Music

All Songs Considered
8:12 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

New Music: Nine Inch Nails, Earl Sweatshirt, Juana Molina, More

Clockwise from upper left: Juana Molina, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Earl Sweatshirt, The Goldberg Sisters (Adam Goldberg)
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:38 am

All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton has been feeling a little dazed and confused lately, so host Bob Boilen gives him a "sonic hug" with a new song from the Austin, Texas rock band The Octopus Project. Robin follows with a surprising cut from the first new Nine Inch Nails album in five years. NPR's Sami Yenigun brings a healthy dose of dance beats from Seven Davis Jr.

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The Record
5:57 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Albert Murray, Writer And Co-Founder Of Jazz At Lincoln Center, Dies

Writer, historian and critic Albert Murray in New York City in 2000.
Chris Felver Getty Images

Albert Murray, the influential writer and critic who helped found Jazz at Lincoln Center, died Sunday at home in Harlem. He was 97 years old. Duke Ellington once described him as the "unsquarest person I know."

For Murray, jazz and blues were more than just musical forms. They were a survival technique — an improvisatory response to hardship and uncertainty, as he told NPR in 1997: "You don't know how many bars you have, but however many of them you can make swing, the better off you are. That's about it."

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A Blog Supreme
5:16 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Jazz Piano Giant Cedar Walton Dies At 79

Cedar Walton in 2008.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:48 am

Cedar Walton, one of the top jazz pianists to emerge in the aftermath of bebop, died Monday morning at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., according to his wife, Martha. Walton was 79.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:36 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

The Front Bottoms: Tiny Desk Concert

The Front Bottoms performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in July 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:14 pm

When I first saw The Front Bottoms, I was stunned to see 350-plus singing, shouting club-goers repeat verse after complicated verse back at singer Brian Sella. Then it happened again at a hot, sweaty club in Philadelphia, and later in D.C., and then again in Baltimore. The community that's formed around these songs — as total strangers purge deep emotions in a public space — is a beautiful phenomenon, a testament to the passion and compassion that this band radiates.

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First Listen
3:17 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

First Listen: Franz Ferdinand, 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action'

Franz Ferdinand's new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, comes out August 27.
Andy Knowles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:13 pm

Almost 10 years after "Take Me Out" helped the band break through commercially, win a Mercury Prize and craft a zeitgeist-defining sound — and two years after a rumored breakup — Franz Ferdinand returns with its first new album since 2009. It's the Glaswegian dance-rock ambassadors' best work since their 2004 arrival: Confident and freshly energized, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action captures the ease of pressure that comes with knowing that a decade-old band can't be co-opted as a cool new thing.

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Planet Money
1:31 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Robin Thicke's Song Sounds Like Marvin Gaye. So He's Suing Gaye's Family.

This is Robin Thicke.
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Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:59 pm

"Blurred Lines," this year's song of the summer*, sounds a lot like Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," one of the songs of the summer of 1977.

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World Cafe
12:03 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Next: Moreland And Arbuckle

Moreland & Arbuckle.
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Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:32 pm

  • Hear Two Songs From Moreland & Arbuckle

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is the Kansas band Moreland & Arbuckle, whose members play blues-drenched roots-rock. On their fifth album, 7 Cities, they've adopted the loose theme of the explorer Coronado's search for the seven cities of gold — which, not so coincidentally, took the conquistador right into their home territory.

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Mountain Stage
12:03 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Jason Isbell On Mountain Stage

Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell perform on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:22 am

Jason Isbell recently told Mountain Stage host Larry Groce that "there are much worse things you can be called than a former Drive-By Trucker," but that "I've been out of that band as long as I was in it."

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The Two-Way
10:32 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Jazz Pianist Cedar Walton Dies

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 2:21 pm

Cedar Walton, a National Endowment for the Arts "jazz master" known as "one of the great hard bop pianists," died early Monday at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., according to WBGO's The Checkout. He was 79.

His NEA bio page says that:

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Favorite Sessions
8:02 am
Mon August 19, 2013

KEXP Presents: clipping.

New Sub Pop signee clipping. performs at the label's 25th-anniversary festival.
Morgen Schuler KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:39 pm

If it's not careful, the Sub Pop label is going to exceed its reputation for breaking rock bands with its new discoveries in experimental hip-hop. Following its success with the space-hop outworlders in Shabazz Palaces and the earthy psych-rap enchantresses in THEESatisfaction, the Seattle label recently signed L.A.

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