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Mountain Stage
11:40 am
Wed May 22, 2013

The Sea, The Sea On Mountain Stage

The Sea, The Sea.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:05 pm

The Sea, The Sea makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The duo of singer-songwriters Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa first began performing and recording together in the fall of 2011. No stranger to West Virginia's most famous stage, Stanley spent much of her youth backstage at shows alongside her father, Mountain Stage bandleader Ron Sowell. She even auditioned once, as a very young girl, for host Larry Groce — "Don't call us, we'll call you," he told her. Many years later, he kept his word.

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Music Reviews
11:14 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Daft Punk: Accessing Electronic Music's Humanity

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are the two men behind Daft Punk.
David Black Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 1:08 pm

I freely admit that, until the new Random Access Memories, I wasn't much of a Daft Punk fan. I could appreciate the craft and imagination that went into creating the French duo's mixture of electronic genres — techno, house, disco — but the mechanical repetitions and heavily filtered vocals didn't turn me on in any other way.

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Wednesdays Become Eclectic
8:59 am
Wed May 22, 2013

KCRW Presents: Yo La Tengo

Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo performs live on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:05 pm

Yo La Tengo has been able to stick together and make music on its own terms for more than 20 years; in today's climate, that's as rare as it is impressive. In an interview for KCRW, singer Ira Kaplan said the band likes to keep its process in the air and of the moment.

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Music Documentaries
8:30 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Jherek Bischoff On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Jherek Bischoff in his home studio.
Q2 Music

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:37 pm

The latest episode of Q2 Spaces takes us to Washington state's Puget Sound and the small sailboat where musician, composer and producer Jherek Bischoff was raised — and to his Seattle apartment, where he surrounds himself with instruments and not much else.

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Music Reviews
5:43 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World

Best known for bright, accessible modern jazz, Pat Metheny takes on an experimental composer's work with the new Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Guitarist Pat Metheny is revered for his bright, accessible modern jazz. Saxophonist and composer John Zorn is associated with much knottier, often dissonant experiments.

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Mountain Stage
4:23 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Paula Cole On Mountain Stage

Paula Cole.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:06 pm

Paula Cole makes her second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. When Cole first appeared on Mountain Stage in the fall of 1996, she was still a relative unknown to the public at large, despite earning high praise from peers for her work as a backing vocalist for Peter Gabriel, as well as her debut album Harbinger.

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The Record
3:23 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Kanye West Stands Alone

Kanye West performing "Black Skinhead" on Saturday Night Live last weekend.
Dana Edelson NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 1:13 pm

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley on Kanye West

What happened over the weekend? At 8:34 on Friday night, Kanye West tweeted. He said he'd be premiering a song in a half hour and we'd have to do what he said to hear it – we'd have to go to a particular address and stand outside with other people and watch a video projected onto the side of a building. Of course, the first video of the video was up within minutes, so most people didn't have to do any such thing.

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All Songs Considered
2:09 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

New Music: Mount Kimbie, Laura Mvula, Jagwar Ma, More

Clockwise from upper left: Mount Kimbie, Laura Mvula, Jagwar Ma, Leah Siegel of Firehorse
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 2:15 pm

This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton offer up a musical sampler of many styles from around the world. There's an upbeat, atmospheric cut with amazing harmonies from the magnetic Laura Mvula, a voice you'll hear a lot more of this year; Firehorse's blazing combination of neo-soul, hip-hop and electronic beats; a heavy, hypnotic track from New York duo Small Multiples and some transfixing psych-pop from Jagwar Ma.

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Live in Concert
12:41 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

First Listen Live: Queens Of The Stone Age, '...Like Clockwork'

Queens Of The Stone Age live at The Wiltern on May 23.
James Bailey for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:17 am

Queens of the Stone Age's first album in six years follows an unusually chaotic stretch for the band: Lineup and label changes, frontman Josh Homme's lengthy stint in the hit supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, and what Homme calls "a manic year" all inform the brooding, stormy sound of ...Like Clockwork.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:08 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments

The Valkyries, led by Brunnhilde (soprano Debra Voigt, lower left), are the warrior maidens of Richard Wagner's epic Ring cycle.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 4:02 pm

  • William Berger on 'Parsifal'
  • William Berger on 'Das Rheingold'
  • William Berger on 'Die Walküre'
  • William Berger on 'Tristan und Isolde'
  • William Berger on 'Die Meistersinger'

How much do you know about Richard Wagner? Probably two unfavorable facts: He wrote very long, grandiose operas and was Hitler's favorite composer. As true as they are, those simple examples barely hint at the complexity of this endlessly creative and confounding artist.

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