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1:40 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Judging Music With Visual Cues

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 4:26 pm

Musical performances may not be a completely auditory experience, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Study author Chia-Jung Tsay discusses how visual cues can influence our judgments about music and other social settings.

Mountain Stage
1:24 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Lora Faye On Mountain Stage

Lora Faye performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:50 am

Lora Faye makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Faye plays brash, lo-fi Americana that draws inspiration from such disparate sources as Gillian Welch and Jeff Buckley, Blind Willie Johnson and AnaΓ―s Mitchell, Harry Smith and Andy Warhol.

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Remembrances
1:15 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Fresh Air Remembers 'Piano Jazz' Host Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz featured performances and conversation with a variety of pianists, including Ray Charles and Dave Brubeck.
Courtesy Marian McPartland

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 1:36 pm

For more than 30 years, jazz pianist Marian McPartland hosted one of public radio's most beloved shows, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. As NPR's Felix Contreras writes, she "gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music β€” jazz improvisation." McPartland died of natural causes on Tuesday at the age of 95.

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World Cafe
1:05 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Buddy Guy On World Cafe

Buddy Guy's new double album is titled Rhythm & Blues.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:17 pm

We recorded this interview with blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy the day after he turned 77 β€” and he turned up early for our 9 a.m. start.

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Barbershop
12:19 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Are There 'Blurred Lines' Over Summer's Hottest Song?

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Song Travels
12:05 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Rob Schwimmer On 'Song Travels'

Rob Schwimmer.
Courtesy of the artist

Composer and pianist Rob Schwimmer has worked with the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder and Bette Milder. He's also written scores for Oscar-winning short films and is a master of the theremin.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Fri August 23, 2013

His Voice? Muzak To Her Ears

Pablo Helguera for NPR

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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The Record
9:42 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Race And Country Music Then And Now

Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams, Jr. Charles Hughes quotes the songwriter and performer as saying, "Everything I write and sing comes out country, and that's why I have to take so much time in arrangements and instrumentation, because β€” if not β€” I'd just be cutting a bunch of country records with black people. And we know that black people are not makin' it in country."
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 11:17 am

In a recent book, Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music, editor Diane Pecknold rounds up some of the better music writers in academia in order to put a light on country's many black roots and the country's unease with said roots. It's not perfect, but what's good here makes the collection indispensable.

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Music
12:06 am
Fri August 23, 2013

On the Next Galactic Travels 2013-08-29

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

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Dan Pound concludes.Β  The Featured CD at Midnight will be disk two from Return To Other Worlds on Pound Sounds.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:23 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Behind The Latest Round Of Bruised Feelings At The Minnesota Orchestra

The chairs are still empty in Minneapolis, but all sides in the Minnesota Orchestra dispute have been busy trying to snap up web domain names.
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Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 12:05 pm

In Minneapolis right now, even small matters have the potential to escalate β€” fast. Take the latest flashpoint in the Minnesota Orchestra's ongoing tribulations, which in about 24 hours has flared up a lot of ire in the classical community.

About a week ago, a semi-professional musician, blogger and longtime fan of the Minnesota Orchestra named Emily Hogstad was talking with some fellow Minnesota fans about the possibility of organizing a dedicated group of music lovers who want to see an end to the longstanding labor disputes at the Minneapolis-based ensemble.

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