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SXSW: Live From Austin
6:55 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

SXSW 2014: Kelis, 'Breakfast'

Kelis, seen here at NPR Music's SXSW Showcase in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night, performed her first show in America in almost four years.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:40 am

Kelis hadn't taken the stage in America since 2010. But from her opening notes — in which she took on the standard "Feeling Good," as popularized by Nina Simone — the singer never shied away from the most lavish possible spectacle on stage at NPR Music's SXSW showcase, held at Stubb's BBQ. Backed by a 12-piece band, complete with horn section and backup singers, Kelis reintroduced herself to the world as a transformed artist whose sound looks forward and backward without losing its focus on the present.

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World Cafe
3:03 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

SXSW Spotlight On Austin Music History

World Cafe host David Dye (left) speaking with Jody Denberg.
John Vettese KUTX

Longtime Austin resident Jody Denberg, who is at least somewhat responsible for Austin's musical tastes as the program director of KGSR radio for 19 years, is our guest for this Sense of Place episode. KGSR was and is a commercial station playing music, much like public station KUTX, where Denberg works today. Although he was born in New York, he is with us to talk about the musical history of his adopted home. He engagingly brings a fan's perspective.

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SXSW: Live From Austin
8:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

NPR Music Presents: Live From SXSW 2014

Studio 89
1:36 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

STUDIO 89: Tickled Pink on Monday, March 17th

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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World Cafe
11:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Roland Swenson On World Cafe

Roland Swenson.
Rob Patterson Courtesy of the artist

Roland Swenson is a co-founder and the managing director of the South By Southwest Music Festival. The idea for the festival came in 1986, when organizers of the NYC New Music Seminar contacted Swenson, then a staffer at the alt-weekly paper The Austin Chronicle, about organizing an extension to their festival in Austin. After that fell through, Swenson and others went ahead planning an event themselves and the first SXSW Festival was held 1987. He says they only expected 150 people.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:40 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Jake Bugg: Tiny Desk Concert

Jake Bugg performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

There was a haze over Jake Bugg when he arrived at the Tiny Desk. He was expressionless and quiet. That all changed when he strummed fast and fierce on his acoustic guitar and began a flow of words reminiscent of Greenwich Village in the '60s, not modern Clifton in England's East Midlands, where he grew up.

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Music Interviews
2:59 am
Mon March 10, 2014

The Education Of Christylez Bacon

Christylez Bacon's new album is Hip Hop Unplugged.
Yacouba Tanou Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 9:59 am

Christylez Bacon attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a prestigious high school in Washington, D.C. that also counts Dave Chappelle and Meshell Ndegeocello among its alumni. When it came time to write a final paper for his U.S. Government class, he wanted to craft something more reflective of his upbringing in the city's Southeast quadrant — an area hit hard by crime and drugs in the 1980s.

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Music Interviews
5:23 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Acclaimed Jazz Singer Diane Reeves Takes On A Soulful Sound

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 2:57 pm

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Again, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "STORMY WEATHER")

DIANE REEVES: (Singing) Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky...

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Music Interviews
7:59 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Ruben Studdard Tells What Happens The Day After 'Idol'

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 12:00 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Ruben Studdard became a national superstar when he won "American Idol."

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: After 24 million votes, the winner of American Idol 2003 is Ruben Studdard.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

MARTIN: Ten seasons of "Idol" have gone by since that win. But Ruben Studdard remains one of the show's biggest-selling stars. His new album is his sixth studio release. It's a collection of classic love songs with a few originals mixed in for good measure. It is called "Unconditional Love."

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Music Interviews
6:04 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

Putting A Name And Face To A Famous Voice

It's become the newest sports anthem: "The Man" by Aloe Blacc. The song is everywhere.
Reid Rolls Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 12:57 pm

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