Music

All Songs Considered
11:35 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Song Premiere: John Grant, 'It Doesn't Matter To Him'

Horour Sveinsson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 2:00 pm

Some songwriters are so adept at capturing the mess and miracle of everyday emotion that their work resonates as exceptionally truthful. John Grant is one of those. In recent years, the 44-year-old former frontman for Colorado rock band the Czars has produced two exceptional collections of funny, brutal, nuanced songs — 2010's collaboration with the band Midlake, Queen of Denmark, and now Pale Green Ghosts, which will be released in the U.S. on May 14.

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Music
10:41 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Robbi Kumalo on Assorted Women

Host Mona Rodriguez interviews acclaimed jazz singer Robbi Kumalo before her performance at the Allentown/Miller Symphony Hall on Friday, March 22 at 7:30pm.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:55 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Marches Madness: Mahler's Twisted Nursery Rhyme

Mahler's ironic funeral march, in his first symphony, was inspired by this woodcut of forest animals bearing the hunter to his grave.
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SXSW: Live From Austin
8:03 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Telekinesis: NPR Front Row

Telekinesis performs songs from its new album at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:12 am

You don't often see drums set up right near the lip of a stage, but not every band has a drummer as its focal point. Michael Benjamin Lerner formed Telekinesis by himself, and he plays most of the instruments on his records. But live at The Parish during South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, Lerner had a talented band that included Rebecca Cole from Wild Flag on keyboards, Erik Walters from The Globes on guitar and Eric Elbogen from Say Hi on bass.

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The Checkout: Live
2:22 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Rosetta Trio: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Stephan Crump performs at the 92Y Tribeca.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:39 am

Stephan Crump's low-end theory will be familiar to fans of the world-renowned Vijay Iyer Trio, where Crump has discharged bass responsibilities for many years. Apart from his globetrotting and other sideman duties, he's also a composer, both for film and for his own bands. Of late, his best-known project has been the Rosetta Trio, featuring the dueling timbres of an electric guitarist and an acoustic foil.

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World Cafe
4:34 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

The Lions On World Cafe

The Lions.
Eric Coleman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 9:22 am

The Lions' members share a strong love of classic, Jamaican-inspired reggae. Hailing from different musical generations, the L.A. band's members craft a unique style which blends hip-hop and reggae with electrifying dub rhythms. Although the lineup has changed since The Lions' beginnings, the music has remained explosive and alluring.

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Mountain Stage
4:26 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Carrie Rodriguez On Mountain Stage

Carrie Rodriguez performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:40 am

Singer-songwriter and fiddler Carrie Rodriguez makes her third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Rodriguez has also appeared on Mountain Stage twice alongside songwriting legend Chip "Wild Thing" Taylor, who is often credited with discovering her talents while she was playing at a record shop in Austin, Texas.

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Music Reviews
4:20 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Kacey Musgraves: A Millennial Musician Reframes Country

Kacey Musgraves' major-label debut is titled Same Trailer Different Park.
Kelly Christine Musgraves Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 5:48 pm

Country singers generally romanticize small-town life. But in her hit single, "Merry Go 'Round," from her major-label debut Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves does nothing of the sort. It's a remarkable song, but it actually pales alongside others on her great new album.

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All Songs Considered
3:36 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Song Premiere: Paperhaus, "Helicopters"

Courtesy of the Artist

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 4:42 pm

The musicians in Paperhaus live in my hometown of Washington, D.C., so I've seen this dynamic band more than a few times. In fact, they put on some of the best house concerts in the city, over a hundred of them at their own venue, also called the Paperhaus, so I've seen them both in clubs and their intimate living room.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:06 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Marches Madness: Hurray For Taxes!

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