Music

Music Interviews
4:33 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

For One Day, NPR Gets A House Band: Los Straitjackets

Los Straitjackets' members rehearse in NPR's Studio 4A.
Christopher Parks NPR

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 6:00 pm

We call them "buttons" and "deadrolls" — and, less cryptically, "breaks" — but most NPR listeners know them as the interstitial music spots that pepper NPR's newsmagazines. They add shading, mood, energy and other nonverbal context to our stories.

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Remembrances
2:19 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Remembering Jazz Great Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck, the jazz musician best known for "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk" died Dec. 5, 2012, a day short of his 92nd birthday. In 1959, the Dave Brubeck Quartet's album Time Out became the first jazz album to sell a million copies.

The Record
1:26 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Remembering The Vital Force Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck performing on the pilot episode of a television program in 1965.
CBS Photo Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 6:34 pm

To listen to Neda Ulaby's appreciation of Dave Brubeck's life and career, as heard on All Things Considered, click the audio link.

For millions of Americans who came of age in the 1950s, Dave Brubeck was jazz. His performances on college campuses, Top 40 radio play, his role as a jazz ambassador for the U.S., his picture on the cover of Time magazine — all made him one of the most recognized and recognizable musicians of the era.

He died Wednesday morning, the day before his 92nd birthday, in Norwalk, Conn. The cause was heart failure.

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World Cafe
1:21 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Jovanotti On World Cafe

Jovanotti.
Courtesy of the artist

Lorenzo Cherubini, better known by his stage name Jovanotti, occupies a curious position on the pop landscape — that of the hugely successful international star who remains largely unknown to U.S. audiences. More than two decades have passed since he first broke out in his native Italy, though, and now he's making moves to do the same in the States.

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Mountain Stage
1:03 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Eliza Gilkyson On Mountain Stage

Eliza Gilkyson.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson makes her sixth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. She's backed by the Mountain Stage band throughout most of her set, which includes songs from her latest album, Roses at the End of Time. Politically aware, with a poet's lyrical gifts, Gilkyson is enormously respected in roots-music, folk and Americana circles.

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Music
12:33 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Make Your Mark On Austin's Music Map

The Austin Music Map celebrates the city's annual Juneteenth Parade.
Courtesy of Delaney Hall

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Music
12:30 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Former Chicano Activist Shares Her Favorite Tunes

Rosie Castro was a Mexican-American civil rights activist in the Chicano Movement during the 1970s. She passed down her passion for change to her children, Texas State Representative Joaquin Castro and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. For Tell Me More's 'In Your Ear' series, Castro talks about her favorite songs.

Best Music Of 2012
12:18 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Discussion: The Year In Music, 2012

Nabil Elderkin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 9:56 am

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Best Music Of 2012
12:17 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Heavy Rotation: Public Radio's Top Songs Of 2012

Few artists were played as much on public radio this year as the Mercury Prize winners in Alt-J.
Jory Cordy

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 1:10 pm

This audio is no longer available.

If there's one thing public radio DJs know how to do, it's spot a great song. They spend the entire year combing through every album that shows up at their station and endlessly surfing the web, looking the world over for overlooked gems. It's nice work if you can get it.

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The Two-Way
12:13 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Legendary Jazz Musician Dave Brubeck Dies

Dave Brubeck performs along with his Dave Brubeck Quartet in November 2005.
Timm Schamberger AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 11:36 am

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