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World Cafe
11:11 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Ibeyi On World Cafe

Ibeyi.
Courtesy of the artist

Ibeyi is made up of twins Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, who grew up in France but went home to Cuba every summer. Their father, Anga Diaz, was a percussionist who played with the Buena Vista Social Club.

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The Record
10:56 am
Tue April 7, 2015

A (Nearly) Comprehensive Guide To The Music Of 'Mad Men'

Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) in an episode of Mad Men's sixth season.
Michael Yarish AMC

Pay a visit to New York City's Museum of the Moving Image to see its blockbuster show Matthew Weiner's Mad Men, and toward the end of the exhibit you will find a lonely kiosk.

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Music Articles
10:38 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Billie Holiday: A Singer Beyond Our Understanding

Billie Holiday has become a mythic presence in absentia.
William Gottlieb Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

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World Cafe
3:47 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

World Cafe Next: Humming House

Humming House.
Courtesy of the artist

On this week's episode of World Cafe: Next, hear and download two songs by the Nashville band Humming House. The group's third album, Revelries, features the songwriting of Justin Wade Tam with the addition of vocalist Leslie Rodriguez. Throughout the record, Humming House synthesizes influences from the Celtic and bluegrass worlds to create strong folk songs.

World Cafe
3:41 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Jessica Lea Mayfield & Seth Avett On World Cafe

Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:21 am

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Metropolis
3:24 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Metropolis: 4/4/15

New music from Jamie XX is featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:22 am

This Week's Playlist

  • Seinabo Sey, "Younger (Kygo Remix)" (Virgin)
  • Teedra Moses, "Be Your Girl (Kaytranada Extended Edition)" (TVT)
  • LXURY, "Square 1 (feat. Deptford Goth)" (Greco Roman)
  • Boxed In, "All Your Love Is Gone" (Nettwerk)
  • Rob Garza, "Re Mana (feat. Vasuda Sharma) (Psychemagik Remix)" (Magnetic Moon)
  • Chris Lake, "Chest" (Alternate Route)
  • Eddie Amador, Alex Costa, "New Sound (Dantiez Saunderson Mix)" (KMS)
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Deceptive Cadence
3:21 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

"I'm more and more coming to the idea," composer Philip Glass says, "that it's the lineage and the connection to the past and the connection to the future — that is the real connection."
Eamonn McCabe Redferns

When composer Philip Glass started performing his own music, a lot of people didn't know what to make of it. Some people thought it sounded like the needle of a record was stuck in a groove, repeating over and over again. Some people thought it was simplistic. Some thought it was a joke. Glass says that in the '70s, audience members threw things at him while he was performing.

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Music
2:36 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Lord Huron Wants You To Dance At The Apocalypse

Lord Huron's Strange Trails comes out Tuesday.
Josh Sanseri Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 6:48 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:45 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Death Cab For Cutie: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:27 pm

Death Cab For Cutie came as a trio: Ben Gibbard sang, Nick Harmer played bass, and we wheeled in our piano for Zac Rae. This intimate set included two new songs — including "Black Sun," the first single from their new album Kintsugi.

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All Songs TV
11:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Anderson East, 'Satisfy Me'

Anderson East.
Courtesy of the artist

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Mountain Stage
9:50 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Ray Wylie Hubbard On Mountain Stage

Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard makes his 12th visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. Hubbard first found success after writing "Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mothers," which became a beer-joint jukebox anthem some 40 years ago. A high-school classmate of Mountain Stage host Larry Groce, Hubbard even played with him in a band for a while — which, Groce is quick to point out, is the only band he's ever been in.

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Favorite Sessions
9:43 am
Mon April 6, 2015

KEXP Presents: JEFF The Brotherhood

JEFF The Brotherhood performs live on KEXP.
Amber (Zbitnoff) Knecht KEXP

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 9:32 am

Nashville's JEFF The Brotherhood just released a new album, Wasted On The Dream, full of big, punchy, high-octane songs that blend hard rock, metal, grunge and punk. Brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall dream big here — but not just of high production values, which seem only to sharpen their edges, but of a cannabis-fed fantasy of rock 'n' roll's most hedonistic, fist-pumping moments. Watch JEFF The Brotherhood perform "Voyage Into Dreams" live on KEXP.

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Microphone Check
7:03 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Malcolm Spellman: 'The Real, You Just Can't Beat It'

Malcolm Spellman after an interview with Microphone Check in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2015.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 8:48 am

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Passion Pit, 'Until We Can't (Let's Go)'

Passion Pit's latest full-length, Kindred, is due out April 21.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 12:43 pm

The electro-pop group's latest cut is a euphoric anthem to youthful dreams and the inertia that keeps us from reaching them. Frenetic, propulsive and bristling with life, "Until We Can't (Let's Go)" finds Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos pleading for escape from the tedium of an ordinary life. "We'​r​e here in this godforsaken place," he sings. "I can hear what you are saying, I can see it on your face so, let'​s​ go."

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Review: Calexico, 'Edge Of The Sun'

Calexico's new album, Edge Of The Sun, comes out April 14.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 10:53 am

Really, how much hoodoo can there be out in the desert?

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Review: Lowland Hum, 'Lowland Hum'

Lowland Hum's new self-titled album comes out April 14.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 10:55 am

Daniel Levi Goans and Lauren Plank Goans are used to fielding questions about the overlap between their musical and marital partnerships. If anything, they've invited this sort of curiosity by telling their backstory the way they have: him striking up a conversation after overhearing her singing to herself at a party; their courtship flowering from her harmonizing on his solo record; the simultaneous joining of their domestic lives and creative output with the formation of the duo Lowland Hum.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Review: Wire, 'Wire'

Wire's new self-titled album comes out April 21.
Marylene May Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 10:25 am

The artiest bards of 1970s London punk, Wire's members never scored a hit single — unless you count Elastica's 1994 Britpop anthem "Connection," which lifts its central riff and deadpan sass from Wire's "Three Girl Rhumba" far more blatantly than "Blurred Lines" evokes Marvin Gaye.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Review: Dwight Yoakam, 'Second Hand Heart'

Dwight Yoakam's new album, Second Hand Heart, comes out April 14.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 10:56 am

When Dwight Yoakam was making his first demos in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, a producer told him that his sound was "so hillbilly, they're going to call it rock 'n' roll." He was pointing to both the rawness in the Kentucky native's sound and its wicked precision, grounded in the great virtuoso art of bluegrass; and the depth of lyrics balancing the plainspokenness of Ohio Valley people who raised him and their eloquence, born of Bible reading and family-transmitted ballads and tales. "I've done a lot of miles on hillbilly highways.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Review: Villagers, 'Darling Arithmetic'

Villagers' new album, Darling Arithmetic, comes out April 14.
Andrew Whitton Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 10:54 am

Villagers began as a lush one-man band with 2010's Becoming A Jackal, then morphed into an even more complex collaborative effort in time for 2013's {Awayland}, as Dublin singer-songwriter Conor O'Brien learned to work with a team he'd assembled.

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Music Interviews
4:08 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Cassandra Wilson 'Couldn't Wait' To Reinvent The Billie Holiday Songbook

Cassandra Wilson's Billie Holiday tribute album is titled Coming Forth By Day.
Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:54 am

Vocalist Billie Holiday was born 100 years ago this week. Today, her place in music history is clear.

"I think we witness in Billie Holiday's music the beginning of the jazz vocal age, really," fellow vocalist Cassandra Wilson says. "Her phrasing is very conversational, and it swings — it moves with the musicians. She's very much in charge of her place in the music. She's in control of the story, and in control of her cadence."

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Music
7:33 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Tobias Jesso Jr. Explains His Swift Ascent From Rock Bottom

Los Angeles-based songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr.
Kai Jacobson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 10:19 am

It's an endorsement most fledgling songwriters can only dream of: Adele enthusiastically tweeting your new song to her 22 million followers.

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Music Interviews
6:44 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Exploring Songs In Native Languages From Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 10:19 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AMAOTAYKU AVELINO SINANI, EL REMOLON REMIX")

LUZMILA CARPIO: (Singing in Quechua).

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Deceptive Cadence
4:30 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Violinist Hilary Hahn Remembers Her Earliest Influences

Violinist Hilary Hahn.
Peter Miller Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 5:25 pm

Violinist Hilary Hahn is known for putting together some unusual programs. On her latest album, she pairs Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major with 19th century Belgian composer Henri Vieuxtemps' Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor.

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Mountain Stage
7:03 am
Sat April 4, 2015

The Carper Family On Mountain Stage

The Carper Family.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Carper Family recently made its first visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Though Melissa Carper, Beth Chrisman and Jenn Miori aren't actually sisters, you'd never know it by listening to their music. From Nebraska, Alaska and Texas, respectively, the trio grew up playing music with their own families. They eventually found themselves in Austin, where each was leading her own band and occasionally sitting in with other local musicians. They joined forces and released their first studio album, Back When, in 2012.

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All Songs Considered
3:52 am
Sat April 4, 2015

The Good Listener: Have All The Good Songs Been Written?

Even Robert Johnson was synthesizing old ideas in new ways.
Courtesy of the artist

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside an assortment of expensive cat sedatives is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on whether all the great song ideas have been used up.

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Music
1:03 am
Sat April 4, 2015

'The Man From Muscle Shoals' On Shame And FAME

Producer and FAME Studios founder Rick Hall, left, with R&B singer Clarence Carter.
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 9:30 am

For more conversations with music-makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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Music
1:03 am
Sat April 4, 2015

Bringing Mothers In Prison Closer To Their Children, Through Music

Daniel Levy works with Vateya (left) at the Rikers Island prison in New York City in February 2015, as part of the Lullaby Project.
Chris Lee Courtesy of Carnegie Hall

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 9:30 am

Mothers in prison rarely get to see their children, let alone touch them or sing them a lullaby. But female inmates in New York City are getting a little help with the singing, thanks to Carnegie Hall. For the last few years, Carnegie has sponsored the Lullaby Project, which pairs professional musicians with women in jails, homeless shelters and city hospitals, to help them write lullabies for their children.

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Music Interviews
5:13 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Little Simz Keeps Her Eye On The Throne

"I like to refer to myself as king sometimes, not as queen," Little Simz says. "That's a conscious decision, because I feel like women are just equally as powerful."
Kevin Morosky Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 5:42 pm

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Song Travels
5:08 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Joelle Lurie On Song Travels

Joelle Lurie.
Lindsey Thoeng Courtesy of the artist

Jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress Joelle Lurie is a regular at New York City venues such as the Rockwood Music Hall and the Zinc Bar, where she performs with her ensemble, The Pinehurst Trio.

On this week's episode of Song Travels, Lurie delights with a set of standards and modern songs from her album Take Me There. Host Michael Feinstein accompanies her in "Our Love Is Here To Stay."

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Deceptive Cadence
3:43 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Multifaceted Music Critic Andrew Porter Dies At 86

Critic and opera translator Andrew Porter directs singer Nikki Einfeld during a rehearsal of a Canadian Opera Company production of Mozart's Magic Flute in Toronto in 2005.
Tannis Toohey Toronto Star

Andrew Porter, a renowned music critic and scholar and translator of opera, died early today in London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. His twin sister, Sheila Porter, told NPR his death was the result of complications from pneumonia. He was 86.

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