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Field Recordings
3:02 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Wild Belle: Reggae-Tinged Romance Amid The Big Bikes

Wild Belle performs for a Field Recordings video at South Bay Customs in El Segundo, Calif.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:08 pm

At first, the inconspicuous facade of the El Segundo-based South Bay Customs motorcycle shop doesn't seem like the most compelling setting for one of our Field Recordings. But once we walked past the front doors, we quickly realized that this wasn't your everyday L.A. bike shop. South Bay's walls are lined with eccentric oddities, and the facility also houses an art gallery and a performance space for local musicians.

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World Cafe
1:45 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Laura Mvula On World Cafe

Laura Mvula.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:15 pm

U.K. singer Laura Mvula has been well-served by her conservatory training, which helped her uncover her own unique sound: Mvula's first full-length album, Sing to the Moon, blends classic pop, jazz and soul.

With help from producer Steve Brown, Mvula's choral-like arrangements are wonderfully layered and complex. In this installment of World Cafe, the singer performs live with her band and talks to host David Dye about how she separates her roles as a songwriter and a performer.

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Music Reviews
1:05 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch

Duke Ellington (1899-1974) at the piano at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon, during a British tour on Feb. 10, 1963.
John Pratt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 4:50 pm

At the keys, Duke Ellington abstracted from stride piano, which modernized ragtime. Ellington's own spare percussive style then refracted through Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor, as well as a generation of freewheeling pianists active in Europe, like Aki Takase. Her new solo piano album is My Ellington, on which she plays some stride bass herself, as in "In a Mellow Tone."

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Deceptive Cadence
10:44 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Hit The Road And Hear Some Music: Summer Classical Festivals 2013

At the Moab Festival in Utah, patrons can hike to a secret spot to hear concerts.
Richard Bowditch Moab Music Festival

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 8:55 am

Summer is heating up and so are dozens of classical music festivals all around the country. We couldn't possibly list them all, but here's a sampling of some of the best events, from open-air venues and seaside spots to historic concert halls. Been to a great summer festival we've missed? Feel free to pass along your own reviews in the comments section.

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Music Reviews
6:07 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

For Mavis Staples, 'One True Vine' Brings Together Kindred Spirits

Mavis Staples has been performing for more than six decades. One True Vine is her second album-length collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.
Zoran Orlic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 12:24 pm

On their second collaboration, One True Vine, Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy assemble a story using songs written by various artists, dotted by frequent lyrical references to The Staple Singers. The album follows a narrative arc of struggle, acceptance and salvation that's mirrored in the crescendo and decrescendo of the music, starting out low and slow.

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Music Interviews
6:05 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

A First Lady No Longer, Carla Bruni Returns To Music

Carla Bruni's new album, her first since her husband, former President Nicolas Sarkozy, left office, is titled Little French Songs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 8:06 pm

Ella Fitzgerald was known as the First Lady of Song, but Carla Bruni is the singer-songwriter of first ladies.

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World Cafe
3:56 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Michael Nesmith On World Cafe

Michael Nesmith.
Alexandra Battaglia Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:43 pm

He's best known as the tall, hat-wearing member of The Monkees, but Michael Nesmith has worn many other hats in the last few decades. Nesmith recently finished up his first solo tour in 21 years, playing songs from both his original country-rock group (The First National Band) and his solo albums.

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All Songs Considered
2:38 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

New Music: Sigur Rós, Zola Jesus, Jon Hopkins, Ebony Bones, More

Clockwise from upper left: Jon Hopkins, Ebony Bones, Sigur Ros, Zola Jesus
Courtesy of the artists

On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, co-hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton split right down the middle when it comes to bringing the noise.

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The Record
7:21 am
Tue June 25, 2013

On John Grant And Healing Yourself

John Grant.
Sebastien Dehesdin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 1:59 pm

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Music
2:03 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Chuck Leavell: The 'Fifth' Stone Speaks

Chuck Leavell plays alongside Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood.
Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 11:10 am

Some believe that there are only four Rolling Stones, but then some say there's a fifth: keyboardist Chuck Leavell. He's been on tours with the band for more than 30 years — but that hasn't been his only gig. At 20, he was asked to join The Allman Brothers Band.

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