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The Year's Biggest Authors on Their Favorite Music

Thursday, January 01, 2015

B.J. Novak, David Mitchell, Emma Straub, Marlon James and other authors responsible for 2014's best books hand-pick their favorite songs.

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For Pieta Brown, Music Is A Father-Daughter Dance

Saturday, December 27, 2014

As a child, Brown had to connect with her folk singer dad, Greg Brown, from a distance. Now, as adults and peers, their musical lives are intertwined.

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Over The Rhine On World Cafe

Friday, December 26, 2014

Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist's third seasonal album, Blood Oranges in the Snow, feels heartfelt and immediate. Hear a live performance of several songs, including the title track.

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Judith Owen And Harry Shearer On World Cafe

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The couple hosts a holiday singalong including both original tunes and old favorites.

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12 Days Of Soundcheck: Conor Oberst

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

We wrap up our 12 Days of Soundcheck by unwrapping a gift from Conor Oberst.

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World Cafe Next: Kingsley Flood

Monday, December 22, 2014

Fueled by Naseem Khuri's songwriting, the folk-rock band is releasing an EP for each season in 2015.

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Yusuf/Cat Stevens On World Cafe

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hear a mix of old and new music in this session, recorded at Philadelphia's Tower Theater.

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Amy LaVere On Mountain Stage

Friday, December 19, 2014

The bassist and singer based her latest album on memories of running away from home as a teenager.

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Marti Jones On Mountain Stage

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The singer and painter's longstanding love of bossa nova is evident in this concert.

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12 Days of Soundcheck: Nickel Creek

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Here we come a-wassailing with another exclusive track from the studio.

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Watch: Elephant Micah, Live On Soundcheck

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Indiana songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and folklorist creates story songs rich with mystic and fable-like detail. Watch him perform in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Folk Alley's Top 10 Folk And Americana Albums Of 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

From solo acoustic sketches to orchestral arrangements, the year had great roots music for everyone.

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Storyman On Mountain Stage

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Irish folk-pop duo, once known as Guggenheim Grotto, strips away its electronic elements.

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The Political Folk Song Of The Year

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A brand new video for Hurray for the Riff Raff's "The Body Electric," which questions the long history of the murder ballad and gender-based violence, brings the song's activism to searing life.

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Gabriel Kahane On Mountain Stage

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The folk-pop singer performs songs from his new album The Ambassador, a portrait of Los Angeles.

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Morning Edition

The Music Midnight Makes: In Conversation With Joni Mitchell

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The legendary composer and singer showed up at NPR's Culver City studios just before the dead of night to talk about her "helium voice," overcoming polio and painting songs with Bob Dylan.

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Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn On Mountain Stage

Monday, December 08, 2014

Hear a performance from the banjo-playing husband and wife, who've finally made an album together.

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Morning Edition

After Decades Of Success, Joni Mitchell Is Still Just 'A Painter Who Writes Songs'

Monday, December 08, 2014

Mitchell talks about her new four-disc boxed set, Love Has Many Faces, and the different colors such a collection can reveal in a lifetime of work.

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Ethan Johns On Mountain Stage

Friday, December 05, 2014

Hear the respected English producer perform songs from his second solo album, The Reckoning.

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Watch: Strand Of Oaks, Live On Soundcheck

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Watch the Philadelphia band fronted by Timothy Showalter unleash its sonically adventurous and emotionally reflective anthems on Soundcheck at WNYC's Greene Space.

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