Did you hear this story on Studio 360 last weekend? Holly Welker was on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Taiwan when she finally accepted her truth - she was depressed and experiencing a crisis of faith. “As soon as I said goodbye to my parents, I realized I made a mistake,” she remembers. During a visit to a market one night, she found peace. Take a listen...
Labeled a "gentle virtuoso" by the New York Times, West African guitarist Lionel Loueke specializes in an alluring blend of traditional African styles and the unhindered spontaneity of jazz. Head over to Dee Dee Bridgewater's Jazzset to catch an impeccable set from the Lionel Loueke Trio, who recently performed at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club.
For some bands—like the twelve members of Balkan brass outfit Fanfare Ciocarla—finding enough space in All Songs Considered's Tiny Desk studio can be a challenge. Not so for singer Diane Cluck, however; armed only with voice, guitar and piano, Cluck's solo session makes the cramped office seem downright spacious.
Find out what happens when hip hop collides with the War on Terrorism, listen to the soundtrack to Venezuela's protest movement and learn how a Lebanese woman got a Hollywood gig singing "White Rabbit" in American Hustle - - alljust a few clicks away with a subscription to the Global Hit Podcast, brought to you by The World's Marco Werman. You can catch The World weekdays at 2 p.m. on KUER 90.1.
Another epic story from Snap Judgment. Meet Stuart. Following the tragic death of his son, he has a vision where he claims that angels have given him a special gift. Stuart then drops everything in his life and spends the next 15 years pursuing this divine offering. Listen to how it all unfolds...
If you're at all like me, you've probably had "I Need A Dollar" stuck in your head on more than one occasion. It's a superb bit of neo soul with an absolute earworm of a chorus, but herein lies the rub; can you name the singer? Aloe Blacc has been quietly releasing quality music for a few years now, from his own solo work to a recent uncredited turn as lead vocalist on Avici's smash hit "Wake Me Up", but for some reason the talented singer has remained mostly unknown.
For the latest in NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, Louisiana's Brass Bed braves a recent stretch of bad luck—including a sick lead singer, family deaths and stolen equipment—to deliver a stellar set, with four songs from the group's latest record, The Secret Will Keep You.
Did you hear this story on Snap Judgment last weekend? After September 11, 2001 - Ariana Delawari and her father decided to move back "home" to Afghanistan. While her father fights for peace through business, Ariana uses the only weapon she knows how to use: music. Such a powerful story. Settle in, listen, enjoy.
Each year, the gang at NPR Music hand-picks 100 of the best musical discoveries from more than 2,000 bands/musicians featured at SXSW (yep - 2,000+ BANDS!). Swing by NPR Music to download all six hours of music or select individual songs (you can also stream as a continuous mix). SXSW kicks off this Friday, March 7.
I was browsing the vinyl stacks at Raunch Records in the late eighties and picked up a SLUG 'zine' on my way out. 25 years later, I still grab the latest edition of SLUG as I leave my neighborhood coffee shop. Congratulations to Angela Brown and the dedicated group of SLUG contributors on 25 years of music, reviews, interviews and all-around hooliganism.
Adam Tye’s love affair with music began 14 years ago, when he set foot inside Salt Lake City’s all-ages music venue, Kilby Court. “A friend took me to [see] Form of Rocket and that blew my mind,” says Adam. “That was the first local band I found that became a must-see every time they played.”
Buzz abounds over Beck's new album, Morning Phase. The album will be released next week, but NPR Music has posted tracks from the entire album. Check it out. A few of my favorites: "Wave," "Don't Let it Go" and "Country Down." Not as upbeat as some of his other albums, but gorgeous nonetheless.
Ever try to use music by The Rolling Stones to look cool in front of a classroom of sixth graders? I heard this piece featuring comedian Tig Notaro on This American Life over the weekend and I'm still cracking up...
We're not even two full months into 2014, but the state of jazz for the coming year is looking promising. Following new offerings from mainstays like Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau, NPR's A Blog Supreme has compiled five tracks from exciting new jazz releases, including the likes of James Brandon Lewis and Zara McFarlane.
With Valentine's Day coming up tomorrow, it's time for a special installment of NPR's Heavy Rotation series, complete with 10 tracks—all available to download for free—that should do well to set the mood for your day of romance. Contents include the newest collaboration from LA electronic experimentalist Shlohmo and sensual R&B star Jeremih, alongside the like of The Juan Maclean and Jhené Aiko. You can grab the whole playlist right here.
Greetings! My name is Robert Nelson. As an introduction to KUER Music, I can imagine I was asked to participate because of my legacy of 25+ years of radio programming on Salt Lake City’s local community station KRCL 90.9FM - Your Station that Rules the Nation. (KUER’s head-man John Greene “hired” me when he managed KRCL).
"That's a radiator in my apartment. It's like I'm living at a dry cleaner's." If winter's got you down, you'll want to check out this story. Writer Henry Alford finds inspiration from his radiators - along with the radiators of his friends and neighbors - and creates a musical composition of the hissing and banging (10 total radiators). Classical music critic Fred Plotkin reviews the piece. Produced by Studio 360's Pejk Malinovski.
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton explores the love songs that inspired a "long line of sentimental types" in his family. "But of all the things we find evocative — a handwritten letter, a cork from a particular bottle of wine or an old photo — few if any resonate with the past quite like a song." The love songs that resonate with me change with the seasons. As spring approaches, and I think about all that's soon to be in bloom, this one comes to mind.