Music

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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Music
4:57 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

In Love And Music, Estelle Is Out To Get It Right

Estelle's latest album is True Romance.
Sophy Holland Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 6:32 pm

When the world met Estelle, she was looking for an "American Boy" — or so went the chorus of her 2008 hit. In real life, the British-born R&B singer did get her American Boy, but a few years back, they went through a rough breakup. Estelle channeled that heartbreak into her 2012 album All Of Me. As she tells NPR's Arun Rath, her next thought was, "Now what?"

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Music Interviews
7:23 am
Sat February 14, 2015

50 Years Of Music With Gordon Lightfoot

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 10:15 am

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Music
4:36 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

A Serious Man: Father John Misty's Transformation In Progress

Father John Misty's latest album is titled I Love You, Honeybear.
Emma Tillman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 8:13 am

When singer-songwriter Josh Tillman started on his latest album, he set out to write honestly about love and intimacy.

"The things that emerge in true intimacy can be fairly brutal," he says, adding a joke: "That's why it's a metal album."

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Music Interviews
2:19 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Meet Fantastic Negrito, The Winner Of Our Tiny Desk Concert Contest

"I like going out and looking at people, and they inspire me so much," says Oakland musician Fantastic Negrito, winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
Eric Taylor Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:22 am

Some offices have sandwich carts. We have live music.

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A Blog Supreme
12:57 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Introducing The Reginald Cyntje Group: Who Are These Guys?

Saxophonist Brian Settles takes a solo, with bandleader Reginald Cyntje looking on.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

The artists featured on this week's Jazz Night In America Wednesday Night Webcast are, by a fair margin, the least-known performers we've had on the program. Their names don't travel far outside the underrated musicians' community of the mid-Atlantic — specifically, Washington, D.C. — but not for lack of talent. They're among the premier musicians in the region, some being bandleaders themselves, and they all have strong individual sound identities.

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Microphone Check
12:37 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Terrace Martin: 'Everything Got A Little Bit Of Funk In It'

Terrace Martin.
Courtesy of the artist

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

Last year you heard Terrace Martin's work on YG's album, Ninth Wonder's compilation, Big K.R.I.T.'s Cadillactica and, just this week, a new song by Kendrick Lamar, called "The Blacker The Berry." In the space of less than six months in 2014, the LA-based producer and multi-instrumentalist also put out a full solo album, 3Chor

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Deceptive Cadence
3:39 am
Wed February 11, 2015

What It Means To Play Pablo Casals' Cello

Amit Peled is preparing to re-create a century-old cello recital by Pablo Casals, using the master's own instrument. Here, he shows if off in NPR's Washington, D.C., studios.
Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 2:47 pm

When Amit Peled was 10, his parents gave him a gift: a cassette of music by cello master Pablo Casals. Peled had no classical background; his parents were not musicians. He says his own budding interest in the cello was a scam, a way of getting close to a girl in his town who happened to play the instrument. And yet, every night, he would fall asleep with the tape playing from a boombox beside his bed. The music made an impression.

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