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Music News
4:41 am
Sun November 16, 2014

'Twinkle' Sparks Fireworks As Fiddler Guts Violin Method

Shinichi Suzuki makes a rare visit to Britain in 1980 to demonstrate the method he developed for learning to play the violin.
Ian Tyas Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 4:37 pm

If you're a parent, the sound of a small child sawing away at the strains of the "Twinkle Variations" may be all too familiar.

It's Song One, of Book One, of the Suzuki method, a musical pedagogy developed by Shin'ichi Suzuki in the 1960s.

But lately there has been discord among music educators, a feud over methods and credentials and accusations of fraud.

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Music Interviews
4:52 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

When The Lights Go Down, Who Will Hear 'The Last Transmission'?

Filmmaker and musician Melvin Van Peebles' new album with the London band The Heliocentrics is titled The Last Transmission.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 8:35 pm

A lot of popular musicians in the 1960s and '70s showed a passionate interest in getting extremely high — higher than any human had ever been.

We're talking, of course, about space exploration. David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Sun Ra, Funkadelic; all contributed to our shared space mythology. That doesn't happen so much these days.

But a new record from London band The Heliocentrics is a welcome, and trippy, exception.

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All Songs Considered
9:18 am
Sat November 15, 2014

The Good Listener: For Thanksgiving, Is There Music Everyone Can Agree On?

"I just love this music. Is this Nurse With Wound's collaborative album with Current 93?"
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Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 3:07 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the Kung Fu Panda DVD to replace the one we wore out is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on a playlist for the whole family.

Joe writes via email: "Thanksgiving will be at my family's place this year, and I'm having fun with the meal-planning. All the stress, though, is built around how my relatives and I get along. We love each other, but ... you know how families are with politics and different tastes and all that.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Davíd Garza: Tiny Desk Concert

Maggie Starbard NPR

Davíd Garza was already a favorite son for folks in Austin when I discovered a collection of his past works, filled with stunning songwriting and a voice that seemed familiar yet new. Once I heard his music, I knew I'd always look forward to whatever he produced.

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Music News
6:49 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Brilliance In Bumps And Bruises, On Air And On Screen

Dave the Spazz does a weekly show on WFMU.
Courtesy of Ray Ray Sunshine Films

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:21 am

A new documentary about WFMU, the scrappy, chaotic and iconoclastic radio station in New Jersey, debuts today at the DOC NYC film festival. Sex and Broadcasting is described by the filmmakers as "an American tale of life, liberty and independent radio." In an opening scene, station manager Ken Freedman is on the air and delivers what amounts to a manifesto.

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Music Interviews
4:31 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Tango Lessons: Rubén Blades Sings His Way Into Discovery

Rubén Blades made his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut in New York this week. Over his right shoulder is trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:21 am

Rubén Blades is one of the great salsa singers in the world. He also happens to be a composer, an actor, an activist and a man who's run for president of Panama. He lost that election, but became that country's Minister of Tourism.

His latest album, Tangos, has been nominated for two Latin Grammys: Album of the Year and Best Tango Album. On the record, Blades turns some of his well-known salsa repertoire into tango music with the help of Argentine composer Carlos Franzetti.

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Mountain Stage
2:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The Duhks On Mountain Stage

The Duhks.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Duhks' latest Mountain Stage performance was recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Hailing from Winnipeg, the band has crafted a singular blend of old-time French-Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and rock rhythms. The group has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations, and is widely recognized for the important role it's played in the modern folk revival.

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The Record
1:32 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Living Just Enough For The Music

Usher performs onstage during his The UR Experience tour at Madison Square Garden.
Noam Galai Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 2:04 pm

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All Songs Considered
7:06 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, From Rise Against's Brandon Barnes

This week's guest Quizmaster is Brandon Barnes, drummer for the Chicago-based punk band Rise Against. Known for packing a punch at the kit, Barnes actually got his start in jazz and was influenced early on by drummers such as Elvin Jones and Tony Williams. So some of Barnes' picks for Drum Fill Friday are from drummers who often weave elements of jazz into their otherwise heavy rock beats. Give a listen and see what you think. And as always, good luck, careful listeners.

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Music Articles
4:10 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

T-Pain Rises Above The Haters

T-Pain.
Joshua Rashaad McFadden Courtesy of RCA Records

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:28 pm

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Songs We Love
2:12 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Tennyson, 'Lay-by'

Tennyson is a brother-sister duo from Edmonton, Alberta.
Courtesy of the artist

If you're over 16, you'll likely recognize the opening bars to "Lay-by" immediately. The chances are significantly slimmer that you've ever enjoyed them before. But Tennyson, a teenaged brother-sister duo from Edmonton, have taken a universal beacon of anxiety and turned it into a sedative worth hearing over and over again. (I'm not going to tip off what Tennyson sampled; that would ruin the epiphany.)

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Mountain Stage
12:20 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Curtis McMurtry On Mountain Stage

Curtis McMurtry.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Curtis McMurtry makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. McMurtry spent four years writing contemporary chamber music for the banjo at Sarah Lawrence College. He soon felt the pull to sharpen his skills as a singer-songwriter, though, and moved to Nashville, where he studied alongside some of his heroes, including Guy Clark.

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The Record
12:04 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

TV On The Radio And The Paradox Of The Midcareer Band

TV On The Radio's new album, its fifth, is titled Seeds.
JUCO Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 4:02 pm

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World Cafe
11:25 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Foxygen On World Cafe

Sam France of Foxygen.
Kelsey Stanger XPN

Foxygen re-creates the shambolic pop brilliance of '60s and '70s rock music with casual virtuosity. The homage is so spot-on, in fact, that vocalist Sam France's wild live performances and the band's more outré sonic explorations might just be par for the course.

Either way, France broke at least one mic stand during his performance for World Cafe; he says that happens most nights. Earlier this year, France and bandmate Jonathan Rado released their third album as Foxygen, the double-length ...And Star Power.

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All Songs TV
11:11 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Amason, 'Duvan'

YouTube

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 11:37 am

In the past 20 years, the world has gotten windier. Maybe it's global warming, maybe it's some kind of cyclical pattern. But whatever it is, winds have picked up by about five percent, and extreme winds caused by storms are up 10 percent.

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Alt.Latino
11:03 am
Thu November 13, 2014

The Latin Grammys: Mexican Romance, Uruguayan Mellow And More

Pepe Aguilar.
Jeffrey Mayer WireImage

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 9:11 am

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Songs We Love
7:19 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Lost Midas, 'Head Games' (Feat. Audris)

Lost Midas is getting a lot of play on the WDET program The Progressive Underground.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 9:43 am

Lost Midas is the work of producer Jason Trikakis, a Boston-born, L.A.-based drummer who grew up on J. Dilla, The Mahavishnu Orchestra and 1980s New Wave. On his new album, Off the Course, Lost Midas cherrypicks from funk, chillwave and dream-pop to make off-kilter (but on-point) soul music.

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Mountain Stage
11:56 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Jill Barber On Mountain Stage

Jill Barber.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Jill Barber makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Barber is blessed with a smoky and soulful voice that has made her an alt-cabaret favorite on Canada's rich folk scene. But her songwriting has also earned her a reputation with jazz audiences worldwide.

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Mountain Stage
11:45 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Puss N Boots On Mountain Stage

Puss N Boots.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The folk-rock supergroup Puss N Boots appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The trio — Catherine Popper, Sasha Dobson and Norah Jones — has been playing together since 2008, but only recently put out its first album, No Fools No Fun.

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World Cafe
11:17 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Honeyblood On World Cafe

Honeyblood.
Laura Coulson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 8:39 am

Honeyblood's debut EP, Thrift Shop, was recorded in a bathroom and it sounds like it. There, fuzz shaded and refracted the emotion in singer-songwriter and guitarist Stina Tweeddale's unwavering voice. The Glaswegian duo — now Tweeddale and Cat Myers, after the departure of original drummer Shona McVicar — demonstrates that its songs are just as effective in high fidelity on its self-titled full-length debut.

Hear live version of songs from that record on today's episode of World Cafe.

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Music Reviews
3:31 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Inside The Wall: Pink Floyd's 'Final' Album Is Process On Display

Pink Floyd's new album is titled The Endless River.
Albert Watson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 11:38 am

In typically grandiose fashion, Pink Floyd has created its own requiem.

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Music News
3:17 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

'Concert For Valor' Honors Veterans' Contributions

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 5:24 pm

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

Songs We Love
2:03 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Damien Rice, 'It Takes A Lot To Know A Man'

Damien Rice's new album is a favorite on KCRW in Los Angeles.
Lilja Birgisdottir Courtesy of the artist

Damien Rice wears his heart on his sleeve. His new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, is rife with vulnerability and reflections on universal themes — never more effectively than in "It Takes A Lot To Know A Man."

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World Cafe
12:55 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Lia Ices On World Cafe

Lia Ices.
Jersey Walz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 2:04 pm

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Songs We Love
12:44 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Adelyn Rose, 'Perhaps'

Adelyn Rose is Jaime Hansen, Dave Power, Addie Strei, Leo Strei and Hannah Hebl.
Jesse Johnson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 1:02 pm

"Perhaps" opens with the same steady fingerpicking that made listeners sit up and take notice when the first Iron & Wine songs surfaced a decade ago.

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All Songs Considered
9:47 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Guest DJ Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl, center, with The Foo Fighters
Brantley Gutierrez

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 1:43 pm

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Microphone Check
7:35 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Run The Jewels: 'I'm Taking This Life'

El-P (Jaime Meline) and Killer Mike (Michael Render) are Run the Jewels.
Timothy Saccenti Courtesy of Biz 3 Publicity

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 5:59 pm

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Heavy Rotation
1:03 am
Tue November 11, 2014

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

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:15 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Roomful Of Teeth: Tiny Desk Concert

Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 4:15 pm

Mix a bit of yodeling with Tuvan throat singing, add in a pinch of Sardinian cantu a tenore, fold in compositions from cutting-edge composers and you have the vocal group Roomful of Teeth.

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Music Interviews
12:58 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Accordionist Interprets French Waltz Tradition In 'Musette Explosion'

Will Holshouser has played all kinds of music on the accordion, including Cajun, avant garde jazz and indie rock. He joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross in her studio to play features from his new album.

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

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