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Chris Thile Looks Back to Bach

Aug 12, 2013
Brantley Gutierrez

Chris Thile of Punch Brothers is stretching the limits of the mandolin with his new album, Sonatas and Partitas. Thile spoke about his album with NPR's Rachel Martin.

Tiny Desk Concert: Keaton Henson

Aug 9, 2013

London-based musician Keaton Henson performs three songs from his new album, "Birthdays."

Five books about music

Aug 9, 2013
NPR Music

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.

Banda Magda: Bossa Nova to French Pop

Aug 8, 2013
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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.

The Avett Brothers, 'Another is Waiting'

Aug 8, 2013
The Avett Brothers/NPR Music

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.

Public radio: 10 songs on heavy rotation

Aug 8, 2013
NPR Music

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.

Anna von Hausswolff inspired by pipe organ

Aug 5, 2013

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."

First Listen: Valerie June

Aug 5, 2013
Susan Riddle/Duke Photography

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

Beloved Jersey venue calls it quits

Jul 31, 2013
George Kopp / NPR

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.

RadioWest: Drew Danburry

Jul 31, 2013
Mark Johnston

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.

What's new in jazz music

Jul 30, 2013
Laura Ferreira/NPR Music

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.

Creating American symphonies

Jul 30, 2013
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Mohammed Fairouz, a young Arab-American composer, talks about redefining the word "symphony."

Dessa performs "The Man I Knew"

Jul 30, 2013

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

Young Ethio Jazz Band

Jul 25, 2013
Noam Eshel / The World

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.

Best of Brasil Summerfest

Jul 25, 2013
NPR Music

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.

Phive honors Mandela

Jul 22, 2013

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.

An Opera Diva Hits 100

Jul 22, 2013

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."

J. Dilla's lost scrolls

Jul 19, 2013

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.

Newport Jazz Festival

Jul 19, 2013
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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.

Pitchfork: Reviewing Music in a Digital Age

Jul 19, 2013
Erez Avissar/Pitchfork

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.


KCRW Presents: Queens of the Stone Age

Jul 17, 2013

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

RadioWest: Best Music of 2013 (so far)

Jul 17, 2013
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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. 

First Listen: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Jul 16, 2013
NPR Music

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.

Happy 25th, Sub Pop!

Jul 16, 2013

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).  

Eli Keszler & So Percussion: installation music

Jul 12, 2013

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

Marco Werman's favorite summer tunes

Jul 11, 2013
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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.

When choirs sing, hearts beat as one

Jul 11, 2013

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.

First Listen: Mayer Hawthorne

Jul 10, 2013
Jeremy Deputat

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.

10 songs sizzling public radio's airwaves

Jul 10, 2013
Valerie June

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.

Louis Armstrong Continuum & Big Phat Band

Jul 2, 2013
Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center

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.