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1:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars

A few of the D'Angelico guitars set to be auctioned, pictured here at the GTR showroom in New York City.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 10:54 am

Hundreds of acoustic guitars, some dating back to the 19th century, are coming up for auction in New York City. They include Martins, Gibsons, classical guitars from famous Spanish guitar makers, and some exquisite models from Greenwich Village luthier John D'Angelico.

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A Blog Supreme
11:53 am
Tue April 1, 2014

A Guitarist Starts Anew, Except For This Old Song

Matthew Stevens will record his debut album this year.
Maximilian Motel Courtesy of the artist

Matt Stevens' recorded debut as a leader was supposed to have come out back in 2011.

"I had a record that was completely done," the guitarist says. "But circumstances change, and by the time it came to release it, I wanted to do something totally fresh."

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Microphone Check
11:10 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Lunice: 'I Ain't Doing What That Guy Did'

Lunice, center, being interviewed by Microphone Check's Ali Shaheed Muhammed, left, and Frannie Kelley, right.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:02 am

Lunice is a DJ and producer from Montreal who got his start B-Boying. He works under his own name and, with Hudson Mohawke, in TNGHT. While in Austin, Texas, he rolled up on Microphone Check co-hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley in a loaner Bentley, sat down in a sunny backyard (that bordered another backyard full of dogs) and spoke on his performance style, learning from the greats and reading autobiographies.

Credits:

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All Songs Considered
10:54 am
Tue April 1, 2014

New Mix: Jack White, Ray LaMontagne, Lyla Foy, More!

Clockwise from upper left: Jack White, Teebs, Lyla Foy, Ray LaMontagne
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:05 pm

This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton offer up a brand new song by Jack White. The screaming instrumental track "High Ball Stepper" is the first taste of White's second solo album, Lazaretto, which will be out on June 10.

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Law
9:06 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Rap Lyrics In Court: Art Vs. Evidence

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 10:26 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Almost as long as there has been rap music, it's been debated whether rap is art, and you can talk among yourselves about that later.

But now there is another debate. The issue is, is rap evidence - that is to say can rap lyrics be used as evidence in a criminal proceeding. In Virginia, prosecutors hope these lyrics by Antwain Steward, known as Twain Gotti, will help convict the rapper of double homicide. Here it this.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HIP FULL OF GUN")

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World Cafe
8:21 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Song Premiere: Strand Of Oaks, 'Goshen '97'

Timothy Showalter, who performs as Strand of Oaks, releasing a new album, Heal, due out this summer.
Dusdin Condren Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 4:17 pm

"There's zero symbolism, and that's the scary thing," Timothy Showalter says. "Every single lyric is either a direct thought or a direct event. It's exactly my life."

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Deceptive Cadence
6:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company

Gods, monsters and Rhinemaidens populate Richard Wagner's 16-hour epic Ring cycle.
Marco Secchi Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 3:33 pm

(Happy April Fools 2014. See you next year.)

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World Cafe
3:28 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

World Cafe Next: Parker Millsap

Parker Millsap.
Samantha Lamb Courtesy of the artist
  • Download Two Songs From Parker Millsap

The latest World Cafe: Next artist is Oklahoma singer-songwriter Parker Millsap, who recently released his solo debut and follows in the footsteps of fellow Oklahoman John Fullbright. With strong songwriting, a powerful voice and an engaging live show, Millsap represents himself awfully well for someone who's only 20. Download a pair of his songs on this page, or as part of our World Cafe: Next podcast.

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Music Lists
3:07 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear Now

Sudanese singer Alsarah.
Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel Courtesy of the artist

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:42 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Haden Triplets: Tiny Desk Concert

The Haden Triplets perform a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden are three sisters in love with the art of singing. Born in 1971 to a famous musical father (Charlie Haden is a world-class upright jazz bassist), they've separately taken on vastly different music projects. You may have heard Petra with The Decemberists or tackling the music of The Who a cappella. Tanya plays in Let's Go Sailing, while Rachel sometimes turns up with The Rentals and other projects.

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