Music

World Cafe
2:48 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Yusuf/Cat Stevens On World Cafe

Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. Cat Stevens.
Rich McKie WXPN

Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. Cat Stevens, just completed his first U.S. tour in 36 years, in which he performed music from his just-released album Tell 'Em I'm Gone alongside favorites from his long career. He'd stopped playing the latter for nearly three decades after changing his name and embracing Islam in 1977. In this performance, he plays old and new music alike in a session recorded at Philadelphia's Tower Theater.

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The Two-Way
2:13 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Singer Joe Cocker Dies At Age 70

Singer Joe Cocker, famous for his powerful and raspy voice, has died at age 70.
Ron Wolfson Landov

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 4:02 pm

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Favorite Sessions
11:47 am
Mon December 22, 2014

KEXP Presents: Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore performs live on KEXP.
Bebe Labree Besch KEXP

He's never lived so far away, yet he's never sounded so much like himself. After a move to London, former Sonic Youth singer-guitarist Thurston Moore recently reclaimed his place as a ranking don of noise-rock while reassembling his band with some true ringers: former SY bandmate Steve Shelley on drums and Debbie Googe of My Bloody Valentine on bass.

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Music Interviews
11:06 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Nick Lowe Brings His 'Quality Holiday Revue' To America

Nick Lowe's Christmas album is called Quality Street. He's currently touring the U.S.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 1:31 pm

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All Songs Considered
10:20 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Bob And Robin's Holiday In Space

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All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Dessa: Something Old And Something New, Suitable For Choir

Dessa recently reworked two of her songs with Minnesota's VocalEssence choir.
Kelly Loverud Courtesy of the artist

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The Record
8:29 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Top 10 Top 40 For 2014

Music Interviews
5:24 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Anthony Hamilton Brings Home Holiday Funk

Anthony Hamilton's first Christmas album is called Home for the Holidays.
LaVan Anderson Courtesy of the artist

Once a pop artist has been working long enough, the Christmas album feels like an inevitability. Soul singer Anthony Hamilton wanted to try it out, but he was wary of falling into cliché and repeating the formulas that have shaped holiday records for years.

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Remembrances
8:20 am
Sun December 21, 2014

When The Beatles Gave Fans A 'Crimble' Present

Originally published on Sun December 21, 2014 1:01 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Christmas is the time of year for carols, presents, festive cheer, and if you were a member of The Beatles Fan Club back in the 1960s, it was the season for a special edition flexi-disc from John, Paul, George and Ringo.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Sun December 21, 2014

KCRW Presents: M. Ward

KCRW

It's been a big month for M. Ward. He just released a new album with Zooey Deschanel (as She & Him), and he's reissuing his much-loved 2005 solo breakthrough Transistor Radio on vinyl with a few bonus tracks.

Ward's fourth studio album, Transistor Radio, solidified his reputation as a major talent, so it was a thrill to host a live performance of its songs. From his recent visit to KCRW, M. Ward performs "Hi-Fi" here.

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