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10:12 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Our Griffins Live on The Blend

Left to Right: John Kimock (drums), D.J. Brown (guitar/vocals), Alex Luquet (bass), Travis Hobby (guitar)

The Lehigh Valley band fronted by Easton singer-songwriter D.J. Brown performs songs from their 2013 album Michael Boyd and talks with host Carlos Benjamin.

(Original air-date 5/2/2014)

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World Cafe
9:52 am
Fri January 2, 2015

World Cafe's 2015 Music Preview

JD McPherson is on Ann Powers's list of artists to watch in early 2015.
Jimmy Sutton Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 12:11 pm

After all the time we've spent looking back at the best music of 2014, it is finally time to explore some of the releases we can look forward to over the first few months of 2015. NPR Music's pop critic Ann Powers keeps her eyes on wide range of music; she helps us understand the middle and explore the edges.

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Music
12:05 am
Fri January 2, 2015

On the Next Galactic Travels 2015-01-08

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Neuronium continues.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be "Hydro 2 - The Deep End" on Neuronium Records.

The previous show's playlist (show #926) is available for your inspection.

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Music Reviews
4:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Hear Long-Lost Rock 'N' Roll From The Native American Heartland

A new box set shows that aboriginal artists were recording their own music in the '60s and '70s, largely outside of the media spotlight.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 10:34 pm

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Alt.Latino
10:19 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Starting 2015 On The Right Foot: An Alt.Latino Dance Mix

Valesuchi is a Chilean DJ, one of the many musicians setting it off in this first Alt.Latino of 2015.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 7:07 pm

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Toast Of The Nation
5:48 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Toast Of The Nation: Winter Jazzfest 2014

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble performs at Winter Jazzfest 2014.
John Rogers for NPR

For one weekend each January, the epicenter of the New York jazz community is the Winter Jazzfest, a marathon where dozens of bands play a cluster of adjacent downtown venues over two frigid nights. At its peak, lines flow out the doors of clubs to see the famous and obscure alike, often presenting their newest projects for thousands of ticketholders.

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Music News
4:42 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Ahmad Jamal, 'A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,' Keeps On Building

At 84, acclaimed jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal is still recording and touring
Karen Michel

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 6:48 pm

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
2:42 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Live From Detroit

Rodney Whitaker.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 1:43 am

For decades, Detroit has launched countless jazz careers: Thad Jones and Donald Byrd, Paul Chambers and Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell and Tommy Flanagan, Yusef Lateef and Alice Coltrane, Betty Carter and Geri Allen. To the present day, the city's musical legacy remains strong, as witnessed every Labor Day at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

Violinist Regina Carter and bassist Rodney Whitaker take special delight performing in their hometown. Jazz Night in America features their sets at the Detroit Jazz Festival, and explores the Motor City's jazz scene through their eyes and ears.

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The Best Music Of 2014
10:10 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Recommended Dose: A 2014 Dance Mix

The Best Dance Tracks Of 2014.
NPR

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 10:17 am

Recommended Dose is usually a monthly mix of our favorite new dance tracks. We listen to hundreds of new electronic tunes each month, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix. But we switched up the formula a bit for December: This month's mix features 32 of our favorite tracks from the last 12 months.

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All Songs Considered
10:18 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Viking's Choice: The Year In The Loud And The Weird

Members of Unconscious Collective getting ready for ritualistic jazz-rock battle.
Ginger Berry Courtesy of the artist

"I thought I'd kick you in the pants."

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