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All Songs Considered Blog
5:07 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

First Watch: Astro, 'Colombo'

Astro.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 4:46 pm

Astro belongs to Chile's fantastic wave of modern musical exports, alongside rapper Ana Tijoux, pop singer Alex Andwandter and indie-folk singer Gepe, among others. Yet Astro stands apart from its contemporaries: Tijoux, Gepe and even Andwandter are inspired by Chile's folk tradition and serious social issues, while the band heads in a different direction with its fun, irreverent lyrics and synth-heavy sound.

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A Blog Supreme
4:47 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

The 'Class Presidents' Of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers

The band led by drummer Art Blakey (center) groomed more than 150 alumni members, including saxophonist Wayne Shorter and trumpeter Lee Morgan.
Robert Abbott Sengstacke Getty Images

My fellow Americans, jazz fans, and NPR Music browsers around the globe:

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Mountain Stage
4:39 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Steve Brown & The Bailers On Mountain Stage

Todd Paris Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:09 am

Steve Brown and his band The Bailers make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. When Mountain Stage began planning its trip to Fairbanks in late 2011, host Larry Groce set out to find some of the state's most talented musicians to feature on the show, and one of the names that popped up repeatedly was Steve Brown & The Bailers.

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Music Interviews
4:21 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Blake's Poems, Reborn As Bluesy Folk Tunes, Burn Bright

Martha Redbone's new album is The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake.
Fabrice Trombert Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 5:13 pm

The words of the English poet William Blake still resonate 185 years after his death. Blake, who was also a painter and printmaker, wrote the famous lines, "Tyger! Tyger! burning bright / In the forests of the night."

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World Cafe
2:02 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Patrick Watson On World Cafe

Patrick Watson (right).
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 3:16 pm

Polaris Prize-winning singer-songwriter Patrick Watson makes music the way some directors make film: in three dimensions and with lots of emotion. With the aid of guitarist Simon Angell, percussionist Robbie Kuster and bassist Mishka Stein, Watson crafts songs that are experimental in nature, blending cabaret-style pop with classical and indie-rock music.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:48 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Song Premiere: Witch Mountain, 'Bloodhound'

Witch Mountain.
Justine Murphy

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:06 am

For a group that had been dormant for a decade, Witch Mountain sure has been prolific lately, with two albums in two years (South of Salem made my 2011 year-end list, while the equally mighty Cauldron of the Wild came out in June) and now a five-week tour that will take the doom-metal band across the U.S. and back home to Portland.

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Music Reviews
12:40 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Ron Miles Finds Wide-Open Spaces On 'Quiver'

For Ron Miles, the better he knows how a tune works, the less he has to play to put it across.
John Spiral

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 3:19 pm

Teaching jazz history got trumpeter Ron Miles deep into the pleasures of early jazz, with its clarity of form and emphasis on melodic improvising that doesn't wander far from the tune.

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Music
12:16 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

WXPN Presents: The Burgundy Stain Sessions

Thomas Bartlett, a.k.a. Doveman.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 2:01 pm

Keyboardist and songwriter Thomas Bartlett performs under the moniker Doveman, and acts as both host and accompanist for the Burgundy Stain Sessions concert series.

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Alt.Latino
11:08 am
Thu October 11, 2012

El Pueblo Unido: More Latin American Protest Songs

Students take part in a demonstration to commemorate the massacre of Tlatelolco, in Mexico City, on Oct. 2, 2012.
Ronaldo Schemidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 12:33 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
10:29 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Jonathan Biss: Schumann's Culture Of Musical Nostalgia

Robert Schumann may have been the first to infuse a yearning for music of the past in his own compositions.
Joseph Kriehuber Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 1:38 pm

(In this third and final part of a series, pianist Jonathan Biss explores the idea of musical longing in Robert Schumann's music. Click the audio link above to hear Biss play Schumann and discuss the composer with Performance Today host Fred Child.)

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