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6:27 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Jazz Goes Honky-Tonkin': The Songs Of Hank Williams

Hank Williams has written plenty of tunes covered by jazz artists over the years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 12:12 pm

Hank Williams was a great singer-songwriter who forged his own brand of honky-tonk music from a variety of influences: country, folk, blues, gospel and jazz. Yes, jazz.

If you haven't listened to his music in a while you might not recall — Williams had swing. And even if some jazz listeners have forgotten that fact, many jazz players haven't. Here then are five jazz artists out of many who have taken Williams' music and put their own spins on it.

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Piano Jazz
5:17 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Melissa Walker On Piano Jazz

Melissa Walker.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 12:05 pm

Marian McPartland recalls meeting singer Melissa Walker for the first time in the "powder room" at Birdland. McPartland was immediately taken with the young singer's glowing personality — and she probably heard hints of Walker's warm and rich vocals in the few words they exchanged that night.

"She's got such a wonderful voice," recalls McPartland. "The tunes she did aren't heard too often, they were very well done though. I enjoyed that session."

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The Record
5:08 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Music As The Ultimate Rebel Yell

Thomas Mapfumo wrote one of the most famous revolutionary songs, "Hokoyo."
Courtesy of the artist

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

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Music Reviews
3:17 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Fire Up Your Kid's Imagination At The 'Science Fair'

Science Fair includes science-loving songs from Laura Veirs, Mates of State, Elizabeth Mitchell and more.
El Lohse

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 6:03 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
2:19 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Agitation In Atlanta, Luck In London And John Cage On The A Train

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is facing budget battles, and the shame of being silenced while backing a pop group.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:27 pm

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The Record
2:13 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

'We Are Not Guilty; The Whole World Says So'

A supporter of feminist punk band Pussy Riot wearing the group's trademark colored balaclava waves a flag on a balcony in Moscow on Friday.
Natalia Kolesnikova AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:23 pm

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Mountain Stage
12:33 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Hot Tuna On Mountain Stage

Hot Tuna performs new electric material on the show.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 10:51 am

Hot Tuna kicks off today's Mountain Stage performance, which was recorded on the campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Dilbert Does Debussy

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:55 pm

French composer Claude Debussy was born 150 years ago, Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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Live Fridays From XPN
11:37 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Live At Noon: Band Of Horses And Selah Sue

Band of Horses performs songs from their new album Mirage Rock at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
John Bartol WXPN

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 6:30 pm

Band of Horses has survived a tumultuous history. Of the four original members, only frontman Ben Bridwell remains. In 2005 the band got its first real break opening for Iron & Wine, catching the ear of the celebrated indie label Sub Pop. Under Sub Pop, Band of Horses was able to release Everything All the Time in 2006 to a large audience.

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The Two-Way
7:19 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Two-Year Prison Terms For Russia's Pussy Riot Rockers

Members of the all-girl punk band Pussy Riot: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (right), Maria Alyokhina (center) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (left) in a glass-walled cage during a court hearing in Moscow earlier today.
Andrey Smirnov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 12:19 pm

A Russian judge today found three members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism connected to "religious hatred."

Word of the verdict came just before 7:30 a.m ET. Just before 10 a.m. ET, the judge announced that each woman was sentenced to serve two years in jail — the minimum that could be imposed.

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