Music

Music Interviews
4:36 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

From A Band On The Border, The Stories That Shape 'South Of Nowhere'

Spanish Gold brings together Dante Schwebel (left), Patrick Hallahan (center) and Adrian Quesada.
Alysse Gafkjen Courtesy of Sacks & Co.

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 11:33 am

Spanish Gold is a band out of South Texas, and the band's debut album, South of Nowhere, draws inspiration from life on the U.S.-Mexico border. Singer Dante Schwebel discusses the band's sound and the meanings behind the lyrics.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:32 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert

Simone Dinnerstein performs a Tiny Desk Concert in April 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Almost any pianist, from a budding beginner to a pro like Simone Dinnerstein, will tell you that one of the basic techniques of keyboard playing is also the toughest to master: making your hands to do separate things simultaneously.

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CD of the Month
12:40 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Ziggy Marley, "Fly Rasta"

The CD of the Month for June comes to you from Ziggy Marley. It's titled "Fly Rasta"

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Deceptive Cadence
3:31 am
Mon June 2, 2014

The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, creator of contemplative music, photographed in 1990 by influential patron Betty Freeman.
Betty Freeman ECM Records

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 12:54 pm

Arvo Pärt is one of the few living composers to find popularity beyond the borders of classical music. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Bjork are big fans.

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Music Interviews
5:20 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Meshell Ndegeocello Trades Songs And Stories, Live In L.A.

Meshell Ndegeocello's latest album is Comet, Come To Me.
Jason Rodgers Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 6:58 am

After two decades recording and performing, Meshell Ndegeocello no longer has any illusions about the way music publicity works. "You need those generalizations to create a marketing scheme," the celebrated bassist and songwriter says, "and it's hard to make a generalization about me."

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Sun June 1, 2014

In Perfect Movie Music, Filling Space Is An Art

Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray's performances got an emotional boost from Brian Reitzell, the music supervisor for Lost in Translation and many other films.
Focus Features

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 12:47 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Juana Molina: Tiny Desk Concert

Juana Molina performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in April 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 9:47 am

No one else makes music that sounds like this. Juana Molina takes familiar elements — guitars, drums, keyboards, voice — and manipulates them into bewildering, attractive, polished jewels. Her songs don't fall into beat patterns we're used to, but we can dance to them. The guitar doesn't make sounds you'd expect, but we can relate to them. It's as if she'd been raised by wolves and discovered the world of music on her own.

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Music Interviews
7:46 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Mandolin Orchestra Celebrates 90 Years Of Harmony

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:45 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Mandolin fever swept the United States in the early 20th century, and alas, they didn't have a cure in those days. The lute-like instrument was the rage on college campuses. And mandolin orchestras - hundreds spread across the country played to wildly enthusiastic crowds.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:02 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Post-Apocalyptic Picnics And Hollywood Steakhouses In Gabriel Kahane's LA

Gabriel Kahane is the rare musician who travels easily between classical, musical theater and pop. His new album is The Ambassador.
Josh Goleman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 6:35 pm

Though New York City-based Gabriel Kahane wasn't raised there, The Ambassador feels like a musical tour of Los Angeles. The album makes 10 stops in the city where the composer and singer-songwriter was born and only came to appreciate later in life, each with a specific address used as the song title.

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Live Remote
10:06 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Real Mary Peale Broadcasts Live from Sayler Park Sustains

The 2nd Annual Sayler Park Sustains community festival takes places this Saturday from 10am to 10pm.  It's a day-long celebration of community, stewardship, and sustainability with music, demonstrations, vendors, raffles, local food and brews, and kid-friendly fun in Sayler Park.  Come on out and meet the Real Mary Peale as she broadcasts her show live on location from noon until 4pm.

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