Freshlyground has been one of the most talked about bands out of post-apartheid South Africa. One reason is the voice of lead singer Zolani Mahola. Mahola is a powerhouse; she and six other black and white musicians from around southern Africa make up the group. They came together in 2002 to forge a new sound, repackaging folk roots and classic African pop with a slick veneer of international pop production.
Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 1:14 pm
I first met Thao Nguyen in 2008, in the earliest days of the Tiny Desk Concert series. I was a big fan of her witty, catchy songs. After she finished playing the Tiny Desk, Thao said something that has endeared me to her forever. Walking toward the elevators on her way out of NPR, she said, "That was intimate and awkward ... a lot like my last boyfriend!"
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:03 pm
Virtually everyone writing about the Tokyo String Quartet's final tour this year is drawn to the word "bittersweet," and with good reason: After 43 seasons, the group gave its farewell Boston concert last week at WGBH. The quartet is rising to the emotional occasion by playing with heightened finesse and dimension, sounding better than ever.
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 5:22 pm
The first time I met Kurt Vile we played a show together in Philadelphia to less than 200 people. That was sometime in the fall of 2010. When I saw him just over a year later he was headlining the 1,500 capacity Webster Hall in New York City, and Smoke Ring For My Halo, his album released in early 2011, had turned me and almost everyone I knew from simply curious to full devotees.
WDIY announced today that it will participate in the second annual Public Radio Music Month, a month long initiative in April celebrating public radio stations’ invaluable role in America’s music culture.
Public Radio Music Month is a nationwide initiative that connects local public radio station, artists and audiences in communities across the United States. Stations and their partners are featuring exclusive interviews, performances, and more throughout the month.
From the shipyards of the Banks of the River Clyde, to the mining villages of Fife and the farms of the Borders, the Scottish Lowlands have been a hive of activity for centuries. Tour the musical landscape with Archie Fisher, Deaf Shepherd, Alison Kinnaird and Croft No. 5.
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Camper Van Beethoven makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded before a sold-out audience in Charleston, W.Va. Alt-rock pioneers in the truest sense, the band members first got together in 1983, led by singer-songwriter David Lowery in Redlands, Calif. The group's infectious and constantly evolving amalgam of pop, punk, ska, folk and country found an audience in the area's hardcore punk scene.
In 1955, John R. Cash was a sometime auto mechanic, sometime appliance salesman who liked to play the guitar and sing, mostly gospel songs. The "R" in his name didn't stand for anything — and, in fact, he'd been named J.R. at birth and had to come up with "John" when he joined the Air Force. He'd spend the rest of his life reinventing himself.
Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 10:27 pm
Tom Angelripper has been a part of the brash German thrash-metal game for more than 30 years now. Sodom's damning 1989 anti-war screed, Agent Orange, is a bona fide classic, but the impeccably named bassist and vocalist still has plenty of targets to hit and thundering bass riffs to deploy. Therein comes crashing "Stigmatized" from Sodom's 14th studio album, Epitome of Torture.