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Mountain Stage
12:01 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

The McCrary Sisters On Mountain Stage

The McCrary Sisters on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 10:29 am

One of the most in-demand vocal groups on Music Row, Nashville's McCrary Sisters have recorded with Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, to name a few.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Introducing Siri Georg Solti

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:47 pm

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

All Songs Considered Blog
10:30 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Clare And The Reasons, 'Make Them Laugh': A Sinister Circus Story

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 1:24 pm

Though clowns are the source of laughs for some and nightmares for others, for Clare Muldaur Manchon, the front-women of husband-wife duo Clare and the Reasons, they became a source of inspiration.

After reading an article in The New York Times called "A Young Clown Follows in a Father's Giant Footsteps," Clare wrote the luminous yet sad, "Make Them Laugh."

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Deceptive Cadence
10:17 am
Fri June 8, 2012

The Peril Of The Flying Violin

Recent revisions to British Airways' carry-on luggage rules can confuse travelers with musical instruments.
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:50 pm

My two-week stay in Europe ended earlier this week with a stroke of luck: My German father-in-law gave me his beautiful old violin, the one he's played since he was 11. But getting it back safely to the U.S. was more of a problem than I imagined.

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Song Of The Day
7:03 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Squarepusher: Pushing Every Envelope

Squarepusher.
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Tom Jenkinson, a.k.a. Squarepusher, has been churning out inventive electronic music for nearly 20 years, with his most celebrated works mixing the sounds of jazz fusion with drum-and-bass. But his newest material follows any whim he fancies, which makes Squarepusher's new album, Ufabulum, a true mixed bag; nearly every track looks to push another envelope. "Dark Steering" flirts subtly with the sounds of modern dubstep, mixing them with atmospheric squeals and detailed drum programming.

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The Record
3:50 am
Fri June 8, 2012

A Record Label With A Midas Touch

Adele performs in February.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:43 pm

In the past 15 years, Richard Russell, the owner of the British independent record company XL Recordings, has shepherded his label to more than its fair share of industry success.

Last year the label saw its greatest heights yet, though to be fair, no other label climbed anywhere near as high. That's because 2011 was the year of Adele, and XL is the singer's home. (In the United States, Adele's albums are promoted and distributed by Columbia Records, but she is signed to XL worldwide.)

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Music Reviews
5:54 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Music Review: 'Can You Canoe'

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

For many kids, summer means no homework, playing outdoors and, of course, traveling. Our children's music reviewer, Stefan Shepherd, tells us about a new album inspired by a trip down America's original interstate highway.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CAN YOU CANOE?")

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Favorite Sessions
4:54 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Cold Specks: Singing The 'Graceful' Blues

Cold Specks' Al Spx.
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Al Spx was studying English Literature at the University of Toronto when she came across a line from James Joyce's Ulysses: "Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil lights shining in the darkness." The phrase "cold specks" sparked a fire of inspiration, and Spx knew immediately that she had found the perfect name for the songs she was writing on the side.

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World Cafe
4:00 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Spiritualized On World Cafe

Jason Pierce of Spiritualized.
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Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 11:20 am

Sweet Heart Sweet Light, the new album by the English space-rock band Spiritualized, was recorded while frontman Jason Pierce was undergoing chemotherapy for liver disease. Pierce set out to craft the record as a clear-cut pop record in between hospital stays, and though he says he isn't convinced he succeeded, most of the album is composed of could-be Top 10 radio hits from the early '70s.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:52 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Video Premiere: 'David Wax Museum In Shanghai'

Todd Roeth/nightfox.es Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 1:37 pm

In March, indie-folk band The David Wax Museum spent a week bringing enthusiastic performances, infectious joy and butchered Mandarin phrases to China. This compelling mini-documentary chronicles the band's trip as "cultural ambassadors" at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. In an email, band-member Suz Slezak explains how the trip came about:

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