Music

The Record
2:46 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Talking 21st Century Songwriting With Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile.
Shawn Brackbill Courtesy of Matador Records

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 5:22 pm

The first time I met Kurt Vile we played a show together in Philadelphia to less than 200 people. That was sometime in the fall of 2010. When I saw him just over a year later he was headlining the 1,500 capacity Webster Hall in New York City, and Smoke Ring For My Halo, his album released in early 2011, had turned me and almost everyone I knew from simply curious to full devotees.

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Music
1:21 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

WDIY Joins Public Radio Music Month Celebration

WDIY announced today that it will participate in the second annual Public Radio Music Month, a month long initiative in April celebrating public radio stations’ invaluable role in America’s music culture.

Public Radio Music Month is a nationwide initiative that connects local public radio station, artists and audiences in communities across the United States. Stations and their partners are featuring exclusive interviews, performances, and more throughout the month.

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Thistle and Shamrock
12:44 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: Lowlands

Archie Fisher
Stephanie Tristam Courtesy of the artist

From the shipyards of the Banks of the River Clyde, to the mining villages of Fife and the farms of the Borders, the Scottish Lowlands have been a hive of activity for centuries. Tour the musical landscape with Archie Fisher, Deaf Shepherd, Alison Kinnaird and Croft No. 5.

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Mountain Stage
11:25 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Camper Van Beethoven On Mountain Stage

Camper Van Beethoven performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Camper Van Beethoven makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded before a sold-out audience in Charleston, W.Va. Alt-rock pioneers in the truest sense, the band members first got together in 1983, led by singer-songwriter David Lowery in Redlands, Calif. The group's infectious and constantly evolving amalgam of pop, punk, ska, folk and country found an audience in the area's hardcore punk scene.

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Music Reviews
11:07 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Johnny Cash's Columbia Catalog Out Now — As A 64-Disc Box Set

A new 63-disc box offers a complete retrospective of the Man in Black's storied career.
Sony Music

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:00 pm

In 1955, John R. Cash was a sometime auto mechanic, sometime appliance salesman who liked to play the guitar and sing, mostly gospel songs. The "R" in his name didn't stand for anything — and, in fact, he'd been named J.R. at birth and had to come up with "John" when he joined the Air Force. He'd spend the rest of his life reinventing himself.

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All Songs Considered
9:03 am
Wed April 10, 2013

30 Years Later, Sodom Is Still All Brass And Knuckles

Sodom.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 10:27 pm

Tom Angelripper has been a part of the brash German thrash-metal game for more than 30 years now. Sodom's damning 1989 anti-war screed, Agent Orange, is a bona fide classic, but the impeccably named bassist and vocalist still has plenty of targets to hit and thundering bass riffs to deploy. Therein comes crashing "Stigmatized" from Sodom's 14th studio album, Epitome of Torture.

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World Cafe
9:03 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Moon Taxi On World Cafe

Nashville's Moon Taxi.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 10:26 pm

You might be tempted to call World Cafe's Sense of Place: Nashville guest Moon Taxi a jam band — that is, if its instrumental excursions weren't so concise, carefully thought-out and frequently refined in the years it's spent touring.

The quintet formed at Belmont University in Nashville and released its debut, Melodica, in 2007. Moon Taxi's second studio album, Cabaret, came out last year. Here, the band performs an intricate live set and discusses what makes Nashville's independent music scene special.

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World Cafe
9:03 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Third Man Records' Favorite Live Cuts

Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.
Courtesy of the label

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 10:43 am

Jack White's Third Man Records has quickly become a cultural force in Nashville. The Third Man complex is situated in an industrial section of downtown, where it houses a retail store, the Third Man studio, a mail-order business and a music venue.

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NPR Front Row
8:03 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Brainstorm: NPR Front Row

NPR

There was a "fire in the belly" feel when Brainstorm took the stage at TenOak in Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest music festival this past March. In its best moments, the trio from Portland, Ore., has an edge that embodies both African highlife guitar and the sounds of late-'70s post-punk a la Gang of Four.

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A Blog Supreme
5:42 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

The Creators Of Jazz Appreciation Month Start Celebrating

A group of musicians and major donors pose with Lionel Hampton's vibraphone at the 2013 Jazz Appreciation Month launch. From left: Mark Dibner of The Argus Fund, drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Fran Morris Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, pianist Randy Weston, Richard Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald foundation and Smithsonian American History Museum Director John Gray.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

The 12th official Jazz Appreciation Month began when April did. But today, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, which founded the JAM campaign, kick started its own celebration with a series of performances, discussions and ceremonies.

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