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Music Interviews
7:36 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Tori Amos On Where Art And Aging Intersect

Tori Amos, new album, her 14th, is called Unrepentant Geraldines.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 11:47 am

Tori Amos has been looking at a lot of artwork lately, and on a new album, she's found ways to turn the visual into the musical. Unrepentant Geraldines is a return to a familiar pop form for Amos, who has been crisscrossing the boundaries of style in recent years — as well as an artistic self-evaluation from a performer who turned 50 last year. She recently spoke with NPR's Rachel Martin about "standing by the creations" that make up her identity at midlife. Hear their conversation at the audio link.

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Microphone Check
5:51 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Inside The XXL Freshmen Issue

Vanessa Satten, center, with Lil Durk to the left and August Alsina to the right.
Courtesy of XXL

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 11:25 am

  • Vanessa Satten And Dan Rys With Ali Shaheed Muhamamd And Frannie Kelley

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Music Interviews
5:23 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Atmosphere's Seventh Album: Representing 'Southsiders'

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

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

When the hip-hop dual Atmosphere got their start back in the mid-'90s, mainstream rap was dominated by a harder, aggressive sound, think Dr. Dre or Notorious B-I-G. By contrast, with their spare production and tight, introspective lyrics, Atmosphere was something different.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Alt.Latino
12:28 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Latin Rock Lives: In The Studio With Venezuela's La Vida Bohème

Henry D'Arthenay and La Vida Boheme performed in Austin, Texas Friday for Alt.Latino at KUTX Studio 1A.
Lizzie Chen for NPR NPR

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 10:24 am

Maybe it was the scrumptious barbecue, or the lovely people, but mostly it was the amazing music that brought Felix Contreras and me back to Austin, Texas. This time we're here for the Pachanga Latino Music Festival, which features an exciting lineup with some of our favorite newer artists and a couple of legends, too. It's a big enough festival to lose yourself in, but cozy enough to run into old friends — among them, our beloved Venezuelan musicians La Vida Bohème.

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Music Interviews
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

The Music Of Oak And Forest Sprite Blend In Sylvan Esso

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 5:28 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PLAY IT RIGHT")

MOUNTAIN MAN: (Singing) When the sounds come together so close to my face...

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

A few years ago, Amelia Meath's folksy group Mountain Man recorded this song, called "Play It Right." Then a chance encounter with an electronic music producer named Nick Sanborn led to this.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PLAY IT RIGHT")

MOUNTAIN MAN: (Singing) Play it right. Play it right. Play it right. Play it right. Play it right. Play it right...

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Music Interviews
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Ben Harper Teams Up With Mom For 'Childhood Home'

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 9:04 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Music has defined Ben Harper's family for generations. His grandparents founded the Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, California. He spent a lot of time at the center growing up where strummed, sang and played the keyboard with regular visitors including Leonard Cohen and Taj Mahal.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
6:07 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Timber Timbre: Tiny Desk Concert

Timber Timbre performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 9:57 am

The music of Canada's Timber Timbre is often strange and unsettling. The band, led by Taylor Kirk — a crooner with a deceptively sweet voice — makes spare, evenly paced songs that sound like late-night echoes from a swampy woods.

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Dolly Parton's Long Journey Home

"I take my work real serious," Dolly Parton says. "But I don't take myself all that serious." Her latest album, Blue Smoke, comes out May 13.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

Dolly Parton has been thinking a lot about home lately — in fact, "Home" is the name of a track on her latest album, Blue Smoke, out May 13. Speaking with NPR's David Greene from a Nashville studio, Parton says her career has in many ways come full circle.

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Microphone Check
1:55 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Freddie Gibbs: 'I Think I'm The Best Rapper'

Freddie Gibbs.
Peter Beste Courtesy of We Get Press

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 2:43 pm

  • Freddie Gibbs With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley

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A Blog Supreme
4:21 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

The First African-American Piano Manufacturer

The high-end Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York, now called Langham Place, took in one of Warren Shadd's pianos.
Courtesy of Warren Shadd

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 11:20 am

At the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in February, one couldn't help but notice the striking new grand piano on the main stage, emblazoned with the name SHADD. When the many accomplished pianists that wee­­kend sat down to strike those keys, it was equally easy to spot their delight in the instrument.

That piano was the product of a trailblazer in his field. The Shadd in question is jazz drummer Warren Shadd, the first African-American piano manufacturer. That makes him the first large-scale commercial African-American instrument manufacturer, period.

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