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Entertainment
1:11 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Five books about music

Nathan Rabin journeys with fan bases of Phish and Insane Clown Posse and discovers how both groups have tapped into the human need for community.
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The staff at NPR Music has compiled a few of the most notable music-themed books of the year so far, from an interview with composer Leonard Bernstein to one man's quest to understand Insane Clown Posee fandom.

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1:41 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Banda Magda: Bossa Nova to French Pop

Banda Magda
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KCRW's music reviewer Tom Schnabel talks about Banda Magda's debut CD, featuring everything from sunny Brazilian bossa nova to frothy French Pop.

Entertainment
1:36 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

The Avett Brothers, 'Another is Waiting'

The Avett Brothers
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North Carolina's The Avett Brothers are set to release a new full-length album, "Magpie and the Dandelion," on October 15, 2013. Whet your Avetts appetite with this track, 'Another is Waiting' - brought to you by NPR Music.

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Entertainment
1:30 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Public radio: 10 songs on heavy rotation

Rapper/producer/singer Terrace Martin
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Each month, NPR Music polls public radio DJs/programmers and asks them to share their favorite new songs. You get to download the tracks! Here are the picks for August 2013, including songs by New York City-based composer Daniel Wohl, Louisville band Handmouth and D.C. trio Misun.

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Entertainment
11:37 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Anna von Hausswolff inspired by pipe organ

The World's April Peavey reports on Swedish musician Anna von Hausswolff, who recorded her new album in Annedals Church in Gothenburg, Sweden. Hausswolff  incorporated the church's organ into her album, "Ceremony."

Entertainment
11:28 am
Mon August 5, 2013

First Listen: Valerie June

Valerie June
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Check out the blues-country-gospel-rock balladry of Valerie June - her new album, "Pushin' Against a Stone," comes out August 13, 2013.

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Entertainment
12:30 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Beloved Jersey venue calls it quits

Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey
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Maxwell's is a tiny club that's hosted some of the biggest names in music for 30+ years - including R.E.M., Nirvana, The Replacements and David Byrne. NPR's Joel Rose looks at the fate and legacy of this seemingly typical neighborhood tavern.

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Entertainment
12:19 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

RadioWest: Drew Danburry

Drew Danburry
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It's been three years since local singer/songwriter/barber Drew Danburry made a record. He's back now, and the album he'll release this September tells the story of how he became Bastian Salazar. Drew talks with Doug and plays live in KUER's studio.

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Entertainment
3:20 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

What's new in jazz music

Trumpeter Etienne Charles' new album is called Creole Soul
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Check out the latest in jazz music from an elder statesman of piano, a trumpeter who understands creole music personally, a drummer who writes tunes with a payoff, and a singer in her early 20s with maturity and kick.

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Entertainment
3:09 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Creating American symphonies

New York-based composer Mohammed Fairouz
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Mohammed Fairouz, a young Arab-American composer, talks about redefining the word "symphony."

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Entertainment
3:01 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Dessa performs "The Man I Knew"

Dessa (of Doomtree) performs "The Man I Knew" at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater.

Entertainment
11:23 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Young Ethio Jazz Band

Members of the Young Ethio Jazz Band
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The Young Ethio Jazz Band consists of teenagers who rock out to their parents' music. The Oakland-based band played its first gig in San Francisco, now they're slated to play at Yoshi's (a famous San Francisco jazz club) and the Ethiopian Heritage Festival at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The World's Sam Harnett talks with the band, all second-generation Ethiopians between 11 and 16-years old.

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Entertainment
11:11 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Best of Brasil Summerfest

Brazilian singer Gaby Amarantos
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New York City hosts the 2013 Brasil Summerfest, featuring a sweltering mix of Brazilian hip hop, samba and techno beats. Jasmine Garsd talks with Beco Dranoff (Brasil Summerfest's curator) for NPR Music.

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Entertainment
12:01 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Phive honors Mandela

Greensboro-based hip hop group Phive celebrated Nelson Mandela's birthday last week by releasing a special song. The World's Marco Werman talks with singer/songwriter Afika Nxumalo about his connection to South Africa.

Entertainment
11:57 am
Mon July 22, 2013

An Opera Diva Hits 100

Metropolitan Opera star Licia Albanese celebrates her 100th birthday today. "Only God makes a diva," she told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2004. "No, just call me a plain singer with lots of expression."

Entertainment
12:07 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

J. Dilla's lost scrolls

J. Dilla's lost scrolls, as featured last weekend on NPR's Snap Judgment. Check out Snap Judgment Saturdays at 11a MT on KUER 90.1.

Entertainment
12:01 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Newport Jazz Festival

Esperanza Spalding
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NPR Music invites you to listen to the Newport Jazz Festival, August 3-4, 2013. Click here for a complete listing of this year's performers, along with archives of past festivals. And tune-in to 90.1 every evening at 8p MT for a mix of jazz music brought to you by KUER's jazz hosts.

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Entertainment
11:54 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Pitchfork: Reviewing Music in a Digital Age

Portishead
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Pitchfork is the music website often credited with launching the careers of indie rock bands like Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend. And while making some names big, they've stayed pretty successful as well -- pulling in more than 1 million unique visitors a month. Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal talks with Pitchfork CEO Ryan Schreiber.


 

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Entertainment
2:29 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

KCRW Presents: Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age play "Keep Your Eyes Peeled" live at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica.

Entertainment
2:24 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

RadioWest: Best Music of 2013 (so far)

Frank Black, Pixies
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NPR's All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with KUER's Doug Fabrizio about his favorite music of 2013, including new albums from some influential 90s bands (Superchunk, Pixies). Listen to the show here, or tune-in tonight at 7 p.m. MT for the rebroadcast. 

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Entertainment
1:11 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

First Listen: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
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NPR Music brings you the new album by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Check out individual tracks or listen to the entire album (self-titled) before it's released to the public on July 23, 2013.

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Entertainment
1:03 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Happy 25th, Sub Pop!

Sub Pop Records celebrated 25 years of music last weekend, with a live show on top of the Space Needle. Check out Sub Pop legends Mudhoney as they play 500-feet above Seattle (courtesy of KEXP).  

Entertainment
12:57 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Eli Keszler & So Percussion: installation music

An installation artist and percussion quartet make music with New York City (using piano wires strung from the Manhattan Bridge).

Entertainment
1:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Marco Werman's favorite summer tunes

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The World's Marco Werman and April Peavey bring you their favorite summer beats from around the globe. Check out PRI's The World featuring the Global Hit weekdays from 2-3p on 90.1.

Entertainment
12:50 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

When choirs sing, hearts beat as one

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg studied the heart rates of high school choir members as they sang. Their findings, published this week in Frontiers in Neuroscience, confirm that choir music has calming effects on the heart. Anna Haensch reports for NPR.

Entertainment
1:09 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

First Listen: Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne's back with a new album
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Michigan-bred soul singer Mayer Hawthorne's new album Where Does This Door Go comes out next week (July 18, 2013) - but NPR Music brings it to you first.

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Entertainment
12:58 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

10 songs sizzling public radio's airwaves

Valerie June's forthcoming album is Pushin' Against a Stone
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Public radio DJs throughout the U.S. share what they're spinning this summer. Check out cuts from singer/songwriter Neko Case, R&B artist Valerie June, rapper Porter Ray and Scottish octet The Chair.

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Entertainment
3:25 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Louis Armstrong Continuum & Big Phat Band

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One band is on the East Coast, another on the West. Both give performances that celebrate America. Jazzset's Rhonda Hamilton introduces this unique pairing. Check out the performance, recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Entertainment
3:05 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Mozart's violin and viola, live in Boston

Although Mozart never traveled to America, his violin and viola recently did. Listen to the full concert and check out video excerpts from the performance featuring Mozart's instruments (produced by WGBH).

Entertainment
12:26 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Rodrigo y Gabriela live at Red Butte Garden

Hailing from Mexico City, guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela moved to Ireland and grew a cult following playing the streets of Dublin. Blending metal, jazz and global music influences - Rodrigo y Gabriela are known for packing a fiery punch during their live shows. They'll hit Red Butte Garden's amphitheater on July 12, 2013 as part of the garden's outdoor concert series.

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