Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 4:31 pm
Siblings Ian, Eric, and Brittany Hölljes — three of the four lead singers in the American folk-rock band Delta Rae — first learned the power of a good story when their parents read them mythological tales. In fact, the band's name is inspired by a fictional story the Hölljes' mother intended to write. Flash forward to 2012, and the band has put those lessons to good use.
If you've ever seen a Tiny Desk Concert, you understand the draw. The hottest musicians — some famous, some just discovered — rock out in an unusual venue: the NPR cubicle of Bob Boilen, host of All Songs Considered.
From time to time, a horde of silver jewelry coins and ingots is unearthed somewhere in northern Scotland or eastern England, where Vikings once held sway. What would these Norsemen raiders have made of our haul of Nordic music?
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Roots music band The Trishas make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Although none of the women in The Trishas are actually named Trisha, each of them sings, plays and writes her own music.
Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 1:29 pm
In the New York Times this week, Anthony Tommasini has a series in both print and video about those microcosmic musical moments like "a fleeting passage, a short series of chords, some unexpected shift in a melodic line — when something occurs that just grabs us." What links these diverse bits from Chopin to Puccini to Mahler together?
Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 9:17 am
You always remember the first time you heard one of Regina Spektor's songs. She harnesses such a wide range of emotions expertly — and even more so in her live performances. Spektor is one of a kind, and "The Party" is a perfect example.