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3:22 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Luscious Jackson Hits A Sweet Spot With New Children's Album

Luscious Jackson released a children's album, Baby DJ, last month.
Doug Seymour Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 8:02 pm

After going on hiatus in 2000, the members of Luscious Jackson settled down. Bassist Jill Cunniff was the first to have kids, and those children ultimately inspired her and the band to record some kid-friendly tracks.

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Music
2:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

At 60, Oliver Mtukudzi Still 'Giving Life To The People' With Music

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 10:30 am

Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi often says that you don't get to sing a song if you have nothing to say. He talks with guest host Celeste Headlee, and shares a few tunes.

Music
2:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Musician Oliver Mtukudzi Digs Deep In 'Sarawoga'

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 10:30 am

At 60, Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi now has more albums to his name than birthdays. His latest, Sarawoga, is an emotional response to the death of his son. Mtukudzi joins guest host Celeste Headlee in studio for a special performance chat.

Best Music Of 2013
1:20 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

12 For The Road: A Music Podcast Playlist For Holiday Travel

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Whether you're traveling for the holidays or waiting for those who are on the road to come back to you — or if you just need to wipe your eardrums clean after weeks of holiday shopping music — the next week should offer ample listening time.

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Alt.Latino
12:42 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Festivo Alt.Latino: Cafe Tacvba, Molotov And Bajofondo In Concert

A driver disguised as Santa Claus drives a public bus at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Bob Boilen's Favorite Lyrics Of 2013

Piper Ferguson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 12:32 pm

I'm a lyrics guy. Great words drive me to a song. Bad lyrics drive me away. As a lyrics guy, I find that my favorite songs often also have my favorite words. I love a good melody and a beat, but I love it more when those elements support a good story, an insight, an emotional outpouring, something I can connect to.

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From Our Listeners
2:59 am
Tue December 24, 2013

NPR Listeners Got Talent: A 'Morning Edition' Singalong

Some of the many video submissions for NPR's Deck the Halls singalong.
NPR

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 12:09 pm

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World Cafe
6:01 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

World Cafe Next: David Dye's Top 5 Rising Stars Of 2013

David Dye picked Parquet Courts (pictured) as one of his five favorite World Cafe: Next acts of the year.
Keven Pedersen Courtesy of the artist
  • World Cafe Next: David Dye's Top 5

Every week this year, World Cafe host David Dye has highlighted an up-and-coming artist to showcase as a part of the Next series. To wrap up the last full week of 2013, he recently picked five acts he felt were particularly special:

  • Parquet Courts released an album and an EP this year; the band's shambolic, punk-influenced attitude caught the attention of many rock 'n' roll fans.
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World Cafe
2:27 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Dave Matthews Band On World Cafe

Dave Matthews Band.
Courtesy of the artist

This week's Vintage Cafe takes us back nearly two decades: In December 1994, a then-up-and-coming Dave Matthews Band climbed the stairs to WXPN's tiny third-floor studio and played a reflective but enthusiastic live set. At the time of this recording, the band had just released Under the Table and Dreaming and was already on its way to becoming a household name.

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Music
2:06 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

After Hard Times At Home, Afghan Musicians Seek To Be Heard In America

Rubab master Homayoun Sakhi and legendary Afghan singer Mahwash perform together as members of the group Voices of Afghanistan.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:53 pm

Voices of Afghanistan is an ensemble of Central Asian musicians from different generations and varied musical backgrounds. They share a passion for the music of Afghanistan, as well as a desire to introduce it to audiences in their present home in the U.S. Banning Eyre recently spent time with these musicians as they created their debut album, Love Songs for Humanity.

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