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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
9:56 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Helen Sung On Piano Jazz

Helen Sung.
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Pianist Helen Sung is a dazzling and passionate player originally from Houston, Texas. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, she has played with such luminaries as Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis.

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All Songs Considered
9:54 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Song Premiere: The Shins And Zach Braff Reunite

The soundtrack album art for the film "Wish I Was Here"
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:51 pm

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The Mix
7:54 am
Fri June 20, 2014

The Mix: The Songs Of The Summer

Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" is undeniably one of the songs of this summer.
Courtesy of the artist

People have funny ways of describing hit pop songs. A song is "infectious," an "earworm." It "gets under your skin." It's not summer without little annoyances — sunburn, mosquito bites, sweat — just as it's not summer without the Song of the Summer. We're talking about a song (or two, or three) that explodes and quickly permeates pop culture. It runs rampant up and down your radio dial, around your parties and deep in your brain. Perhaps this is why such pop music is described in terms usually reserved for the plague.

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All Songs Considered
4:26 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Sole Of A Band, June 19

Bob Boilen NPR

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Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.

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Music News
3:12 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Can't Follow The Beat? Just Add Butter

Drummer LaFrae Sci (seen here in a photo shoot for Tom Tom Magazine) says that even nonmusicians can benefit from learning to hear two rhythms at once.
Meg Wachter Tom Tom Magazine

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 2:14 pm

What is it about the rhythm of a song that grabs your ear? Odds are, it has something to do with your ability to tap your foot or move your body to the beat. But if you've ever heard a song whose beat you couldn't quite follow, you may have been hearing what's called a polyrhythm — the musical equivalent of patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time.

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Alt.Latino
12:19 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Guest DJ With Adrian Quesada, A Man Who Needs Four Bands

Adrian Quesada of Ocote Soul Sounds, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, The Echocentrics, and Spanish Gold.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 12:33 pm

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Mountain Stage
12:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

The Sea The Sea On Mountain Stage

The Sea The Sea.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 2:10 pm

The Sea The Sea makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

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Music
11:13 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Miguel Enjoys A Bit Of Storytelling In His Favorite Songs

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:12 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now we turn to a regular feature we call In Your Ear. That where we invite some of our guests to tell us about the songs that give them inspiration. Today, we're hearing from R&B sensation Miguel. He recently released a sexy music video for his single "Simplethings." That song will be on a new album that's set for release later this year. Miguel was with us a while back to talk about his breakout album, "Kaleidoscope Dream," which featured the Grammy-winning single "Adorn." And he told us then about the tracks he's been listening to.

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Favorite Sessions
10:34 am
Thu June 19, 2014

KCRW Presents: Jungle

Jungle visited KCRW's studios.
KCRW

Jungle has been a bit of a mystery. Without any real press photos, only a few songs, and a video featuring just two men roller-skate dancing, it was difficult to determine who was making the music. But for the group's first visit to KCRW, we were able to lift the curtain on who was behind the groovy, soul-filled bass lines and disco-era harmonies that have captured our imaginations. Watch Jungle perform "Busy Earnin'" live on KCRW.

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Live in Concert
10:16 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Sylvan Esso, Live In Concert

Sylvan Esso, performing live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 2014.
Zac Visco for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 1:52 pm

"It's the dreamiest of scenes," Sylvan Esso singer Amelia Meath sighed as she looked out over the sold-out crowd at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club. Wearing six-inch platform tennis shoes and an all-black jumpsuit, Meath gyrated and pumped her fists, urging the crowd on. Meanwhile, the other half of Sylvan Esso, Nick Sanborn, tweaked the knobs on a small control panel plugged into a laptop.

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Music News
2:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Stromae, Global Star In The Making, Set To Touch Down In The U.S.

Paul Van Haver, better known as Stromae, has already captured the European music market. Now, he's setting his sights on the U.S.
Dati Bendo Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 10:30 am

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A Blog Supreme
4:18 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 10:22 am

Pianist Horace Silver, whose potent and catchy combination of blues, funk and Latin sounds shifted the jazz landscape in the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday morning at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He died of natural causes, according to his son, Gregory Silver. He was 85.

As a bandleader, Horace Silver mentored some of the hottest musicians of his era. As a composer, he devised numerous jazz standards still played today.

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Music Reviews
3:32 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Album Review: 'Ultraviolence'

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:08 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Hollywood sadcore is a term singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey came up with to describe her dark, moody pop songs. They're also full of old movie references. The 27-year-old returns this week with a follow-up to her 2012 breakthrough, "Born To Die." That album sold more than a million copies in the U.S. The new release is called "Ultraviolence." Reviewer Tom Moon says that the album is too long, but it shows Del Rey developing a new take on the torch song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CRUEL WORLD")

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Jazz Pianist, Composer Horace Silver Dies At 85

American jazz pianist Horace Silver performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1988.
Frans Schellekens Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 4:43 pm

This post was updated at 5:40 p.m. ET.

Pianist and composer Horace Silver, who created a rhythmic jazz known as "hard bop" that combined R&B and gospel to go along with his eclectic style of piano playing, has died at age 85, his son confirms.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
3:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: On The Road

Karine Polwart appears on this week's show.
Eamonn McGoldrick Courtesy of the artist

Today's working musicians offer us contemporary verses to reflect traveling artists' lifestyles, continuing a long-established tradition of celebrating itinerant work ways in song. This week's show features music from Christy Moore, Ossian, Karine Polwart and more.

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

All Songs Considered
1:47 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Song Premiere: alt-J, 'Hunger Of The Pine'

alt-J, from left: Thom Green, Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton.
Gabriel Green Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 3:21 pm

In 2012, alt-J made its debut with An Awesome Wave, and every one of those 13 songs would slay me. Now the band has returned with another shifting and intrepid sonic adventure, "Hunger of the Pine," which will appear on alt-J's second album, This Is All Yours, out on Sept. 22.

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Music News
5:47 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Release 'A Long Way To The Beginning'

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:27 am

Seun Kuti, who is the son of Afrobeat star Fela, leads his late father's band. With their 3rd album, A Long Way to the Beginning, Kuti says he and the band have finally perfected their Afrobeat sound.

Deceptive Cadence
2:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."
JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 2:11 pm

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Mountain Stage
3:42 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Infamous Stringdusters On Mountain Stage

The Infamous Stringdusters.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Infamous Stringdusters' members appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Since the band's formation in 2006, The Infamous Stringdusters' perfectly balanced combination of old-time, bluegrass and indie jamgrass has developed a serious cult following. Just a year later, the group took home the International Bluegrass Music Association's Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year trophies.

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Music Reviews
3:06 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Album Review: 'While You Were Sleeping'

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:28 am

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: A jazz singer for the hip-hop generation - that's how Jose James was described after he released his first album last year for the famed Blue Note record label. James has now released a follow-up. It's called, While You Were Sleeping. And reviewer Tom Moon says the 35-year-old shows phenomenal growth.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING")

JOSE JAMES: (Singing) Shadows long upon my face. Shadows long upon my face.

TOM MOON, BYLINE: Catch up with Jose James now because he's a rarity - an artist evolving at warp speed.

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All Songs Considered
11:44 am
Tue June 17, 2014

New Mix: Tom Petty, Lana Del Rey, Adult Jazz, More

Clockwise from top: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Adult Jazz, Lana Del Rey
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Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:11 am

On this week's All Songs Considered: Red-blooded rock-and-roll from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, a dramatic and cinematic turn for singer Lana Del Rey, the off-kilter, genre-bending sounds of Adult Jazz and more.

Co-host Robin Hilton, riding high on a wave of caffeine and nostalgia, kicks off the show with "American Dream Plan B," a straight-ahead guitar-rock cut from the upcoming Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album Hypnotic Eye.

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All Songs Considered
10:46 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Viking's Choice: Sweat To The Metallic Gloom, Ye Mortals

Mortals.
Samantha Marble Courtesy of the artist

As much as metal continues to expand outward, taking influences from within and outside its heavy foundations, adjective-happy genres like "blackened sludge-thrash" or "crusty stoner-doom" or what-have-you eventually inhabit their own mashed-together signifiers. It's where experimentation loses ground and has the potential to become streamlined. From Mortals' second album, Cursed to See the Future, "Epochryphal Gloom" dynamically digs into the gnarliest extremes of metal in eight minutes.

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Music Interviews
3:25 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

A Young Man's Loneliness, And His Soulful Falsetto

British singer Sam Smith has just released his debut album, In the Lonely Hour.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:36 am

The British singer Sam Smith broke through with a dance song: His is the voice snaking through "Latch," by the electronic-music duo Disclosure. It became an international club anthem.

In the U.K, he's mentioned in the same breath as superstars Adele or Florence and the Machine. He already has a sold-out U.S. tour, and he has performed on Saturday Night Live. Smith, 22, is now releasing his debut album, In the Lonely Hour. His songs of love and loss are powered by his moody, soulful voice.

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Remembrances
2:43 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:19 am

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:38 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Rodney Crowell: Tiny Desk Concert

Rodney Crowell performs at a Tiny Desk in May 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:54 am

Rodney Crowell performs with the ease and swagger of a man comfortable in his ways. He carries his songs the way he carries his old guitar: out in the open, no case, almost as an extension of his body.

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Metropolis
1:36 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Metropolis: 6/14/14

Blood Orange is featured on this week's mix.
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This Week's Tracklist

  • Watermat, "Bullitt" (Promo)
  • Banks, "Drowning (Lido Remix)" (Harvest)
  • Rufus Du Sol, "Sundream (Classixx Remix)" (Sweat It Out!)
  • Digitalism, "Wolves feat. Youngblood Hawke (RAC Mix)" (Pias)
  • Kiesza, "Hideaway (Bixel Boys Remix)" (Lokal Legend)
  • Lxury, "J.A.W.S." (Method Records)
  • Julian Gomes, "Love Song 28 Feat. Bobby (Atjazz Galaxy Aart Remix)" (Promo)
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Favorite Sessions
12:55 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

KEXP Presents: Liars

Dave Lichterman KEXP

Liars' dark, atmospheric studio session cast a captivating spell over us. Wrapped in a colorful skein of yarn, inspired by the cover for its new album Mess, the long-running L.A. electro-punk band spun an intoxicating mix of dark dance-pop.

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All Songs TV
10:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Sean Rowe, 'Madman'

Sean Rowe, in a scene from his new video for the song "Madman."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 1:58 pm

Despite its name, "Madman" has more bounce to it than much of Rowe's earlier work. But it implies you'd have to be nuts to choose a life on the road.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Song Premiere: Sinead O'Connor, 'Take Me To Church'

Sinead O'Connor.
Donal Moloney Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 4:23 pm

Sinead O'Connor's nearly 30-year career forms a portrait of an artist in conflict; a brilliant singer who remains musically, politically and personally uncompromising after forays into folk, pop, standards, reggae and points beyond. By definition, her catalog is erratic, but it's consistently bold and surprising.

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Music Interviews
2:48 am
Mon June 16, 2014

The Antlers: Holding A Light To The Darkness Within

The Antlers (from left): Peter Silberman, Darby Cicci and Michael Lerner.
Marc Lemoine Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 11:18 am

A few years ago, Peter Silberman was recovering from a breakup that has haunted him. He decided to write an entire album about it for his band, The Antlers, and he made a risky artistic choice: He used a patient dying of bone cancer as a metaphor for the girlfriend he was refusing to let go of.

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