Music

All Songs Considered
11:38 am
Fri November 1, 2013

The Good Listener: How Long Is The Perfect Concert?

We're giving The Decemberists 10 minutes with this crowd.
Courtesy of FOX

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 11:21 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the 500 pounds of generic Circus Peanuts we intend to melt down for home insulation is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, a request for a unifying theory of concert length.

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A Blog Supreme
11:09 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Frank Wess, Basie Woodwind Specialist, Dies

Frank Wess appears at a tribute concert in 2007.
Hiroyuki Ito Getty Images

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The Record
8:03 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Holding Music History In Your Hands: Why Archives Matter

Ma Rainey Georgia Jazz Band posing for a studio group shot in the mid-1920s, with Thomas A. Dorsey at the piano.
JP Jazz Archive Redferns

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 7:23 pm

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Alt.Latino
8:03 am
Fri November 1, 2013

A Sonic Altar: Celebrating The Day Of The Dead

A woman disguised as "Catrina" poses for a photo in Guadalajara, Mexico. La Catrina is the Mexican representation of death, created 100 years ago by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.
Hector Guerrero AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 12:40 pm

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Music
12:45 am
Fri November 1, 2013

On the Next Galactic Travels 2013-11-07

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Galactic Anthems begins.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be Galactic Anthems on Galactic Anthems Music.

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Music
12:45 am
Fri November 1, 2013

The Special Focus for November, 2013.

The Special Focus for November, 2013.
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On Galactic Travels, the Special Focus for November is Galactic Anthems a.k.a. Glenn Adams.  Sound, as much as music, has always fascinated Glenn, especially sound that has no earthly connection. One album of great influence on him was “Quatermass,” by Tod Dockstader. It was quite remarkable to Glenn that Dockstader could create such incredible sounds from such mundane sources as the air escaping from a balloon.

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World Cafe
6:01 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Laura Marling On World Cafe

Laura Marling.
Courtesy of the artist

There's no denying the alluring musical presence of 23-year-old Laura Marling. The U.K. singer-songwriter has already released four great albums — three of which were eventually nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize, a British music award.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
4:24 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Nicole Mitchell And Ice Crystal On JazzSet

Nicole Mitchell performs at the Kennedy Center.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:48 am

Nicole Mitchell grew up in California, but Chicago is where she became the original artist she is today. From her mid-20s into her 40s, she played and taught there, and composed and presented complete works for creative spirits like science-fiction novelist Octavia Butler (Xenogenesis Suite) and musician Alice Coltrane (Where the Paths Meet the Sea).

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The Record
2:44 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Lonnie Holley: Self-Made Man

Lonnie Holley.
Courtesy of Force Field PR

Somebody does something a little different — they briefly step off the curb — and plenty of folks are ready to dub them a "self-made man" or "self-made woman." But what Lonnie Holley does, and what he has made of himself, demands a whole new term. He truly is his own invention.

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Music Reviews
12:06 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Brandy Clark Tells The 'Stories' That Are Tough To Hear

Brandy Clark's new album is titled 12 Stories.
Becky Fluke Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 9:12 am

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