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World Cafe
12:52 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

World Cafe Next: The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad.
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The Twilight Sad, the Scottish trio of singer James Graham, guitarist Andy MacFarlane, and drummer Mark Devine, makes thick-accented rock that can be rousing, bleak or both. The group has as much in common with the moody post-punk group Interpol as it does with its fellow Scots in Frightened Rabbit.

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World Cafe
12:44 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Milky Chance On World Cafe

Milky Chance.
David Ulrich Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 9:09 am

Musicians and bandmates Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, who record together under the name Milky Chance, tell World Cafe host David Dye that it took them six years to put together their viral hit "Stolen Dance." Soon after, however, the two put out their first full-length album, Sadnecessary, which saw them exploring folk, R&B and reggae, all buoyed by a catchy electronic foundation.

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Metropolis
12:33 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Metropolis: 11/8/14

German duo Milky Chance is featured on this week's Metropolis.
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This Week's Playlist

  • BMB Spacekid, "Vintage Light"
  • James Hersey, "Coming Over (Remix)"
  • Milky Chance, "Stolen Dance" (Universal)
  • Flight Facilities, "Two Bodies (feat. Emma Louise)" (Glassnote)
  • Flight Facilities, "Down To Earth" (Glassnote)
  • Dusky, "Akebono" (17 Steps)
  • High Contrast, "Who's Loving You (feat. Clare Maguire) (Deetron Remix)" (Hospital)
  • Alt-J, "Hunger Of The Pine (The Penelopes Mix)" (Canvasback/Atlantic)
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All Songs Considered
10:20 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Houndmouth, 'For No One'

Tyler Zoller Courtesy of the artist

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Music News
6:51 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Update: Tales About Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour Weren't True

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:09 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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Music News
2:02 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Why The Caged Bird Raps

Maya Angelou's poetry and lyrics meet hip-hop beats on the new album Caged Bird Songs.
Chester Higgins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 6:58 am

Maya Angelou: poet, singer, dancer, painter, Grammy winner — and now, hip-hop artist.

The new album Caged Bird Songs takes its title from Angelou's 1969 book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. One of the last projects Angelou worked on before her passing in May, it blends some of her most famous poems and lyrics with hip hop beats.

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First Listen
10:24 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

First Listen: Robert Wyatt, 'Different Every Time'

Robert Wyatt's new album, Different Every Time, comes out Nov. 18.
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Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 9:37 am

Has there ever been a move more prog-rock in spirit than opening an anthology geared toward new initiates with an 18-minute opus? Signs of progginess flash red throughout the many movements of "Moon In June," a song that Robert Wyatt recorded with his early band Soft Machine in 1970. (See: circuitous organ jams, orgiastic drum fills, "movements," et al.)

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First Listen
10:12 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

First Listen: Bryan Ferry, 'Avonmore'

Bryan Ferry's new album, Avonmore, comes out Nov. 17.
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Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 9:33 am

Bryan Ferry rolls back the years with Avonmore, an album with eight original songs that recall his classic mid-'70s albums with Roxy Music, as well as two covers that are by themselves worth the price of admission.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

First Listen: Thompson, 'Family'

Thompson is, among others, folk musicians Richard and Linda Thompson and their son Teddy. Thompson's new album, Family, comes out Nov. 18.
Linda Thompson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 9:36 am

It's rare that a record lays out a mission statement as efficiently as the new supergroup Thompson does in the first 60 seconds of "Family." Here's Teddy Thompson, singing about the perils of being surrounded by his particular relatives:

My father is one of the greats to ever step on a stage

My mother has the most beautiful voice in the world

And I am betwixt and between

Sean Lennon, you know what I mean

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

First Listen: Andy Stott, 'Faith In Strangers'

Andy Stott's new album, Faith In Strangers, comes out Nov. 18.
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Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 9:35 am

For the better part of the '00s, Manchester electronic producer Andy Stott shuffled through variations across the techno spectrum in numerous singles: tech-house, minimal, dub and more. But in between his 2006 debut and his 2011 EP We Stay Together, Stott's aesthetic (from the cover art to the tracks within) cohered into something far darker and gloomier.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

First Listen: Mr. Gnome, 'The Heart Of A Dark Star'

Mr. Gnome's new album, The Heart Of A Dark Star, comes out Nov. 18.
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Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 9:34 am

For a record about journeying deep inside the darkest recesses of the mind, there's nothing introverted about the Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome's new album, The Heart Of A Dark Star. Named for an evocative phrase in a Neil Gaiman book, The Heart Of A Dark Star is a bold and blustery hurricane of guitars, organs and voices, all swirling around in the night air.

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Music News
3:54 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

In Berlin, A Beat That Bloomed From Rubble

Tacheles, a squat in the central district of Mitte, 1990. Spots like this one often became clubs or art spaces in the years following German reunification.
Ben de Biel

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 9:03 am

Just after 10 on a Saturday morning, at a defunct power station in central Berlin, revelers reluctantly leave a club buried in its basement. One of them asks, "Hey man, you there, you know a good place to party?" as he stumbles into the sunlight.

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Author Interviews
3:54 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Robert Lee Watt was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for more than three decades.
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Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 8:44 am

Robert Lee Watt fell in love with the French horn at an early age. He met a lot of resistance from people who thought his background and his race made a career with the instrument unlikely — but he went on to become the first African-American French hornist hired by a major symphony in the United States.

He became the assistant first French horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1970, and stayed with the orchestra for 37 years. His memoir, The Black Horn, tells how he got there.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Reaches Labor Deal With Musicians

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bassist Michael Kurth stands on the picket line for a silent protest during the lockout in September. The orchestra announced this weekend that it had reached a new four-year contract with musicians.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 3:03 pm

Musicians and management at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have reached agreement on a new labor contract after months of negotiations and a lockout, setting the stage for the ensemble's 70th anniversary season to start on Thursday. Appropriately enough, the first concert will feature Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Reggae Vibe, Ebola Message: African Superstars Try To Go Viral

Mariam and Amadou, both from Mali, add their voices to the song "Africa Stop Ebola."
Sia Kambou AFP/Getty Images

It's the biggest Ebola song yet.

Just as stars like Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder came together in 1985 to sing "We Are the World" and raise money for Ethiopian famine relief, 12 acclaimed African musicians have united to marry music and message.

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Music News
5:04 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Revisiting An Era When Pop Didn't Always Have Lyrics

Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum, Jr. perform as Steelism at Fond Object, a Nashville-area record store.
Jewly Hight

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 11:13 am

There was a time when you could hear instrumental music on Top 40 radio right alongside big-name singers. But, with a few exceptions, the heyday of pop instrumentals ended three decades ago.

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Music Interviews
4:09 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

Bette Midler Takes On Girl Groups, From The Andrews Sisters To TLC

Bette Midler's new album, a tribute to girl groups, is titled It's The Girls.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 9:25 am

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Sat November 8, 2014

The Good Listener: Am I Too Old To Go To Rock Shows?

Can you be too old for rock 'n' roll?
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the pulverized shards of an Eli "Paperboy" Reed LP is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on how aging might affect your concert attendance.

Michaela writes via email: "I'm growing increasingly conscious of being among the oldest attendees at concerts lately. Is there a specific age at which I should stop going to indie-rock shows and just stay at home in my rocker?"

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Making Movies: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

When Los Lobos' Steve Berlin sent me an audio file of a band he was producing, I stopped what I was doing and listened closely. There was something about the energy coming from Enrique Chi's vocals as the rest of Making Movies enveloped him in sound.

The band has been making fans across the country one gig at a time, one song at a time — whether singing in English or Spanish, whether playing guitars or stringed instruments that come directly from Making Movies' ancestral Panama, whether playing drums or dancing a Mexican zapateado.

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Music Interviews
6:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Teacher And Prodigy Play The Blues

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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Deceptive Cadence
4:52 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Power And Struggle In A Soviet Symphony

Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich's once brilliant career took a dive after the official party paper criticized one of his operas in 1936. Shostakovich responded with his powerful Fifth Symphony.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

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The Two-Way
6:38 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

This Is An Orchestra Under The Influence Of Chili Peppers

Danish concertmaster Erik Heide plays "Jalousie" after downing an vividly hot pepper.
Chili Klaus YouTube

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 7:11 pm

It's not unusual for musicians to play through pain. But instead of blisters or cramps, members of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra recently endured the searing throb of hot peppers. And it was on purpose: Each musician ate one of "the world's hottest chili peppers" whole, as they played a tango.

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Music Interviews
3:32 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

To Catch Up With Bob Dylan, T Bone Burnett Assembles A Dream Team

To create Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, T Bone Burnett (third from left) assembled the talents of Elvis Costello, Jim James, Jay Bellerose, Rhiannon Giddens, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith.
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Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 5:21 pm

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Music Reviews
12:26 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Lee Ann Womack Scales Back And Goes Traditional And Moody

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Mountain Stage
11:42 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Pert Near Sandstone On Mountain Stage

Pert Near Sandstone.
Mountain Stage

Pert Near Sandstone appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. Hailing from the Twin Cities region, the group puts a Midwestern stamp on Appalachian string-band music, old-time and bluegrass. It's played throughout the Midwest and beyond, sharing the stage with the likes of Trampled By Turtles, Del McCoury and Yonder Mountain String Band.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:34 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Pete Jolly On Piano Jazz

Pete Jolly on the cover of Herb Alpert Presents.
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A vital force on the West Coast jazz scene, Pete Jolly was a pianist and accordionist known for his movie soundtracks and television themes, including Get Smart, Dallas and M*A*S*H.

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1986, Jolly showcases his swinging piano style with a solo in "You, The Night And The Music"; then, host Marian McPartland joins in for a performance of "Barbados." McPartland solos in "Close Enough For Love," and the two performers create a rousing finale as they play a two-person version of "Oleo."

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All Songs TV
9:03 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Shintaro Sakamoto, 'You Can Be A Robot, Too'

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Americans can be pretty grumpy on the outside, even when they're actually happy and content on the inside. The Japanese are often the opposite: Civilized and happy on the outside, but perfectly miserable on the inside. (At least that's the assessment my Japanese friends shared with me back when I lived there).

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Music News
7:09 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Murder-For-Hire Charge Dropped Against Drummer For AC/DC

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 3:27 pm

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

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Drum Fill Friday
6:03 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For Nov. 7

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 7:13 am

No special theme to this week's Drum Fill Friday, unless you count "awesome" as a theme. I've got a little bit of metal, a little bit of R&B, some disco and '90s rock and roll wrapped up in this baby.

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Author Interviews
2:24 am
Fri November 7, 2014

George Clinton's Musical Life, From The Barbershop To Hip-Hop

In addition to his work with bands Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton has produced music as a solo artist since the 1980s.
William Thoren Simon & Schuster

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 3:27 pm

The emperor of intergalactic funk is out with a new memoir, and he has stories to tell.

George Clinton's life in music spans six decades, from doo-wop to hip-hop. Along the way, Clinton turned two bands — Parliament and Funkadelic — into a caravan of funkified soul, rock, science fiction and showbiz at its most outrageous, complete with a spaceship that lands onstage.

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