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Around the Nation
4:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Alice Herz-Sommer, Pianist And Holocaust Survivor, Dies At 110

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 8:02 pm

Renowned concert pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, once thought to be the oldest living Holocaust survivor, has died at age 110. Her story is told in the Oscar-nominated film, The Lady in Number 6.

Music News
4:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

'Let It Go': A Global Hit In Any Language

Queen Elsa embraces her power to freeze things with the anthem "Let It Go" in Frozen.
Disney

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 8:02 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
4:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'

Star violinist Gil Shaham, whose newest recording project surveys the wildly different violin concertos of the 1930s.
Luke Ratray Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 8:02 pm

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Music Reviews
2:15 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Vertical Scratchers: Slashed Chords, Fractured Poetry

Vertical Scratchers.
Joseph Amario Courtesy of the artist

The members of Vertical Scratchers don't have to pretend: They are free spirits, making music that is at once tightly composed, whimsical and anarchic.

The vocals on a Vertical Scratchers song tend to be high-pitched and yearning. John Schmersal creates harmonies from his vocal tracks that have a keening romanticism. His guitar lines are a series of slashed chords — vertical scratching, and thus the band's name. At the same time, there's a compressed intensity to the tunes, which uncoil with a snap, again and again.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:03 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Brass Bed: Tiny Desk Concert

Brass Bed performs a Tiny Desk Concert in January 2014.
Jim Tuttle/NPR NPR

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 3:12 pm

It wasn't an easy road to the Tiny Desk for the four guys from Louisiana who make up Brass Bed. Their tour, for the band's debut album The Secret Will Keep You, was plagued from the start: Singer Christiaan Mader had the flu, there was a death in the family and multiple dates had to be canceled. Their van was broken into and their instruments stolen. So when they heard that a big snowstorm was headed for D.C. at the same time they were to play the Tiny Desk, it felt like yet another bad omen.

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Metropolis
12:39 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Metropolis: 2/22/14

Duke Dumont's new single, "I Got U," gets the remix treatment from Tensnake on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

Tensnake, "First Song" (Astralwerks)


Tomas Barfod, "Pulsing (feat. Nina Kinert)" (Secretly Canadian)


Shur-I-Kan, "Blue Giraffe" (Lazy Days Recordings)


Jonas Rathsman, "Hope I'm Wrong" (French Express)


Booka Shade, "Crossing Borders (Mihalis Safras Remix)" (Blaufield Music)


Duke Dumont, "I Got U (feat. Jax Jones) (Tensnake Remix)" (Blase Boys Club)

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World Cafe
12:22 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Beck On World Cafe

Beck.
Peter Hapak Courtesy of the artist

Our Vintage Cafe this week is with Beck, whose new album, Morning Phase, will be released nationally on Feb. 25.

This interview from 2007 was conducted in the wake of the deluxe edition of his album The Information. The studio session contains some fine performances, including "I Think I'm In Love," and a wide-ranging discussion touching on the hip-hop and indie music scenes. Also, Beck looks back on dropping out of high school and traveling the world before ultimately settling in Southern California.

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Favorite Sessions
8:43 am
Mon February 24, 2014

KEXP Present: Noah Gundersen

Noah Gundersen.
Dagmar Patterson KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:36 pm

It's a family affair for Seattle artist Noah Gundersen. Accompanied by his sister, brother and friends, the soft-spoken singer-songwriter performed a dynamic, yet delicate Morning Show session featuring tracks from his debut full-length, Ledges.

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First Listen
11:12 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

First Listen: Diane Cluck, 'Boneset'

Diane Cluck's new album, Boneset, comes out March 4.
John Rogers Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 10:51 am

Diane Cluck has been under-appreciated for so long, it's hard not to try to make up for lost time. So, before you listen to Boneset for the first time, take a few minutes to listen to one of the best songs of the last 10 years: "All I Bring You Is Love," from Cluck's fourth album Oh Vanille / Ova Nil.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

First Listen: Linda Perhacs, 'The Soul Of All Natural Things'

Linda Perhacs first album in 44 years, The Soul of All Natural Things, comes out March 4.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 11:41 am

We're just now starting to recognize early-aughts downloads with the same nostalgic air that we do a lucky score at a record store. Slow modems, improperly tagged files, Sharpie-scrawled CDRs — well, at least some of us think of those times fondly. It's an odd relationship, clicking on a not-so-legal rip of an all-too-rare LP only previously known to record-store clerks and collectors, knowing that it's only a poor facsimile. But there's still the thrill of discovery, however removed from the source.

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