Music Interviews
5:04 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

In The Still Of The Night, There's A Riot In Garth Brooks

In his early 50s, after a long hiatus, the country singer has a new album and is touring. "Music keeps you eternally young," he says. "It just does."
Daniel Boczarski Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 6:58 pm

There was a long stretch in country music when there was no bigger star than Garth Brooks. He ruled the country charts throughout the '90s, filled stadiums, played 250 to 300 shows a year. In 2001, he called it off. He retired from the road and the studio, and went back home to Oklahoma to be a dad to his three young daughters.

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The Record
3:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Redman On Music And Marijuana: Now Is The Time For Some Action

Redman onstage at the Best Buy Theater in New York City on November 26th, 2014.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Quick survey: you're going to the Word Wide Rollers Tour, presented by a group of weed connoisseurs called the Smoker's Club. Among the featured performers is a rapper named Berner and a DJ named TreeJay. The tour poster shows a Smokey the Bear type blunting in the woods. What do you pack?

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WNKU Benefit
12:42 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Show Your Love: A Benefit for WNKU

Col Bruce Hampton headlines both nights of "Show Your Love"

Good things keep happening through the fine folks with The Good People Festival.  For the last couple of months, they've been hard at work putting together "Show Your Love", a benefit concert for WNKU to be held February 20th and 21st at the Southgate House Revival.  What was to be just a one day concert quickly grew to two, and will now feature 30 acts for each of WNKU's 30 years on the air, including the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton!  See below for the line up as it currently stands.

VIP, weekend, and single day passes are now on sale at Ticketfly

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Music Interviews
7:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

'Pippin' Performs The Final Ballad Of 'The Hobbit'

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

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A bittersweet moment for moviegoers and Gandalf fans.


ELIJAH WOOD: (As Frodo) It's done.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Yes, Mr. Frodo.

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Music Interviews
7:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Jazz Saxophonist Jimmy Greene Plays Tribute To His Slain Daughter

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

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Music Articles
2:03 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Charli XCX's Stockholm Scream Led To One Big 'Sucker'

"I just sort of screamed into a microphone for ages," the British pop singer Charli XCX says of the time leading up to Sucker.
Bella Howard Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 2:50 pm

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Microphone Check
12:29 am
Fri December 12, 2014

J. Cole: 'Ain't Enough Of Us Trying'

J Cole, whose mother supported him as a postal worker when he was a kid.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 12:03 pm

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Microphone Check
5:28 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Rick Ross: 'It Was Just So Powerful To Me'

Rick Ross.
Courtesy of Def Jam Records

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 12:16 pm

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A Blog Supreme
2:45 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Eighty Years Of Master Educator Ellis Marsalis

Ellis Marsalis performs at the NBA All-Star Game in 2008 in New Orleans.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

If anyone has earned the nickname Pops, it's Ellis Marsalis.

As jazz's best-known father figure, the senior Marsalis has four noted musical offspring: Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. But if you consider all the musicians he's taught or mentored, his clan is even more extensive, diverse and influential.

I talked to six musicians who gave us the long view of the Marsalis family tree, and how they were schooled by its patriarch.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:03 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Yusuf/Cat Stevens: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 2:51 pm

In the summer of 1971, I was a camp counselor at a sleep-away camp for a bunch of 5- to 7-year-olds. For those eight weeks, I walked home with about $50. I bought a guitar and began to learn the songs I'd come to love from the recently released Tea for the Tillerman by Cat Stevens.

"Father and Son" touched me most — it's a song about growing old, and about beliefs and conviction. More than 40 years later, that songwriter is performing at my desk with his son standing right behind me. You can never imagine the turns life will take.

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