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10:55 am
Wed December 4, 2013

5 Soundtracks for Awkward Family Gatherings

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Dreading that upcoming holiday dinner with the in-laws? NPR Music's got the soundtrack covered for your next awkward family gathering.

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10:47 am
Wed December 4, 2013

All Songs Considered: Best of 2013

Top row, L to R: Laura Marling, Lorde, Mike Milosh of Rhye; middle row: Ty Segall, James Blake, Valerie June; bottom row: Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne of The Blow, Earl Sweatshirt, Lou Reed.
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On this special edition of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers for a roughly chronological tour through the musical high points of 2013.

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12:50 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

David Byrne & St. Vincent video rehearsal

Take a peek at the final rehearsal before David Byrne (of Talking Heads) and Annie Clark (of St. Vincent) took their collaborative album, Love This Giant, out on the road — complete with eccentric choreographed dance moves and an eight-piece horn section.

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12:41 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Morning Becomes Eclectic: Jon Hopkins

Check out London-based electronic composer Jon Hopkins perform songs from his fourth studio album, Immunity, live in-studio on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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12:28 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Happy Birthday, KRCL!

34 years ago today, a new commercial-free radio station located at The Blue Mouse in Salt Lake City broadcast Pete Seeger's "We Shall Overcome" over the FM airwaves. Since then, KRCL has become a beloved community resource for thousands of listeners throughout Utah. Happy Birthday, KRCL! Here's to another three decades and beyond...

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1:26 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Live Jazz with Jason Moran

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He's not 40 yet, but Jason Moran is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, the Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center, and a Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ in San Francisco. WBGO's JazzSet brings you a live set by Moran and his trio, The Bandwagon, from the Kennedy Center.

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1:12 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

The Punk Singer

The new documentary 'The Punk Singer' chronicles the life and music of Kathleen Hanna.
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Musician and riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna — formerly of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, now with The Julie Ruin — is the fascinating central figure in the biographical documentary The Punk Singer.

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1:03 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Tiny Desk Concert: Kronos Quartet

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10:50 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Folk Alley Presents: Mandolin Orange

This isn't just another folk song about whiskey...

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10:47 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Foreverly Yours

'Foreverly' is the new album by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones.
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What happens when Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong collaborates with Norah Jones to cover songs by The Everly Brothers? Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks with Armstrong and Jones to find out.

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10:40 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Songs of the Civil War Re-Imagined

A Union soldier poses with a banjo.
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Divided & United is the name of a new collection of songs from the Civil War era. The selections tell tales of fear, loneliness, exhaustion and triumph. Producer Randall Poster and historian Sean Wilentz talk with NPR's Melissa Block about the music featured on the album.

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2:46 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

WXPN's Year in Review

The fine folks at WXPN public radio (home to World Cafe) would like you to vote on your favorite artists and albums from 2013. Vote by December 9, 2013 and you'll be entered to win a 16 GB iPad Air loaded with the Top 200 songs from the year-in-review countdown, plus a $100 gift card to Springboard Media.

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2:36 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Esperanza Spalding's America

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Grammy-Award winning musician Esperanza Spalding talks with NPR's Celeste Headlee about her new recording, 'We are America.' Spalding's song and video demand congressional action to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. "Part of the message of the song is, 'This is not our America. We are America. I am America. Esperanza Spalding is America.

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2:54 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Live & Local: Pentagraham Crackers on RadioWest

Watch SLC-based Pentagraham Crackers play "Danger Blues" live in-studio during KUER's RadioWest (weekdays, 11 a.m. / rebroadcast at 7 p.m. on 90.1). Listen to the show in its entirety here.

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2:45 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

For Dev Hynes, Every Sound is a Color

Dev Hynes recorded his new album, 'Cupid Deluxe,' as Blood Orange.
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Devonté Hynes has recorded a punk album, a folk-pop-country album, and his new record features a mix of synth pop. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Hynes about his musical exploration and living with synesthesia, a neurological condition that links the senses — for Hynes, every sound he hears is associated with a color.

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2:35 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

How to meet your favorite band without looking like a fangirl/boy

How to meet Bono and keep your dignity...
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Stephen Thompson from NPR's All Songs Considered busts open the virtual mail bag to answer this question: can you meet your favorite band without making a fool of yourself? You'll also want to check out this collection of awesome superfan stories/pictures.

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2:21 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Ebony Bones live in WNYC's Soundcheck Studio

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U.K.-born Ebony Bones throws down three songs from her new electronic/afropunk album, 'Behold, A Pale Horse,' at WNYC's Soundcheck Studio. Check out her electrifying performance here!

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2:35 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Country Music for Drinking and Thinking

Brandy Clark's new album is called '12 Stories.'
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The new record from Nashville singer-songwriter Brandy Clark, 12 Stories, is a collection of rural tales told from a variety of perspectives. In a conversation with All Things Considered's Melissa Block, Clark says her goal as a songwriter is to create songs that everyday people can relate to.

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2:26 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Producer, Director & KCRW DJ Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow, Tribeca Film Festival
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Producer, director, and screenwriter Judd Apatow is drawn to songs that are “deeply truthful” and allow your “inner self to shine,” a life philosophy presented by The Who, Cat Stevens and more in his Guest DJ set as featured on KCRW in Santa Monica.

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2:09 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Tiny Desk Concert: John Legend

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3:58 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

NPR Music: First Listen

Check in often with NPR Music's First Listen page for exclusive previews of select new albums in their entirety. Albums currently featured include Shearwater's 'Fellow Travelers,' Jake Bugg's 'Shangri La' and Cate Le Bon's 'Mug Museum.'

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3:46 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The Biggest Jazz Riff Ever Written

Jeremy Denk at Carnegie Hall
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Pianist Jeremy Denk was awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant in September. Weekends on All Things Considered host Arun Rath invited the pianist to talk about his new recording of the iconic Goldberg Variations, a nearly 90-minute masterwork that Denk has referred to as "the biggest jazz riff ever written."

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3:55 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Pianist Paul Lewis plays Schubert

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3:51 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

The Soulful Sounds of Stax

The city of Memphis is a main character in Robert Gordon's book, "Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion." NPR's Don Gonyea talks with Gordon about the story of the white, country-loving brother and sister from rural Tennessee who started Stax Records and "wound up making some of the most soulful, swinging music that we still listen to today."

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12:23 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

The (Syrian) Wedding Singer

Omar Souleyman's new album is called Wenu Wenu.
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Morning Edition's Renee Montagne talks with Omar Souleyman, one of Syria's most popular wedding singers. Souleyman serenades newlyweds with songs of love performed on a synthesizer.

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12:13 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Overwhelmed by Music?

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Are you missing out if you're not actively exploring the newest beats? Have you ever felt like taking a break from music? NPR's Stephen Thompson responds to listeners' concerns about music overload.

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4:20 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

'12 Years a Slave' soundtrack

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northrup in '12 Years a Slave.'
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NPR's Ann Powers talks about the soundtrack to Steve McQueen's film '12 Years a Slave,' and why it's the most compelling film about music to be released this year.

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4:10 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Debashish Bhattacharya: Tiny Desk Concert

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2:49 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Cumbia: The Music That Moves Latin America

Dancers move to cumbia during a Carnival parade in Barranquilla, Colombia in Feb. 2012.
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Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd—hosts of NPR's ongoing series on Latin alternative music—recently stopped by for an episode of Weekend Edition to discuss the history and far-flung influence of cumbia, a syncopated style of music and dance that ranges from the traditional to the Top 40 (you can hear cumbia's influence on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' chart-topping "Thrift Shop.) You can listen to the piece here, along with a handful of song selections that illustrate the various flavors of

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2:37 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Do's and Don'ts of Going Solo

George Michael (left) and Andrew Ridgeley both went solo after Wham! broke up. One fared just a little better than the other.
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It's an age-old story; band finds success, band's momentum dwindles, lead singer departs for greener pastures in the form of a solo career.  But why is it that some solo ventures—like Morrissey's post-Smiths output, or Beyonce after leaving Destiny's Child—seem to strike gold, while others (like, for instance, Van Halen's David Lee Roth) simply fizzle out of existence?

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