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The Thistle & Shamrock
2:27 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: More New Releases And Debuts

This week's show features new music from Québécois folk band Le Vent du Nord.
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On this week's episode of The Thistle & Shamrock, host Fiona Ritchie selects some of the best new sounds from artists both rising and well-established. Musicians featured on this week's show include Gerald Trimble, Mairi MacInnes, Altan and Le Vent du Nord.

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World Cafe
1:46 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Andy Kim On World Cafe

Andy Kim.
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Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:21 am

During a 2013 Sense Of Place visit to Toronto, World Cafe talked to Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, who said he was working with Andy Kim on a new project. It was hard to know what to think: Kim, a fellow Canadian raised in Montreal, was known for pop hits in the '60s and '70s; he wrote "Sugar, Sugar" for The Archies and had his own No. 1 single, "Rock Me Gently," in 1974. Drew was heavily involved in Broken Social Scene, among other projects, and it turns out that the two have become close; in fact, Kim describes Drew as his best friend.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:28 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Hilary Hahn Marches Through Mozart

Violinist Hilary Hahn.
Michael Patrick O'Leary Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 1:03 pm

When you're all grown up, you — at least theoretically — put away childish things. But there are exceptions, as violinist Hilary Hahn proves in her latest recording project.

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All Songs Considered
11:53 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Viking's Choice: Sharpless, 'Franz Kafka (Home Movies Cover)'

Sharpless.
Richard Gin Courtesy of the artist

Real talk: Scäb's "Franz Kafka" is the greatest cartoon rock opera ever. Originally featured on the Home Movies episode "Director's Cut" in 2001, the ridiculous three-minute, four-movement song about The Metamorphosis is equal parts "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Tommy, and warns, "Be careful if you get him pissed / Franz! Franz Kafka! / He'll smite you with metaphor fists!" Metaphor fists!

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The Record
11:50 am
Wed April 1, 2015

How To Be Alone: Musicians Confront Solitude

Sufjan Stevens' album Carrie & Lowell is out this week.
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Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 12:15 pm

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All Songs TV
11:50 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Stromae, 'Carmen'

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Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 12:23 pm

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Mountain Stage
10:57 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Hot Club Of Cowtown On Mountain Stage

Hot Club of Cowtown.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Hot Club Of Cowtown makes its sixth visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. The band formed in 1996, when guitarist and singer Whit Smith answered an advertisement placed by singer and fiddler Elana James. After moving to Austin, the pair added upright bass player Jake Erwin, and the trio quickly made a name for itself by fusing hot jazz and Western swing. The band has since become a favorite at fairs and festivals across Europe, and has opened stadium shows for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

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All Songs Considered
9:20 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Song Premiere: Heartless Bastards, 'Gates Of Dawn'

Heartless Bastards' fifth album, Restless Ones, comes out June 16.
Courtney Chavanell Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 1:04 pm

For Heartless Bastards, rock 'n' roll entails a lot of heavy lifting, most often in the form of hundreds of club shows each year. It's a work ethic reflected on the Ohio-born, Austin-based band's albums, as singer/guitarist/powder-keg Erika Wennerstrom sets her rugged wail against the efforts of musicians churning out muscular blues-rock.

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The Two-Way
8:06 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Musician Joni Mitchell Is 'Awake And In Good Spirits' In Intensive Care

Musician Joni Mitchell attends a party before the Grammy Awards in February. Mitchell, 71, was found unconscious in her home Tuesday.
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Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 10:04 am

After being found found unconscious in her home Tuesday afternoon, folk music icon Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles. "She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits," according to her website.

Mitchell "regained consciousness on the ambulance ride," her website says.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:26 am
Wed April 1, 2015

A Sale Is Booming: Rare Stradivarius Drums Up For Auction

Timpani are also called kettledrums. These instruments crafted by Antonio Stradivari were, for a time, more kettles than drums.
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Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 9:40 am

Museum curators, instrument dealers and some of the world's most esteemed musicians will be clutching paddles today at Cloiduff's auction house in New York. They're gathering for what is expected to be an eight-figure sale of perhaps the rarest instruments ever to appear at auction: a pair of lovingly restored Stradivarius timpani.

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Music News
6:36 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Colorado Lawmakers Don't Want Marijuana Going To People On Welfare

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 4:22 pm

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
8:20 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Home Cooking: The Philadelphia Jazz Organ Tradition In Concert

Sonny Keaton performs during the Home Cooking concert.
WXPN

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 12:03 am

The Hammond electronic organ was developed with churches in mind, as a lower-cost alternative to pipe organs. But in Philadelphia, a keyboard player named Jimmy Smith was inspired by early jazz experiments on the instrument, and found a devastating way to adapt the new bebop style to the Hammond B-3. It seeded a new tradition of organ players in Philadelphia — major figures like "Groove" Holmes, Jimmy McGriff, Papa John and Joey DeFrancesco, and Trudy Pitts — and kickstarted a new sound in jazz at large.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
7:49 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Cassandra Wilson Sings Billie Holiday

Cassanda Wilson sings Billie Holiday at the Kennedy Center.
NPR

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:19 pm

One hundred years after she was born, Billie Holiday remains iconic in American music, not to mention jazz singing. Cassandra Wilson has made her career in jazz singing by embracing a wide range of American music, and it holds true on her latest project: a new album rearranging the Billie Holiday songbook. The new Coming Forth By Day, created with rocker Nick Cave's producer and rhythm section, reshapes songs like "Good Morning Heartache" and "Strange Fruit" with fresh textures and resonances.

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Recommended Dose
5:52 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of March

Actress, a.k.a. Darren Cunningham, curated the latest DJ-Kicks compilation on !K7.
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Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 2:36 pm

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a mix called Recommended Dose.

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The Record
4:46 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Jay Z's Music Service, Tidal, Arrives With A Splash, And Questions Follow

Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West and Jay Z onstage at the Tidal launch event.
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Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 1:57 pm

Jay Z doesn't do anything small. His album drops feature entire new apps. His tours (with his wife, Beyonce, or collaborator Kanye West) gross hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide. So of course the launch of his recently acquired streaming music service, Tidal, would have to be just as big.

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Front Row
3:17 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Front Row: Chadwick Stokes, 'I Want You Like A Seatbelt'

Chadwick Stokes performs live at the House of Blues Boston.
WGBH

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:29 am

Back on Dec. 20, Boston's Chadwick Stokes, frontman for Dispatch and State Radio, performed "I Want You Like A Seatbelt" live at House Of Blues Boston. This was the seventh annual Calling All Crows benefit concert; Calling All Crows is a non-profit organization Stokes co-founded in 2008. The group "works for a future when the success of live music is measured not only by ticket sales, but by the impact of fans and musicians mobilizing together to make a difference in the world."

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All Songs Considered
11:48 am
Tue March 31, 2015

New Mix: Ryan Adams, Jamie xx, The Civil Wars' Joy Williams, More

Clockwise from upper left: Ryan Adams, Jamie xx, Joy Williams, Eskimeaux
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Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 12:42 pm

On All Songs Considered this week, we hear two songs by familiar musicians, one stripped down to his essence and one in a brand new context. Ryan Adams is at his best live, playing solo acoustic hits, with lots of comical chatter. The prolific singer and songwriter has a massive live album coming out with 42 songs recorded at Carnegie Hall. From that collection, we've got Adams' rock anthem "New York, New York," slowed waaaay down for solo piano (along with his seemingly random oratory on the film Terminator 2).

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All Songs Considered
10:43 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Can You Name That Musical Prank?

Test your wits against these musical pranksters.
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Each April 1st, practical jokers get their kicks pulling the wool over people's eyes. There are little white lies, cunning schemes and elaborate hoaxes. Pranksters are alive and well in music, too. Test your wits with these musical smart alecks who run the gamut from clever clowns to serious scam artists. Score high and feel a surge of superiority. Score low and fancy yourself a true April fool.

All Songs Considered
10:37 am
Tue March 31, 2015

New Zealand's Jean-Paul Sartre Experience Gets Box Set Treatment

The Jean Paul Sartre Experience.
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One of the great underground bands from New Zealand's pop heyday is getting its due. The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, which broke up in 1994 after a nearly 10-year career on Flying Nun Records, will have its entire discography remastered and re-released this year by Fire Archives.

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World Cafe
10:35 am
Tue March 31, 2015

The Church On World Cafe

The Church.
Malcom Viles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:21 am

The Australian band The Church, best known in the U.S. for its 1988 hit "Under The Milky Way," has a new album (titled Further/Deeper) and a new guitarist, with Ian Haug replacing founding member Marty Willson-Piper. In this episode of World Cafe, singer, bassist and songwriter Steve Kilby presides over a set of new and old songs.

All Songs TV
7:03 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Alpine, "Foolish"

Alpine
Tracey Lee Hayes Courtesy of the Artist

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 9:34 am

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Music
4:38 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Review: Courtney Barnett, 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit'

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:51 pm

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Mountain Stage
2:03 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Greensky Bluegrass On Mountain Stage

Greensky Bluegrass.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Greensky Bluegrass returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition nearly a decade ago, Greensky Bluegrass found success by playing nearly 200 shows a year and sharing the stage with legends like Tony Rice, Peter Rowan and Sam Bush.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:02 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Sylvan Esso: Tiny Desk Concert

Morgan McCloy

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 3:47 pm

It's hard to believe that it hasn't quite been a year since the first Sylvan Esso album came out. The odd yet perfect marriage of Nick Sanborn's electronics with Amelia Meath's voice feels like a familiar friend by now. And yet seeing these songs performed softly — and captured in the light of day — made them feel fresh and lovable in new ways.

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Music
11:41 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Latitudes: The International Music You Must Hear Now

The Romanian band Taraf de Haïdouks returns, rebooted, to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Kamil Ornarowicz Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 1:56 pm

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Metropolis
11:28 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Metropolis: 3/28/15

New music from Cut Snake is featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
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This Week's Playlist

  • Justin Martin & Ardalan, "Function (feat. Party Patty)" (Dirtybird)
  • Rob Garza, "Re Mana feat. Vasuda Sharma (Psychemagik Remix)"
  • Kraak & Smaak, "Mountain Top (K&S Sweaty Remix)" (Jalapeno)
  • Lxury, "Square 1 (feat. Deptford Goth)" (Greco Roman)
  • Purity Ring, "Bodyache" (4AD)
  • Daft Punk, "Revolution 909" (EMI)
  • Mr. Gonzo, "Pharaoh"
  • Marshall Jefferson, "Move Your Body (Tchami Future House Mix)"
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World Cafe
11:20 am
Mon March 30, 2015

World Cafe Next: BKO Quintet

BKO Quintet.
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Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 12:51 pm

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, BKO Quintet, is from the North African nation of Mali. Its album Bamako Today modernizes traditional Malian tunes and originals.

The band calls its music "Trad Actual Malian Sound." But, as you'll hear, it's also got a contemporary feel. In this segment, you can hear and download a couple of songs, including one in which BKO Quintet is joined by vocalist Piers Faccini singing in English.

World Cafe
11:13 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Houndmouth On World Cafe

Houndmouth.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

The rootsy Louisville rock band Houndmouth just released its second album, Little Neon Limelight. Like 2013's From The Hills Below The City, it pairs smart songwriting with huge sing-along choruses that prove hard to resist.

At times, Houndmouth's interplay recalls the perfectly ramshackle sound of The Band. In this session, its members perform a live set in front of an adoring crowd at World Cafe Live.

Songs We Love
10:39 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Songs We Love: Violet, 'Transition'

Violet, 'Transition'
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Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 1:05 pm

With "Transition," the techno group Underground Resistance sought to inspire self-actualization in black, working-class Detroit.

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Favorite Sessions
10:05 am
Mon March 30, 2015

KEXP Presents: Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield perform live on KEXP.
Matthew B. Thompson KEXP

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 9:34 am

Every fan seems to have a story about their love for Elliott Smith. For Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield, theirs might have started with a dog. The two friends bonded over Smith's songs after Mayfield introduced Avett to her adopted pooch, Elliott.

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