Music

The Record
1:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Is Charli XCX A Pop Star?

Charli XCX.
Courtesy of the artist

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Music Interviews
4:44 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

On Its Confident Debut, Phox Puts A Reluctant Voice Front And Center

Phox released its self-titled debut album last week.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 7:37 pm

People hearing Monica Martin's astonishing voice for the first time might fairly assume that the Phox frontwoman has sung for rapt audiences forever. But they'd be wrong.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:40 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Lydia Loveless: Tiny Desk Concert

Alex Schelldorf NPR

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:46 am

For 23-year-old singer-guitarist Lydia Loveless, gritty, countrified blues-rock is a palette broad enough to include literary drama — complete with fatalistic references to the doomed French poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud — and a plainspoken plea for oral sex.

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Microphone Check
2:02 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Pete Rock: 'Real Could Be Another Word For Original'

Pete Rock.
Courtesy of the artist

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Tue July 1, 2014

On 'Remedy,' Old Crow Medicine Show Gets A Favor From Bob Dylan

Old Crow Medicine Show.
Andrea Behrends Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:26 pm

For more conversations with music-makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

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CD of the Month
2:52 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Mike Mattison, "You Can't Fight Love"

The CD of the Month for July comes to you from Mike Mattison. It's titled "You Can't Fight Love"

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Music Interviews
1:54 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Belgian Singer Stromae Hopes To Bring French Flair To The U.S.

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:37 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, we're ending on a musical note. You might remember my conversation earlier this year with recording artist Stromae. He's already one of the biggest names in dance music in Europe. You're going to be hearing more about him because he is heading out on his first major North American tour later this year. Before then, though - soccer fans take note - he wrote Belgium's World Cup anthem, "Ta Fete." And you might catch it when the Belgians play Team USA tomorrow.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TA FETE")

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Author Interviews
5:05 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Ja Rule: 'I Took It Upon Myself To Become A Man'

Ja Rule at NPR's New York bureau in June.
Quoctrung Bui NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 8:55 am

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Music Interviews
8:12 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Joe Henry On Marriage And The Songs That Embody It

Joe Henry's latest album is Invisible Hour.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:58 am

Joe Henry sounds like a pretty good name for a no-nonsense jack-of-all-trades, a guy devoted to family who knows about a day's pay for a day's work, and about commitment.

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Music Interviews
5:21 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Ani Cordero Pays Tribute To The History Of Latin Protest Music

Ani Cordero's new album is Recordar: Latin American Songs Of Love And Protest.
Erin Patrice O'Brien Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 6:22 pm

New York's Ani Cordero was one of the founding members of the Latin rock band Pistolera. On her new solo album, she's unplugged — but no less powerful.

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