Music

The Checkout: Live
1:18 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Omer Avital's Band Of The East: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Omer Avital.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 8:30 am

Bassist Omer Avital came from Israel to New York in the early '90s and found himself among the top tier of straight-ahead modern jazz performers. The time in the big city led him to re-investigate his roots β€” his parents are from the Arab-speaking world β€” and in 2002, he returned to Israel to study traditional music and oud. Since returning, he's remained a monster bass player, but has also integrated his Middle Eastern musical interests into his composing.

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Field Recordings
1:17 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

The Civil Wars: A Song Of Loyalty, Before It's Tested

Mito Habe-Evans NPR/KEXP

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:17 am

Joy Williams and John Paul White call their Grammy-winning band The Civil Wars, but the two have built a gentle, harmony-rich folk-pop sound in which warm chemistry more than counteracts the tension under the music's surface. Though not a couple themselves β€” each is married, and Williams just had a baby β€” they convey many hallmarks of a loving union, particularly in the way she stares at him sweetly as they sing.

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Music Reviews
12:34 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

Samuel Yirga plays Ethiopian standards with a voracious talent that helps him savor each musical flavor.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:09 pm

Ethiopia enjoys a rich tradition of enticing music, filled with asymmetric rhythms set to a haunting, five-note scale and sly double-entendre lyrics in the Amharic language. It's a shame that, for Western listeners, a full, clear picture of Ethiopian music has been elusive.

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Alt.Latino
12:30 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Digging Through The Latin Grammys: Nominees You Should Hear

Brazilian singer Mart'nÑlia is nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 11:24 am

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Music Interviews
12:12 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Arab Spring Protests Inspire Latest Flobots Album

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 3:43 pm

Members of the alternative rock and rap band Flobots say their new album was inspired by the Arab Spring protests and the U.S. Occupy movement. Circles of protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square gave them the idea for the title song, "The Circle in the Square." Three group members talk to host Michel Martin about the intersection of art and politics.

All Songs Considered
12:10 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

A Monochrome Dance: Scott Walker Gets Weirdly Funky In 'Epizootics!'

Scott Walker.
Jamie Hawkesworth Courtesy of the artist

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All Songs Considered
4:48 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Hear The Rolling Stones' Brand New 'One More Shot'

DAVID J. PHILLIP AP/Press Association Images

From the opening chugging guitar sound, this song could only be The Rolling Stones. For the first time in seven years, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood got together to record two new songs, and you can hear "One More Shot," which was recorded in Paris with Don Was producing, right here.

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Shots - Health News
3:21 am
Thu November 8, 2012

The Beatles' Surprising Contribution To Brain Science

The Beatles rehearse for that night's Royal Variety Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1963.
Central/Hulton Achive/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 11:18 am

The same brain system that controls our muscles also helps us remember music, scientists say.

When we listen to a new musical phrase, it is the brain's motor system β€” not areas involved in hearing β€” that helps us remember what we've heard, researchers reported at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans last month.

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Jazz
3:20 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Diana Krall: Old-Time Music, Rooted In Nostalgia

Diana Krall's latest album is titled Glad Rag Doll.
Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 8:13 pm

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The Record
12:03 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Studying How, And What, We Download

Drake, who had the top torrent downloaded in the U.S. in the first half of 2012, according to Musicmetric, poses at the MTV Video Music Awards in September.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 12:27 pm

As we near the end of another year, the music industry has a few reasons to be optimistic. Digital music sales are expected to reach record highs this year, and legal streaming services continue to gain in popularity. But unauthorized music file sharing is still going strong.

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