Music

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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Metropolis
11:40 am
Tue March 3, 2015

The Metropolis Interview: MK

Marc Kinchen, better known as MK.
Courtesy of the artist

In the mid-'90s, Marc Kinchen, better known as MK, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play chart with his songs "Always" and "Love Changes." Since then, MK has made a name for himself as a producer and DJ with a gift for remixes and a knack for matching perfect vocals to deep house.

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Music
2:03 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Love, Fear And Lady Lamb: A New Album, And A New Openness

Aly Spaltro, also known as Lady Lamb The Beekeeper.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:09 pm

It isn't surprising to learn that Lady Lamb writes some of her lyrics while half asleep. Her songs possess a dreamy, ethereal quality, with connections that seem subconscious.

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Microphone Check
5:44 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Big Sean: 'I Stuck With My Gut'

Big Sean at NPR's Los Angeles bureau.
Emily Berl for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 4:47 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:40 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Phox: Tiny Desk Concert

Morgan McCloy NPR

I first saw Phox in an impromptu concert at a restaurant in Philadelphia. I thought the band was talented and charming, and I still do. Phox is six friends from Baraboo, Wis., who make pretty, catchy music. The group's not-so-secret weapon is Monica Martin, who sings with a smoky lilt in front of spare, tasteful instrumentation.

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Author Interviews
5:41 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Robert Christgau Reviews His Own Life

"I think it's a terrible critical sin to try to be different," says Robert Christgau, whose memoir Going into the City is a look back at his five decades of music writing.
Joe Mabel Wikipedia

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 6:07 pm

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Music
4:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

'You Have To Be Bored': Dan Deacon On Creativity

Gliss Riffer is the latest and perhaps most accessible album by electronic knob-twister Dan Deacon.
Frank Hamilton Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 6:39 pm

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Music
8:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Feet On The Coast, Mind On The Prairie: Tom Brosseau's Rootless Sound

Tom Brosseau's latest album is Perfect Abandon.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 10:40 am

Before he soaked up the American Songbook, Tom Brosseau grew up with music in church, school and home, surrounded by the hymnal and folk songs adored by his grandparents. Today he lives in the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, but the North Dakota native says his heart remains far away, back at home.

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