Thao Nguyen has been busy since her last album, Know Better Learn Faster, came out in 2009. The band moved to San Francisco while Nguyen explored recording with other artists, even making an album with Mirah.
Among hell-raising tour stories and loving odes to his wife Sharon, there's a nugget in I Am Ozzy, the entertaining autobiography of the original Black Sabbath vocalist, that sticks with me: Ozzy Osbourne loves The Beatles. The Prince of Darkness, mind you. I kept that in mind while listening to "Valley of the Dolls" from Mind Control, the third album by the U.K. doom-metal band Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats.
The Australian duo Dead Can Dance recently performed a live session for Morning Becomes Eclectic that could only be described as a cinematic experience. Combining baroque orchestral sounds with haunting synths and vocals, the group played up its medieval aesthetic inside the historical Moroccan Ballroom at the Village Studios.
Abigail and Lily Chapin, who together form The Chapin Sisters, make their second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. To say that the Chapins were raised in a musical family is an understatement: Their father, Tom Chapin, won three Grammys; their grandfather, Jim Chapin, was a respected jazz drummer; and their uncle, Harry Chapin, was one of America's most beloved folk singer-songwriters. Naturally, The Chapin Sisters' sound relies heavily on sibling harmonies.
On this episode of Piano Jazz With Jon Weber, velvet-voiced singer, guitarist and composer Allan Harris joins Weber for a set of standards and a few tunes from the Harris-penned musical, Cross That River.
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On this week's All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton settle into the new NPR Music offices and discover that it comes with their very own butler. After bumbling around in the studio, they also manage to figure out all the new gear and share some great new music.
Corb Lund makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Lund was born into a family of Canadian cattle ranchers and spent most of his youth in Alberta's southern foothills. Perhaps as a result, his particular blend of country mixes the best of cowboy music, Western swing and rockabilly with a steely edge.
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When Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan ditched their solo careers to form The Milk Carton Kids, they discovered that they had a lot to teach each other. They also had a plan: to give their music away in order to find their audience. It worked remarkably well. Now, their third album, The Ash & Clay, is out on a regular label — no freebies this time around — and they're playing to packed houses across the U.S. and Europe.
We've heard any number of remembrances today of legendary folk singer Richie Havens. He died yesterday of a heart attack. He was 72. The Brooklyn-born singer is perhaps best known as the opening act at Woodstock, for his unorthodox guitar style and his message of peace that helped define a generation. In 2004, Havens talked with Neal Conan on this program around the release of his album, "Grace of the Sun." We thought the most fitting way to remember Havens on this day is to let you hear from the man himself.
The French band Phoenix experienced massive success, both critically and commercially, with 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Now, four years later, the group has finally returned with a new album titled Bankrupt! Designed to push beyond its hit predecessor rather than replicate it, the album nevertheless retains Phoenix's gift for catchy power-pop hooks.