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The Best Music Of 2014
10:13 am
Tue December 30, 2014

10 Favorite Metal Albums Of 2014

Johnny, Riot's seal mascot, returns after a long absence on the cover of Unleash the Fire.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 1:16 pm

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The Record
7:03 am
Tue December 30, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Neal Brennan On What The Hell Happened This Year

Neal Brennan.
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Favorite Sessions
4:47 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

KEXP Presents: ADHD

ADHD performs live for KEXP's Iceland Airwaves broadcast.
Jim Bennett KEXP

The members of ADHD keep busy with a multitude of projects, but that's not to say they distract easily. Since forming on a whim in 2008, this award-winning Icelandic supergroup of sorts has produced five albums of expressive avant jazz. Yet bringing brothers Óskar and Ómar Guðjónsson (saxophone and guitar, respectively), Davíð Þór Jónsson (organ and piano) and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (percussion) together into one room to record with us has taken a few years.

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Music
4:13 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Mary Timony Brings 'Understated Swagger' To Ex Hex

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 2:30 am

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Transcript

LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:

Mary Timony is a wordsmith steeped in the tradition of rock 'n' roll.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BEAST")

MARY TIMONY: (Singing) Was it my imagination? Did you come out of the past?

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Music Interviews
1:56 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 2:44 pm

"Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters," Sheldon Harnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Originally broadcast April 30.

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Jazz
10:31 am
Mon December 29, 2014

In Memoriam 2014

Duffy-Marie Arnoult WireImage

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 8:09 am

Many musical voices went silent in 2014. We lost singers, instrumentalists, composers, conductors, producers, DJs and other visionaries. Explore their musical legacies here.



Claudio Abbado

June 26, 1933 — Jan. 20, 2014

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Music
6:02 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

From 'Shaft' To Von Trapp, The Musicians We Lost in 2014

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Remembrances
6:02 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

He Turned Classic Books Into Oscar Winners — And Hit-Singer Into Nemesis

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Remembrances
7:39 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Remembering Joe Cocker, One Of Rock's Most Distinctive Voices

Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 10:20 am

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Music
5:34 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Latin Music We Loved In 2014: Texas Heat and Miami Soul

Miami singer Kat Dahlia is one of our favorites of the year.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 11:07 am

Throughout 2014, our friends Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras over at NPR's Alt.Latino have dropped by Weekend Edition to share new records they love with us.

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