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Live At The Village Vanguard
9:08 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Matt Wilson's Arts And Crafts: Live At The Village Vanguard

Matt Wilson.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 1:25 pm

Drummer Matt Wilson is always a colorful player — a timekeeper who exploits all the timbres a snare drum can give him, finding melody in it. And when it's his gig, he's also a colorful personality with flailing limbs and goofy joy on his face.

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Music
7:45 am
Wed September 5, 2012

33 Musicians On What John Cage Communicates

John Cage in The Hague, Netherlands, 1988
Paul Bergen Courtesy of Redferns

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:17 am

100 years ago today, John Cage was born. In celebration of his birthday, we asked contemporary musicians across a wide range of genres and backgrounds — not only in classical music, but also pop, rock, metal, electronic and experimental — what they've taken from the late composer's musical and philosophical ideas.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Silence And Sound: Five Ways Of Understanding John Cage

Composer, conceptual artist and professional provocateur John Cage, in a 1966 portrait.
Victor Drees Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:51 pm

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Around the Nation
3:24 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

Abel Meeropol watches as his sons, Robert and Michael, play with a train set.
Courtesy of Robert and Michael Meeropol

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 3:37 pm

One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to another watershed moment in America's history.

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A Blog Supreme
6:27 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

The Drummer Who Blows Bubbles At Gigs

Matt Wilson.
Courtesy of the artist

Two bubbles found they had rainbows on their curves.
They flickered out saying:
"It was worth being a bubble just to have held that rainbow thirty seconds."

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World Cafe
6:10 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Antibalas On World Cafe

Antibalas.
Courtesy of Marina Abadjieff

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 10:23 am

Sometimes known as the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, the New York band Antibalas — which means "bulletproof" in Spanish — is a large group of talented musicians who play rhythm-intensive Afrobeat music. In a seven-year stretch, Antibalas has released four albums and withstood a five-year hiatus in which several members worked on the Broadway musical FELA!

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All Songs Considered
5:20 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

The Most Important Band Of Your College Years

Neil Young (clockwise from upper left), fun., James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, early era R.E.M.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 9:52 am

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Africa
4:35 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Egypt's Tumultuous Times Reflected In Its Art Scene

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 8:31 pm

Egypt's post-revolution art scene is documenting the country's emotional roller coaster of a transition through music and graffiti art. Since the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, small indie bands have popped up to sing or rap about the political situation in Egypt. The graffiti that lines Cairo's streets is also evolving with the transition.

Music News
3:05 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Why We're Happy Being Sad: Pop's Emotional Evolution

A less complicated time? Petula Clark holds her 1965 gold record for "Downtown," an uptempo song in a major key.
R. McPhedran Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 3:48 pm

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The Record
2:03 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Requiem For A Monster Hit

Gotye and Kimbra in the video for "Somebody That I Used To Know".
Courtesy of Universal Republic

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:15 pm

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