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4:55 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Gin Wigmore: A Brush With James Bond Unveils A Singular Voice

Gin Wigmore's new album is called Gravel & Wine.
Frank W. Ockenfels Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 5:34 pm

Sometimes a background player on a movie or TV screen will command the attention of the viewer and force them to ask, "Who was that?!" That's what happened with Gin Wigmore's performance in a series of Heineken ads featuring Daniel Craig as James Bond, about to take a dive out of a high-speed train.

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A Blog Supreme
1:20 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

How Norway Funds A Thriving Jazz Scene

Jan Bang performs a live remix at the Punkt Festival.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 6:31 pm

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SXSW: Live From Austin
8:03 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Café Tacvba, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013

Cafe Tacvba performs at the NPR Music 2013 SXSW Showcase at Stubb's on Wednesday March 13, 2013.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:59 am

A playful, electronics-infused Mexican rock band, Café Tacvba found itself in an unusual spot on the Stubb's stage at SXSW on March 13: namely, bookended by Nick Cave and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, both of whom roll around seductively in far seedier corners of rock 'n' roll. Singing in Spanish to a largely English-language crowd, singer Rubén Albarrán had to get his points across through giddiness-induced goodwill, not to mention the live-wire showmanship of a rock star with a 20-year pedigree.

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Music
5:59 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Charlotte Church Returns, A 'Beautiful Wreck' In A Digital Age

Charlotte Church's new album is titled One & Two.
Jack Alexander Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 5:30 pm

Charlotte Church was just 12 years old when she made her 1998 debut album, Voice of an Angel — and that's what she seemed to posses. The tween rocketed into success with classical and religious music, singing for the pope, the Clintons, Nelson Mandela and the queen of England.

"If I look at it cynically, I was just a little bit of a freak, really: This small little girl with this big adult voice," Church says. "And I was a commodity for a while, you know. But I think that's also just the bare truth of it, really. People are always curious about child stars."

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Favorite Sessions
5:23 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Boy: A Charming Little Number Called 'Little Numbers'

Boy's Valeska Steiner (left) and Sonja Glass perform on The Current.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:40 pm

The two women behind the band Boy have only released one full album to date, Mutual Friends, but it's made a pretty big splash. The Swiss-German indie-pop duo has been performing together since 2007 and is based out of Hamburg.

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Theater
4:33 am
Sat April 6, 2013

On Broadway, Old Shows And New Tricks

Willemjin Verkaik is the latest leading lady to play Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl who grows up to become the Wicked Witch of the West in Broadway's long-running Wicked. She has also played the role in Dutch and German in Europe.
Bankhoff-Mogenburg

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 11:08 am

When I was a teenager falling in love with the theater, I picked up a book called Broadway's Greatest Musicals. The sole criterion for inclusion was that a show run for at least 500 performances, which translates to about a year and a quarter.

How quaint.

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All Songs Considered
4:21 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

First Watch: STRFKR, 'Beach Monster'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 7:20 pm

The new video for STRFKR's song "Beach Monster" is an absolute horror show disguised as a breezy day at the sea. The band members, decked out in matching Buddy Holly suits and glasses, play against an blank blue background while staring blankly into the camera. The scene is intercut with a smiling couple at the beach with two children who draw in the sand and uncover something deadly.

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Song Travels
4:17 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Rumer On 'Song Travels'

"Judy Garland used to live the song, live the lyric and everything else," Rumer says. "So when I sing a song, I have to live the song."
Rebecca Miller

Raised in England and Pakistan, Rumer possesses a deep connection to the heyday of the early-'70s singer-songwriter era, along with shades of Broadway, '30s jazz and gospel. After years of effort, Rumer (born Sarah Joyce) is beginning to reap the rewards: Her debut album, Seasons of My Soul, reached No. 3 on the U.K. charts and was certified platinum.

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Mountain Stage
2:46 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

John Prine On Mountain Stage

John Prine performs live on Mountain Stage.
Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:46 am

John Prine made his third appearance on Mountain Stage on April 27, 1997. When this episode originally aired, Prine's 10-song set was cut short to fit the radio broadcast, so nearly half of this performance is being heard here for the first time.

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Music Interviews
2:30 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Bonobo: Challenging Music's 'Borders,' Finding A New Frontier

Bonobo's new album is titled The North Borders.
Andrew De Francesco Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:04 pm

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