5:33 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Pakistan Heartthrob Trades Pop For Political Protest

Pakistani pop singer Shehzad Roy (right) sings for teenage prisoners at a prison in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2008. Known originally for fluffy pop songs, Roy's music has taken a harder, more political edge, protesting injustice in Pakistan.
Shakeel Adil AP

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 8:35 pm

Shehzad Roy, one of Pakistan's most popular signers, rocketed to fame in the 1990s singing sweet songs about love. He was a favorite among Pakistani elites who like to dance to secular tunes but don't otherwise rock the boat.

So those fans might be slightly shocked by the Roy of today, who has traded candy-coated pop for fiercely political songs.

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World Cafe
4:42 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Buena Vista Social Club On World Cafe

Idania Valdés.
Courtesy of the artist

All month, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of Havana, Cuba, with the series Sense of Place.

The final installment of this series is all about the greatest Cuban cultural export of the last two decades: Buena Vista Social Club.

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4:32 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes On JazzSet

Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:41 pm

From their spirited night of Chick Corea music alone, it's clear how Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap love to play amongst horns and a rhythm section. Yet when they face each other at two pianos, with a wink and a nod, they do it all themselves.

Now on JazzSet, it's Rosnes on the left, Charlap on the right and — in Charlap's words — "a unique sound that is the sum of both of us."

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1:47 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

On the Next Galactic Travels 2012-10-04

Tonight on Galactic Travels
Bill Fox WDS Productions

Tonight on the next Galactic Travels,  a month-long focus on Modulator ESP begins  The Featured CD at Midnight will be the self-released title "The Unknowing."

Live in Concert
1:44 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Flying Lotus In Concert

Loren Wohl for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 11:26 am

Hailed as a "legend in the making" by guest DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad, experimental producer Flying Lotus — born Steven Ellison — came to New York City's (Le) Poisson Rouge Wednesday night to drive the point home. Even if you're a fan of his albums, it's hard to know what to expect from Flying Lotus' live show, as he tends toward mellow sounds on record but is often lively and unpredictable in concert.

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Mountain Stage
1:14 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Melissa Mitchell On Mountain Stage

Melissa Mitchell.
JR Ancheta Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:52 am

Singer-songwriter Melissa Mitchell makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

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The Two-Way
1:09 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Rush Fans, It's Time To Rock: Band's Been Nominated To The Hall Of Fame

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (left) and singer/bassist Geddy Lee.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 2:37 pm

This blogger had a fit last year about Canada's Rush still not being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The Record
12:50 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Diana Krall Brings Sexy Back In Time

Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 3:26 pm

When listening to Diana Krall's fun, smart new recording Glad Rag Doll, it's helpful to consider a question recently posed by Gyp Rosetti, the sensitive psychopath lending sparks to this season of HBO's Prohibition-era series Boardwalk Empire.

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All Songs Considered Blog
11:40 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The Drop: Bedroom Dancing With The 2 Bears

The 2 Bears' Joe Goddard and Raf Daddy in their natural habitat: the record store.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:53 am

The idea of dancing alone has inspired pop stars from Billy Idol to Robyn, while Le Tigre's members were happy to sway in front of the bedroom mirror in the aptly named "Eau D'Bedroom Dancing."

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11:38 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Mars Teen Reveals 'Curiously' Inspiring Playlist

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 3:30 pm



And now it's time for the occasional series we call In Your Ear. That's where guests of our program tell us about songs they listen to for a little inspiration. Today, we are hearing from Clara Ma. She won an essay contest when she was 12, which earned her the right to name NASA's Mars rover. She called it "Curiosity." And here's what's playing in her ear.


CLARA MA: My name is Clara Ma, and this is what's playing in my ear.


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