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The Thistle & Shamrock
11:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: New Fall Sounds

Breabach.
Archie MacFarlane Courtesy of the artist

Get a few ideas for your holiday gift shopping as Fiona Ritchie introduces new releases from debuting artists that have caught her ear, as well as favorite players who have helped to define the genre.

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Live in Concert
9:27 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Sound Opinions Presents Savages, Live In Concert

Savages, performing live at Chicago's Lincoln Hall
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 10:20 am

British post-punk act Savages came to America via SXSW in March 2013 and left a guitar-shaped hole in many critics' hearts. The band ratcheted up the hype with its first album, Silence Yourself, released to nearly universal acclaim in May.

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The Mix
7:53 am
Wed November 20, 2013

The Mix: Northern Soul Radio

Marvin Gaye walks ahead of his Rolls Royce in Notting Hill, London, in 1976.
John Minihan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 5:08 pm

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Music Videos
7:03 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Britten Goes Back To Brooklyn With Nicholas Phan

Tenor Nicholas Phan and harpist Sivan Magen perform at a group house in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 12:21 pm

Composer Benjamin Britten, whose 100th birth anniversary falls on Nov. 22nd, is so deeply associated with his native England that he's on a new 50-pence coin issued by the Royal Mint.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Jake Bugg On World Cafe

Jake Bugg.
Courtesy of the artist

British sensation Jake Bugg, 19, visits WXPN's studios for Tuesday's installment of World Cafe. Bugg's self-titled debut topped the U.K. charts when it was released last year — and the success didn't stop there. The singer-songwriter was featured on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival this year, and nominated for British Breakthrough Act at the 2013 Brit Awards.

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Mountain Stage
2:53 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band On Mountain Stage

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:32 am

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. One of the most respected and accomplished instrumentalists in popular music, Jorgenson co-founded country-rock's pioneering Desert Rose Band, spent more than half a decade in Elton John's touring band, and led the group of country-guitar wizards known as the Hellecasters.

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All Songs Considered
12:59 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

New Mix: Death Grips, Angel Olsen, GEMS, and More

Clockwise from upper left: Angel Olsen, Ages And Ages, Death Grips, GEMS.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 2:40 pm

On this episode of All Songs Considered, hear Robin Hilton explain why he has a Yo Gabba Gabba! song stuck in his head every day, and how the best remedy this week has been the new Death Grips record, Government Plates.

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All Songs Considered
11:13 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Pixies, 'What Goes Boom'

World premiere video for a brand new Pixies song, "What Goes Boom."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:13 pm

It's been several months since longtime Pixies bassist Kim Deal left the band, and the remaining members are still figuring out how to play together. But the group's new sound seems to coalesce on its latest single and video, "What Goes Boom."

"Since the reunion, there are sounds that I've been coming up with," guitarist Joey Santiago tells us via email. "And a lot of them just got condensed into this one song, with me going sh*thouse on guitar."

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World Cafe
4:36 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

World Cafe Next: July Talk

Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis of July Talk.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 8:56 am

This week's pick for World Cafe: Next is the Canadian indie-rock group July Talk. The band's appearance also ties into this month's Sense of Place: Toronto series, and features a live studio session.

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All Songs Considered
4:31 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Song Describes Your Family?

Eric Lee 20TH CENTURY FOX/FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES

We need some help putting together next week's show. Thanksgiving is coming up, and for a lot of you, this means you'll be spending some close time with family. Maybe it's more time with family than you want. Or maybe you can't get enough of it. Either way, it's an opportunity to reflect on the people in our lives and how they've shaped who we are.

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World Cafe
4:26 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Feist On World Cafe

Feist.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 9:18 am

This segment, from Sept. 28, 2007, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

Leslie Feist has long attracted serious buzz: For the last several years, she's appeared on the verge of jumping from underground success to mainstream stardom. In recent weeks, she's started to fulfill that promise, with her song "1234" surfacing in ubiquitous commercials and her face appearing on top late-night talk shows.

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Music Interviews
4:14 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Brandy Clark: Country Music For Drinking And Thinking

Brandy Clark's new album, 12 Stories, is out now.
Becky Fluke Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 5:59 pm

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Mountain Stage
4:09 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Jesse Winchester On Mountain Stage

Jesse Winchester performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:32 am

Jesse Winchester makes his eighth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Winchester ranks among the elite group of singer-songwriters who can captivate an audience with just his words, his voice and an acoustic guitar.

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The Record
2:53 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

A Rational Conversation: Is Emo Back?

Garret Klahn of Texas Is The Reason performing in London this summer during the band's reunion tour.
Brigitte Engl Redferns via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 4:11 pm

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on iChat or Gchat or the phone or whatever with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness. It previously appeared at The Daily Swarm.

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Nightsounds Blog
12:48 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

A History of the Sounds of the Night

Credit Brian Snelson

Nightsounds was originally chartered in 1987 as a locally produced radio program that showcased artists loosely affiliated with New Age music, which became quite popular with the ascension of such labels as Windham Hill, Optimism, Higher Octave and Narada Records; all studios which featured artists loosely affiliated with acoustic and electronic instrumental music that did not pigeon hole into jazz or even soft record categories.

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Metropolis
11:03 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Metropolis: 11/16/13

MK's remix of Sky Ferreira's "Everything Is Embarrassing" is featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Henrik Purienne Maison Kitsune

This week's two-hour Metropolis mix includes a brand-new Disclosure song, Rudimental remixed by Maya Jane Coles, an extended remix of Basement Jaxx's latest jam, MK remixing Sky Ferreira, and the U.K. chart-topping hit by Morgan Geist's Storm Queen alias.


Playlist

  • Tiga vs. Audion, "Let's Go Dancing (Solomun Remix)"
  • Basement Jaxx, "Mermaid Of Salinas (Jaxx Extended Club Mix)"
  • Disclosure, "Apollo"
  • Booka Shade, "Love Inc. (Hot Since 82 Remix)"
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Favorite Sessions
10:10 am
Mon November 18, 2013

KEXP Presents: London Grammar

London Grammar performs live at KEXP in Seattle.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:49 pm

For all the terrific live sessions Cheryl Waters witnesses in the KEXP live room, she's not often knocked speechless after a first song. Clearly, London Grammar has learned from the best: Thanks to the moody atmospherics of guitarist Dan Rothman and keyboardist Dot Major, as well as the soulfully smoky voice of Hannah Reid, the young U.K. trio has already attracted comparisons to Daughter, The xx and Florence Welch.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Flume And Chet Faker, 'Drop The Game'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:18 am

Nicholas Murphy chose his moniker to honor Chet Baker, the American jazz musician known both as a trumpeter and a fragile, intimate singer. The Australian electronic musician, producer and rising soul singer — a.k.a. Chet Faker — has teamed up with his countryman Flume, the 22-year-old electronic producer. Together, they're releasing this fabulous track, "Drop the Game." This isn't their first collaboration: Flume and Chet Faker worked on Flume's self-titled record, and that record is up for an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) award.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:13 am
Sun November 17, 2013

'The Biggest Jazz Riff Ever Written:' Jeremy Denk's 'Goldberg Variations'

Jeremy Denk played Mozart at Carnegie Hall Wednesday with the San Francisco Symphony.
Eric Thayer for NPR Music

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 10:01 am

In the classical music world right now, many eyes are focused on Jeremy Denk.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sun November 17, 2013

At The Tiny Desk Or A Sold-Out Arena, John Legend Delivers

John Legend's latest album, Love in the Future, is out now. Legend also appears on the soundtrack album for the film 12 Years a Slave.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 8:56 am

John Legend has a way of writing songs that create a sense of intimacy. The Grammy-winning soul singer recently performed at one of NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. The performances are exactly what they sound like: just a musician in a cubicle with an audience that's really, really close — no frills, no fuss.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sun November 17, 2013

A Young Brit Takes On The American Songbook

Anthony Strong.
Thibault Stipal Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 10:24 am

The so-called "Great American Songbook" is made up of popular songs that made your grandparents and parents dance. They were written for movies and Broadway musicals by composers like Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, and others.

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Music Interviews
11:03 am
Sat November 16, 2013

'Something That Is Very Real For Me': Ted Nash Completes His 'Chakra'

Ted Nash's new album, Chakra, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 4:29 pm

Working as a jazz musician in the 21st century is difficult enough, but hardly anybody tries to make a go of it with a big band anymore. Yet that's exactly what Ted Nash does on his latest album, Chakra.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat November 16, 2013

John Legend: Tiny Desk Concert

John Legend performs at the Tiny Desk Concert on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
Abbey Oldham Abbey Oldham/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:28 pm

At 34, John Legend has sold millions of records, won nine Grammys, collaborated with many of the biggest stars in music (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, The Roots, et al), and achieved the kind of statesmanlike musical-ambassador status usually afforded to artists twice his age.

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NPR Story
1:03 am
Sat November 16, 2013

The Soulful, Swinging Sounds Of Stax: A Look Back

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 10:22 am

Memphis' Stax Records was an international sensation, putting out hits like Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Coming," "Green Onions" by Booker T. and the MGs and Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness." But behind the music, Stax's story features racial harmony in a city with a troubled history. There are tragedies, lost opportunities and legal disputes, but also some of the most soulful music you'll ever hear.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:54 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Robert Glasper On Piano Jazz

Robert Glasper.
Erich Schlegel The Washington Post/Getty Images

Born and raised in Houston, pianist Robert Glasper literally grew up in jazz clubs. His mother performed with a jazz band, and she preferred to bring her young son with her, rather than leave him with a sitter. Glasper and his mother were also active in music at their church — his mother sang and played piano, and by age 12, her son had assumed some of the piano duties.

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World Cafe
2:24 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Jian Ghomeshi On World Cafe

Jian Ghomeshi, host of the Canadian radio and TV show Q.
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World Cafe's Sense of Place: Toronto series continues, as Jian Ghomeshi welcomes us to the set of his popular CBC radio and TV show, Q. The program covers arts and culture daily through in-depth interviews.

Ghomeshi has a unique perspective on Toronto's music scene, having been a member of Moxy Früvous, a politically satirical a cappella band from the '90s. In conversation with host David Dye, the Iranian-Canadian musician talks about how immigration has shaped Toronto as a city and as a music hub.

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World Cafe
2:18 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Jimmy Webb On World Cafe

Jimmy Webb.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter and composer Jimmy Webb appears on this special episode of World Cafe, as our Sense of Place: Toronto series continues.

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All Songs Considered
11:38 am
Fri November 15, 2013

First Watch: Marian McLaughlin, 'Before You Leave'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 11:57 am

I've never seen anyone play guitar quite the way Marian McLaughlin does, or sing the patterns she sings. After catching her live a few years ago, I thought this could either be someone naively noodling or deliberately taking an adventure. I've come to the conclusion it's a bit of both. You can see and hear how McLaughlin pulls this off in a new video for her song "Before You Leave."

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Music Reviews
11:08 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Two Sides Of Holiday Cheer From Kelly Clarkson, Nick Lowe

Kelly Clarkson's new holiday album is titled Wrapped in Red.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 1:57 pm

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All Songs Considered
9:50 am
Fri November 15, 2013

The Good Listener: Is There Too Much Music?

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the whale-sedatives we ordered to help us endure the Green Bay Packers' losing streak is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how to handle the desire to take a break from music.

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