Music

Alt.Latino
3:21 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Cafe Tacvba: A Legendary Mexican Rock Band Stays Fresh

Ruben Albarran is the frontman for Cafe Tacvba.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 11:32 am

When Cafe Tacvba first emerged in the early '90s, the band's fusion of rock and traditional Mexican styles was revolutionary for Latin music. Now, its first album in five years, El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco (The Object Formerly Known as a Disc), finds Cafe Tacvba experimenting even more with a mix of rock, folk and electronic sounds.

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Music
12:19 am
Fri December 28, 2012

On the Next Galactic Travels 2013-01-03

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long focus on Mystified begins.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be Tribute To Forbidden Planet on Roil Noise Records.

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Music
11:59 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

The Special Focus for January, 2013.

Mystified is the Special Focus on Galactic Travels for January, 2013.
Credit Bill Fox

The Special Focus for January is Mystified, a.k.a. Thomas Park.  The music of Mystified is of an atmospheric nature that is ideal for listening while working, sleeping, or doing other things.  The music is an exploration of texture and is serious music for serious people.

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World Cafe
2:33 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

The Lumineers On World Cafe

The Lumineers.
Mark Sink

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 2:41 pm

This week's Vintage Cafe goes back to 2012, when good things were starting to happen for a trio of musicians from Denver. The Lumineers' original members, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, were high-school friends who moved to Denver thinking they'd have a better shot at getting noticed than they had in Brooklyn — plus, it was affordable. There, they met their third member, cellist Neyla Pekarek, through a Craigslist ad.

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Mountain Stage
2:03 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Caleb Klauder Country Band On Mountain Stage

Caleb Klauder Country Band.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Caleb Klauder Country Band makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. If you're a fan of traditional country music in the vein of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell and the Louvin Brothers, then these songs will sound like old friends calling your name.

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Best Music Of 2012
1:39 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

What Happened To Music Writing This Year?

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The question "what do readers want?" has hovered over any media business worth its advertising revenue for years, but in 2012, it took on more urgency. Any item worth its pixels this year was built for sharing, for posting on Twitter or in friends' Facebook newsfeeds and multiplexing from there. Sometimes these shareable pieces would dig deeply into a topic with a new perspective; more often they would play off already-existing biases, asserting them or proudly acting the contrarian.

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Music
12:14 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Former PM Edward Seaga Heralds Jamaica's Music

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 12:33 pm

Former prime minister and music producer, Edward Seaga, compiled an album to mark Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence. It's called, Reggae Golden Jubilee: Origins of Jamaican Music. Host Michel Martin speaks to Mr. Seaga about what he sees as the 100 most significant songs to emerge from the country.

Alt.Latino
9:03 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Lo Que Mas Les Gustó: Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2012

Natalia Lafourcade.
Eric Jamison Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 11:20 am

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Music Interviews
3:28 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Rye Rye Just Wants To Be 'Young And Playful'

Rye Rye.
Meeno Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 8:58 am

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Technology
3:28 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Music-Streaming Services Hunt For Paying Customers

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 8:58 am

2012 has been a strange year for content creators — authors, producers, musicians. It was a year when the very idea of physical ownership of a book or CD or even a song file became almost passe.

It was also the year in which music-streaming services like Spotify and Pandora launched major efforts to convince people to pay for something they didn't own. But it's been slow going.

Music-streaming services have been trying to win over two types of customers: a younger generation that doesn't buy at all and an older generation that still likes owning physical albums.

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