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Music Interviews
2:53 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

A Young Composer Steps Outside Of Himself (And Into Pop)

Composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone leads the chamber-pop ensemble San Fermin.
Kyle Dean Reinford Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 5:59 pm

In an era when an online single or leaked demo can make or break a band, a young New York composer is taking a chance on a full-blown concept album. Ellis Ludwig-Leone is the 24-year-old, classically trained leader of the group San Fermin, whose self-titled debut tells a 17-song love story.

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Concerts
1:31 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

The 2013 Americana Music Association Honors And Awards Show

The finale of the Americana Music Association Honors and Awards show.
Beehivepro.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:11 am

Folk Alley and NPR Music recently returned to Nashville to present a webcast of the Americana Music Association's 12th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony from the historic Ryman Auditorium.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:52 am
Fri September 20, 2013

And 'Fiddler On The Roof' — Not Jewish

Pablo Helguera for NPR

This week's artune is ripped from the headlines. More controversy for Russia and its official position on homosexuality: A new government-funded film — and its government funders — deny that Tchaikovsky was gay.

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All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Fri September 20, 2013

First Watch: Lucy Schwartz, 'Boomerang'

A dog plays trombone in a new video for the song "Boomerang," by Los Angeles singer Lucy Schwartz.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 12:10 pm

I won't lie to you. I love anthropomorphizing dogs. Maybe it's because I like dogs more than people, but need to believe they're somewhat human in order to sustain the kind of long conversations about life and music I have with my own yellow lab, Cornflake (not her real name), without feeling insane.

All of which is to say that when I saw this new video for the song "Boomerang" by Los Angeles singer Lucy Schwartz, I immediately fell in love.

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A Blog Supreme
7:46 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Opera Star Jessye Norman Picks Her Favorite Jazz Singers

In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation.
Carol Friedman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 11:06 am

Jessye Norman's commanding soprano voice makes her the quintessential operatic diva for many listeners. But she frequently draws inspirations from jazz: She ranks singers like Billie Holiday, Mabel Mercer and Sarah Vaughan high on her list of influences.

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Music
11:16 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

On the Next Galactic Travels 2013-09-26

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

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Navigator concludes.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be a CDr of unreleased music.

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All Songs Considered
4:55 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The Good Listener: Where Do Mopey Music Fans Turn When They Need Energy?

Japandroids' music provides a perfect gateway between mopey angst and unbridled joy.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 9:24 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the gigantic packets of 401(k) information we chuck directly into the fireplace is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, a request from a reader who seeks cheerful music for the mopey, beardy indie-rock soul.

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World Cafe
2:56 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Balada

José José.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 4:53 pm

On Thursday's installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Ernesto Lechner — co-host of the radio show The Latin Alternative — dives into balada, a romantic style of Latin music. Lechner starts by playing a couple of examples of the style from the late 1960s, when authentic balada drew from jazz and even the Brazilian genre of bossa nova. We'll also hear a modern rendition of the style from Babasónicos of Argentina.

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Favorite Sessions
2:27 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

KCRW Presents: AlunaGeorge

AlunaGeorge on KCRW.
KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:29 pm

More and more artists are collaborating online before meeting in the studio. Taking that creation live and on the road is a new and dicey proposition, one that the U.K. duo AlunaGeorge — made up of Aluna Francis and George Reid — has navigated extremely well. Amid a string of sold-out dates across the U.S., the pair stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic and showed just how well songs like "Your Drums, Your Love" translate live.

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The Two-Way
2:10 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Greek PM Denounces Neo-Nazi Party After Musician's Murder

Police escort a neo-Nazi suspect in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 34-year-old hip-hop artist.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:41 pm

Greece's premier has vowed not to let a neo-Nazi party undermine democracy after the killing of a Greek hip-hop and rap singer by a right-wing extremist.

"This government is determined not to let the descendants of the Nazis poison our social life or commit crimes," Antonis Samaras said in a national television address.

An extremist with possible ties to the right-wing Golden Dawn party has admitted to stabbing to death musician Pavlos Fyssas, who goes by the stage name Killah P. The incident has sparked outrage among many Greeks.

The Associated Press writes:

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