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Music Interviews
11:32 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Singer Maysa On Applying To Home Depot And Earning A Grammy Nomination

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 12:02 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. This is the time of year when we've been talking a lot about resolutions and goals and what it takes to see them through. I think most people would agree that one of the traits successful people seem to share is the willingness to press on, even when success is not assured. Well, that could be the story of Maysa. After more than 20 years in the music business, she has been nominated for a Grammy this year in the category of Best Traditional R&B Performance.

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The Record
1:02 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

An Interview With Eyehategod's Mike 'IX' Williams

Mike "IX" Williams onstage at The Acheron in Brooklyn in November.
Courtesy of Samantha Marble

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:41 am

Mike "IX" Williams has had a rough year. Williams (best known as the vocalist and wild-eyed wordsmith behind revered sludge metal gods Eyehategod) has had a rough life, one stained by addiction, poverty, incarceration, depression and Katrina's flood waters, but 2013 brought with it an unexpected, nearly crippling blow. In September Eyehategod's original drummer — and Williams' lifelong friend — Joey LaCaze died at the age of 42, leaving behind a wife, a daughter and friends. Suddenly, the future of this hitherto unshakable band hung in the balance.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:33 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Lily & Madeleine: Tiny Desk Concert

Lily & Madeleine, at a Tiny Desk concert in November 2013.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 12:11 pm

Sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz aren't the youngest musicians ever to play the Tiny Desk, but they come pretty close. Their music — a restrained, homespun mix of folk and pop with undeniably sweet harmonies — certainly ranks among the loveliest we've heard.

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Music Interviews
8:01 am
Sun January 5, 2014

Nash, Ronstadt Remember The Everlys' 'Sibling Sound'

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:55 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Phil Everly, half of the whole that was the Everly Brothers, died on Friday at the age of 74. The brothers were rock pioneers, and their style, including those close, unmistakable vocal harmonies, influenced a generation of musicians.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE")

THE EVERLY BROTHERS: (Singing) Wake up little Susie, wake up. Wake up little Susie, wake up. We've both been sound asleep. Wake up little Susie and weep...

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Music Interviews
8:01 am
Sun January 5, 2014

A Debut Album At 81 Years Old

Leo Welch's debut album is called Saboulga Voices.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 5, 2014 11:13 am

The new year is a time of new beginnings, new resolutions, new projects and new directions. So it's a perfectly appropriate time of year for Leo Welch, at the age of 81, to put out his very first album.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo: Tiny Desk Concert

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo performs a Tiny Desk Concert in October 2013.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo is a veteran when it comes to taking risks, and it pays off in her compelling music. As a young girl in Vietnam, she knew she wanted to be a traditional musician, even though it was a world dominated by men. It was risky, then, when she pestered a master teacher for three years to give her lessons. He finally gave in, taking her on as an apprentice.

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Top 89
2:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

The Top 89 of 2013

We present to you the Top 89 CD's of 2013 as voted on by our listeners! Use the comments section below to tell us what you think, but be nice.  We didn't do the voting.  Our listeners did.  And remember.  If you didn't vote, you can't complain.

Congratulations to the Tedeschi Trucks Band for coming out on top for the 2nd time in three years with their CD, Made Up My Mind.

Here is the Top 89 of 2013 in its entirety:

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Music Interviews
4:02 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Athlete-Turned-Jazz Musician Gregory Porter On His Influences

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:56 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. Happy New Year.

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All Songs Considered
1:06 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

The Knife On 'Shaking' Expectations

Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer from Swedish electronic music duo The Knife perform live on stage at Lowlands festival in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands in August.
Paul Bergen Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 1:43 pm

  • Hear The Knife On 'Shaking The Habitual'

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CD of the Month
12:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Rosanne Cash, "The River and The Thread"

The CD of the Month for January comes to you from Rosanne Cash. It's titled "The River and The Thread".

JOIN THE CLUB TODAY AND RECEIVE A BRAND NEW CD EVERY MONTH FOR A YEAR!

From BlueNote.com:

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