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A Blog Supreme
2:23 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Five Songs By The 'Rhodes Scholar' Keyboardist Of Hip-Hop

Keyboardist and producer Bob James' 1970s work helped to establish the sound of smooth jazz — and lives on in hip-hop samples galore.
Courtesy of the artist

Professing love for Bob James' music can yield a side-eye in some circles. Jazz purists routinely view the keyboardist's 1970s period as a progenitor to smooth jazz — an idiom they frequently react to as if it were a sign of the apocalypse.

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Live in Concert
2:18 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Cults, Live In Concert

Cults performed live Wednesday at NPR Music's showcase at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York.
Loren Wahl for NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:27 pm

Set List

  • "High Road"
  • "Slow Song"
  • "Abducted"
  • "Always Forever"
  • "Were Before"
  • "You Know What I Mean"
  • "I Can Hardly Make You Mine"
  • "Go Outside"
  • "Keep Your Head Up"

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World Cafe
2:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Tedeschi Trucks Band On World Cafe

Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:47 pm

Two of the best roots rock musicians of their generation make an appearance on a special episode of World Cafe, which is hosted in NPR's Studio A at the organization's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Singer Susan Tedeschi and her husband, guitarist Derek Trucks, joined forces in 2010 and formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

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All Songs Considered
1:51 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

The Good Listener: How Do I Name My Band, Anyway?

Hoobastank has sold more than 10 million albums. Does it really matter what you call your band?
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the new Pokemon 3DS games that have zombified our once-expressive children is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, tips on how to name one's band.

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Favorite Sessions
12:57 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

World Cafe Presents: Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Tedeschi Trucks Band performs live for World Cafe.
NPR

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 3:56 pm

Two of the finest blues-rock musicians of their generation recently joined World Cafe for an outstanding session. Singer Susan Tedeschi and husband guitarist Derek Trucks joined forces in 2000 and formed the now 12-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band. Watch them perform "Made Up Mind" inside NPR's Studio 1.

World Cafe
12:22 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Latin Roots: Choro With Aaron Levinson

Aaron Levinson.
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Choro is a style of Brazilian music that's a hybrid of European and African influences. It started in the 19th century as the Portuguese flooded into Rio.

Grammy award-winning producer Aaron Levinson rejoins World Cafe for Wednesday's installment of the Latin Roots series, where he'll play examples of choro. One selection from the mid-1940s has a kind of Hot Club of France jazz feel, while a more modern example stems from Israel, where bands are keeping the form alive.

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Alt.Latino
12:13 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Like Being Hypnotized: Guest DJ With Juana Molina

Argentine musician Juana Molina.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 1:52 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
12:12 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

A Debt Ceiling Playlist: 5 Songs To Push Your Mind To The Brink

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (center), and Speaker of the House John Boehner are three key lawmakers in the government shut down and debt ceiling crisis.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

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Monkey See
11:53 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Katy Perry And The New Rules Of Pop

Katy Perry performs on Saturday Night Live.
Dana Edelson NBC

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 7:56 am

Stagecraft does not come naturally to Katy Perry. She does very well by candy-colored fever-dream videos; shooting whipped cream from her cupcake boobs, throwing cartoonishly out-of-control neon-'80s ragers and becoming a B-movie jungle queen all fall quite comfortably within her skill set.

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The Record
3:04 am
Thu October 17, 2013

The Year Onyx's 'Slam' Crashed Pop Radio

Onyx in an undated photo. From left to right, Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, Suave and Big DS.
Al Pereira Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 10:23 am

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