Music

Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Wed February 20, 2013

KCRW Presents: Jose James

Jose James performs before a live audience for KCRW.
KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:16 pm

Watching Jose James perform live was one of the most remarkable experiences we've had at our intimate in-studio sessions.

The soulful jazz singer blends his powerful vocals with hip-hop beats, smooth R&B choruses and an equally talented backing band. You'll never hear James' songs the same way again after hearing them live.

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First Listen
5:57 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

First Listen: Deathfix, 'Deathfix'

Deathfix's self-titled debut album comes out on Feb. 26.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 7:09 pm

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At a show one night in Washington, D.C., Brendan Canty — a legendary and active local drummer, Fugazi alumnus, filmmaker and music fan — handed me a home-burned CD. The disc was just silver, with no writing or markings on it and music by his new band Deathfix, in which he performs with his friend and former Bob Mould bandmate and producer, Rich Morel.

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Remembrances
5:24 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

'Along Comes Mary' Songwriter Was A Lost Talent Of The 1960s

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:42 pm

Melissa Block talks to Parke Puterbaugh, a lecturer in music at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. He's a former senior editor of Rolling Stone. He got to know Tandyn Almer in recent years and has written liner notes to a collection of his songs called Along Comes Tandyn.

World Cafe
4:16 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Sera Cahoone On World Cafe

Sera Cahoone.
Hilary Harris Courtesy of the artist

When she was 21, Sera Cahoone moved from Denver to Seattle to support artists like Carissa's Wierd, Band of Horses and Patrick Park. By 2006, she was focusing on her own solo work and releasing her self-titled debut album.

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All Songs Considered
3:13 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Watch Kishi Bashi Cover Beirut

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 4:54 pm

Kishi Bashi (who's real name is K Ishibashi) is known for his thrilling live performances, looping and layering his violin and voice to create a symphony of sound. But when he decided to cover "A Sunday Smile," one of his favorite songs by the band Beirut, K went for "real" musicians, captured in this live-in-studio video.

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All Songs Considered
2:07 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

This Week's Mix Brought To You By The Letter 'B,' From The Bad Seeds To Bombino

Clockwise from upper left: Bombino, Waxahatchee, Brainstorm, KEN Mode
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 12:24 pm

This week All Songs Considered is brought to you in part by the letter "B." Robin Hilton starts it off with Louisiana natives Brass Bed and the song "Cold Chicory." Then Bob Boilen shares a new cut from the artist Bombino from Niger.

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Music
11:39 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Al Roker 'Jazzed' By The A-Team Theme Song

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 11:58 am

When NBC Today show weatherman Al Roker needs to get pumped up for his work day, he turns to the theme song for the television show The A-Team. During Tell Me More's 'In Your Ear' series, Roker shares why the song, and Mister T, get him 'jazzed.'

Favorite Sessions
10:56 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Solo And Acoustic

Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs for opbmusic.
opbmusic

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:37 am

After beginning Unknown Mortal Orchestra in a Portland basement a few years ago, Ruban Nielson didn't expect anyone to hear the music at all, let alone demand to hear an entire album's worth of it. He'd returned to Portland intent on turning away from music following the dissolution of The Mint Chicks, the band he and his brother Kody led for nine years. But that's not quite how things worked out.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:39 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

From Bow To Baton: Violinist Joshua Bell Conducts Beethoven

Violinist Joshua Bell conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields by doing what comes naturally to him. The celebrated soloist is also the London orchestra's music director.
Chris Chrisodoulou Sony Classical

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 7:16 pm

Violinist Joshua Bell has followed the lead of symphony orchestra conductors since he turned 7 and made his orchestra debut. But now he's the one waving the baton — or at least waving his violin bow. Bell recently took over the music directorship of the venerable Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:02 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Night Beds: Tiny Desk Concert

Night Beds' members perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 6, 2013.
Marie McGrory for NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:42 pm

Winston Yellen didn't start singing until he was 18 — he's 23 now — but he's already got one of 2013's most arresting new voices. As the singer for the country-rock group Night Beds, Yellen often performs a cappella, with tremendous soul and nuance.

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