Music

Thistle and Shamrock
3:48 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Nollaig

Mary Ann Kennedy
Courtesy of the artist

Hear traditional carols, along with seasonal favorites and dance tunes all contributing to Fiona's annual Celtic Christmas fest, with music from Altan and Cerys Matthews. Joining Fiona is broadcaster and musician Mary Ann Kennedy, who reminisces about big family reunions at Christmas and New Year and shares her favorite music for the season.

Mountain Stage
2:33 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band On Mountain Stage

Music Interviews
1:49 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Miguel: An 'Honest Introduction' To An R&B Star

Miguel, whose album Kaleidoscope Dream was released in 2012, is nominated for five Grammy Awards.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 7:55 pm

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World Cafe
12:07 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Alabama Shakes On World Cafe

Alabama Shakes' members infuse rock 'n' roll with soul, blues and country.
Autumn de Wilde

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 4:11 pm

Alabama Shakes, a soulful rock 'n' roll quartet, is riding a well-deserved wave to fame. Since the release of its self-titled debut in 2011, the band has entranced listeners with its diverse and energetic songs. Alabama Shakes' style is marked by lead singer Brittany Howard's powerful voice and the group's irresistible energy. Together, they enthusiastically blend rock with soul, country, blues and roots.

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Music
10:44 am
Mon December 31, 2012

'Fresh Air' At 25: A Live Musical Tribute

Terry Gross, shown above in 1987, has been host of Fresh Air since 1975, when it was broadcast only in greater Philadelphia.
NPR's Fresh Air

This show was originally broadcast on May 11, 2012.

Friday, May 11, 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of the day Fresh Air became a daily national NPR program. Before that, the show was broadcast only on WHYY in Philadelphia. How long ago was May 11, 1987? On Fresh Air's first edition, TV critic David Bianculli reviewed the finale of the TV series Hill Street Blues.

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Music
10:21 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Hip-Hopping With A Harp

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 7:46 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now I would like to tell you about a special performer, someone many people have called one of a kind. She is a native Washingtonian. She fuses pop, R&B and hip-hop and she does all that while accompanying herself on an instrument you don't see very often in contemporary music - her harp.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THERE'S NO ONE ELSE LIKE YOU")

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:13 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Miguel: Tiny Desk Concert

Miguel performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Denise DeBelius NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:45 pm

Miguel turned up in the NPR Music offices early one morning, after playing a show late the night before. He appeared light and calm, and betrayed no hint that he was nervous about stripping his highly produced hits down to their bones. Accompanied by just his guitarist, Dru DeCaro, Miguel eschewed flash and went big on small gestures — ingratiating ad libs, only one full spin and voice control that kept the songs close to his chest but emotive enough to translate to the back of the room.

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Remembrances
5:46 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Remembering Some Musicians Who Died In 2012

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 5:54 am

On this final day of 2012, Morning Edition presents its annual musical montage of some of those musicians we lost in 2012.

Music
12:03 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

It's Never Early To Think About 2013's Best Music

Radiohead's Thom Yorke leads Atoms for Peace, his supergroup with Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 12:22 pm

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Best Music Of 2012
7:03 am
Sun December 30, 2012

IMHO: A Survey About The Year In Music

The crowd at Orbital's performance at Moogfest in October.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 6:26 pm

We asked musicians, music industry folks, writers, programmers and DJs — fans all — to tell us how they saw 2012 in music. We sent them five questions asking what began and what fell apart, what made them happy and what disappointed them. They told us about bands that broke up, albums they fell in love with, trends that waxed and waned, tools and ideas that came and went. They rue the movement of some sounds into the mainstream and celebrate the partnering of others. They took our questions seriously, and they've got jokes.

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