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Best Music Of 2013
8:03 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Top 10 Dance Tracks Of 2013

Laurel Halo, seen here performing at the 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, released one of our favorite dance tracks of the year.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 8:23 am

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Music
7:23 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Should 'Troy' Have Been A Musical? Finding Melodies In The Classics

It's probably for the best that Brad Pitt didn't sing his lines in Troy β€” but the source material, Homer's Iliad, is one of many ancient Greek works that were written to be sung.
Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

The ancient classics of Western literature β€” Homer, Sophocles, Euripides β€” were written to be sung. But what does Greek music from 2,500 years ago actually sound like? And how could a modern reader possibly deduce those melodies with only the text for reference?

Armand D'Angour, a musician and professor at Jesus College in Oxford, England, has been researching the topic, and says he can sing you a few bars of Homer if you ask.

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Music Interviews
5:13 am
Sat December 14, 2013

What Makes Tennessee's Music So Very Special?

Rosanne Cash, seen here in 1956 with her dad Johnny, is one of many musicians featured in Oxford American magazine's winter issue on the music of Tennessee.
Courtesy of Rosanne Cash

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

From blues to funk, to country and rock, Tennessee is the place that's given voice to the likes of Bessie Smith, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes

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The Record
6:16 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Beyonce's New Album Is Entertainment's October Surprise

Beyonce.
Nick Farrell Photography Courtesy of Columbia Records

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:56 pm

Thursday night β€” just as Twitter was coming down from Scandal's midseason finale, and it's hard to think of this as a coincidence β€” Beyonce dropped an album out of nowhere. The news ricocheted through social media. People called it Bey Day and Christmas come early.

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Music
6:16 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Some Of 2013's Best Songs, As Chosen By NPR's Music Team

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:56 pm

We've been talking all this week with writers from NPR Music about their picks for the best albums of 2013. Audie Cornish hears from NPR Music writer and editor Otis Hart about their list of 100 favorite songs of 2013.

Music Reviews
4:43 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point

Live at the Cellar Door, the new album from Neil Young, was recorded in 1970.
Gary Burden Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:29 pm

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All Songs Considered
4:28 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

First Watch: Puerto Rican Rap Duo Calle 13 Goes 'Multi Viral'

Rene Perez Joglar, aka Residente, fronts Puerto Rican Group Calle 13.
MARTIN BERNETTI AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 5:19 pm

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:51 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Stefano Bollani On Piano Jazz

Stefano Bollani.
Valentina Cenni Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz recorded in 2007, Italian born pianist Stefano Bollani stops by for a session with host Marian McPartland.

Born in Milan on December 5, 1972, Stefano Bollani was playing piano by age six. He grew up listening to his father's stride piano albums, and the pop music of Italian superstars Renato Carsone and Adriano Celentano.

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Song Travels
2:37 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Renee Fleming On 'Song Travels'

Renee Fleming.
Andrew Eccles Courtesy of the artist

Grammy-winning soprano RenΓ©e Fleming is a regular at the world's top opera houses and concert halls around the globe. Her awards include a Fulbright Lifetime Achievement medal and the National Medal of Arts.

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Mountain Stage
2:31 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

The ETSU Old Time Pride Band On Mountain Stage

The East Tennessee State University Old Time Pride Band performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:14 am

The East Tennessee State University Old Time Pride Band makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Johnson City. Founded in 1982, ETSU has the oldest established roots-music studies program at any four-year institution. Each year, the Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies program fields its own band that plays and tours throughout the region. This year, the group focused on the historic Johnson City Sessions from country music's infancy; songs from these sessions make up the entirety of the band's set.

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