Music

All Songs Considered
12:59 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Electronic Edition: James Blake And Brian Eno, DJ Koze, Bonobo, More

Clockwise from upper left: Joker, Bonobo, James Blake, DJ Koze, Julio Bashmore
Courtesy of the artists

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

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World
12:24 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Tupac Encouraged The Arab Spring

Rap and hip-hop were both a driving force, and a coping mechanism, for people in the Middle East and North Africa during the Arab Spring. In particular, the music of Tupac Shakur resonates with Arabs, long after the U.S. rapper's own death. But why? Michel Martin looks for an answer, along with Khaled M, a Libyan-American rapper.

Music Reviews
12:01 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Barry Altschul: The Jazz Drummer Makes A Comeback

Drummer Barry Altschul writes tunes that play complex games with rhythm.
Dmitry Mandel Courtesy of TUM Records

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 1:36 pm

The release last year of a 2007 reunion by the late Sam Rivers' trio confirmed what a creative drummer Altschul is. He has been one for decades. Altschul was a key player on the 1970s jazz scene, when the avant-garde got its groove on. Now, as then, he's great at mixing opposites: funky drive with a spray of dainty coloristic percussion, abstract melodic concepts with parade beats, open improvising and percolating swing. He's a busy player, but never too loud — he's also busy listening.

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Favorite Sessions
11:53 am
Wed March 20, 2013

KCRW Presents: Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg performs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:07 pm

Though he only just turned 19, U.K. singer Jake Bugg has already developed sharp songwriting skills that shine through on his self-titled debut. Bugg recently swung by the KCRW studios to perform a batch of songs that highlight his range, from heartfelt ballads to the blues-rock guitar licks of the song here, "Lightning Bolt."

Watch Jake Bugg's entire Morning Becomes Eclectic session at KCRW.com.

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Planet Money
10:16 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Is It Legal To Sell Your Old MP3s?

Brenda Chase Newsmakers

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 2:12 pm

Say you buy a textbook in another country, where textbooks are cheap. Then you bring the book back to the U.S. and sell it at a profit. Did you break the law?

No, you didn't. In a ruling that came down yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a student who had his friends and relatives buy textbooks in Thailand which he later re-sold in the U.S. on eBay.

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Mountain Stage
2:59 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Iris DeMent On Mountain Stage

Iris DeMent performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:41 am

Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent makes her eighthappearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. DeMent grew up in rural Arkansas with 14 brothers and sisters, immersed in gospel music and traditional country.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:43 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Marches Madness: High-Stepping To Scott Joplin

Mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry (center) in a 2010 production of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha at the Châtelet Theater in Paris.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 2:16 pm

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SXSW: Live From Austin
2:11 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Molotov, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:59 am

Politics and rock en Español go hand in hand, and Mexico City's Molotov is a flag-waver for that combination. The band formed in 1995 during an era in which seismic political changes transformed Mexican society; from the start, Molotov's music pointed fingers at economic and political institutions — and even aging rock stars.

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World Cafe
1:20 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Billy Bragg On World Cafe

Billy Bragg.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:14 pm

With a career spanning more than 30 years, English musician Billy Bragg blends folk, rock and punk with messages about politics and love. His new album Tooth & Nail is his first release in five years.

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Music Reviews
1:17 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Justin Timberlake Returns To Music With Enthusiasm And 'Experience'

The 20/20 Experience is Justin Timberlake's first album since 2006.
Tom Monro RCA

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 10:03 am

The orchestral swirls, the transition to a soul-man groove, the falsetto croon — there you have some of the key elements to Justin Timberlake's album The 20/20 Experience. The title implies a certain clarity of vision, even as any given song presents the singer as a starry-eyed romantic, bedazzled by a woman upon whom he cannot heap enough compliments, come-ons and seductive playfulness.

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