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All Songs Considered
12:26 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

The Good Listener: Do Some Musicians Play Too Well?

Is Yngwie Malmsteen too good at playing guitar for his own good?
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the Pokemon products whose arrival signals our kids' descent into video-game-induced catatonia is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on whether superior technique can detract from music's quality.

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Music News
12:03 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

In Bowling Alleys And In Rock Clubs, The Dude Abides

Jeff Bridges and his band The Abiders perform in concert at the Paramount in Huntington, N.Y.
Debby Wong Corbis

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 5:41 pm

Actor Jeff Bridges may have revealed his musical talent in a movie — as Bad Blake, the fading country singer in Crazy Heart — but music is more than just a side gig for him.

Bridges says he's always strumming his guitar, even when he's on a movie set.

"Whenever I'm working, I'll have my guitar with me," he says. "And if there's a nice tree to sit by, or a little creek or something, I'll go out there. Anywhere is a good place to play music."

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat November 22, 2014

J Mascis: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

The loudest guy in the world came to the Tiny Desk to perform some of his quietest music. Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, for years a guy who's turned my ears red, showed up armed with just an acoustic guitar. I even had an amp for that guitar all lined up, but he decided to not plug in.

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Music Articles
2:03 am
Sat November 22, 2014

In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

"I want it to be folksy, but surrounded by madness," director Tommy Lee Jones told The Homesman's composers.
Dawn Jones Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Bryan Adams Celebrates The Classics On New Covers Album

Bryan Adams' new album of covers is titled Tracks Of My Years.
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Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 8:19 pm

Bryan Adams' "Summer Of '69" has inspired many a late night in a karaoke bar.

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Song Travels
12:50 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Carsie Blanton On 'Song Travels'

Carsie Blanton.
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Singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton taught herself to play guitar by listening to the music of Ani DiFranco and Joan Osborne as a teenager, and her musical curiosity has continued throughout her life.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:37 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Ravi Coltrane On Piano Jazz

Ravi Coltrane.
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As the son of jazz legends John and Alice Coltrane, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is continuing his family's legacy by developing his own sound and feeling. In 2012, he released his sixth album, Spirit Fiction.

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All Songs Considered
12:02 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For Nov. 21

This week's Drum Fill Friday has something from the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and today! (I hope you read that in the deepest, most resonate radio voice possible).

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, careful listeners!

The Thistle & Shamrock
10:35 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Islanders

Maggie MacInnes.
John Slavin Courtesy of the artist

From Shetland and Orkney to the Hebrides, the Isle of Man and Rathlin Island, this week's diverse choice of music is far from insular.

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

World Cafe
10:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Bobby Charles On World Cafe

Bobby Charles.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 10:36 am

As a teenager in Abbeville, La., Robert Charles Guidry — better known as Bobby Charles — wrote songs that would become classics for Bill Haley and Fats Domino: "See You Later, Alligator" and "Walking To New Orleans," respectively.

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