Music

Mountain Stage
3:40 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Steep Canyon Rangers On Mountain Stage

The Steep Canyon Rangers performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:12 am

The Steep Canyon Rangers appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. One of the fastest-rising bands in bluegrass, the group earned both critical and popular praise for its work in support of comedian and banjo wizard Steve Martin. The Rangers-Martin collaboration Rare Bird Alert was nominated for a Grammy, and the group followed it with Nobody Knows You, which took home 2013's Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album.

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World Cafe
3:11 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

World Cafe Next: Ryley Walker

Ryley Walker.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 2:46 pm

  • Hear Two Songs By Ryley Walker

This week's pick for World Cafe: Next is Chicago guitarist Ryley Walker. The singer-songwriter recently released a psych-folk EP titled The West Wind, which features swirling guitars and jazzy excursions that are easy to get lost in.

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World Cafe
2:59 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Nels Cline On World Cafe

Nels Cline.
Yuka C. Honda Courtesy of the artist

This segment, from April 15, 2009, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

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Music Interviews
2:39 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Pianist Jimmy Amadie

Jimmy Amadie.
Courtesy of the artist

For decades, Jimmy Amadie played solely in his home, heard only by his students when he'd play for them during lessons. His performing career was derailed because of severe hand problems. But later in life, he achieved some fame for his albums — and for the story of what he'd had to overcome to make it possible for him to record. Amadie died of lung cancer on Dec. 10. He was 76.

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Music Reviews
2:33 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

A Former Girl-Group Singer Goes 'All Or Nothing'

With new songs and covers, La La Brooks' All or Nothing isn't just an attempted career comeback.
Jacob Blickenstaff Courtesy of the artist

A half-century on, La La Brooks still sings about boys and girls falling in love. At an age when other veterans of first-generation rock movements are thinking about retirement or oldies tours, Brooks has come up with a fresh, energetic collection that doesn't deny her past, but also refuses to succumb to mere nostalgia.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:19 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

La Santa Cecilia: Tiny Desk Concert

La Santa Cecilia performs a Tiny Desk Concert in November 2013.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 12:22 pm

La Santa Cecilia spreads joy every time its members plug in to do a show. They do it one dance step at a time, with cumbias, corridos, elegant mambos and plain old rock 'n' roll.

I first saw La Santa Cecilia perform in an Austin, Texas, parking lot about five years ago. As all great bands do, it showcased an It Factor that has only intensified as the L.A.-based, Mexican-American group works tirelessly to perfect its musical vision.

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Music
1:40 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Holiday Music To Bring Folks Together

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. With so much contention in air around holiday get-togethers, jazz critic Ken Whitehead wonders if music might help bring together folks with opposing views. He has some listening and viewing recommendations for seasonal dinners.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TEEN TOWN")

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Best Music Of 2013
1:35 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

That's A Bad Lyric And You Know It

Edd Westmacott/Photoshot Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:46 pm

Hang the DJ!
Because the music that they constantly play,
It says nothing to me about my life.
The Smiths, "Panic"

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Favorite Sessions
1:15 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

KEXP Presents: The Head And The Heart

The Head and the Heart performs live at KEXP's studios in Seattle.
Renata Steiner KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:15 pm

Given the speed with which the band rose in popularity, it's not surprising that The Head and the Heart would want to slow down for a minute. After all, the Seattle group was performing at open mics just a few years ago, yet now sells out large theaters nationwide.

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All Songs Considered
7:13 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Bob Boilen's Top 20 Albums of 2013

Khaela Maricich (left) and Melissa Dyne of The Blow.
Kyle Dean Reinford Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 12:13 pm

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