Music http://ksjd.org en Gurrumul, An Unlikely International Star, Reaches U.S. Ears http://ksjd.org/post/gurrumul-unlikely-international-star-reaches-us-ears The Australian musician and singer-songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who goes by simply Gurrumul, is an international star. He has sung a duet with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15397433/sting" target="_blank">Sting</a>, performed for Britain's Royal Family and President Obama and even graced the cover of <em>Rolling Stone</em>, who called him "Australia's most important voice." That's remarkable for a man who was born blind, is extremely shy and doesn't speak much English.<p>Gurrumul's songs, like his own life, encompass a span of human experience as great as any on earth. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 NPR Staff 13084 at http://ksjd.org Gurrumul, An Unlikely International Star, Reaches U.S. Ears Drum Fill Friday, With Interpol's Sam Fogarino http://ksjd.org/post/drum-fill-friday-interpols-sam-fogarino This week's guest Quizmaster is Sam Fogarino, drummer for the band Interpol. The group is set to release its latest album, <em>El Pintor</em>, in September. It's Interpol's first new record since 2010's self-titled release. Can you identify the songs he selected from just a few seconds of drumming?<p>As always, if you know a fill (or intro) or drummer you'd love to see featured in this game, let us know in the comments section, or via Twitter <a href="http://www.twitter.com/allsongs">@allsongs</a>, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, careful listeners! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 13075 at http://ksjd.org Viking's Choice: Witch Mountain, 'Psycho Animundi' http://ksjd.org/post/vikings-choice-witch-mountain-psycho-animundi For a band that went into hiding for a decade, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/135237025/witch-mountain">Witch Mountain</a> sure has made up for lost time. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:03:00 +0000 Lars Gotrich 13076 at http://ksjd.org Viking's Choice: Witch Mountain, 'Psycho Animundi' The Reign Of 'Purple Rain' http://ksjd.org/post/reign-purple-rain <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15394157/prince" target="_blank">Prince</a>'s semi-autobiographical film, <em>Purple Rain</em>, hit theaters 30 years ago this weekend. Many people went to see it multiple times, often clad in ... purple. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 NPR Staff 13058 at http://ksjd.org The Reign Of 'Purple Rain' YG: 'I Gave Y'All What I Seen' http://ksjd.org/post/yg-i-gave-yall-what-i-seen <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN4upVaDFFs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48WWhHCocJA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLRHiaC_VQo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSrTnWDTdwI</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:07:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley & Ali Shaheed Muhammad 13057 at http://ksjd.org YG: 'I Gave Y'All What I Seen' Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers http://ksjd.org/post/labor-conflict-may-lock-out-met-opera-workers The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.<p>For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 13039 at http://ksjd.org Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers KCRW Presents: Rodrigo Amarante http://ksjd.org/post/kcrw-presents-rodrigo-amarante Rodrigo Amarante is well known in his home country of Brazil as part of Los Hermanos and, here in the states, he made a name for himself as a member of LA group <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/95599558/little-joy">Little Joy</a>. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:04:00 +0000 Jason Bentley, KCRW Music Director 13030 at http://ksjd.org KCRW Presents: Rodrigo Amarante A Tour Of Spanish Harlem, Birthplace Of Boogaloo http://ksjd.org/post/tour-spanish-harlem-birthplace-boogaloo <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQm_5cxEeb8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIV4MHb4CT0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdqaBN-EWY4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xO0mzjdeU4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7dAsMd4Mr4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqiUCcSkCAY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGsTmAOI2hg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up3TsKdscLI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfbu8avVVeI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I43vckpRjMk</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:12:00 +0000 Jasmine Garsd 13022 at http://ksjd.org A Tour Of Spanish Harlem, Birthplace Of Boogaloo First Watch: Maddie & Tae, 'Girl In A Country Song' http://ksjd.org/post/first-watch-maddie-tae-girl-country-song It's starting to seem like even the bros are tired of bro country. The truck-loving Florida Georgia Line has switched up its game with the chart- dominant "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42uphHWxmFU" target="_blank">Dirt</a>," a sensitive ballad about marriage and farming. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:52:00 +0000 Ann Powers 13018 at http://ksjd.org First Watch: Maddie & Tae, 'Girl In A Country Song' The Good Listener: When Is It OK To Hold Seats At A Festival? http://ksjd.org/post/good-listener-when-it-ok-hold-seats-festival We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the flyers from reputable debt-consolidation companies is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, a vexing piece of concert-going etiquette.<p><strong><em>Dorise Gruber writes: "What is good festival etiquette for seat-holding? I just returned from [2013's] Solid Sound Festival (the <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15164119/wilco">Wilco</a>-curated festival in Western Massachusetts), and the shows were fantastic. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 13019 at http://ksjd.org The Good Listener: When Is It OK To Hold Seats At A Festival?