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JazzSet
3:54 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Catherine Russell, Virginia Mayhew On JazzSet

Catherine Russell performs at the Mary Lou Williams Festival.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:34 am

Catherine Russell is a lady born to music. Her father, Luis Russell (1902-63), was Louis Armstrong's orchestra leader beginning in the mid-1930s. Her mother, Carline Ray, is a bassist, singer, great all-around musician and a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the 1940s all-woman band that swung as hard as the men. "This Daughter of Jazz Is One Cool Cat," reads the headline of Nat Hentoff's profile for The Wall Street Journal.

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World Cafe
3:49 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Yasek Manzano: Jazz From Havana's Streets

Yasek Manzano.
Courtesy of the artist

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

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The Record
3:33 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Mumford & Sons Preaches To Masses

Mumford & Sons is led by singer Marcus Mumford (second from left). The band's second album, Babel, was released on Sept. 25 and is on pace to be the highest-selling debut of 2012.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 7:24 pm

Marcus Mumford may not seem like the kind of guy who'd start a bar fight.

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Mountain Stage
3:32 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

The dB's On Mountain Stage

The dB's.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 10:02 am

The newly reunited power-pop pioneers in The dB's make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Often described as the band that filled the gap between Big Star and R.E.M. in the early '80s, The dB's helped change the course of guitar-driven power-pop for years to come.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:45 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

The 2012 Gramophone Awards: Some Surprises, Lots Of (Repeated) Familiar Names

Tenor Joseph Calleja, the 2012 Gramophone Artist of the Year.
Mathias Bothor courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 1:07 pm

In terms of international prestige, it's hard to think of bigger prizes in the classical community than those given annually by the British classical music magazine Gramophone (where I served as the North America editor for several years). Sure, the Grammys have more general name recognition, but these Eurocentric awards, completely dedicated to classical music, offer far more depth and breadth than their nearest American counterparts, both in terms of artists and repertoire.

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Music
12:17 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Tonight on Galactic Travels 2012-09-27

Bill Fox WDS Productions

Tonight on Galactic Travels, I'll conclude the month-long focus on Manikin Records, celebrating two decades of music.  Many important artists have had their music released on this label.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be disk two from "Second Decade 2002-2012."  I will also play music by artists appearing at the Soundscapes Concert Series held

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Music
12:03 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Why Lupe Fiasco 'Can't Pledge Allegiance' To Flag

For his latest release, Lupe Fiasco says he didn't want to make a "radio record."
Reid Rolls

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 2:24 pm

Rapper, activist and entrepreneur Lupe Fiasco has just released his fourth studio album, Food and Liquor Part II: The Great American Rap Album Part I. The Chicago-born rapper skated onto the music scene in 2006 with his hit single "Kick, Push." Since then, he's stayed true to the unique, hard-hitting lyrics that propelled him to stardom.

Food and Liquor is a return to the content, depth and art of rap, according to Lupe Fiasco, and on the album he tackles some controversial topics, including his decision to not pledge allegiance to the American flag.

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Live in Concert
10:33 am
Thu September 27, 2012

NPR Music Presents: Tori Amos In Concert

Tori Amos live from (Le) Poisson Rouge.
Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 3:29 pm

"Don't you want more than my sex?" is just one of many memorable lines on Tori Amos' 1992 album Little Earthquakes, jauntily tossed off in the cabaret singalong "Leather." But it encapsulates the challenge the singer-songwriter posed to the music world 20 years ago.

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Alt.Latino
10:30 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Love And Rockets (And Music): Comic-Book Pioneers Gil & Jaime Hernandez

Love and Rockets
Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 11:20 pm

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The Record
12:03 am
Thu September 27, 2012

YouTube Shares Ad Revenue With Musicians, But Does It Add Up?

Donna Summer in 1976. YouTube's Chris Maxcy says the company targets advertising to videos by artists like her and gives a share of the revenue from it to the track's label and publisher.
Keystone Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 10:04 am

YouTube is well-known for videos, but a recent Nielsen study revealed 64 percent of teens and young adults go to it to listen to and discover music. The free website, which is owned by Google, has set up advertising deals to help musicians get compensated. But it's not clear how they're getting paid — or how much.

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