Music

All Songs Considered
1:08 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

An Early Peek At Our Favorite Music Of 2012

Sharon Van Etten's Tramp was released in February by Jagjaguwar.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 9:29 am

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World Cafe
11:02 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Calexico On World Cafe

Calexico.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 2:33 pm

It's not easy to pin a single genre on Calexico. Joey Burns and John Convertino's band blends Americana, Tejano and indie rock music. Burns and Convertino began recording under the name — borrowed from the California border town — in 1996 in Tucson, Ariz., and have released several well-received albums, including this year's Algiers.

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Mountain Stage
9:03 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Bob Shank On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:28 am

A resident of Bruceton Mills, W.Va., Bob Shank has appeared on Mountain Stage multiple times, going back to the early 1980s, when he was a member of the Americana group Hickory Wind. He also appeared in 2007 with the instrumental band Freeman, Bloom & Shank. But it's unlikely that he ever appeared under such short notice — Shank graciously joined the lineup only hours before show time, when another artist canceled because of illness.

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JazzSet
8:03 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Gretchen Parlato, The Cookers On JazzSet

Gretchen Parlato performing at the Caramoor Jazz Festival in Katonah, N.Y. July 28.
Gabe Palacio Courtesy of the Caramoor Festival

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:19 pm

Ninety years ago near the village of Katonah, N.Y., art lovers Walter and Lucie Rosen bought Caramoor, a wooded estate, and built a home for their collection of painting and sculpture. Every room was a gallery, including their favorite, the Music Room; after they lost their only son in World War II, they presented a small concert series there to honor him. So began the transformation of Caramoor from a private home to an arts center and treasure for Westchester County, north of New York City.

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Music
3:51 am
Thu November 22, 2012

'Don Giovanni' To 'Nixon In China': Holiday Feasts In Opera

President Nixon pardons a turkey in 1969. There's quite a celebratory banquet scene in the John Adams opera, Nixon in China.
Nixon White House Photographs Series The U.S. National Archives via Flickr

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 4:45 am

As you prepare to feast upon cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and your choice of entree this Thanksgiving, there's also an operatic feast to be had.

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All Songs Considered
6:34 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Five Reasons To Visit Your Local Record Store On Black Friday

For just one day, let's pretend like it's 1967.
Ted Spiegel CORBIS

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 3:38 pm

If you're back in your old neighborhood this weekend or just need an excuse to get out of the house, Record Store Day is a pretty good option. The twice-annual event when independent record stores around the country offer brand new, reissued and limited-edition vinyl has become an opportunity for artists to find a home for that extra song that didn't fit anywhere or to put out that remix that was just plain odd.

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A Blog Supreme
6:16 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Coleman Hawkins: Tenor Saxophone, Front And Center

Coleman Hawkins in 1946.
William Gottlieb The Library Of Congress

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 10:54 pm

When tenor saxophonist John Coltrane recorded his composition "Giant Steps" in 1959, he created something that changed the way musicians thought about improvisation and harmony. Decades earlier, the man who took the first leaps and bounds with the tenor sax in jazz was Coleman Hawkins.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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