Music News
5:19 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Weapon Of Choice: Why The Stratocaster Survives

Across six decades, the combination of innovative design and talented players has helped the Stratocaster not only persevere, but rule. John Mayer had the Fender Custom Shop design this one in 2009.
Fender Musical Instruments

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 12:06 pm

Quick: Name an American product that's had a worldwide impact, is more popular than ever, yet still looks the same as it did when it was introduced more than a half-century ago? Here's a hint: It might be the only musical instrument whose fame rivals that of the people who've played it.

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Music News
5:19 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Wilko Johnson Set Out To Make One Final Album, But It Didn't Work Out That Way

Wilko Johnson (left) and Roger Daltrey play a benefit for Pancreatic Cancer UK in London.
David M. Benett Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 6:23 pm

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The Thistle & Shamrock
3:23 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: Midwinter Musing

Courtesy of the artist

Travel into the traditions of midwinter through some spellbinding music of the season. You'll hear a number of selections appropriate for this darkest time of the year, including music from Irish choral group Anúna with the Ulster Orchestra.

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Monkey See
11:31 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Billy Joel, Popular Song, PBS, And Needing A Piano

Billy Joel
Courtesy of Myrna Suarez

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 2:36 pm

I don't know when people started to think they could successfully make fun of you for being a person who grew up listening to a lot of Billy Joel — and perhaps still does — but they can all forget it.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:42 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Mimi Fox On Piano Jazz

Mimi Fix
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Guitarist Mimi Fox is in the vanguard of invigorating the jazz guitar tradition. She possesses a pure tone and an amazing set of chops and cooks whether playing bebop or ballads.

Her compositional abilities are evident on this 2006 Piano Jazz as she plays her own tune "Perpetually Hip." With host Marian McPartland on piano and Gary Mazzaroppi on bass, Fox tears up the fret board on "What is This Thing Called Love."

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10:12 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Our Griffins Live on The Blend

Left to Right: John Kimock (drums), D.J. Brown (guitar/vocals), Alex Luquet (bass), Travis Hobby (guitar)

The Lehigh Valley band fronted by Easton singer-songwriter D.J. Brown performs songs from their 2013 album Michael Boyd and talks with host Carlos Benjamin.

(Original air-date 5/2/2014)

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World Cafe
9:52 am
Fri January 2, 2015

World Cafe's 2015 Music Preview

JD McPherson is on Ann Powers's list of artists to watch in early 2015.
Jimmy Sutton Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 12:11 pm

After all the time we've spent looking back at the best music of 2014, it is finally time to explore some of the releases we can look forward to over the first few months of 2015. NPR Music's pop critic Ann Powers keeps her eyes on wide range of music; she helps us understand the middle and explore the edges.

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12:05 am
Fri January 2, 2015

On the Next Galactic Travels 2015-01-08

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

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Neuronium continues.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be "Hydro 2 - The Deep End" on Neuronium Records.

The previous show's playlist (show #926) is available for your inspection.

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Music Reviews
4:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Hear Long-Lost Rock 'N' Roll From The Native American Heartland

A new box set shows that aboriginal artists were recording their own music in the '60s and '70s, largely outside of the media spotlight.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 10:34 pm

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10:19 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Starting 2015 On The Right Foot: An Alt.Latino Dance Mix

Valesuchi is a Chilean DJ, one of the many musicians setting it off in this first Alt.Latino of 2015.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 7:07 pm

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