Music

Music Interviews
2:28 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Back To Baltimore And 'Back 2 Love' With R&B Singer Maysa

Maysa, whose new album Back 2 Love is out now, is a music industry veteran and a Baltimore native.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 9:30 am

Baltimore is struggling with record violence: Last month the murder rate hit a 40-year high. NPR has been talking about this problem with law enforcement officials and politicians — and now, it hands the microphone to one of the city's artists.

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Ask Me Another
10:38 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Dial-A-Giant

They Might Be Giants
Josh Rogosin NPR

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Deceptive Cadence
3:58 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Michael Giacchino On Coming Home To Write Music For 'Jurassic World'

Michael Giacchino (left), pictured with director Colin Trevorrow, composed the music for this summer's Jurassic Park, the latest score in a prolific, blockbuster career.
Maria Giacchino

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 7:02 pm

If you see any blockbuster films this summer, chances are you'll hear Michael Giacchino's music.

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Music Reviews
2:44 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Review: 'The Bad Plus Joshua Redman,' Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 4:53 pm

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Music News
12:03 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Nashville's Living History Museum Expands

Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium re-opens this week with a new look.
Steve Lowry Ryman Auditorium

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 6:01 am

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Music News
3:14 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

The Man Before The Guitar: Remembering Les Paul At 100

Les Paul's career as a guitarist and innovator led him to play jazz, pop and country with other legendary musicians for decades.
Courtesy of the Les Paul Foundation

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 4:57 pm

Say the name "Les Paul" to anybody born after 1960, and they'll probably think you're talking about an electric guitar. But the musician and inventor, who was born 100 years ago Tuesday, was also an accomplished jazz guitarist. Paul was never happier than when playing for a live audience.

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Music Interviews
11:58 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Remembering Les Paul, On What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 12:14 pm

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The Record
11:13 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Audio Quality Quiz Results: You Did Slightly Better Than Guessing Randomly

Chris Martin of Coldplay in 2008. When asked to pick the highest-quality clip of Coldplay's song "Speed of Sound," more of you guessed the lowest quality MP3 than the lossless WAV file.
Bryan Bedder Getty Images

Last week, we published a quiz testing listeners on their ability to discern between lossless audio and compressed mp3s. We picked six songs from different eras and genres: an early digital recording of a Mozart piano concerto, an a cappella version of a pop song, the billionth song ever sold on iTunes, the most-streamed song of 2014 and two songs from musicians who happen to own digital music services.

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Microphone Check
6:15 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Microphone Check Live: Father

Father onstage at Terminal West in Atlanta May 18.
Amanda Greene for NPR

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Deceptive Cadence
6:03 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Evenly Odd: Carl Nielsen's Distinctive Symphonies

Danish composer Carl Nielsen wrote six exuberant symphonies.
Royal Danish Library

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 8:50 am

"Quirky" is a descriptor that seems to have stuck to Danish composer Carl Nielsen, born 150 years ago on June 9, 1865.

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