Piano Jazz
1:39 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Helen Sung On Piano Jazz

Helen Sung.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:56 am

Pianist Helen Sung is a dazzling and passionate player originally from Houston, Texas. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, she has played with such luminaries as Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:58 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Jonathan Biss Embraces Beethoven

Mito-Habe Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:26 pm

Every musician practices differently. Some turn their own living rooms into rehearsal spaces. Others, like pianist Jonathan Biss, prefer to step out of the comforts of home and into a studio. "It's a more productive way of working," Biss told us as we barged in with cameras and microphones.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:31 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Wye Oak Heads Down A Sinister Side Road In 'Spiral'

Wye Oak.
Natashe Tylea

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 1:30 pm

Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack combine to form a huge-sounding, full-blooded rock band, with the former blustering epically on guitar and the latter multitasking on drums and keyboards. Moody and portentous, the Baltimore duo's songs billow menacingly when they're not booming majestically, aided and shrouded by Wasner's enigmatic mumble.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:03 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Macaw And More

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:27 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.

The Record
11:50 am
Fri June 29, 2012

This Old Chicago House: EDM's Family Roots

A fan of soul and disco, Nemiah Mitchell, Jr. (left) let the taste of his son, Vince Lawrence, shape the output of his record labels Mitchbal and Chicago Connection.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 10:44 am

There's no mistaking the Year Zero quality of early Chicago house music from the mid-'80s.

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Song Travels
11:33 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Lari White On 'Song Travels'

Lari White.
Courtesy of the artist

With three Grammys to her credit, Lari White has carved out a multifaceted career as an award-winning recording artist, hit songwriter, producer, independent record-label owner and versatile actress. She's widely regarded as Nashville's "Renaissance Woman."

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Monkey See
11:32 am
Fri June 29, 2012

The Perfect Listen: Fiona Apple As A Lesson In Irrational Music Rituals

Recording artist Fiona Apple performs in February 2011.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 12:13 pm

On June 19, a week and a half ago, Fiona Apple released a brand new album, her first in seven years. The entire album had been available for streaming by NPR Music for a week and a half by then. Three days later, my copy arrived in the mail. It hasn't left my desk since.

I still haven't listened to it.

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Field Recordings
11:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Reignwolf: A One-Man Rock Show

Reignwolf performs backstage at the Sasquatch Music Festival for an NPR Music Field Recording.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:42 am

The way he was tearing it up during an impromptu set at the Sasquatch Music Festival, you'd barely notice that Jordan Cook, a.k.a. Reignwolf, broke a string midway through his fiery rendition of "In the Dark" — that is, until you saw the mangled remnants of his guitar, smoldering on the ground after he'd wrenched every wailing chord from its guts.

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Mountain Stage
10:52 am
Fri June 29, 2012

John Lilly On Mountain Stage

John Lilly on Mountain Stage.

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

For a special road show recorded in partnership with the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance in Bristol, Tenn./Va., Mountain Stage brought along a hometown favorite, singer-songwriter John Lilly. The editor of West Virginia's treasured Goldenseal magazine since 1997, Lilly plays music that recalls the sounds of a different era.

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Favorite Sessions
6:07 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

KCRW Presents: Ben Howard


Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:39 pm

Ben Howard is already a phenomenon in the UK. Word of mouth spread quickly after a series of performances around London and his native Devonshire and, after seeing him live, I can see why. He sang a handful of haunting folk songs, including standout "Depth over Distance".

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