Music

Author Interviews
4:36 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

Frank Sinatra captured by photographer William "PoPsie" Randolph during a 1943 concert. Author Ben Yagoda points to Sinatra as one of the interpreters who helped revive the Great American Songbook.
William "PoPsie" Randolph Courtesy of Riverhead

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:00 am

Writer Ben Yagoda has set out to explain a shift in American popular culture, one that happened in the early 1950s. Before then, songwriters like Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern wrote popular songs that achieved a notable artistry, both in lyrics and music.

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Ask Me Another
12:04 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

John Darnielle: Master Of Reality

"[Death metal] is a very passionate music. It's also really dark and gory--and I like that stuff." - John Darnielle, of the Mountain Goats.
DL Andersoni

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 12:06 pm

John Darnielle is the core, and sometimes only, member of the band the Mountain Goats. Thought by many to be "America's best non-hip-hop lyricist," he crafts songs that read like stories, and sound like they were recorded in his basement on a rickety tape deck.

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Music
10:46 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards This Sunday

The votes are in and the results of CityBeat's annual online voting for Greater Cincinnati's best musicians and bands will be announced this Sunday at the 18th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.  The red-carpet event will once again take place at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY and will feature live performances by Young Heirlooms, Injecting Strangers, Mad Anthony, Buggs Tha Rocka, and more. 

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Music Interviews
11:54 am
Wed January 21, 2015

'We Can't Just Settle': Broad City Meets Sleater-Kinney

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

In a raucous and revealing panel discussion at New York City's Ace Hotel, the stars and creators of Comedy Central's Broad City interviewed all three members of the newly reunited rock band Sleater-Kinney Friday night.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:18 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Rubblebucket: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 1:03 pm

Before Rubblebucket played its Tiny Desk Concert, its members asked if they could bring a confetti cannon. And, though I said no — dear coworkers, I really do care about you — the band still brought a fun mix of brass and brash to the Tiny Desk.

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Microphone Check
2:17 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

AraabMuzik: 'I Have So Much Music, It Doesn't Make Sense'

AraabMuzik at work.
Erez Avissar Courtesy of Distrolord

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 4:48 pm

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Music Interviews
3:32 am
Mon January 19, 2015

The Decemberists Return, Renewed And A Little Relaxed

The Decemberists' latest album is What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 3:59 pm

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My Big Break
5:35 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

A Tattooist And A Tweet Take A Band From Tiny Clubs To Tours

Noelle Scaggs and Michael Fitzpatrick provide the vocals for the band Fitz and the Tantrums.
Courtesy of the artist

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

The Los Angeles-based band Fitz and the Tantrums has been called a "genre-smashing" group — blending retro soul and R&B with indie pop.

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Studio Sessions
5:52 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Guster Talks 20 Years Of Music — And Performs Live

Guster's latest album is Evermotion.
Zoe Ruth Erwin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 11:15 am

When the members of Guster met at Tufts University, they never guessed that by the time they graduated they'd be looking to buy a van and hit the road together. To this day, drummer Brian Rosenworcel says he can't believe his bandmates let him join the group — after all, he was the guy who thought it'd be cool to bring his bongos to college.

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Author Interviews
7:41 am
Sat January 17, 2015

A 'Down-To-Earth Diva' Confronts Her Flaws And Good Fortune

Deborah Voigt regularly hosts and performs in the Metropolitan Opera's The Met: Live in HD series.
Heidi Gutman HarperCollinsPublishers

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 11:57 am

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