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Studio Sessions
11:34 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Ryan Shaw, The New Voice Of American Soul?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. These days, when people talk about the leading names in R&B and soul, a certain big-voiced British woman is often the first name to come to mind, but there's an American in the house whose name is being mentioned in the same sentence as some of the leading voices in soul. His name is Ryan Shaw.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT LOVE")

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:03 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Daniel Johnston: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire O'Neill NPR

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 10:47 am

Daniel Johnston is a troubled soul with a talent for writing honest, disarmingly direct songs. Kurt Cobain famously wore a T-shirt with the title of a Johnston cassette on it, while Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips ranks among his many musical admirers. M.

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Song Of The Day
7:03 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Waxahatchee: A Love Song, Without The Love

Waxahatchee.
Ryan Russell

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 4:12 pm

Katie Crutchfield didn't see much snow growing up in northern Alabama, but in January of last year, her hometown got its worst winter storm in decades. Schools and businesses closed as the roads iced over; for a few days, the area effectively shut down.

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Mon June 11, 2012

The Tallest Man On Earth: Tired Of Running

There's No Leaving Now, Kristian Matsson's newest album as The Tallest Man on Earth, comes out Tuesday.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 11:11 am

Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson performs as The Tallest Man on Earth. That's just his stage name, though: Matsson himself stands at about 5 feet 7. His new album, There's No Leaving Now, comes out Tuesday.

Matsson has been praised as a poet, and is frequently compared to Bob Dylan. He often sings about nature, inspired by the scenery near his home in Falun, Sweden.

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Music Interviews
12:03 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Fiona Apple: 'I Don't Really Have A Plan'

Known for brevity's sake as The Idler Wheel..., Fiona Apple's new album is her first in seven years.
Dan Monick

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 7:43 pm

It's been seven years since Fiona Apple has released a new album. The singer-songwriter, who broke out in 1996 with Tidal, says the delay is a quirk of her creative process.

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The Record
7:42 am
Sun June 10, 2012

Usher's Classic R&B Dances On The Cutting Edge

On Looking 4 Myself, Usher's seventh studio album, the singer works with producers to cloak classic R&B in cutting-edge sounds.
Francesco Carrozzini Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:42 pm

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Music Interviews
6:04 am
Sun June 10, 2012

In Latest Album, Usher Takes To 'Looking 4' Himself

Usher.
Francesco Carrozzini Courtesy of RCA Records

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 7:43 pm

James Brown once remarked that singer Usher Raymond was "the Godson of Soul." With an accolade like that, it's no wonder that Usher is one of the bestselling artists in American music history.

Usher has won seven Grammys and was the second biggest selling artist of the 2000s. He's also acted in films and won critical praise for his Broadway performance in Chicago.

All this, and he's only in his early 30s.

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A Blog Supreme
12:13 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Six Creative Presenters Finding New Audiences For Jazz

The New York City club Smalls has made its shows available via live webcast and records some of them for an in-house record label.
Michelle Watt Courtesy of Smalls

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 7:42 pm

Recently on A Blog Supreme, pianist and blogger Kurt Ellenberger expressed doubt that audiences for jazz can continue to grow, writing that audience development is "a tall order that seems insurmountable." Although this alarm bell has been sounded by jazz writers for at least seven decades, musicians stubbornly seem to keep on playing, and new fans keep on discovering the music.

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A Blog Supreme
12:13 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Your Comments About Building Jazz Audiences And Musicians With Day Jobs

Discussion about the future of jazz audiences — and how to cope with them — was strong.
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Music Interviews
12:03 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

'Call Me Maybe': Behind The Song Of The Summer

Carly Rae Jepsen is the 26-year-old singer behind the inescapable pop hit "Call Me Maybe."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 11:57 am

"It's happened a few times, yes," Carly Rae Jepsen says. "And they usually think that they're the first person to do it."

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