Music

Music Reviews
4:35 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Samuel Yirga: A Prodigy Reviving Ethiopian Jazz

Yirga's debut album is called Guzo.
Courtesy of Worldisc

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 3:50 pm

Samuel Yirga is a pianist from Ethiopia. A 20-something prodigy, Yirga is too young to have experienced the Ethio-jazz movement of the early 1970s, but he has absorbed its music deeply — and plenty more as well. With his debut release, Guzo, or "Journey," Yirga both revives and updates Ethiopian jazz.

Read more
Deceptive Cadence
4:04 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Max Richter Recomposes 'The Four Seasons'

Composer Max Richter's new album takes on Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
Erik Weiss Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 5:57 pm

Composer Max Richter has done a brave thing for any artist in any medium: He's messed with a classic, specifically, Vivaldi's four violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. He has a new album simply titled Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons.

Richter says that as a child, he loved The Four Seasons. But as he grew older, that passion faded.

Read more
All Songs Considered
3:51 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Song Premiere: Solange, 'Lovers In The Parking Lot'

Solange Knowles.
Elias Tahan Courtesy of Roc Nation

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 8:55 pm

Next week, Solange Knowles (sister of Beyonce), will release a brand new EP called True, and you can hear "Lovers in The Parking Lot," a lovely, very satisfying song from it, now. Alongside the other songs she's released from this project, "Lovers" has a matter of fact, gentle-voiced femininity.

Read more
Music Interviews
3:24 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Macklemore's Brand Of Socially Conscious Rap

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. So maybe you're the type that scours YouTube for the latest music videos and maybe you're addicted to services like Spotify and Pandora. If so, you have probably heard something from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The duo's been rapping since 2000. Now they have their first studio album, and it has lyrics about everything from gay marriage to the merits of thrift shopping.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THRIFT SHOP")

Read more
World Cafe
3:03 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Delta Rae On World Cafe

Delta Rae.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 4:31 pm

Siblings Ian, Eric, and Brittany Hölljes — three of the four lead singers in the American folk-rock band Delta Rae — first learned the power of a good story when their parents read them mythological tales. In fact, the band's name is inspired by a fictional story the Hölljes' mother intended to write. Flash forward to 2012, and the band has put those lessons to good use.

Read more
Music Interviews
2:45 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Tiny Desk Brings 250 Concerts To The Masses

Red Baraat performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 3, 2012.
John Rose John Rose/NPR

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 1:06 pm

If you've ever seen a Tiny Desk Concert, you understand the draw. The hottest musicians — some famous, some just discovered — rock out in an unusual venue: the NPR cubicle of Bob Boilen, host of All Songs Considered.

Read more
Music Reviews
1:26 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

circa 1935: American singer Bessie Smith (circa 1894 - 1937), known as the Empress of the Blues. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
Three Lions Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 11:39 am

Vocalist Bessie Smith's musical career, spanning 1923-33, has been collected in a new 10-CD box set, Bessie Smith: The Complete Columbia Recordings.

Read more
Alt.Latino
1:02 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Alt.Latino: Special Guest Calle 13

Calle 13 singer Rene Perez
Leo Ramirez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 4:30 pm

This week we are bringing you an encore presentation of one of our favorite Guest DJ sessions of all time — with Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13.

Calle 13 is one of the most exciting and creative groups to hit the Latin alternative scene in the last decade. But not everyone agrees. The duo is as polarizing as it is provocative.

Read more
Deceptive Cadence
12:03 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Ode To Joy Of Cooking

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 12:12 pm

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.

Thistle and Shamrock
11:33 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Viking Invasion

Valravn
Courtesy of the artist

From time to time, a horde of silver jewelry coins and ingots is unearthed somewhere in northern Scotland or eastern England, where Vikings once held sway. What would these Norsemen raiders have made of our haul of Nordic music?

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Pages