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Favorite Sessions
5:05 am
Sun June 1, 2014

WFUV Presents: Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten plays a special show at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.
Gus Philippas WFUV

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:11 pm

Building on the success of her third album, Tramp, Sharon Van Etten decided that the next direction to take was her own. So Are We There is her first self-produced album, recorded with her stellar band and some assistance from veteran producer Stewart Lerman.

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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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Microphone Check
1:18 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Mannie Fresh Live: 'Real Talk'

Mannie Fresh onstage in Washington, D.C.
Becky Harlan for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:03 pm

Mannie Fresh, the legendary New Orleans producer and DJ, was our guest for the first live episode of Microphone Check. We taped at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. at the end of May, and the conversation was predictably warm, sharp and funny. Mannie regaled the crowd with stories about Cash Money Records, the making of Juvenile's 400 Degreez, Lil Wayne's career, Mantronix and his dad. And he played us a new song from what he's working on now: an album with Brooklyn rapper Mos Def.

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Microphone Check
1:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Mannie Fresh DJ Set: 'We Bounced Everything'

Mannie Fresh behind the decks at NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Becky Harlan for NPR

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 2:56 pm

In the middle of our live interview with Mannie Fresh at NPR's headquarters in D.C., Ali asked Mannie how he approaches DJing — does he play what he wants to hear? Or does he feed the crowd? "When I want you to understand something, I remix it," Mannie said. "If it's Earth Wind and Fire, and you not getting it, I'ma make you get it."

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Favorite Sessions
11:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

KCRW Presents: Thomas Dybdahl

Thomas Dybdahl performed live in the KCRW studios.
Alex Pieros KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 3:28 pm

Norway's Thomas Dybdahl had spent the better part of his career in New York City, but for his latest release, What's Left Is Forever, he found himself spending more time in Los Angeles. In addition to the new surroundings, Dybdahl also experimented with different ways of recording, opting for a simpler approach than in the past. The result was a throwback sound layered with funky grooves, something you can surely hear in the song "This Love Is Here To Stay."

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Blue Note At 75
4:31 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Wayne Shorter Quartet

NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:42 am

During the 1960s, Wayne Shorter came to the fore not just for his talent on saxophone, but also for the compositions he created. Whether with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers or with Miles Davis' quintet, or on his own string of solo albums, Shorter's harmonic conception, sense of space and bending of music-theory rules destined many of his tunes to become jazz standards.

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Blue Note At 75
4:31 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Norah Jones

Norah Jones performs at Blue Note at 75, The Concert.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:42 am

Norah Jones fans likely remember Come Away With Me — the 2002 recording which introduced her smoke-infused twang to the world. That album, like all of hers since, came out on Blue Note Records, merging her voice with those of major jazz artists of yesterday and the present.

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Blue Note At 75
4:30 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Lou Donaldson & Dr. Lonnie Smith

Lou Donaldson and Dr. Lonnie Smith perform at Blue Note At 75, The Concert.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:41 am

In a stretch of Blue Note albums throughout the 1950s, '60s and even early '70s, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, now 87, emblematized the hard bop and soul jazz that we now consider "straight-ahead." The old dog has resisted certain new tricks in music — "no fusion, no confusion" is his motto — but he's certainly expanded his palette of dirty jokes to include, well, modern medicine. At the Blue Note at 75 concert, Donaldson warmed up the crowd and gave it some of his classic greasy polish. Sweet Poppa Lou was accompanied by organist Dr.

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Blue Note At 75
4:26 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: McCoy Tyner & Bobby Hutcherson

McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson perform at Blue Note at 75, The Concert.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:41 am

Pianist McCoy Tyner and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson first connected on record in 1966, on Hutcherson's album Stick-Up! They must have realized they were musically simpatico — they've continued to work together for nearly five decades now. At the Blue Note at 75 concert, they didn't say a word, but locked into a miniature set of Tyner's classic compositions with ageless grace.

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All Songs TV
10:29 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Son Lux, 'Build A Pyre (Begin Again)'

Scene from a Son Lux video for the song "Build A Pyre (Begin Again)."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 4:05 pm

Ryan Lott, the beat genius behind Son Lux, loves to dismantle rhythms, crafting off-kilter synth and programmed patterns. It's an often disorienting form director Geoff Hoskinson recreated and realized beautifully in the video's jump-cut visuals.

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