Favorite Sessions
1:13 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

KEXP Presents: テ《geir

テ《geir performs live in the KEXP studio.
Morgen Schuler KEXP

It'll take a little practice, but you'll likely find yourself saying the name テ《geir like a true Icelander soon enough. When we started playing the young singer-songwriter's music two years ago, we knew his ethereal falsetto and captivating songs would catch on, even though his lyrics were sung completely in Icelandic at the time.

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Music Interviews
11:24 am
Fri October 31, 2014

In Conversation With George Clinton

George Clinton backstage at the Museum of the Moving Image, in Astoria, Queens, NYC.

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 12:36 pm

Earlier this week, the inimitable George Clinton sat for not one but two conversations about his work and where it comes from. First, he spoke with the host of NPR Music's R&B channel, Jason King, about soul music, swag and Kendrick Lamar.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:38 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Sun Ra Arkestra: Tiny Desk Concert

Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra perform at the Tiny Desk.
Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 11:48 am

Sun Ra was a big-band innovator, a pioneer of recording and playing with electronics, a poet, a cosmic philosopher, a bandleader and a keyboard innovator who claimed to be from Saturn. Herman Poole Blount would have turned 100 in 2014 had he not left us more than 20 years ago. But his spirit lives on, and so does his long-running band.

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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 窶 in the case of recent guest T-Pain 窶 generous dollops of Auto-Tune.

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All Songs TV
1:26 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Greylag, 'Yours To Shake'

Courtesy of the artist

It's easy to define the world in absolutes, but it rarely leads to truth. Reality is usually more complicated, mostly colored in shades of gray, and often unknowable. It's a never-ending struggle to make sense of each other, ourselves and our desires.

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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 窶 he noticed it on a Jennifer Lopez remix, and remembers "Deep" well 窶 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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Favorite Sessions
11:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

KCRW Presents: Mikky Ekko

Mikky Ekko performs live at Sonos Studio in New York.
Bryan Derballa Courtesy of Sonos

Nashville singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko was catapulted to fame when pop superstar Rihanna recorded his song "Stay" and then performed it with him at the Grammys. Now, with the release of his debut album Time, Ekko is showcasing the talent that has had so many big-name acts clamoring to work with him.

During Ekko's recent visit to a Sonos Studio pop-up set in New York City, KCRW captured this live version of "Stay."

Jazz Night In America Videos
10:36 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Funky Tune That Was Too Big For Miles Davis


When Miles Davis returned to performing in the early 1980s, he asked his former bandmate and master composer, Wayne Shorter, to write something for him. What came out was a large ensemble work too unwieldy for Davis, and Shorter put it back on his shelf. "I asked him for a tune, and he gives me a [expletive deleted] symphony," Davis reportedly said at the time.

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Front Row
10:23 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Cayetana, Live In Concert

The Philadelphia rock trio Cayetana performs during NPR Music's show at the CMJ Music Marathon.
Loren Wohl for NPR

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 7:08 pm

The CMJ Music Marathon, which takes place in clubs across New York City each autumn, began as a way for college-radio programmers to discover new acts for their airwaves. It was in that spirit that NPR Music chose the Philly rock band Cayetana to kick off its recent CMJ show.

Augusta Koch, Allegra Anka and Kelly Olsen are already underground stars in the city of brotherly love, but their audience is poised to grow massively on the strength of Cayetana's stellar debut album, Nervous Like Me. And, as you'll see here, the band's got the whole "live" thing down pat.

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Favorite Sessions
12:34 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

KEXP Presents: Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst performs live in the KEXP studio.
Renata Steiner KEXP

It's not as if Conor Oberst needs much help sounding great. The Omaha native has been writing and performing with various projects, most notably Bright Eyes, since his early teens, and he's helped found two important independent labels: Saddle Creek and Team Love. Everything he does is worth hearing.

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