Music

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:03 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Willie Ruff On Piano Jazz

Willie Ruff.
Vincent Oneppo Courtesy of the artist

Willie Ruff is a master of both the bass and the French horn, which he reveals to be a singularly beautiful jazz instrument. Trained as a classical musician, Ruff studied with Paul Hindemith at the Yale School of Music and signed as first horn with the Tel Aviv Symphony. He went on to team up with pianist Dwike Mitchell, with whom he formed the Mitchell-Ruff Duo and toured worldwide.

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All Songs Considered
11:51 am
Fri July 10, 2015

All Songs +1: The Best Opening Tracks

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Tiny Desk
11:40 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Girlpool: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad of Girlpool.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Girlpool's Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad perform in unison: They play their guitars that way — Tucker on lead, Tividad on bass — and they sing the same angsty, funny words simultaneously, or as if emulating a nursery-rhyme-style round, a la "Row Row Row Your Boat."

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Songs We Love
10:39 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Songs We Love: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, 'Afrique (Take 3, Vocal)'

Duke Ellington composed "Afrique" as part of The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse, a suite informed by his numerous world tours.
Courtesy of the artist

You know how some older "legacy" artists program their concerts like a greatest-hits collection? Duke Ellington did some of that as he was getting older — people wanted to hear the Maestro lead "Satin Doll" and "Mood Indigo," after all — but he never stopped writing new music, either. And his late works didn't stop pushing his own boundaries.

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All Songs Considered
9:14 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Songs We Love: Sara Rachele, 'Rebecca'

Sara Rachele
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

This song couldn't have been released as anything other than a single. A full-length album would collapse under the plaintive, heartbreaking weight of Sara Rachele's "Rebecca," and picking songs to cushion it in a track list would be nearly impossible.

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Business
5:06 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Chicago's 'Cloud Tax' Raises The Cost Of Streaming Videos

Chicago is taxing services such as Netflix and Spotify. Some residents wonder if a tax on other Internet services will follow, and others worry the levy will scare away business.
Tang Yau Hoong Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 3:15 pm

You wouldn't expect to pay a local tax when you stream a movie on Netflix, but Chicago has decided that such cloud-based services should be taxed just like tickets for live entertainment.

There was no debate or public hearing over the city's "cloud tax" — a 9 percent tax on streaming entertainment like Netflix and Spotify.

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Music
12:05 am
Fri July 10, 2015

On the Next Galactic Travels 2015-07-16

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Modulator ESP continues.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be "From Outer Spaces."

The latest show's playlist (show #953) is available for your inspection.

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Music Interviews
5:47 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Larry Campbell And Teresa Williams Step To The Mic, Together

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

For years, Larry Campbell has been one of the most in-demand musicians and producers in roots-rock, backing up Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson and many more.

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Music
12:05 am
Fri July 3, 2015

On the Next Galactic Travels 2015-07-09

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Modulator ESP continues.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be "Beyond the Event Horizon."

The latest show's playlist (show #952) is available for your inspection.

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First Listen
6:47 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Review: Veruca Salt, 'Ghost Notes'

Veruca Salt's new album, Ghost Notes, comes out July 10.
Courtesy of the artist.

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 7:47 am

Ani Difranco has a line in her 2012 song, "If Yr Not," where she sings, "If you're not getting happier as you get older / Then you're [messing] up." Chicago alt-rock band Veruca Salt certainly didn't seem unhappy in their heyday in the mid- and late-'90s, but it's apparent within in ten seconds of the band's first album in nearly a decade, Ghost Notes, how much more fun they're having now.

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