4:20 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Microphone Check: Hip-Hop From NPR Music

Detroit rapper Danny Brown.
Lee Clower Courtesy of Mark McNairy

Experience the wide world of hip-hop with Ali Shaheed Muhammad, DJ, producer and one-third of the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest, and NPR Music editor Frannie Kelley. We aim to bring you the full breadth of rap music, everything from old school classics to new school favorites.

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A Blog Supreme
3:28 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Detroit's Jazz 'Patriarch' Improvised A Teaching Career

Marcus Belgrave will be featured at this weekend's Detroit Jazz Festival.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:12 pm

There's a lot of astounding information in this comprehensive profile of trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, "the reigning patriarch of Detroit jazz." After touring with Ray Charles for years, and getting opportunities with Max Roach and Charles Mingus, Belgrave opted not to stick it out in New York like many musicians of his caliber. Instead, he chose Detroit, where he's been since 1963.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:22 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Violinist Hahn-Bin: A New Name, A Modern Look — And A Very Old Sound

The violinist now known as "Amadeus Leopold."
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:52 pm

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World Cafe
2:11 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

THEESatisfaction On World Cafe

David Belisle

Working in a subgenre somewhere between soul and rap, Stasia "Stas" Irons and Catherine "Cat" Harris-White form the avant-garde hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction. Based in Seattle, the young duo released its first album, awE naturalE, back in March.

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The Record
1:44 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

The Hits You Haven't Heard

Gospel star Tamela Mann's album, Best Days, charted at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 in its first week.
Courtesy of Tillyman Entertainment

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:16 pm

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Thistle and Shamrock
11:48 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Thistle and Shamrock: A Broader Canvas

Carreg Lafar
Courtesy of the artist

Follow the Celtic music trail to Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Galicia, Asturias, Wales and Brittany.

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All Songs Considered Blog
11:10 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Aug. 29


Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:59 am

Bob Boilen and I were out in Portland and Seattle last week on our summer listening party tour, so we didn't post a new poll of albums everyone can love. Fear not: To make up for the week off, this week we've got 40 albums for you. In the coming weeks we'll let you know which records have been doing the best and have some sort of runoff between the highest vote-getters to come up with a top ten we all can agree on (well, most of us, anyway).

Here's this week's double-size poll. Just tell us whether you love, don't love or haven't really heard each album.

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Mountain Stage
10:46 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit On Mountain Stage

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The North Alabama rock band Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage here. As a member of Drive-By Truckers for six years, Isbell was responsible for some of the band's most memorable work, including "Never Gonna Change" and "Outfit." Out on his own since 2007, Isbell has released three studio albums with his band The 400 Unit, the most recent being Here We Rest.

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Wednesdays Become Eclectic
8:03 am
Wed August 29, 2012

KCRW Presents: Beachwood Sparks

Beachwood Sparks performs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:37 pm

The L.A. band Beachwood Sparks took a decade-long hiatus before releasing a fantastic new album, Tarnished Gold, earlier this year. A standout on a set of easygoing alt-country, the title track is sure to appeal to fans of The Grateful Dead and especially cosmic-country hero Gram Parsons.

A Blog Supreme
7:28 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Could Thelonious Monk Win The Jazz Competition Named After Him?

Pianist Kris Bowers performs in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He was later named the winner.
Brendan Hoffman WireImage

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:12 pm

Last week, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz announced the 12 semi-finalists for its annual competition for young musicians, often seen as the most prestigious in jazz today.

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