Music

Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Superdupertitles At Silicon Valley Opera

Pablo Helguera for NPR

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, on Twitter @nprclassical, or on Facebook at NPR Classical.

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Music
11:43 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

On the Next Galactic Travels 2013-10-24

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

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Dave Luxton continues.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be Singularity In Sound on Wayfarer Records.

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Music Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Tal National: The Rock Stars Of West Africa

Kaani is Tal National's third studio album.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 7:25 pm

Tal National is the most popular live act in the West African nation of Niger, and the band is ready to go global. Its third album, Kaani, is the first to get an international release, and it arrives just in time for the group's first U.S. tour.

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Mountain Stage
2:27 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Tony Rice On Mountain Stage

From left to right: John Hartford, Tony Rice, Jamie Hartford and Ramblin' Jack Elliott at Mountain Stage in 1989.
Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 10:30 am

Among bluegrass musicians, Tony Rice is universally regarded as the most important and influential guitarist in the genre's history. In the simplest terms, beginning with his first albums three decades ago, Rice all but single-handedly established the guitar as a lead instrument in bluegrass music.

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A Blog Supreme
2:23 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Five Songs By The 'Rhodes Scholar' Keyboardist Of Hip-Hop

Keyboardist and producer Bob James' 1970s work helped to establish the sound of smooth jazz — and lives on in hip-hop samples galore.
Courtesy of the artist

Professing love for Bob James' music can yield a side-eye in some circles. Jazz purists routinely view the keyboardist's 1970s period as a progenitor to smooth jazz — an idiom they frequently react to as if it were a sign of the apocalypse.

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Live in Concert
2:18 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Cults, Live In Concert

Cults performed live Wednesday at NPR Music's showcase at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York.
Loren Wahl for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:45 pm

Set List

  • "High Road"
  • "Slow Song"
  • "Abducted"
  • "Always Forever"
  • "Were Before"
  • "You Know What I Mean"
  • "I Can Hardly Make You Mine"
  • "Go Outside"
  • "Keep Your Head Up"

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World Cafe
2:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Tedeschi Trucks Band On World Cafe

Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:47 pm

Two of the best roots rock musicians of their generation make an appearance on a special episode of World Cafe, which is hosted in NPR's Studio A at the organization's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Singer Susan Tedeschi and her husband, guitarist Derek Trucks, joined forces in 2010 and formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

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All Songs Considered
1:51 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

The Good Listener: How Do I Name My Band, Anyway?

Hoobastank has sold more than 10 million albums. Does it really matter what you call your band?
Courtesy of the artist

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the new Pokemon 3DS games that have zombified our once-expressive children is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, tips on how to name one's band.

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Favorite Sessions
12:57 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

World Cafe Presents: Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Tedeschi Trucks Band performs live for World Cafe.
NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:34 pm

Two of the finest blues-rock musicians of their generation joined us at World Cafe. Susan Tedeschi and husband Derek Trucks joined forces in 2000 and formed the now 12-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band.

World Cafe
12:22 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Latin Roots: Choro With Aaron Levinson

Aaron Levinson.
Courtesy of the artist

Choro is a style of Brazilian music that's a hybrid of European and African influences. It started in the 19th century as the Portuguese flooded into Rio.

Grammy award-winning producer Aaron Levinson rejoins World Cafe for Wednesday's installment of the Latin Roots series, where he'll play examples of choro. One selection from the mid-1940s has a kind of Hot Club of France jazz feel, while a more modern example stems from Israel, where bands are keeping the form alive.

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