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Mountain Stage
3:56 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Tift Merritt On Mountain Stage

Todd Paris Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 10:32 am

Singer-songwriter Tift Merritt makes her fourth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Unlike many country-influenced songwriters, Merritt made a conscious decision to eschew Nashville for New York City — which might come as surprise upon hearing the honeyed twang in her speaking voice.

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Music Reviews
3:24 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Shemekia Copeland Embodies The Blues On '33 1/3'

Shemekia Copeland's new album is titled 33 1/3.
Sandrine Lee Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 3:25 pm

Shemekia Copeland says she didn't really find her singing voice until her teen years, when her father, the late blues guitarist Johnny Copeland, began suffering from health issues. On her new album, 33 1/3, she finds a different kind of voice — one that's eager to participate in a national dialogue.

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Studio Sessions
2:44 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Gregoire Maret Makes His Way On The Harmonica

On his self-titled debut, Gregoire Maret collaborates with Raul Midon, Marcus Miller and Cassandra Wilson.
Ingrid C. Hertfelder Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 11:23 am

Over the past decade, Swiss musician Gregoire Maret has redefined the role of the harmonica in modern jazz. After cutting his teeth as a sideman for some the biggest names in jazz, he's now taken center stage as a bandleader.

Here, Maret talks with NPR's Neal Conan about recording his self-titled debut album, building a following for the jazz harmonica and making the transition from sideman to headliner.


Interview Highlights

On how he got his start

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Favorite Sessions
2:40 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

The Helio Sequence: A Song For 'October'

The Helio Sequence performs for opbmusic.org.
opbmusic.org

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:22 pm

It's been a while for The Helio Sequence. The Portland, Ore., duo returned in September with its first album in nearly five years, and Negotiations finds the band's tight, inventively spacey rock sound in fine form. Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel recently played a set of songs from the new record, including the lead single, "October," for our in-studio audience.

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Mountain Stage
2:14 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

David Lindley On Mountain Stage

Todd Paris Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:36 am

Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley makes his sixth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Lindley was first heard by a wide audience while he worked as an accompanist for Jackson Browne, playing lap steel in the classic "Running on Empty."

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Music Interviews
12:54 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Muse: Arena-Sized Entropy On 'The 2nd Law'

Muse's Matthew Bellamy includes the heartbeat of his son in utero on the song, "Follow Me."
AFP/Getty Images

Known for its huge performances, the British band Muse has twice sold out London's Wembley Stadium — the second largest stadium in Europe. Muse has sold more than 15 million records worldwide to date, and was even chosen to write the official song for the 2012 London Olympics, called "Survival." The track is featured on Muse's new album, The 2nd Law, which is out now.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:48 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

RSVP Now: Flying Lotus, Death Grips, Buke & Gase And More In NYC

Flying Lotus, Death Grips and Buke & Gase.

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:51 am

Here's a pretty incredible night of music: Flying Lotus, Death Grips and (we're happy to announce) Buke & Gase, all on one stage at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC. It's also your chance to meet us. NPR Music is coming together with WNYC's Soundcheck during the CMJ Music Marathon for this show on Wednesday, Oct.

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The Mix
12:47 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

The Mix: Your Guide To CMJ 2012

The CMJ Music Marathon is exactly that: a marathon, not a sprint. Prepare for a week that will look pretty much like this.
Christopher Parks NPR

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:46 am

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The annual CMJ Music Marathon is exactly that — a marathon, not a sprint. As hundreds of bands from all over the world descend on New York City in the middle of October, it's easy to feel like you have to see as many of them as quickly as you possibly can.

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Music
12:02 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

'Hotstix' Inspired By Liberation Music Of Youth

For Tell Me More's occasional series "In Your Ear," guests of the program talk about songs that have particular meaning for them. South African musician Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse went back to school at the age of 60. He shares the songs that have inspired him over the years.

Deceptive Cadence
10:19 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Jonathan Biss: Shooting Down The Schumann Detractors

Composer Robert Schumann has his share of critics. Pianist Jonathan Biss is out to prove them wrong.
Michael Nicholson Corbis

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 11:03 am

(For our week dedicated to Robert Schumann, pianist Jonathan Biss defends this misunderstood composer in the first of three essays. Click the audio link above to hear him play Schumann and discuss the composer with Performance Today host Fred Child.)

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