Music

Tiny Desk Concerts
9:36 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Banks: Tiny Desk Concert

James Clark NPR

Tiny Desk Concerts often require creative and logistical transformations, from electric bands going acoustic to big bands squashing into a tiny space to many players gathering around a single microphone. But the setting is particularly challenging for vocalists, especially those accustomed to heavy production, effects or — in the case of recent guest T-Pain — generous dollops of Auto-Tune.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:36 am
Wed October 29, 2014

T-Pain: Tiny Desk Concert

Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 4:06 pm

T-Pain's fingerprints are all over pop and R&B and hip-hop. He wasn't the first musician to use Auto-Tune as an instrument — he noticed it on a Jennifer Lopez remix, and remembers "Deep" well — but it was, as he says, his style. For a while, in the mid-2000s, he lived at the top of the charts. He dominated that brief moment of our lives when ringtones were a thing.

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Studio 89
11:59 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Studio 89 with Rattlesnakin' Daddies

WNKU welcomes local band Rattlesnakin' Daddies to Studio 89 on November 3rd.

Seating is no longer available for tonight's Studio 89 but you can tune into WNKU tonight at 7pm to listen live! Be sure to 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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Music Interviews
5:45 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

No Shame: Glen Campbell Documentary Follows Singer's Goodbye Tour

In 2011, Glen Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 6:25 pm

Anyone old enough to remember the 1960s and '70s is old enough to remember Glen Campbell.

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Music Interviews
5:13 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Maya Beiser Shreds The Cello

Maya Beiser's new rock covers album is called Uncovered.
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Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 6:31 pm

Through the decades, classical cellists have studied the masters: Pablo Casals, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jacqueline du Pre. AC/DC doesn't quite make that list — but cellist Maya Beiser loves playing their music.

Beiser gives some of her favorite rock and blues numbers — like AC/DC's "Back in Black" and Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" — a modern cello workover on her new album, Uncovered.

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Music Interviews
6:54 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Messing With Perfection: Why The Flaming Lips Took On 'Sgt. Pepper'

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips speaks to NPR's Arun Rath about his band's new album, With A Little Help From My Fwends.
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Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 8:15 pm

Rolling Stone called it the greatest album of all time — and for some, that's an understatement. The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, raising the standard of rock 'n' roll and challenging their peers to catch up. For just about anyone who cares about rock music, this album is unassailable. And yet, one band — with a reputation for being contrarian — is testing the waters.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Danish String Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR Starff

An abundance of facial hair is not restricted to the sensitive male indie-rocker set. Three of the four players in the Danish String Quartet could easily pass for hipster Brooklyn beard farmers. "We are simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard," the group's website says.

Yet what's really important about the ensemble is how they play — and judging from this performance behind Bob Boilen's desk, these Nordic lads possess warmth, wit, a beautiful tone and technical prowess second to none.

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Music Interviews
7:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Oratorio Tackles The Issue Of Leaks From 'The Source'

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

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Music Interviews
7:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Music To Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

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Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Halloween approaches, doesn't it? Hobgoblins and witches, and we don't just mean the campaign season. No artist was more successful at producing the sinister by suggestion than Sir Alfred Hitchcock. It's Saturday morning, why don't you all take a nice shower?

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Music Interviews
5:44 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Pat Benatar And Neil Giraldo: Tales From A Rock 'N' Roll Marriage

Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo have been married, making music, and performing together for more than 35 years.
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Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 3:07 pm

Every relationship has an origin story. For Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, it all goes back to the moment in the late 1970s when Benatar signed a recording deal with Chrysalis Records — who immediately fired everyone in her band but the bass player.

"They brought in all these top studio guys and all the guys that were in New York, the big guys," Benatar tells NPR's Scott Simon. "And we were in auditions for all the other musicians and they said, 'Neil Giraldo's here.'

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