Music

Music Interviews
3:35 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Damon Albarn On 'Everyday Robots' And The Birth Of Britpop

In a 25-year career, Damon Albarn's new Everyday Robots is his first true solo album.
Linda Brownlee Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 7:30 am

Damon Albarn's credits are legion. He's the frontman of Blur, the British band who created a giant catalog of forward-thinking guitar pop and one enduring, stadium-rattling jock jam. He's the vocalist and principal songwriter of Gorillaz, the animated supergroup who managed to give the iPod a little street cred. He led Bobby Womack out of long career stall and into 21st century cool, co-producing the soul legend's left-field comeback album, The Bravest Man in the Universe, in 2012.

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Studio 89
12:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Studio 89: Noah Gundersen on April 28th

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Microphone Check
8:03 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Lil Bibby: 'I Need $100 Million In My Bank Account'

Lil Bibby.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:52 am

Lil Bibby is a 19-year-old from Chicago with one mixtape, a high-profile co-sign and big dreams. In an interview during SXSW in Austin, Texas, Bibby says since he released Free Crack last year, he's felt a change in the way people relate to him and it's affected his songs. "I'm talking about the transition: I was Brandon and then Bibby," he says. "I'm gettin' people acting different." Ali Shaheed Muhammad steps in to offer some advice from a veteran's perspective.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:48 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Federico Aubele: Tiny Desk Concert

Federico Aubele performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Argentine singer-songwriter Federico Aubele uses his dark, husky voice to produce a specific effect in the three songs he performs at this Tiny Desk Concert: Together, they jell into one impressionistic midtempo ballad.

A voice like Aubele's could be restrictive: His lower register seems to always reflect something dark and lonely. Think of your favorite bottom-scraping vocalist and the lyrics he or she interprets.

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Music Interviews
5:39 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

Christine Jensen's Multiple Personalities Expand Her Musical Repertoire

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 8:24 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Christine Jensen says she has multiple personalities. She's a saxophonist, a composer, leader of a jazz group, and more recently, the conductor of an 18-piece jazz orchestra.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RATH: That requires yet another personality, a businesswoman to make a generally unprofitable venture work.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:22 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Usman Riaz: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 7:54 pm

This is simply astonishing. Watch twenty seconds and you'll be sucked into the world of Usman Riaz, an immensely talented 23-year-old Pakistani musician who will change your perception of how a guitar can sound and be played. What's more remarkable is that this Berklee College of Music whiz kid learned much of his dazzling guitar technique by watching YouTube videos at 16. He also learned what he calls "parlor tricks," like body percussion and harmonica. But the classically trained pianist also used the Internet to learn how to write and conduct orchestra pieces and make films.

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Author Interviews
8:12 am
Sat April 19, 2014

How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

Lisa Robinson interviews a young Michael Jackson at his family's house in Encino, Calif., in October 1972.
Andrew Kent Courtesy of Riverhead Books

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 8:00 am

Lisa Robinson has done just about every kind of music writing there is.

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Studio Sessions
8:12 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

Rufus Wainwright joins Wade Goodwyn in NPR's Studio 1 to play a few of his hits.
Mike Beacom NPR

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 11:40 am

Rufus Wainwright creates music that is theatrical, emotional and operatic. Listening to his albums can feel like experiencing a Shakespearean play, with wit, tragedy and heartbreak all side by side.

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Music Interviews
4:24 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

On Latest Album, Gina Chavez Unearths Her Latin Roots

Up.Rooted is singer-songwriter Gina Chavez's sophomore effort and her first full-length album.
Judson Baker Courtesy of Press Junkie

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 7:13 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Texas native Gina Chavez did not come to music early on. When she was 18, she went to a country-blues show in Austin to hear singer Toni Price. It was after that she decided she wanted to learn how to play guitar. So she turned to her dad.

GINA CHAVEZ: You know, I said, hey, dad, don't you have a guitar in the closet? He pulls it out and turns out it's a 1954 Martin, which people who know things about guitars are, you know, they start drooling all over themselves.

CORNISH: A year later, she started writing her own songs.

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Microphone Check
3:11 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Jeremiah Jae And Oliver The 2nd: 'Take It Back To The Essence'

NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:44 pm

Jeremiah Jae and Oliver the 2nd are cousins who grew up in Chicago and Los Angeles, respectively. Already from a musical family — Oliver's father, Phil Perry, is a smooth jazz R&B singer and Jeremiah's played keys with Miles Davis and produced a few of his records — they have formed Black Jungle Squad, a collective of relatives and close friends. "Taking it back to the days when there was a lot more crews in hip-hop," says Jeremiah. "Like Native Tongues or Boogie Down Productions. Just the vibe of different people coming together and making stuff."

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