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World Cafe
1:21 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

The Head And The Heart On World Cafe

The Head and the Heart.
Curtis Wayne Millard Courtesy of the artist

The Head and the Heart gives an enchanting performance, recorded in front of an enthusiastic audience at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live. The group's set features songs from its new record, Let's Be Still. The Seattle band recorded a successful, self-titled debut on its own in 2010; it was reissued the next year by Sub Pop during an indie-folk rampage led by Fleet Foxes, among others.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:19 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Dessa: Tiny Desk Concert

Dessa performs at a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 24, 2013.
Abbey Oldham Abbey Oldham/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:20 pm

Part of the Twin Cities hip-hop collective Doomtree, rapper, singer, poet and songwriter Dessa divides her time between singing and rapping, often landing on a spoken-word splitting of the difference.

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Music
12:05 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Actress Naomie Harris Dances To 'Brown Girl In The Ring'

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 3:44 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now, it's time for the occasional feature we call In Your Ear. That's when our guests tell us about the music that keeps them going. And today, as the world mourns former South African President Nelson Mandela, we'll hear from Naomie Harris. She stars in the new film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." We recently talked to her about the movie, and she shared with us some of the songs that inspire her.

NAOMIE HARRIS: Hi, I'm Naomie Harris, and what's playing in my ear is "Brown Girl in the Rain," by Boney M.

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Music
6:06 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Remembering The Singing 'Mayor Of MacDougal Street'

Dave Van Ronk performs onstage in 1970 in New York.
Sherry Rayn Barnett Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:18 am

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Music Interviews
5:06 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Why Would Nick Lowe Make A Christmas Album? Ask Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe's Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family is an album of original holiday songs and some reworked classics.
Zoran Orlic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:12 pm

Not long ago, Nick Lowe was approached by his American record label about releasing a Christmas album. The esteemed UK songwriter, who gave the world "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" and "Cruel to Be Kind," says the idea seemed laughable.

"But I was confused by how snooty I felt when they asked me about doing it," Lowe says. "I think it's a Brit thing, really: Making Christmas records is seen as a not very cool thing to do. And I thinkg it's all bound up with strange ideas from the 1960s, about selling out and things like that."

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Music
8:46 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Galactic Travels Top 20 Report for November, 2013.

Galactic Travels Monthly Top 20 Report
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

WDIY 88.1 FM "Galactic Travels" Top 20 for November, 2013.
Shows #866 to #869; 7-November-2013 to 28-November-2013
Reported in non-ranked, alphanumeric order.
Compiled by Bill Fox
The Special Focus for November was Galactic Anthems.

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Music Interviews
7:58 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Bad Religion Celebrates 'Christmas'

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 11:50 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Ah, Christmastime, the season when you and your family gather around the tree, join together in a Christmas carol like this classic.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING")

UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS: (Singing) Hark, the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn King. Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled. Joyful...

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Music Interviews
8:05 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Layering Voices To Bring 'Good Cheer'

Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 11:39 am

The a cappella group Groove For Thought has been electrifying classics and pop songs for 10 years. Tenor and baritone Kelly Kunz and soprano Amanda Taylor speak with host Scott Simon about their new holiday album, Songs of Good Cheer.

Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Sarah Jarosz: Tiny Desk Concert

Sarah Jarosz performs a Tiny Desk Concert in September 2013.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 2:25 pm

Bluegrass' most beloved pros often play well into their 80s and 90s, so it would surprise no one if our children's children's children turn up at a Sarah Jarosz concert 70 years from now. The singer and multi-instrumentalist first surfaced as an 18-year-old wunderkind with the release of 2009's Song Up In Her Head, which generated the first of what will likely be many Grammy nominations; now a grizzled 22, she's out performing songs from her fine new third album, Build Me Up From Bones.

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Music News
1:13 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Jay Z Tops Grammy Nominations

Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 1:23 am

Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.

Macklemore and Lewis' gay marriage anthem "Same Love" was among song of the year nominees and the Seattle rap crew joined Los Angeles rapper Lamar with seven nominations apiece, including best album and best new artist of the year. Pharrell Williams had four major nominations among his seven and Justin Timberlake also had seven.

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