Music

All Songs TV
7:03 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Melaena Cadiz, 'Needles River'

A scene from the video for Melaena Cadiz's song "Needles River."
Courtesy of the artist

"Needles River" is the first single from Melaena Cadiz's upcoming album Deep Below Heaven. She wrote and recorded the song with her husband, Mikael Kennedy. Kennedy also conceived and directed the video.

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Music Interviews
3:35 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Damon Albarn On 'Everyday Robots' And The Birth Of Britpop

In a 25-year career, Damon Albarn's new Everyday Robots is his first true solo album.
Linda Brownlee Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 7:30 am

Damon Albarn's credits are legion. He's the frontman of Blur, the British band who created a giant catalog of forward-thinking guitar pop and one enduring, stadium-rattling jock jam. He's the vocalist and principal songwriter of Gorillaz, the animated supergroup who managed to give the iPod a little street cred. He led Bobby Womack out of long career stall and into 21st century cool, co-producing the soul legend's left-field comeback album, The Bravest Man in the Universe, in 2012.

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Mountain Stage
4:58 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Nellie McKay On Mountain Stage

Nellie McKay.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Nellie McKay appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

McKay has appeared on the show seven times since first visiting in 2004, and it's no exaggeration to say that no two performances have been similar. At times, she evokes cabaret crooners, but she can also channel eccentric singer-songwriters and Doris Day. McKay's latest performance finds her playing a vibraphone for nearly her entire set — perhaps a Mountain Stage first.

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The Two-Way
4:53 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit

Justin Bieber poses next to an unidentified man at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.
Retweeted by @sanverde via Instagram

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 8:26 pm

Pop star Justin Bieber has been lurching from crisis to crisis in recent months, but his latest faux pas could be his biggest, risking the affections of possibly a billion Beliebers.

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The Record
4:42 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

For Shakespeare's 450th Birthday, Here's An Unusual Tempest

An image from The Smith Center's production of Shakespeare's The Tempest in Las Vegas.
Geri Kodey The Smith Center

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 12:12 pm

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World Cafe
2:56 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Angélique Kidjo On World Cafe

Angélique Kidjo
Courtesy of the artist.

Angelique Kidjo is a musical superstar from Benin, West Africa. Since her album Logozo in 1991, she has graced stages around the globe. Now living in Brooklyn, Kidjo has a pair of new projects to discuss here, along with a performance from the stage of World Cafe Live.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
1:49 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: ...And Three

CRAN.
Courtesy of the artist

This hour features classic combinations of musical trios who weave melodies and rhythms together into an intoxicating and perfectly balanced blend.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Music Reviews
1:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option

Jessica Lea Mayfield.
LeAnn Mueller Courtesy of the artist.

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:44 pm

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All Songs TV
12:32 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

tUnE-yArDs, 'Water Fountain'

A still from the video for tUnE-yArDs' new song, "Water Fountain."
YouTube

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 12:36 pm

World Cafe
12:18 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Robert Ellis On World Cafe

Robert Ellis.
Davis Ayer Courtesy of the artist

Robert Ellis and his road band perform songs from his fine third album, The Lights From the Chemical Plant, in this World Cafe session. After his last record, 2011's Photographs, Ellis wanted to push his music in less of a country-oriented direction, so he worked on the new album with producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings Of Leon).

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