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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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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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Music News
1:03 am
Fri November 7, 2014

A Musician Writes A Soundtrack For His Grandparents' Love Story

We Are the Willows' new album is titled Picture (Portrait). Peter Miller (center) is the band's principal songwriter.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:13 pm

Peter Miller is the principal songwriter and lead singer of the Minneapolis band We Are the Willows. For the group's new album, Picture (Portrait), Miller wrote songs inspired by more than 350 letters sent to his grandmother, Verlie Miller, from his grandfather, Alvin Miller, during World War II.

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Mountain Stage
3:56 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Bill Miller On Mountain Stage

Bill Miller.
Mountain Stage

Bill Miller performs on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the north shore of Lake Superior in Cook County, Minn. A Mohican Indian from northern Wisconsin, Miller has long been one of the most admired figures in Native American music and beyond.

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World Cafe
3:37 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Latin Hip-Hop

Ana Tijoux.
Inti Gajardo G. Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 9:01 am

Josh Norek, co-host of The Latin Alternative and co-founder of the Latin Alternative Music Conference, joins World Cafe today to explore Latin hip-hop.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
3:27 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Brittany

Alan Stivell.
Courtesy of the artist

Intoxicating melodies from Brittany fill the air this week, with Breton bands Kornog and Skolvan, vocalist Annie Ebrel and the father of contemporary Celtic music in Brittany, Alan Stivell.

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

World Cafe
2:12 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

King Tuff On World Cafe

King Tuff.
Brittany Salerno XPN

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 9:02 am

Since he was a kid in Vermont, King Tuff's Kyle Thomas has been drawn to the layered, retro-leaning, guitar-driven sounds of garage-based pop and classic rock. His new album, Black Moon Spell, is filled with catchy power pop and chiming layers of guitars. On today's episode of World Cafe, Thomas and his road band perform songs from the record in the studio.

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All Songs Considered
1:08 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Viking's Choice: Kid Millions & Jim Sauter, 'Game Jump'

Jim Sauter (left) and Kid Millions, blowin' your ears out.
Lisa Corson Courtesy of the artist

In the noise-improv trio Borbetomagus, Jim Sauter hooks bells with Don Dietrich to obliterate any notion you have of the saxophone (sorry, birthday boy Adolphe Sax). In Oneida and Man Forever, Kid Millions is a psychedelic shaman of the drums. In "Game Jump," Sauter issues a brief warning that sounds something like a zombie-infested cruise ship bellowing its final notes before it plummets into a blood-freezing ocean. Then it's on.

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All Songs Considered
12:49 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

You Cannot Be Serious: The All Songs Considered Listening Party

Guests rate the songs at the All Songs Considered Listening Party in Washington, D.C.
Jeff Martin

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Songs We Love
12:06 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Wild Moccasins, 'Eye Makeup'

Courtesy of the artist

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Jazz Night In America Videos
10:53 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Jon Batiste Leads A Private Street Parade Atop A Fort

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 9:25 am

Jon Batiste is from New Orleans, where a street parade might assemble around the corner on any given day. Evidently, he likes a good walkabout: He's liable to lead his band at a guerrilla concert in the New York City subway, or out of a venue, or — as he did at the Newport Jazz Festival — off stage and into the audience.

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All Songs TV
8:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

First Watch: the one and only PPL MVR, 'People Mover'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:51 am

The creatures you are about to see are not Yetis. They're not aliens or mythical beasts. The truth is, we don't really know what they are, who they are or where they're from. We only know they call themselves "the one and only PPL MVR," and claim to be some sort of ancient species (mostly seen around the Los Angeles area).

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Sax Ed: The NPR Music Saxophone Quiz

Adolphe Sax's invention has found its way into many styles of music. Here, Clarence Clemons plays the tenor sax with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Lexington, Ky., in 1984.
Lexington Herald-Leader Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 10:04 am

In November 1814, Col. Andrew Jackson marched on Pensacola, taking the Florida city away from Britain and Spain, while the Congress of Vienna was busy drawing new boundaries after the Napoleonic Wars. And 200 years ago today, in a little 10th-century town south of Brussels, Adolphe Sax was born.

Sax learned instrument-building from his father and soon was inventing new instruments of his own, including the one that bears his name. He patented the saxophone in 1846.

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The Record
7:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

A Rational Conversation: The 20-Year-Old Album That's MF DOOM's Missing Link

Rapper DOOM, Zev Lov X of KMD, performs at the I'll Be Your Mirror festival in London, July 2011.
Jim Dyson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 5:15 pm

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Music News
5:51 am
Thu November 6, 2014

AC/DC Drummer Charged In Murder Plot

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 10:15 am

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

Music News
1:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mr. Sax

Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musician and the inventor of the saxophone, was born 200 years ago Thursday.
The LIFE Picture Collection Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 12:23 pm

It's rare to be able to celebrate a person who invented a popular musical instrument. Mostly, from the guitar to the violin to the flute, musical instruments have evolved over time: There is no Mr. Flute or Ms. Trumpet. But there is a Mr. Sax — or, rather, a Monsieur Sax.

Adolphe Sax was born in Belgium 200 years ago Thursday. As a young man, Sax worked for his father, also an instrument maker. The younger Sax made improvements to the bass clarinet and invented a family of instruments called saxhorns before creating his eponymous "phone" in the early 1840s.

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World Cafe
3:27 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

J Mascis On World Cafe

J Mascis.
Justin Lapriore Courtesy of the artist

Dinosaur Jr.'s early albums (You're Living All Over Me, Bug, Where You Been) established a specific sound: whirling, layered, blown-out. At the time, it was some of the loudest — and prettiest — stuff around.

Frontman J Mascis' solo career, alternatively, has seen the guitarist and singer apply his dense, intricate fretwork to a quieter sonic spectrum. Mascis plays songs from his new album, Tied To A Star, on the World Cafe Live stage on today's episode of World Cafe.

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Mountain Stage
3:12 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Carrie Newcomer On Mountain Stage

Carrie Newcomer.
Mountain Stage

Carrie Newcomer appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. Raised in small-town Indiana, Newcomer specializes in capturing what Mountain Stage host Larry Groce calls the "profundity of the mundane" — the ability to seek life's most complex answers amid its most routine moments. Her songwriting celebrates everyday tasks and activities, like working in a garden or spending time with family and friends.

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Jazz Night In America Videos
2:59 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

What Is A Polyrhythm? Beats Taking Turns

All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Song Premiere: José González, 'Every Age'

José González returns with his first new solo album in seven years. Vestiges And Claws is due out Feb. 17.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 10:28 am

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The Record
2:33 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Taylor Swift, Platinum Party Of One

Some things actually are surprising: Taylor Swift, performing on ABC's Good Morning America in New York City on Oct. 30, sold over a million copies of her new album, 1989, in its first week.
Jamie McCarthy Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 4:53 pm

Tuesday night, Nielsen SoundScan announced that Taylor Swift sold 1.287 million copies of her new album, 1989 in its first week of release. This would be impressive in any year, but in a year like this, you could call it a miracle. So far in 2014, only one album has sold more than a million copies: the soundtrack to the movie Frozen, which actually came out in 2013. No other album released in 2014 has sold one million copies, all year long. So it's not just that Taylor Swift is doing big numbers. She's doing big numbers at a time when no one else is doing big numbers.

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Mountain Stage
3:40 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Judith Owen On Mountain Stage

Judith Owen.
Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 1:10 pm

Judith Owen appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minn. Known for her sly, self-deprecating humor — which makes sense, given that her husband and frequent touring partner is comedy legend Harry Shearer — Owen puts it aside when it's time to sing her elegant, emotional songs.

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World Cafe
3:27 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Field Report On World Cafe

Field Report's Christopher Porterfield.
Brittany Salerno XPN

World Cafe's guest today is the Milwaukee band Field Report, named for an anagram of bandleader Chris Porterfield's last name. Before forming Field Report, Porterfield played with fellow Wisconsinite Justin Vernon — who now leads Bon Iver — in the band DeYarmond Edison. Porterfield opted to stay in Milwaukee when the rest of that group relocated to North Carolina.

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Microphone Check
3:19 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Dante Ross: 'We Wanted Our Own Universe'

Dante Ross at an Anthony Hamilton performance in New York City in 2006.
Ray Tamarra Getty Images

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Alt.Latino
3:08 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

In Music, Carlos Santana Seeks The Divine

Carlos Santana uses music to reflect on his career in this week's episode of Alt.Latino.
Frank Micelotta Getty Images

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All Songs Considered
12:40 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Bryan Ferry Shares New Songs And Stories From His Upcoming Record

Courtesy of the artist

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Front Row
7:13 am
Tue November 4, 2014

BJ The Chicago Kid, Live In Concert

B.J. The Chicago Kid performed live at NPR Music's CMJ show.
Loren Wohl for NPR

For a few years now, BJ The Chicago Kid has been the answer when rappers known for taking their pound of flesh need a little help baring their souls — from Freddie "Gangsta" Gibbs to Top Dawg Entertainment's reluctant industry darlings, Kendrick Lamar and

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Michel Martin, Going There
2:19 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Carlos Santana: 'I Am A Reflection Of Your Light'

Carlos Santana visits NPR for an interview about his new memoir The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:10 am

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Carlos Santana has won 10 Grammys and sold more than 100 million records. He has become one of the world's most celebrated musicians, a destiny that was difficult to imagine during his childhood in a small Mexican town. His father, also a musician, was Santana's first teacher, but he really learned his craft playing on the street and in strip clubs in Tijuana.

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Music Reviews
3:36 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Re-Compositions, Not Covers: Sam Amidon's Personal Folk Collages

Sam Amidon's new album is titled Lily-O.
Piper Ferguson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 5:23 pm

Sam Amidon knows how to juice the drama out of a folk song. His version of the old murder ballad "Lily-O" — from which his new album, Lily-O, gets its name — begins with a solo voice, but by the time the story reaches its bloody climax, the music has swelled with jangling drones and a roar of electric guitar.

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