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Music Interviews
2:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Omar Souleyman: America's Favorite Syrian Wedding Singer

Omar Souleyman's new album, Wenu Wenu, is out now.
Hisham Bharoocha Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 6:53 am

The growing Syrian diaspora streaming out of a country being torn apart includes one of its most popular singers: Omar Souleyman. The musician combines songs of love and desire with driving techno beats, performed on a synthesizer.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:08 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Debashish Bhattacharya: Tiny Desk Concert

Debashish Bhattacharya performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in September 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 2:29 pm

You've probably never seen or heard an instrument like this. The Hindustani slide guitar is the creation of Debashish Bhattacharya, whose creation pairs his first love — a Hawaiian lap steel guitar, a gift from his father when he was only 3 — and the sounds of India. You can see the similarities to a lap steel guitar, as Bhattacharya lays the guitar across his legs, sliding a metal bar to create the fluid, almost vocal melodies.

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Live in Concert
12:19 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Cut Copy, Live In Concert

Dan Whitford of Cut Copy looks out over a packed house at Le Poisson Rouge on Nov. 19.
Shaun Regan for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 1:23 pm

To launch the partnership between NPR music and KCRW's Metropolis, Cut Copy drew a packed house to downtown New York for a dynamic set of new material from Free Your Mind, along with a few older gems to the delight of an adoring crowd at Le Poisson Rouge. The Aussie dance rockers showed their experience in the live arena, keeping spirits high and working the crowd until late.

Set List

  • "Free Your Mind"
  • "Where I'm Going"
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Music
11:09 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Ben Knight & The Welldiggers in Studio 89 November 18th

Seating is no longer available for tonight's Studio 89.  Check back tomorrow at noon for your opportunity to register for next week's Studio 89, or if you're a contributing member, look for an e-mail soon.  Remember, WNKU Members receive first priority for seating!

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Microphone Check
3:39 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Eight Million Stories: Hip-Hop In 1993

Faith Newman, Ralph McDaniels and Prince Paul at the Ace Hotel Sept. 25.
Ebru Yildiz for NPR

All year Morning Edition and NPR Music have been running radio pieces about rap albums released 20 years ago, in 1993. For a special episode of Microphone Check we invited a group of people who were working in hip-hop back then to meet us at the Ace Hotel in New York City and tell stories about that productive and creative year. At the audio link you can hear an edited version of the evening.

Our guests were:

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Music Interviews
4:53 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

In Lucius, Two Singers Find An Arresting Harmony

Lucius' new album, Wildewoman, is out now.
Peter Larson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 6:58 pm

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Music Interviews
7:34 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Heidecker And Wood, Inspired By The '80s

Some Things Never Stay The Same is the new album from Davin Wood (left) and Tim Heidecker, better known as Heidecker & Wood.
Nick Weidner Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 12:25 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Music Interviews
5:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Can I Kick It? Organ Master Lonnie Smith Can

Dr. Lonnie Smith's In the Beginning, a new album that reimagines the artist's older, out-of-print work, is out now.
Susan Stocker Courtesy of the artist

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Music Interviews
7:14 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Garland Jeffreys Applies His 'Truth Serum'

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 11:53 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WILD IN THE STREETS")

GARLAND JEFFREYS: (Singing) In the heat of the summer, better call up the plumber and turn on the...

DON GONYEA, HOST:

It has been 40 years since singer-songwriter-performer Garland Jeffreys landed on FM radio with a song that became an anthem of sorts.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WILD IN THE STREETS")

JEFFREYS: (Singing) 'Cause it's wild in the streets, wild in the streets...

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Tiny Desk Concerts
5:22 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Gary Burton: Tiny Desk Concert

American jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton plays a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 13, 2013.
Abbey Oldham NPR

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 5:03 pm

In 1963, the jazz pianist George Shearing, an enormously popular act in his day, made an album that was unusual for him. He asked his new, 20-year-old vibraphone player to write an album of contrapuntal, classical-music-inspired compositions, and recorded them with a woodwind quintet atop a jazz rhythm section. It's out of print now, but Out of the Woods received good reviews, and it remains an early career highlight for its young architect, Gary Burton.

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