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Music Interviews
7:17 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Pussy Riot Releases Its First Song In English

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 8:20 am

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Music Interviews
7:17 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Whitehorse Layers Complex Rhythms In 'Leave No Bridge'

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 9:26 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

You might think that Whitehorse is a 10-piece affair. The Canadian band plays complex melodies, its rhythms are layered, but Whitehorse is actually just a couple of people.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE WALLS HAVE DRUNKEN EARS")

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Songs We Love
7:03 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear, 'Silent Movies'

Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Ruth and Madisen Ward are a mother-and-son duo who go by the moniker Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear. They've been playing shows together in Kansas City for the last several years, but in recent months, fans have begun to take notice of their music on a larger scale.

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Metropolis
4:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Metropolis: 2/14/15

Purity Ring's new song "Begin Again" is featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Renata Raksha Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 2:41 pm

This Week's Playlist

  • Saje, "Lost Tonight" (Self-Released)
  • KYGO, "ID (UMF Anthem)" (Ultra)
  • Alina Baraz, "Fantasy" (Ultra)
  • Vaults, "One Last Night" (Virgin/EMI)
  • Shapeshifters, "Chime (Moudaber's Bombarge Flickin Mix)" (Defected)
  • Felon, "Colour" (Ultra)
  • Just Kiddin, "Getaway"
  • Keys N Krates, "She's So High (Taiki Nulight Remix)" (Dim Mak)
  • Digitalism, "Second Chance (David Vrong Mix)" ([PIAS] America)
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Metropolis
4:21 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Metropolis: 2/7/15

ODESZA is one of the artists featured in this week's episode of Metropolis.
Marybeth Coghill Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 2:41 pm

This Week's Playlist

  • Mickey, "You Know The Beat" (Exploited)
  • Them Jeans, "Gemini"
  • BMB Spacekid, "Vintage Light"
  • Niia, "Body" (Something Local)
  • SBTRKT, "Everybody Knows" (XL)
  • Body Language, "Really Love" (B3sci)
  • Urban Cone, "Sadness Disease (Aiylo Remix)" (Universal)
  • INXS, "Need You Tonight (Latroit Mix)"
  • Pleasure State, "Ghost In The System (feat. Anabel Englund)" (Hot Creations)
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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:07 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Jackie Cain On Piano Jazz

Jackie Cain.
Courtesy of the artist

One half of the jazz vocal duo Jackie & Roy, Jackie Cain was an icon in the cabaret world, with a smooth, feathery voice. Her ability to express a full range of emotions as a performer allowed her to traverse the broad landscape of American popular song.

In this 1999 episode of Piano Jazz, host Marian McPartland and bassist Dean Johnson join Cain for performances of "Wait 'Til You See Her" and "You Don't Know What Love Is."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1999.

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All Songs TV
12:51 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

The Granite Shore, 'Backstage At The Ballroom'

A still from "Backstage at the Ballroom."
Courtesy of the artist

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Music Reviews
12:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Ornette Coleman Returns With His Unmistakable Sound

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 3:58 pm

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DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

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Drum Fill Friday
12:10 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, For Feb. 20

I don't know what it's like where you live, but here in D.C. (as well as the rest of the eastern seaboard in general) we've had enough of winter. It's been downright arctic with subzero temperatures, record snowfall and no apparent end in sight. All of which is to say that this week's Drum Fill Friday comes to you from the confines of my super secret Robin Cave, where I've holed up with my stuffed animals and an iPod to play sweet drum fill jams and drown out the howling winter winds. Stay warm, and good luck, careful listeners.

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Music News
4:05 am
Fri February 20, 2015

First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting's 'Race For Space'

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 7:10 am

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Deceptive Cadence
3:16 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori as hotel concierge M. Gustave and his lobby-boy confidante, Zero, in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 7:13 pm

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World Cafe
2:21 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Cookies On World Cafe

Cookies.
Emily Keegin Courtesy of the artist

Before forming Cookies, Ben Sterling led Mobius Band, a group he formed in college. As that band faded, Sterling took the opportunity to figure out how his music should sound. On Cookies' debut album, Music For Touching, it sounds like bright, breezy electro-pop with high production values — a challenge, given that he records much of it himself. Here, Sterling performs with drummer Cinque Kemp, bassist Aakaash Israni and singer Ashley Giorgi.

Jazz Night In America Videos
1:05 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

How To Turn A One-Man Band Into A 10-Piece Orchestra

Henry Butler (left) and Steven Bernstein.
NPR

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 2:29 pm

When trumpeter and composer/arranger Steven Bernstein first met the virtuoso pianist Henry Butler, he says he was floored. "This is it," he recalls thinking. "This is like the music that I always imagined. Everything you ever loved about music, all being in one place, but now it's all coming from one person." Decades later, when they two finally began to work together, Bernstein started to study Butler's playing — and realized there were more than a few licks that set Butler apart.

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All Songs Considered
12:42 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

All Songs At 15: Have A Good Cry On Us

Every Thursday this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a story about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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Alt.Latino
12:27 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Alt.Latino Picks Its Favorites From NPR's Tiny Desk Contest

Diana Gameros blew us away with her entry to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 4:26 pm

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Songs We Love
11:27 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The Amazing, 'Safe Island'

The Amazing.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 1:25 pm

It's easy to use hyperbolic adjectives when describing songs like "Safe Island." The Amazing crafts a sound that's huge, sprawling, immense and so on, but words aren't worth much when you're confronted with a song this enveloping. Picture You, the Swedish band's third album, touches on the psych-rock guitarist Reine Fiske previously made with Dungen, but The Amazing ventures further, dipping its toes into shoegaze and psychedelia without drowning in era-specific signifiers.

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Metropolis
10:35 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Metropolis: 1/31/15

Lxury is one of the artists featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 2:40 pm

This Week's Playlist:

  • Lxury, "Square 1 (feat. Deptford Goth)" (Method)
  • Urban Cone, "Sadness Disease (Aiylo Remix)" (Universal)
  • Tycho, "Dive" (Ghostly International)
  • Two Door Cinema Club, "Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix)" (Glassnote)
  • Simion, "Give You Love (The Piano)" (Suara)
  • Odesza, "Bloom (Lane 8 Remix)" (Counter)
  • Listenbee, "Save Me" (Lokal Legend)
  • Clean Bandit, "Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynn)" (Big Beat/Atlantic)
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All Songs Considered
10:27 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Viking's Choice: Never Young, 'Ur A Front'

Never Young.
Courtesy of the artist

There was a time in '90s hardcore when slam-dancing riffs gave way to melody and tempos that swayed like a ship at sea, confusing pit rituals in the process. Quicksand's Manic Compression and Jawbox's For Your Own Special Sweetheart are just a couple examples of this evolution, and it's somewhere in that sound that we find the Bay Area band Never Young.

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Favorite Sessions
10:19 am
Thu February 19, 2015

KCRW Presents: Father John Misty

Father John Misty performs live on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Father John Misty is irreverent, cynical, witty and in love. Shortly before the release of his second album under the FJM name, I Love You, Honeybear, Josh Tillman and his six-piece touring band showcased the softer side of the L.A. star with tracks from his new album.

SET LIST

  • "I Love You, Honeybear"
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The Record
9:08 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Blur Announces First Album In 12 Years

Blur, producer Stephen Street and BBC host Zane Lowe during the band's Facebook webcast.
Facebook

Blur, one of the greatest rock bands of the 1990s, will release an album in 2015. It's called The Magic Whip, and it's due out April 28 in the U.S.

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All Songs TV
6:03 am
Thu February 19, 2015

A Song For Chinese New Year: Stop And Hear The Red Flowers

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Amanda Kowalski Courtesy of the artist

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
12:40 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Anat Cohen & Choro Aventuroso At Jazz At Lincoln Center

Anat Cohen.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 9:48 am

The jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen comes from Israel, studied and lives in the Northeastern U.S., and maintains a deep affinity for Brazilian music. Specifically, she's a specialist in the Afro-Western, improvisatory, instrumental music known as choro — an analogue of early jazz in the U.S. — where her clarinet is a lead instrument. She now helms a group called Choro Aventuroso, a quartet whose other members hail from Brazil, which takes the style as a launching pad for further adventures.

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Jazz Night In America
5:21 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Christian McBride On 'A Love Supreme' And Its Descendants

John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964.
Chuck Stewart Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 8:04 pm

Christian McBride remembers very well the first time he heard A Love Supreme, the John Coltrane classic that turns 50 this month. The bassist, composer and host of NPR's Jazz Night in America was in high school in Philadelphia, and had grown friendly with the staff at record store he passed on his daily commute.

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World Cafe
3:09 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Angaleena Presley On World Cafe

Angaleena Presley.
Courtesy of the artist

A member of the best-selling trio Pistol Annies — alongside Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert — Angaleena Presley knows what it was like to grow up a coal miner's daughter in Beauty, Ky. Those experiences helped inform the stories she tells on her solo debut, American Middle Class, which came out last year. On this episode of World Cafe, she discusses the album and sings a few of its songs.

Music Reviews
2:00 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Robert Earl Keen Delves Into Bluegrass With A Texan Twang

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The Thistle & Shamrock
11:18 am
Wed February 18, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: Love Songs

Tony McManus is one of the artists featured on this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

We've heard a lot about traditional romantic love in the past few weeks. Now, hear of a bond with landscape, language and the natural world, all in the finest Celtic-rooted music.

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

All Songs TV
10:27 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Ilyas Ahmed, 'Come On'

A still from Ilyas Ahmed's "Come On."
Paul Clipson

Ilyas Ahmed's music has always felt like a shadow. Since 2005, the Pakistani-born, Portland-based musician has cloaked his albums in a ghostly atmosphere that's at once warming and unsettling. His first new record in three years, I Am All Your Own, doesn't lose that spirit, but does lift Ahmed's lilting tenor and falsetto above the fog.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
9:15 am
Wed February 18, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: Nuala Kennedy And A.J. Roach

A.J. Roach and Nuala Kennedy.
Louis DeCarlo Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 11:03 am

Hear how two musicians, raised more than 4,000 miles apart, share a deep musical connection. Flutist and singer Nuala Kennedy is from the east coast of Ireland. Her husband, singer-songwriter A.J. Roach, was raised in southwestern Virginia. Kennedy grew up with Ulster ballads and tunes that were carried across the ocean to take root in the mountains and hollows of Roach's homeland. On this episode of The Thistle & Shamrock, the two chat with host Fiona Ritchie and share some music.

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Favorite Sessions
8:02 am
Wed February 18, 2015

WAMU's Bandwidth Presents: Hiss Golden Messenger

M.C. Taylor leads Hiss Golden Messenger through a live set at WAMU's studio.
Rhiannon Newman WAMU

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World Cafe
3:22 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Owen Pallett On World Cafe

Owen Pallett.
Peter Juhl Courtesy of the artist

Owen Pallett made wonderful, genre-defying music under the name Final Fantasy, then began recording albums like last year's In Conflict under his own name. He sings, composes and arranges songs marked by elaborately looped sounds, particularly violin lines.

Pallett has toured extensively with Arcade Fire, on whose albums he's contributed dating back to Funeral. In 2014, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the score to the film Her. This appearance on World Cafe features songs from In Conflict.

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