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Best Music Of 2012
5:01 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

The Best Rap Of 2012: A Conversation

Killer Mike performing at Moogfest in October.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 9:41 am

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Best Music Of 2012
3:14 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Bob Boilen's 243 Favorite Concerts Of 2012

INTERACTIVE: BOB BOILEN'S WRISTBANDS 2012 - Wristbands, ticket stubs and badges from a few of the hundreds of shows Bob Boilen saw in 2012.
Lauren Rock NPR

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 9:43 am

What a brilliant year for live music 2012 was. And I saw an awful lot of it: 462 performances, by my count. I know that sounds insane — more concerts than days in a year. Many of those were full concerts, but sometimes at music festivals I'd run from club to club or stage to stage just to catch a song or two. It's all part of a quest to find new music and hear new talent. Even a short taste helps me know whether I need to pay attention to a burgeoning band or whether a classic act seems to give a damn anymore.

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Mountain Stage
2:03 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Solas On Mountain Stage

Solas.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Irish-American supergroup Solas makes its seventh appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Bandleader Seamus Egan, who founded the group in 1996, was a teen prodigy; he recorded his first album at 16 and toured with Ralph Stanley and Peter, Paul & Mary.

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World Cafe
1:43 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Ben Sollee On World Cafe

Ben Sollee.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 11:36 am

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There's not much about Ben Sollee's career that could be described as conventional. The singer-songwriter's primary instrument is the cello, and his work ranges from traditional classical music to Asian folk tunes. Even his preferred method of transportation on tour deviates from the norm; he's been known to travel from one show to the next on a bicycle with his cello strapped to the back.

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Music
12:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Gospel Star Vicki Yohe's Shares Songs Of Strength

Vicki Yohe may look like a country western singer with her blond hair and blue eyes. But she's an urban gospel star. Yohe's latest album is titled, I'm at Peace: A Praise and Worship Experience. For Tell Me More's In Your Ear series, Yohe shares the songs that lift her up in tough times.

Thistle and Shamrock
6:03 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: New Year Sounds

Heidi Talbot
Courtesy of the artist

Prepare your way for the year ahead with a fresh musical start and a chance to discover artists whose careers are destined to gather momentum in coming the months.

Copyright 2013 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Music Interviews
3:45 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Ed Sheeran: All Pluses, No Minuses

Ed Sheeran.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 11:16 am

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Mountain Stage
5:03 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Darrell Scott On Mountain Stage

Darrell Scott.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

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Music Interviews
4:16 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

The Dropkick Murphys: A 'Rose Tattoo' Tells A Life Story

"Rose Tattoo," by the Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, memorializes the grandfather of singer and bassist Ken Casey (left of center, at table).
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Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 2:19 pm

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The Record
12:03 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Hearing A Mother's Song After Tragedy

Natalie Maines performing in April.
Jonathan Leibson WireImage

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 1:39 pm

I first heard Natalie Maines's version of "Mother," the Pink Floyd song, while sitting alone in my car on a particularly difficult Saturday morning. It was the day after Adam Lanza took his mother's guns into Sandy Hook elementary school and wreaked destruction, and like many people across America, I'd spent most of the previous day trying to grasp what had happened. I really mean grasp: like so many tragedies that don't involve me directly yet engross me as they unfold in raw, real time on the Web, this one quickly became a spectral burden that was difficult to shake.

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