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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
Courtesy of the artist

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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A Blog Supreme
6:03 am
Thu November 29, 2012

A Young Prodigy's Search, Cut Short

Austin Peralta.
Ben Olsen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 1:50 pm

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Live At The Village Vanguard
12:20 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Wilson, Rosnes, Washington: Live At The Village Vanguard

Steve Wilson (saxophone), Renee Rosnes (piano) and Peter Washington (bass).
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 12:28 pm

A saxophonist, a pianist and a bass player walk into a bar. But the bar happens to be one of the world's preeminent jazz clubs, where they're regularly sighted on stage. And they're working as a new collective band: no drummer, no hierarchy. So much for that joke.

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World Cafe
6:13 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion On World Cafe

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
Stefano Giovannini

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 6:48 pm

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion — Jon Spencer, drummer Russell Simins and bassist Judah Baer — has kicked out the jams for more than 20 years. Formed in 1991, the band draws on punk, blues and rockabilly, and has collaborated with artists ranging from Elliott Smith to Solomon Burke to Martina Topley-Bird to Steve Albini and even Ad-Rock of The Beastie Boys.

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