Music

Tiny Desk Concerts
2:39 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Zola Jesus: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

With her huge voice and an assist from talented trombonist Daniel Walter Eaton, Zola Jesus presented a curious combination at the Tiny Desk — a combination I hardly ever encounter. Having seen her mostly with a big and powerful band, I wondered if this configuration would work. But it was magic, with the trombone poignantly complementing her mellifluous voice and stark personal words.

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Author Interviews
5:18 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon On Marriage, Music And Moving On

Kim Gordon is a founding member of Sonic Youth.
Alisa Smirnova Courtesy of HarperCollins

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 7:23 pm

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Music
5:52 am
Sun February 22, 2015

A Sister Act Taps A Ghostly, Afro-Cuban Groove

Ibeyi is the duo of twin sisters Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 12:36 pm

The word Ibeyi means "twins" in Yoruba, a language and culture whose influence looms large in the lives of two young musicians who have claimed the word for themselves.

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Music Interviews
8:17 am
Sat February 21, 2015

The Mavericks Release An Album, Minus Robert Reynolds

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 9:20 am

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Music Interviews
8:17 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Pussy Riot Releases Its First Song In English

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 9:20 am

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Music Interviews
8:17 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Whitehorse Layers Complex Rhythms In 'Leave No Bridge'

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 10:26 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

You might think that Whitehorse is a 10-piece affair. The Canadian band plays complex melodies, its rhythms are layered, but Whitehorse is actually just a couple of people.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE WALLS HAVE DRUNKEN EARS")

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Jazz Night In America
6:21 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Christian McBride On 'A Love Supreme' And Its Descendants

John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964.
Chuck Stewart Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 9:04 pm

Christian McBride remembers very well the first time he heard A Love Supreme, the John Coltrane classic that turns 50 this month. The bassist, composer and host of NPR's Jazz Night in America was in high school in Philadelphia, and had grown friendly with the staff at record store he passed on his daily commute.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:35 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Until The Ribbon Breaks: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 12:36 pm

The beauty of the Tiny Desk lies, at least partially, in the limitations of size and technology. We rarely amplify voices, for example, so for a band like Until The Ribbon Breaks, the challenge becomes how to take a loud electronic sound down to a volume where singer Pete Lawrie-Winfield can be heard. In this case, the solution involved a spaghetti strainer, a paint bucket and an acoustic guitar.

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Music
5:07 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

The Doctor Is In: Eddie Henderson On Life As 'The Funk Surgeon'

Eddie Henderson's latest album is Collective Portrait.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 6:20 pm

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Music
7:06 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Raising Pops: Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy Complete A Family Circle

Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples
Spencer Tweedy Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 8:17 pm

More than 15 years ago, Roebuck "Pops" Staples started recording his final album with his daughters, Mavis, Cleotha and Yvonne of the gospel-R&B family act The Staple Singers. Pops was ailing, but his voice was strong.

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