Music

Mountain Stage
4:51 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Glen Phillips On Mountain Stage

Glen Phillips.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Glen Phillips makes his fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. To many, Phillips is best known for his work with Toad the Wet Sprocket, the hit-making pop band he founded when he was just 14. But after the group broke up in the '90s, he immediately went on to work with some of the most respected names in roots music, notably the members of Nickel Creek (along with Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones) as The Mutual Admiration Society.

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Song Travels
3:29 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale On 'Song Travels'

"I think that's maybe my best strength as a musician: the ability to accompany and to breathe with whoever's taking the lead," Thomas Lauderdale says.
Autumn de Wilde

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 5:23 pm

Pianist Thomas Lauderdale is the co-founder of the celebrated orchestral ensemble Pink Martini, which bridges classical, jazz, world music and old-fashioned pop.

"I'm inching my way towards Liberace land every day," Lauderdale says, laughing after opening with a rollicking take on "Malaguena," composed by Cuba's equivalent of George Gershwin, Ernesto Lecuona.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:26 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Bela Fleck On Piano Jazz

Bela Fleck.
Karl Walter Getty Images

On this installment of Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi, Béla Fleck brings his jazz sensibilities to a set of originals and standards, opening with a refreshing take on Thelonious Monk's "In Walked Bud."

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Field Recordings
1:07 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Wild Nothing: Nuanced Pop At 8,500 Feet

Wild Nothing at Mount San Jacinto for a Field Recording, recorded in April 2013.
NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:05 pm

When most people think of Palm Springs, visions of softly baked desert landscapes come to mind. However, upon arriving at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, we were warned that the temperature differential between the desert and the top cliff of the Chino Canyon was about 30 degrees — cold enough that it would require warm clothing and an adventurous spirit. But Wild Nothing singer-songwriter Jack Tatum and his tour players were game to load onto the rotating tram car and ascend to more than 8,500 feet above sea level.

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The Two-Way
1:04 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Calmly, From Portland, It's The Quiet Music Festival

The show Portlandia recently featured a skit titled "The Battle Of The Gentle Bands." Portland will host the Quiet Music Festival this weekend.
IFC/YouTube

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 3:05 pm

Not all music festivals are carnivals of noise, propelled by thudding drums and screeching guitars. In fact, for the annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland, which begins today, the goal is to experience calming sounds.

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Live At The Village Vanguard
12:18 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Kenny Barron Quintet: Live At The Village Vanguard

Kenny Barron.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:07 pm

Among jazz musicians, especially in New York City, pianist Kenny Barron is considered an institution. He spent years in bands led by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef and Stan Getz, and brings that wisdom to every note. He's put out dozens of albums, continues to write new music, and turns up in classrooms and on concert stages throughout the city. And he continues to play brilliantly, with clarity and ebullience alike — his latest album pairs him with an all-Brazilian band.

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World Cafe
12:12 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Jamie Lidell On World Cafe

Jamie Lidell.
Lindsey Rome Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:17 am

British producer and singer Jamie Lidell is one of electronic music's funkiest solo practitioners. When Lidell visited World Cafe in 2006 to support his successful album Multiply, he told host David Dye that he had been called the "one-man human funk tornado" — a moniker he earns yet again in this session.

In this installment of World Cafe, Lidell plays songs from his latest self-titled album and discusses the process of making the record at his new home studio in Nashville.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Amid The Pulsars Without A Pulse

Pablo Helguera

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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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Music
11:10 am
Fri May 31, 2013

'Ten Black Men' Author Inspired By Music By Black Women

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 12:37 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now why don't we take a little music break with the occasional feature we call IN YOUR EAR. That's where some of our guest tell us about the songs that inspire them or just make them dance. Today we hear from a writer who decided to dig deeper into what we know about Martin Luther King Junior and other prominent African American men.

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Arts & Life
11:10 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Rita Wilson Says Fifty Is Fabulous

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 9:26 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we'll head into the Barber Shop to get the buzz on some hot topics in the news. But first we want to hear about another place to hang out to find out about what's going on in the world. That would be the Internet. And while a lot of people might think that that's the domain of the younger set, it turns out that there is a thriving online world catering to 40 and 50-somethings.

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