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Favorite Sessions
11:43 am
Tue June 3, 2014

WAMU's Bandwidth Presents: Frankie Cosmos

Frankie Cosmos performs live for WAMU's Bandwidth.
Maggie Famiglietti WAMU

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:17 pm

New York's Greta Kline has been cranking out lo-fi releases over the last few years under a number of different aliases. This spring, she released her debut full-length, Zentropy, as Frankie Cosmos — her first recording with a band.

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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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Favorite Sessions
1:09 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

KEXP Presents: tUnE-yArDs

Dave Lichterman KEXP

The typography of the band's name — tUnE-yArDs — mirrors the ecstatic rhythms of its new album. For Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus has traveled far, sonically and literally, to expand upon the conceit of her self-recorded debut and turn tUnE-yArDs into a communal tribe of singers, dancers and performers.

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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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