Music

Microphone Check
4:00 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Leila Steinberg: 'With Earl, It's A Journey'

Leila Steinberg at a benefit for A.I.M., the organization she founded that produces workshops meant to foster emotional literacy, in 2008.
Brian To FilmMagic/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 12:55 pm

When Leila Steinberg was 25 years old, she met a 17-year-old named Tupac. She became involved in his career in a managerial role, which she had stepped away from by about 1993. The next time Steinberg agreed to a management relationship with a musician was almost 20 years later. At the request of Earl Sweatshirt's mother, she began working with him while he was still in Samoa. And then she went and got him, brought him home. We spoke to Leila about her relationships with both rappers, and the work she's done apart from them.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:03 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Fantastic Negrito: Tiny Desk Concert

Morgan McCloy NPR

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:21 am

It says a lot that, with almost 7,000 entries to choose from, we selected Fantastic Negrito as the winner of our Tiny Desk Concert Contest. For his winning submission, he performed "Lost In A Crowd" in a freight elevator in Oakland. It was his passion, his voice and his backing band that landed him an invitation to perform behind my desk. We're proud of our choice.

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Music
5:01 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

A Jazz Pianist Taps Armenian Folk, Metal Riffs And A Sense Of History

"Sometimes the music that I write doesn't need to have lyrics, it just needs vowels," says jazz artist Tigran Hamaysan.
Maeve Stam Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 8:25 pm

Musicians arrive at their signature sounds through all sorts of influences. For jazz pianist Tigran Hamaysan, that collection of sounds comes from far afield — he's a fan of progressive metal bands like Tool and Meshuggah — as well as from his backyard.

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Music Interviews
8:10 am
Sun March 8, 2015

The Seratones Rock The Tiny Desk With A Jungle Beat

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 1:08 pm

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Music Interviews
5:00 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Making Records Is 'Not A Race' For Modest Mouse

Isaac Brock performs with Modest Mouse.
Jennifer Baniszewski Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 8:45 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Aurelio: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 1:03 pm

Many tributaries follow the story of African migration to this part of the world. Much of that narrative is well-known, but little-known pockets of African culture still produce unique cultural expressions. The story of the Garifuna people is just one example.

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Music
6:18 am
Sat March 7, 2015

From The Shadows Of Apartheid, Three Singers Bring Their Voices To The States

Bala Brothers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 10:29 am

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TED Radio Hour
9:10 am
Fri March 6, 2015

What Are The Mathematics of Jazz?

"Numbers are beautiful." - Clayton Cameron
Ryan Lash TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Clayton Cameron's TED Talk

Percussionist Clayton Cameron dissects the mathematics of improvisational jazz, demonstrating how numerical patterns make him a better musician.

About Clayton Cameron

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Author Interviews
2:20 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

A 'Girl In A Band': Kim Gordon On Life After Sonic Youth

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Music Articles
8:03 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Latitudes: The Film 'The Last Song Before The War'

Members of the Tuareg band Tartit at Mali's Festival of the Desert in 2011.
Courtesy of Kiley Kraskouskas

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 8:39 am

One of the best recently released music documentaries — The Last Song Before The War — wasn't originally supposed to be about music.

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