Music

Deceptive Cadence
4:03 am
Fri November 30, 2012

The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

A garden serves as the stage in the opera.
Zhang Yi

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 9:43 pm

The Peony Pavilion is one of China's most famous operas, but uncut performances of this romantic 16th century work can take more than 22 hours. Chinese composer Tan Dun, who's best known for his Academy Award-winning score for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has adapted the work into a compact 75 minutes.

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Music
12:11 am
Fri November 30, 2012

On the Next Galactic Travels 2012-12-06

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

Tonight on the next Galactic Travels, the month-long focus on Fanger & Schonwalder begins.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be Analog Overdose 3 on Manikin Records.  You'll also hear music by an artist appearing at The Event Horizon on Friday, December 7, 8:00 pm at the Rotunda in Philadelphia.  Concert details are found at the

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World Cafe
4:34 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Latin Roots: A Brief History Of Tropicália

Os Mutantes, reunited since 2006, is one of the most influential acts in the Tropicália movement.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 5:58 pm

In this segment of World Cafe's Latin Roots, Alt.Latino host Jasmine Garsd discusses how the Brazilian artistic movement of Tropicália, also known as Tropicalismo, emerged and became a prominent force in Latin American music. Tropicália is a unique style which conflates traditional Brazilian music with elements from other genres, ranging from avant-garde to rock 'n' roll. The movement developed in the 1960s, as widespread corruption and oppression spread throughout Brazil.

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Music Reviews
3:21 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Turning Up The Volume On The Electric Blues

Joe Hill Louis, B.B. King and Rufus Thomas appear on a new multi-disc compilation of electric blues, Plug It In! Turn It Up!
Bear Family Records

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:12 am

Blues is so much a part of the fabric of American music and American culture — not only as a defined musical form, but also as a springboard for all kinds of creativity — that it seems crazy to try to encapsulate it in any way. Bear Family Records, though, has just released a 12-disc survey of electric blues called Plug It In! Turn It Up! that does a great job of illuminating one particular aspect of the blues.

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Alt.Latino
3:16 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

'Hecho En Mexico': A Musical Film To Remember

Mexican singer Carla Morrison is featured in the movie Hecho en Mexico.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 2:56 pm

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All Songs Considered
2:53 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

First Watch: Mr. Gnome, 'House Of Circles'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 2:07 pm

The Cleveland-based experimental rock duo Mr. Gnome was one of our favorite discoveries from South by Southwest earlier this year, and now the band is back on our radar with an amazing new video. "House of Circles," from Mr. Gnome's recent album Madness in Miniature, is an epic, wildly imaginative story about a band of rebel fighters who attempt to save the world from the evil Queen Machine.

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World Cafe
2:33 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Yeasayer on World Cafe

Yeasayer
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Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:34 pm

"Dense" and "lush" have long been necessary adjectives for anyone attempting to describe Yeasayer's sound. The band's approach entails folding many disparate elements together, twisting and pulling them until they decide to play nice. Although its first two albums, 2007's All Hour Cymbals and 2010's Odd Blood, don't sound terribly similar, they at least have this wide-reaching approach in common.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:03 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Taken By Trees: Tiny Desk Concert

Taken by Trees performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 12, 2012.
Lauren Rock NPR

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 4:19 pm

The power of Taken by Trees lies in understatement. Victoria Bergsman sings almost as if she doesn't care — but that contrast to almost every other singer I know is what makes me hear her words, and grants me space to think about her emotions. It's almost as if she etches the lines of a song and leaves listeners to fill in the rest.

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Music Interviews
12:04 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

'Thriller' Turns 30; Siedah Garrett Remembers

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:16 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of an album that changed pop music forever.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THRILLER")

MARTIN: "Thriller" was released on November 30th, 1982. Since then, it has sold 110 million copies worldwide and it sparked Michael Jackson's rise from superstar to legend.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THRILLER")

MICHAEL JACKSON: (Singing) You try to scream, but terror takes the sound before you make it.

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Mountain Stage
10:33 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Kenny White On Mountain Stage

Kenny White.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Singer-songwriter Kenny White kicks off this edition of Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. A gifted pianist and soulful singer, White spent years in New York City recording studios, where he wrote and produced countless television and radio commercials.

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