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Mountain Stage
4:43 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Charlie Faye On Mountain Stage

Charlie Faye.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Singer-songwriter Charlie Faye makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

In addition to her songcraft, Faye is known for her unique approach to touring and performing. In 2010, she made her home in 10 different cities in 10 months across the U.S. In each, she put together a band of local musicians, played shows, and wrote and recorded new songs. The resulting album, Travels With Charlie, reached the Top 10 on the Americana Radio Chart.

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World Cafe
4:35 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Cayucas On World Cafe

Cayucas.
Ericka Clevenger Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe goes California coastal today with the band Cayucas, the project of Zach Yudin. Yudin performed under the name Oregon Bike Trails starting in 2011; in 2012, the project became a full-fledged band. At that point, the name changed to Cayucas, a nod to the central California beach town of Cayucos.

Last year, Cayucas collaborated with producer Richard Swift for its debut, titled Bigfoot. The album and the group is a far cry from Yudin's original looped electronic songs — and, under Swift's guidance, Cayucas has become a true California guitar band.

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All Songs Considered
3:19 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Good Listener: What Makes An Anthem?

The Boss: Maker of anthems for the young, for the old, forever.
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All Songs Considered
2:14 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Viking's Choice: Behold, Noneuclid's Confounding Thrash Alchemy

Noneuclid.
Courtesy of the artist

When you can count the director of the Wagner Festival and Tom G. Warrior (the mastermind behind metal behemoths Celtic Frost and Triptykon) among your supporters, you must be doing something right. After all, classical music and metal aren't all that different — both can be bombastic, complex pieces of music high on drama, to put it lightly.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:14 am
Thu April 3, 2014

How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.)

Was playing a much-maligned instrument — or writing about it beautifully — part of Kwasi Enin's secret? (Not that he is playing the 'Archinto' Stradivarius pictured here.)
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

By now, you may have heard about Kwasi Enin, the impressive young man from Long Island who has been accepted into the classes of 2018 at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale (all eight Ivy League universities) as well as Duke and three campuses of the State University of New York.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Sole Of A Band, April 3

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 8:32 am

Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.

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Mountain Stage
4:37 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Sam Baker On Mountain Stage

Sam Baker.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Singer-songwriter Sam Baker makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, live from the Culture Center Theater in Charleston W.Va.

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Favorite Sessions
3:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

KCRW Presents: Jessy Lanza

Jessy Lanza performing live in the KCRW studios.
Rob LaFond Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 10:29 am

Canadian artist Jessy Lanza grew up playing piano and studying jazz, and she only started exploring electronic music five years ago. She performed as a one-woman band during her Morning Becomes Eclectic debut on KCRW, with club-ready songs like "Keep Moving."

Find KCRW's entire session with Jessy Lanza on KCRW.com

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World Cafe
2:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Tinariwen On World Cafe

Tinariwen.
Marie Planeille Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 3:54 pm

Today's episode of World Cafe features a couple of sparse, dry, angular and beautiful songs, performed live by the band Tinariwen. The group, made up of musicians from the Tuareg tribespeople of Northern Mali, has been making music together since 1979. Known for long, trance-inducing concert performances, the band has become increasingly revered in the West. Tinariwen's 2012 album Tassili even won a Grammy.

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All Songs Considered
1:41 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of March

Greek producer Giganta released an excellent EP, Force, on Actress' Werkdiscs label in March.
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Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 2:18 pm

In the world of dance music, March will be remembered first and foremost for the passing of house progenitor Frankie Knuckles on the final day of the month. If you haven't read our remembrance by Barry Walters, please stop what you're doing and check it out. It's hard to put into words what Knuckles meant to dance music, which makes Walters' piece all the more impressive.

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