Music

Favorite Sessions
2:52 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Daniel Freedman: Lessons From Motoring In Mali

Jazz musician Daniel Freedman on drums performing at WBGO studio sessions in Newark, NJ on June 22, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 4:04 pm

The itinerant path of a touring musician is nothing new. Drummer Daniel Freedman has walked that walk with New York jazz groups, salsa units, forro bands and on international tours with Angelique Kidjo. He has also taken the road less travelled – by bus.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:31 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

'Dead Man Walking' Sings Again

Joyce DiDonato as Sister Helen Prejean and Philip Cutlip as Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie's opera Dead Man Walking.
Felix Sanchez courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 8:03 pm

It's so rare for a new opera — let alone a new American opera — to be recorded even once. But few new operas have been so rapturously received as Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, which recounts the true story of a Catholic nun, Sister Helen Prejean, and the convicted rapist and double murderer Joseph De Rocher before he was executed by the state of Louisiana.

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All Songs Considered
2:06 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

George Harrison's Son, Dhani And Thenewno2, Rapper El-P, Lawrence Arabia, More

Clockwise from upper row: Thenewno2, Lawrence Arabia, The Do
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 9:45 am

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:39 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 3

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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:48 pm

Another week brings more surprises in our search for the albums everyone can love. According to our most recent poll, a third of you haven't heard the one record we've probably pimped more than any other on All Songs Considered: Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago. Really? A third of you haven't even heard it?

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World Cafe
1:29 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Rodney Crowell And Mary Karr On World Cafe

Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr.
Deborah Feingold Courtesy of the artist

Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell, released last month, is a collaboration between a best-selling author and a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter. Karr and Crowell sing songs about growing up in Texas in the '50s, material they've each grappled with in their own work. Karr's best-selling memoir The Liar's Club deals with themes of family, love and loss.

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Music Reviews
12:23 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

The dB's: Still Plaintive After All These Years

The dB's.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 3:05 pm

If there was any doubt that The dB's have any use for being considered through the haze of memory, or limited to the misty fondness from fans who remember them from the early 80s, the blast that opens their new album Falling Off the Sky, a song called "That Time Is Gone," could not be more explicit. Group leaders Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, along with drummer Will Rigby and bassist Gene Holder, are taking back their sound after 30 years, sprucing it up and re-exploding it for the days we live in now.

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Mountain Stage
10:43 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Blackie And The Rodeo Kings On Mountain Stage

The Canadian roots rock ensemble's newest album, Kings and Queens, features collaborations with Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Pam Tillis, Patti Scialfa Mary Margaret O'Hara and others.

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

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All Songs Considered Blog
9:03 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Song Premiere: Om, 'Gethsemane'

Om.
Courtesy of the artist

It's always an adventure to ask NPR Music's resident metalhead and "outer sound" maven, Lars Gotrich, for song recommendations. Sometimes, doing so can lead down a path of impossible listening — banshee wails over blast beats, recorded inside what appears to be a toilet tank — but it can also lead to awesome epiphanies like Darkest Era or Deafheaven.

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World Cafe
5:02 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Next: Japandroids

Japandroids.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 5:31 pm

Before Japandroids reached the popularity they've earned today, guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse had to endure some ups and downs. In the beginning, the duo gave up the search for a lead vocalist and third member, deciding instead to split vocal duties. This turn of events ended up affecting the band's dual but equal decision-making process — even the band's name is a hodgepodge of ideas from each member.

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Music News
4:33 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

The Olympics Of Choral Music Come To Cincinnati

South Africa's Kearsney College Choir is one of 360 groups that will be competing at the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati.
World Choir Games

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 10:11 am

This summer, while athletes prepare for the Olympic Games in London, music lovers are getting ready for the "Olympics of Choral Music." Officially called the World Choir Games, this Herculean singing competition features hundreds of choirs from around the world. This year is the first time it will be held in the U.S. — in Cincinnati, starting Wednesday.

Catherine Roma, conductor of women's choir MUSE, says her philosophy is more about musical excellence than competition. After witnessing the 2010 Choral Olympics in China, she saw something that surprised her.

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