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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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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:28 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Hozier: Tiny Desk Concert

Hozier performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Alex Schelldorf/NPR NPR

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 4:09 pm

Andrew Hozier-Byrne's voice is so rich, so vital and so soulful, I'm certain I'll follow his music for a long time to come. The 24-year-old Irishman, who performs under the name Hozier, opens this set with the brilliant and instantly grabby song "Take Me to Church," about passion, sex and religion.

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Music Videos
12:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Mark Stewart On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Q2 Music

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:06 am

In his own words, Mark Stewart makes a living playing a little bit of popular music, quite a bit of semi-popular music and an enormous amount of unpopular music — the last being all the music you probably haven't heard.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Mon May 26, 2014

KEXP Presents: Lykke Li

Lykke Li performs live at KEXP.
Renata Steiner KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:50 pm

Lykke Li may sing about repeating past mistakes, but on her new album, I Never Learn, the Swedish singer-songwriter has clearly grown. While continuing to work with Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John), who contributed to her first two albums, Li took the helm in producing this time around. Musically, the results are darker and more melancholy; lyrically, she pulls no punches in relating the heartbreak that informs its songs.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Sun May 25, 2014

The Current Presents: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

The Current

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:55 pm

The former leader of Pavement, one of the most important bands of the 1990s, Stephen Malkmus has continued his enduring career with The Jicks. Malkmus and his more recent group have released six albums together, the most recent being Wig Out at Jagbags. He and The Jicks recently performed "Chartjunk" live in the studio at The Current in St. Paul, Minn.

Credits

Photo/Video: Nate Ryan; Audio: Michael DeMark

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Yasmine Hamdan: Tiny Desk Concert

Music
11:55 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Tom Scholz: Sound Machine

Songwriter, musician and engineer Tom Scholz in his studio.
Austin de Besche

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 4:34 pm

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Favorite Sessions
10:26 am
Thu May 22, 2014

KCRW Presents: Tycho

Tycho performs live on KCRW.
Rob La Fond KCRW

Tycho started as a solo musical project from graphic designer and photographer Scott Hansen, but has since evolved into a full band. The exhilarating music triggers strong emotions, which is unusual for instrumental music; the band was built around its live shows and the "arcs of energy" that define its performances. This version of "Awake" provides a great example.

Watch Tycho's entire Morning Becomes Eclectic session at KCRW.com.

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