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Music Interviews
4:19 pm
Sat October 26, 2013

Color On A Canvas: Alex Ebert On Writing A Musical Score

Originally published on Sat October 26, 2013 6:03 pm

Alex Ebert, lead singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, speaks to host Arun Rath about the musical score he composed for the film All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford.

Music Interviews
8:12 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Katy Perry On The 180 That Saved Her Career

Katy Perry's new album, Prism, is out now.
Cass Bird Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat October 26, 2013 7:22 pm

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Music Interviews
7:07 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Katy Perry, Through A 'Prism'

Perry, perhaps the biggest pop star in the world, joins host Scott Simon (on her birthday, no less) to talk about her new album.

Music Interviews
7:07 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Los Campesinos! Lighten Up With 'No Blues'

The new Los Campesinos! album, No Blues, comes out Oct. 29.
Kirsten McTernan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat October 26, 2013 10:19 am

The Welsh sextet Los Campesinos! has put out five albums since 2006, many of them with titles that don't seem destined to soar to the top of pop's generally lighthearted charts; We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed and Hello Sadness are just a couple of the band's record names. Lead singer Gareth David says the tone of the band's new album, No Blues, reflects a step in a more optimistic direction.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:12 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Typhoon: Tiny Desk Concert

Typhoon performs a Tiny Desk Concert in October 2013.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 2:57 pm

The appropriately named Typhoon is a sprawling band with an epic sound. The group from Portland, Ore. crafts rock anthems like emotional tidal waves, propelled by the stories of frontman Kyle Morton. His deeply personal tales are often full of grief and loss. But just as often they celebrate and praise life's simple wonders. Morton himself is a very grateful (and lucky) man who writes songs as if he were living on borrowed time.

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Music Reviews
4:30 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Arcade Fire Takes A Dancey Turn Down A Well-Trod Path

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 1:25 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The Canadian rock band Arcade Fire released their first record "Funeral" back in 2004 on a small independent label. But these days there's nothing small about them. Their third record, "The Suburbs," won a Grammy and the band's upcoming fourth album is one of the most anticipated releases of the year. It's after a much hyped appearance on "Saturday Night Live" and a half hour special on NBC. Will Hermes has this review of "Reflektor."

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Mountain Stage
4:19 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Slide Brothers On Mountain Stage

The Slide Brothers performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:35 am

Most people think of the steel guitar as an instrument associated with country music — from country rock and pop to alt-country. But there's another style of steel playing that dates back to African-American Pentecostal churches of the 1930s, when a handful of congregations began using steel guitars in place of organs.

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World Cafe
3:56 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Ann Delisi On World Cafe

Ann Delisi.
Courtesy of the artist

To find out about up-and-coming local bands for our Sense of Place stop in Detroit, we went straight to one of the city's best-known sources: Ann Delisi, host of Ann Delisi's Essential Music on NPR member station WDET-FM.

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World Cafe
3:55 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Mayer Hawthorne On World Cafe

Mayer Hawthorne.
Jeremy Deputat Courtesy of the artist

Mayer Hawthorne joins us on our last day of Sense of Place: Detroit to talk a bit about growing up in the Motor City. While Hawthorne began his career as a hip-hop artist, it was his retro take on soul music that caught the attention of his audience, and of record companies.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
9:23 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Dr. Billy Taylor On Piano Jazz

Dr. Billy Taylor.
William Gottlieb Library of Congress via Flickr

Born in 1921 in Greenville, N.C., Billy Taylor moved to Washington, D.C., at age 5. He grew up in a musical family and tried his hand at various musical instruments, including guitar, drums and saxophone, but was most successful at the piano.

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Music Interviews
4:22 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The Life Of Doc Pomus, Songwriter To The Stars

Doc Pomus, pictured here in the 1980s, was an obscure, yet prolific songwriter who died in 1991. A.K.A. Doc Pomus is a documentary about his life.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 6:40 pm

His name would spin around and around on the vinyl, the writer of a thousand songs: Doc Pomus. As the man behind smash records including Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas," Ray Charles' "Lonely Avenue" and The Drifters' "This Magic Moment," he shaped the early sound of rock 'n' roll.

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Favorite Sessions
3:53 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

KCRW Presents: Primal Scream

Primal Scream performs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

When Primal Scream started recording their most recent album, lead singer Bobby Gillespie told us, they wanted to create "a sprawling, psychedelic epic of a record." Having written enough material to make a few new records, it's clear the Glaswegian dance-rock icons haven't dwelled on past successes. New songs like "It's Alright, It's OK" are strong reminders of the group's talent.

You can see the rest of Primal Scream's session at KCRW.com.

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World Cafe
3:31 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Rodríguez On World Cafe

Rodríguez.
Linus Hallsénius Courtesy of the artist

For another dose of Sense of Place: Detroit, we revisit an archived studio session from 2009 Rodríguez. The Motor City folk rocker's albums from the '70s, Cold Fact and Coming from Reality, were being re-released at the time of this interview. While those records became huge hits in South Africa several years after their initial U.S. release, back in Detroit, Rodriguez was completely unaware of his fame until decades later.

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World Cafe
3:31 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Electric Six On World Cafe

Electric Six.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe's Sense of Place visit to Detroit continues this Thursday with a session from the Electric Six, a venerable sextet with a sound that manages to encompass elements of garage, disco, punk rock, new wave and metal.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
12:54 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Alan Blackman's 'Coastal Suite' On JazzSet

Performances of The Coastal Suite are accompanied by a slow slideshow of Ruth Brownlee's paintings, including this one, Midwinter Gale.
Courtesy of Ruth Brownlee.

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:53 am

We're in Brooklyn at Ibeam, named by the New York City Jazz Record as one of the top five music venues of 2012, for The Coastal Suite by pianist Alan Blackman. This is the radio premiere.

From outside, Ibeam is just a notch in a long warehouse near an industrial canal (and EPA Superfund cleanup site). Inside, it's a warm community space dedicated to presenting experimental music.

"We are as close together as we're ever going to be," Blackman says, "and that's a good thing."

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World Cafe
12:15 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Mike Ellison On World Cafe

Mike Ellison.
Courtesy of the artist

A special session for our Sense of Place: Detroit series features hip-hop artist Mike Ellison. The musician is known in the city for his strong performances and his social activism at Detroit's annual Concert Of Colors, which showcases international performers alongside local musicians.

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Mountain Stage
11:56 am
Thu October 24, 2013

The Howlin' Brothers On Mountain Stage

The Howlin' Brothers performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:38 am

The Howlin' Brothers make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. A three-piece string band with drive and energy to spare, The Howlin' Brothers bring the roots and branches of traditional music into a sound uniquely their own. Ian Craft sings lead vocals, along with playing banjo and fiddle; Ben Plasse plays upright bass; and Jared Green rounds out the group on a well-worn acoustic guitar.

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Alt.Latino
11:02 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Riding 'The Beast': Alt.Latino Interviews Salvadoran Journalist Oscar Martinez

IXTEPEC, MEXICO — Thousands of Central American migrants ride trains known as La Bestia (the beast) during their long and perilous journeys north through Mexico to the U.S. border.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 27, 2013 11:16 am

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Soothing The Savage Beat: When Electronic Artists Conjure Classical

Electronic artists such as Mason Bates (pictured above), Aphex Twin and Tiësto have blended classical music into their dance beats.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 9:19 am

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All Songs Considered
6:52 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Song Premiere: Colin Meloy, 'Do You Remember Walter'

Courtesy of the artist

Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy is back with another covers project. This time its for music by The Kinks. Meloy began releasing Colin Meloy Sings cover EPs in 2005 to coincide with his various solo tours.

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World Cafe
4:22 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Dennis Coffey On World Cafe

Dennis Coffey.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 9:18 am

The Motor City's own Dennis Coffey joins us for this installment of Sense of Place: Detroit. The veteran musician holds strong ties to the city's R&B and soul sound. As a guitarist and producer, Coffey spent a good amount of time in Motown's Studio A, which artists dubbed "the snake pit."

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World Cafe
4:21 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

The Hounds Below On World Cafe

The Hounds Below.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 9:09 am

Continuing this week's feature Sense of Place: Detroit, we welcome The Hounds Below to the World Cafe. Even before the popular garage rock band The Von Bondies started to dissolve in 2009, lead singer Jason Stollsteimer was already writing the poppier songs that make up the repertoire of the Hounds. Stollsteimer committed to the new band in 2011; the group released its debut, You Light Me Up In The Dark, the following year.

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Music Reviews
3:48 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Europe Swings The Body Electric

The members of Caravan Palace are practitioners of electro-swing.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:46 pm

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The Record
1:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Arcade Fire In The Throes Of Transformation

Arcade Fire on Saturday night in Bushwick. Win Butler on the left, Richard Reed Parry on the right.
Courtesy of Sachyn Mital

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 10:52 am

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Deceptive Cadence
10:23 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Get To Know Ned Rorem, Now That He's 90

Composer Ned Rorem in 1953 in Paris, where he lived for nearly a decade and wrote his infamous Paris Diary.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 10:52 am

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The Thistle & Shamrock
10:18 am
Wed October 23, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: The Road of Tears

Battlefield Band.
John Slavin Courtesy of the artist

From broadsheet ballads to music hall choruses, songs have documented true-life emigrant experiences through time. This week, Battlefield Band, Mick Moloney, Mary Black and others continue in that tradition.

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

Mountain Stage
9:52 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Ben Sollee On Mountain Stage

Ben Sollee performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:24 am

Cellist and singer-songwriter Ben Sollee performs on this episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. A classically trained musician with a deep technical command, Sollee has earned wide acclaim for incorporating elements of folk, bluegrass and R&B into his singular musical style.

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All Songs Considered
9:03 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Song Premiere: The Flaming Lips, 'If They Move, Shoot 'Em'

J. Michelle Martin Coyne

The Flaming Lips have always had a fondness for science fiction and fantasy, with a vast catalog of songs about robots, spontaneous human combustion, telepathy, wizards, and UFOs. The band's latest source of inspiration is the sci-fi novel (and new movie) Ender's Game, which tells the story of Earth's futuristic battle with insect-like aliens called "Buggers." A new EP from The Flaming Lips, The Peace Sword includes six songs inspired by the story, including this dark, strange, synth-heavy jam "If They Move, Shoot 'Em."

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World Cafe
4:46 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Don Was On World Cafe

Don Was.
Courtesy of the artist

This week's Sense of Place focus on Detroit calls for a resurrection of the very first installment of a World Cafe series called Producer Profiles. This archived session from 1992 features Don Was. In the profile, Was discusses the work he's done with a number of artists, including Bonnie Raitt (Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw).

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All Songs Considered
3:57 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Our Favorite Discoveries From The 2013 CMJ Music Festival

Lucius was just one of the many bands worth discovering at this year's CMJ festival.
Becky Harlan NPR

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 11:14 am

Every fall, hundreds of bands flock to New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon, a large festival where independent, new and emerging musicians hope to be discovered. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen was among the countless journalists, bloggers, college radio DJs, record label reps and others who attempted to navigate the sea of live performances, hoping to find new music to love and share.

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