Music

Mountain Stage
10:19 am
Fri September 7, 2012

The Chandler Travis Three-O On Mountain Stage

Chandler Travis on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Chandler Travis Three-O makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage. Pigeonholed as "avant-jazz omnipop," Travis' music might be described more accurately as the missing link between The Kinks and Captain Beefheart. The group provides elements of acoustic folk, jazz, psychedelia and pure absurdity — it's worth mentioning that half of the "Three-O" (which, naturally, is a quartet) changed into brightly colored pajamas during its second song.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Fri September 7, 2012

A Clutch Of Cage, A Surprising Critical Shift And Rocky Times At American Orchestras

Composer John Cage, whose 100th birth anniversary was earlier this week.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:26 pm

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Music
6:34 am
Fri September 7, 2012

On the Next Galactic Travels 2012-09-13

Bill Fox WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, I'll continue the month-long focus on Manikin

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The Mix
5:36 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

The Mix: Americana Music Awards 2012

Gillian Welch performs at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival. Welch is up for two major awards at the 2012 Americana Music Festival.
Shantel Mitchell for NPR

When the Americana Music Association convenes in Nashville on Sept. 12-15 for its annual conference, it'll be met by another incredible year of festival performances and showcases. While the daytime panels and discussions reflect the organization's dedication to its mission, the nighttime showcases, parties and concerts are what will make the passion of the genre so difficult to ignore.

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JazzSet
5:09 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Branford Marsalis Quartet On JazzSet

The Branford Marsalis Quartet.
Eric Ryan Anderson

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:36 am

From January 1992 to September 2001, Branford Marsalis set the JazzSet pace, hosting 39 new shows a year (now we do 26) from the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band; festivals in Iowa City, Telluride, Pasadena, Mount Hood, Montreal and Brevard, N.C.; the new music festival in Groningen, the Netherlands, and the Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba; clubs from Yoshi's in California to Sculler's and the Regattabar in Boston. WGBH producer Steve Schwartz sent us lots of Boston sets during that first decade, all of them much appreciated.

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World Cafe
4:48 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Latin Roots: The Politics Of Music

Los Tigres Del Norte.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 5:29 pm

In this installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Raul Pacheco of the Grammy-winning band Ozomatli talks with host David Dye about how politics influence music. They've certainly affected Pacheco's music, as Ozomatli has been politically driven since its inception. The band's members started playing together 16 years ago, when they were working for the Peace and Justice Center of Los Angeles, and were asked to play for picketers during a strike.

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World Cafe
4:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Ozomatli On World Cafe

Ozomatli.
Courtesy of the artist

Ozomatli is a genre-spanning, Grammy-winning band whose sound draws from Latin influences like salsa and cumbia, as well as hip-hop, rock, reggae and funk. Its many members are political activists who met while working with the Peace and Justice Center of Los Angeles; their first performance was for picketers during a strike.

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The Record
3:32 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Who You Calling A B----?

Debate over the word "bitch" has been conducted loudly for decades, as in Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y." when she asks, "Who you calling a bitch?"
ImmortalBliss iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:15 pm

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Music Reviews
3:26 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Cat Power Rips It Up, Starts Again

Chan Marshall, better known by the name Cat Power, takes a new approach on her latest record, Sun.
Stefano Giovannini Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 7:09 pm

I recently listened to the first single from the new Cat Power album with some fellow fans, and the room was deeply divided. Some thought the song was fabulous, but others were startled and upset — which I could understand, sort of. Chan Marshall's songs generally speak to pain and trauma with a hushed and intimate musical vocabulary. But this song, "Ruin," was different — not just a rock 'n' roll song, but one you might even want to dance to.

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Favorite Sessions
3:09 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Karrin Allyson: Swinging Jazz Standards

Jazz singer Karrin Allyson on KPLU in Seattle.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:16 pm

Over the past 20 years, vocalist Karrin Allyson has recorded 13 albums that cover vast musical territory. She's explored The Great American Songbook, the musical styles of Brazil and France, the blues and the work of contemporary songwriters. She's recorded a tribute to John Coltrane and an album of late-night ballads, and she's earned four Grammy nominations.

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