Music

The Record
7:03 am
Tue March 25, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Lil Jon's History Of Turning Up

Lil' Jon performing in Hollywood in March.
Chelsea Lauren WireImage

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Deceptive Cadence
6:58 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Kronos Quartet At 40: Songs We Love

Over four decades, the Kronos quartet (from left, John Sherba, Sunny Yang, Hank Dutt and David Harrington) has premiered more than 800 pieces.
Jay Blakesberg

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 4:12 pm

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Metropolis
2:37 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Metropolis: 3/22/14

SBTRKT's "Stifle" kicks off this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • SBTRKT, "Stifle" (Young Turks)
  • Bea, "Breadwinner"
  • Tensnake, "First Song" (Astralwerks)
  • Duke Dumont, "I Got U (feat. Jax Jones) (Bondax Remix)" (Astralwerks)
  • Booka Shade, "Crossing Borders (Pleasurekraft Remix)" (Blaufield Music)
  • Kolombo, "Whatever You Like" (2diy4)
  • Todd Terje, "Delorean Dynamite" (Olsen Records)
  • Hot Chip, "How Do You Do (Todd Terje Remix)" (Astralwerks)
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All Songs Considered
2:15 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Question Of The Week: Does The Death Of An Instrument Break Your Heart?

All Songs Considered Soundcloud Dropbox

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:01 am

Few things make us cringe quite like hearing about the untimely death of a musical instrument. A table or an appliance may be swept away by a hurricane, or a set of golf clubs may be mangled by baggage handlers, but they don't hold quite the emotional pull of seeing a crushed guitar or piano. It feels like something living has died.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:44 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert

Joseph Calleja performed a Tiny Desk Concert November 26.
Abbey Oldham Abbey Oldham/NPR

Malta, the island nation 50 miles south of Sicily, may be small, but it's home to one of the biggest stars in opera, tenor Joseph Calleja. And like his country's name, which may originate in the Greek word for honey, Calleja's voice is a potent mix of Italianate passion and sweetness. Just listen to how he pulls the volume back to a slender golden ray of tone several times in Tosti's gorgeous "Ideale," and especially the word "disciogliea" in the Puccini aria that closes this performance.

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Mountain Stage
12:03 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Deer Tick On Mountain Stage

Deer Tick.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:44 pm

Led by singer-songwriter John McCauley, Deer Tick makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

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The Record
11:54 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Dave Brockie, GWAR's Oderus Urungus, Dies At 50

Oderus Urungus and GWAR perform at the Download Festival in Castle Donington, England, in 2011.
Shirlaine Forrest WireImage

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 1:27 pm

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World Cafe
11:39 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Rosanne Cash On World Cafe

Rosanne Cash.
Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 9:13 am

Rosanne Cash's last three records, starting with Black Cadillac and including both her covers collection The List and her new The River & The Thread, form a trilogy on the subject of her relationship with her father Johnny Cash — both as his daughter and as a fellow artist.

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Music Reviews
11:31 am
Mon March 24, 2014

After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

Bud Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation on the piano.
Metronome Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:14 pm

The great bebop pianist Bud Powell played several engagements at the New York jazz club Birdland in 1953. Parts of his shows were broadcast on the radio, and one listener recorded some onto acetate discs. A new collection of those recordings is out now: Birdland 1953 on three CDs from ESP-Disk'. The sound quality isn't much, but the music is terrific.

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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Mon March 24, 2014

KEXP Presents: Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen Performing Live in the KEXP studios.
Amber Zbitnoff KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:37 am

It's hard not to use fiery rhetoric when describing Angel Olsen's new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness — whether it's the heated passion of her lyrics, her smoky voice or her occasionally scorching melodies. There's just a brightness, an intensity that shines through even the album's darkest moments. As the scope of Olsen's songwriting and her confidence in performing has grown over the past four years, so has her audience.

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