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11:36 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Breaking Up Helped Ledisi Find 'The Truth' In Her Music

Ledisi performs at the 2013 BET Honors awards. The singer has been nominated for eight Grammy awards over the past 10 years.
Kris Connor Getty Images for BET

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 12:37 pm

Singer songwriter Ledisi has had eight Grammy nominations, and says she is grateful for that. "I would like to win, but it will happen when its time."

For more than 10 years, Ledisi has garnered an international fan base while striving to grow her musical abilities.

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Music
6:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Indie Summer Free Friday Night Concert Series Returns to Fountain Square May 30th

The sounds of Indie Summer will be returning to Fountain Square in Cincinnati in just a few weeks. Event organizer Alex Breyer says the Midpoint Music Festival is sponsoring the free concerts that run each Friday night until the end of August. Breyer stopped by the WNKU studios to talk to Matt Kelley about Indie Summer. (get more information at www.mpmf.com/festival/summer )

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Kishi Bashi: Holding A Mirror To Pop Music's Many Faces

Kishi Bashi's second solo album is titled Lighght.
Kaden Shallat Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

Indie-pop musician K. Ishibashi blends violin, electronics and stylistic influences from multiple cultures and pop-music eras to create a unique sound. NPR's Steve Inskeep recently spoke with the musician, who is also a touring member of the eclectic band Of Montreal, about how his many experiences have contributed to the creation of Lighght, his second album as Kishi Bashi. Hear their conversation at the audio link.

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The Record
1:18 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

A Rational Conversation: How Deep Is The Disco Revival?

Giorgio Moroder performs at HARD Day Of The Dead in Los Angeles in November 2013.
Gabriel Olsen Getty Images

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Tue May 13, 2014

'Bound To Sound Different': The Black Keys On Going Big

Since forming The Black Keys in 2001, Patrick Carney (left) and Dan Auerbach have evolved from a scrappy home-recording aesthetic into something grander.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 11:58 am

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Music Interviews
4:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Candi Staton: This Album Is 'An Anthology Of My Life'

Candi Staton was recently featured in the documentary Muscle Shoals about the legendary FAME Studios.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:58 pm

Candi Staton has lived a lot of musical lives. She's been a child gospel singer, a '70s Southern soul hit-maker and then a disco queen. Six decades since she toured the gospel circuit with the Jewell Gospel Trio, Staton has released her 27th album, Life Happens. It includes songs tracked at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where she'd once recorded "I'm Just a Prisoner."

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:10 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Chvrches: Tiny Desk Concert

Chvrches performs at a Tiny Desk in April 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 9:56 am

For a brief moment, I imagined hearing Chvrches perform "Recover" or "Gun" with a couple of acoustic guitars and perhaps a shaker or two. And, though these songs would surely stand up well when broken down and bared, I'm thrilled that Chvrches came with a small arsenal of synthesizers to perform a few highlights from last year's album The Bones of What You Believe.

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World Cafe
10:07 am
Mon May 12, 2014

The Black Keys On World Cafe

Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Who could have predicted, based on the modest blues-rock beginnings of The Black Keys' The Big Come Up and Thickfreakness, that the band would become the hit-making machine it is today?

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Music Interviews
7:36 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Now That's What We Call A Hit CD!

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 9:02 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Think back just a few decades to the 1990s.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL MY LIFE")

K-CI AND JOJO: (Singing) All my life, I've prayed for someone like you.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME")

BACKSTREET BOYS: (Singing) I don't care who you are...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SAY YOU'LL BE THERE")

SPICE GIRLS: (Singing) Giving you everything...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FLY AWAY")

LENNY KRAVITZ: (Singing) I want to get away. I want to fly away. Yeah, yeah...

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Music Interviews
7:36 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Former Walkmen Man Releases Album For The Very Young

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 9:03 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

One of the perks of being a mom is going on those long car trips with your young children, listening to hours of the "The Hokey Pokey" and "Wheels On The Bus" over and over and over again. For those moms and dads, this one's for you.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WE'RE ALL YOUNG TOGETHER)

WALTER MARTIN AND MATT BERNINGER: (Singing) The new kid on my street, she kind of looks like me.

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