All Three Coasts, began as a three-day event at one venue in Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood and this year spread over five days and dozens of venues all over the city.

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Music Reviews
3:36 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Sleigh Bells: Stomping The Fine Line Between Sweetness And Menace

Bitter Rivals is Sleigh Bells' third studio album.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 6:24 pm

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All Songs Considered
3:15 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

First Watch: Rubblebucket, 'Save Charlie'

Rubblebucket video for 'Save Charlie'
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 9:37 am

There's a moment in this rousing tune by the Brooklyn-based band Rubblebucket I think we can all connect with: singer Kalmia Traver screams "15 missed calls / can you blame me? / Charlie tell me, do you love me?" It's that exasperation, that moment in a relationship when one person finds themselves caring a whole lot more than the other, that makes this a fabulous pop song. I also love how much life this lyric video has; the color and style feel fresh and so perfect for the blasting horns and funk of the music.

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Mountain Stage
2:33 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Black Lillies On Mountain Stage

The Black Lillies perform on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:08 am

The Black Lillies' members make their second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. The group formed in East Tennessee in the late 2000s as a collaboration between members of other up-and-coming roots bands: songwriter Cruz Contreras' CCstringband and the everybodyfields.

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All Songs Considered
1:04 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

New Mix: Of Montreal, Gem Club, Perera Elsewhere, More

Clockwise from upper left: Gem Club, Perera Elsewhere, Of Montreal, Remi
Courtesy of the artists

It's been a dreary, rainy week in D.C. On this episode of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are a little stir crazy after being stuck inside during the storms. But, with thunder rolling in the background, Robin kicks things off with an ethereal cut from the Berlin-based trip-hop artist Perera Elsewhere that perfectly captures the mood.

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