Music

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3:05 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 1:11 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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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Sun June 1, 2014

In Perfect Movie Music, Filling Space Is An Art

Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray's performances got an emotional boost from Brian Reitzell, the music supervisor for Lost in Translation and many other films.
Focus Features

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 10:47 am

For more conversations with music makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

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My Big Break
3:04 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

How Dean Dillon Made It From Strumming To Stardom In Nashville

Dean Dillon performs during the Academy of Country Music Honors show in September 2011 in Nashville, Tenn.
Mark Humphrey AP

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 7:27 am

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
6:03 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 7:47 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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Music Interviews
5:40 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Mandolin Orchestra Celebrates 90 Years Of Harmony

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 9:45 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Mandolin fever swept the United States in the early 20th century, and alas, they didn't have a cure in those days. The lute-like instrument was the rage on college campuses. And mandolin orchestras - hundreds spread across the country played to wildly enthusiastic crowds.

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Alt.Latino
3:19 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Rebels On The Dance Floor: New Songs From Chile, Colombia And Beyond

An image from the cover of the Rebel Diaz album Radical Dilemma.
Courtesy of the artist

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:13 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Joe Bushkin On Piano Jazz

Joe Bushkin on stage in 1984.
David Redfern Redferns

Pianist Joe Bushkin got his start in Bunny Berigan's band in 1935 and went on to work with Eddie Condon, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Bing Crosby.

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Song Travels
2:05 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Richard Sherman On 'Song Travels'

Richard Sherman has composed some of Disney's most beloved songs.
Getty Images

Composer Richard Sherman and his brother, the late Robert Sherman, formed one of Walt Disney's most renowned songwriting teams. The pair composed memorable songs for classic films including Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Parent Trap and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Their accolades include two Academy Awards, two Grammys, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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World Cafe
11:56 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Nickel Creek On World Cafe

Nickel Creek.
Courtesy of the artist

After a seven-year hiatus, the folk-pop trio Nickel Creek is back with a new album, A Dotted Line. Chris Thile and siblings Sean and Sara Watkins were just children when they started playing together in Carlsbad, Calif., in 1989. Known for bringing bluegrass to younger generations, the band released six albums before parting ways in 2007.

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Mountain Stage
10:15 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Blind Boys Of Alabama On Mountain Stage

The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:17 pm

The Blind Boys of Alabama's members make their fourth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Singing quartet-style gospel music for more than 70 years, the group has played churches, concert halls and nightclubs. It's even performed for the past three American presidents.

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