Music

All Songs TV
12:05 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Ibeyi, 'River'

YouTube

The video for Ibeyi's song "River" is, frankly, more than a little unsettling. Twin sisters take turns staring flatly into the camera, singing expressionlessly, in between being repeatedly submerged underwater. Are we witnessing a baptism or a drowning? It's unclear. But the song is so darkly beautiful and beguiling that I've been watching it non-stop.

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Field Recordings
11:06 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Tweedy And Son Take To The Tunnels, Friends In Tow

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

As its name suggests, Tweedy is a new band featuring Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer. Tweedy recently recorded an album together, out Sept. 23, titled Sukierae. (It's pronounced sue-key-ray.)

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Music
2:01 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Working And Dating In LA, Living To Sing The Tale

Kate Micucci (left) and Riki Lindhome play a fictional version of their real-life joke-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates in a new scripted comedy on IFC.
Darren Michaels SMPSP/IFC

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 10:43 am

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The Thistle & Shamrock
4:03 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: New Releases And Debuts, Part 1

Hanneke Cassel is featured on this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 5:43 pm

Host Fiona Ritchie handpicks new sounds of the summer, combining artist debuts with the latest from musicians whose work has helped shape the sound of The Thistle & Shamrock. This week's show features Al Petteway, Kim Robertson, Hanneke Cassel and more.

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

World Cafe
3:52 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Ernest Ranglin On World Cafe

Ernest Ranglin.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 8:26 pm

Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin was born in 1932, and was there for the creation of the Jamaican music scene as we know it. Much evidence suggests that Ranglin was the one who turned the beat around and invented ska, the building block of reggae and all Jamaican music that has followed.

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Music
2:56 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

A Label Paramount To Early Blues And Jazz

There's nothing a certain type of record collector likes better than finding a stack of 78s on the Paramount label. Between 1917 and 1932, the label, which was one of several run by a furniture company in Grafton, Wisc., released thousands of records, but its real accomplishment was recording some of the greatest early blues and jazz performers.

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Field Recordings
2:00 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Sevyn Streeter Knocks Us Out

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 6:37 pm

In the spring of 2013, songwriter and R&B singer Sevyn Streeter released a song called "It Won't Stop," which she's called her "baby." Over the year and change that's followed, the song has sunk into our collective consciousness through commercial radio play and a music video viewed more than 35 million times, and on the recommendation of a growing group of critics and fans.

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Newport Jazz Festival
1:57 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Gregory Porter: Newport Jazz 2014

Adam Kissick for NPR

The commanding singer Gregory Porter likes a good aqueous metaphor. He named his first album Water and led off with the title track. Then he called his latest album Liquid Spirit, which he released following last year's ecstatic Newport show. (He sang that title track, too, with its bouncy hand-clap exhortations.)

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Code Switch
12:42 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

A State Court Says Rap Lyrics Can't Be Used As Evidence In A Criminal Trial

Vonte Skinner had his attempted murder case considered by New Jersey's Supreme Court, which ruled that lyrics he wrote years before the crime he was charged with were not admissible in the trial.
Uncredited ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 10:10 am

Just a few days ago, Code Switch wrote about the use violent hip-hop lyrics as evidence in criminal cases, a practice that some critics say violates defendants' First Amendment rights and plays up jurors' misunderstandings of the use of hyperbole in hip-hop.

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Music
10:28 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Review: PA Blues Fest 2014

The Ursala Ricks Band
Charles James

PA Blues Festival 2014: A Perfect Lineup
by Charles James

The music flowed nearly non-stop over three days at this year’s PA Blues Festival at Blue Mountain Ski Resort.  The fourth year of the festival at this venue, just 30 minutes from Allentown, this was its 23rd year, starting as The Pocono Blues Festival at Big Boulder Ski Resort.

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