Music

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

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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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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

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(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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