Music

Deceptive Cadence
6:32 am
Thu April 17, 2014

A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion'

Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion was first heard on Good Friday, 1727 in Leipzig, Germany.
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Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 8:07 am

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote his St. Matthew Passion for a single purpose — to present the Passion story in music at Good Friday vesper services.

Bach's Passion continues to move audiences nearly three centuries after it was first heard in St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig, Germany. Standing as one of the pillars of Western sacred music, it is at once monumental and intimate, deeply sorrowful and powerful.

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Field Recordings
6:03 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Merchandise Sprawls Out In The Sunlight

Merchandise performing "Become What You Are" for a NPR Field Recording.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:13 am

Merchandise got its start on the Tampa punk and hardcore scene, then got weirder as artier influences like krautrock took hold. As its sound became harder to pin down, the band inspired an 18-month bidding war between record labels: This year, Merchandise finally signed with 4AD, and adventurous new material has begun to trickle out.

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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Thu April 17, 2014

KCRW Presents: Warpaint

Warpaint in the KCRW studios.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:00 pm

For their self-titled sophomore effort, the L.A. band Warpaint spent a few weeks writing and recording in a decked out house with a geodesic dome in the high desert of Joshua Tree. With driving bass lines, beautifully harmonized vocals and confident but yearning lyrics, the quartet has crafted songs that demand your full attention.

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Microphone Check
3:30 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

E-40: 'I'm On The West Coast, Eating'

E-40.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 7:28 am

  • E-40 With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley

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Mountain Stage
3:06 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Lucy Wainwright Roche On Mountain Stage

Lucy Wainwright Roche.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:39 pm

Lucy Wainwright Roche appears on the 30th-anniversary episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

The daughter of folk-music royalty (Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche) didn't jump right in to the family business. Wainwright Roche studied creative writing before earning a graduate degree in education; while she was teaching elementary school in New York City, she finally "got the hankering to give music a go." She did some backup singing for her brother, Rufus, and the hook was set.

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World Cafe
2:57 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Wild Cub On World Cafe

Wild Cub.
Andrea Behrends Courtesy of the artist

Wild Cub is the brainchild of musician Keegan Dewitt, who had a good job in hospitality development in Brooklyn, but instead followed his heart and music to Nashville. There, he met Jeremy Bullock and the two formed Wild Cub in 2012 with the addition of drummer Dabney Morris, bassist Harry West and keyboardist Eric Wilson.

The band's sparkling debut — Youth, recorded in Bullock's house — came out in early 2013, and was reissued on a prominent label this year.

Music
2:45 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Four Years After Death, Alex Chilton Is Finally A Big Star

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:48 pm

Four years after his death, the former singer of the Box Tops and Big Star is enjoying a level of popular acclaim that eluded him in life. A new biography of Alex Chilton, A Man Called Destruction, follows on the heels of a successful documentary about Big Star released last year.

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Shots - Health News
1:57 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Pop Stars Are Sippin' On Patron, And Teens Are Bingeing

Singer Ke$ha performs during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in September.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 11:57 am

Ke$ha says that to start the day she'll brush her teeth with a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey. Nicki Minaj likes to "have a drink, have a clink" of Bud Light. And the party-rockin' hip-hop duo LMFAO like Ciroc, and they love Patron. "Shots, shots, shots, shots everybody!"

All that name-checking of alcohol brands encourages teens to drink, researchers say. Adolescents who liked songs like these were three times as likely to drink, and were twice as likely to binge than their peers who didn't like those songs.

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All Songs Considered
1:26 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The Sole Of A Band, April 9

Bob Boilen NPR

Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.

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Remembrances
10:54 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Remembering A Defiant, Soaring Performance By Marian Anderson

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, let's end the program on a high note. Today marks 75 years since Marian Anderson, the African-American contralto, took to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to sing.

Anderson was supposed to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, but she was barred from performing there because she was black. Let's listen to a bit of Marian Anderson's performance from April 9, 1939.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

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