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First Listen: Orenda Fink, 'Blue Dream'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

More than half the songs on Blue Dream feature the word "love" somewhere, and every moment of Fink's performance sounds as if it's being sung into someone's ear, not a microphone.

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First Listen: Bebel Gilberto, 'Tudo'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A soft, breezy summer record, Tudo lives up to Gilberto's status as a member of Brazilian musical royalty. It strikes the perfect mix of chill and melancholy that's become her specialty.

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First Listen: Benjamin Booker, 'Benjamin Booker'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Flashing both the raw talent of a recruit and the acumen of a much older musician, the singer-guitarist's self-titled debut shows off both his youth and his grasp of past musical forms.

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First Listen: Kimbra, 'The Golden Echo'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

She's working with refracted echoes of sounds that came before, but Kimbra makes them golden on her second album. Throughout The Golden Echo, she has a grand time testing the limits of her music.

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First Listen: Imogen Heap, 'Sparks'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sparks documents a fruitful time for one of popular music's most curious explorers. But it also captures how, in the 21st century, art, technology and life meld to make whole new narratives.

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First Listen: Cymbals Eat Guitars, 'Lose'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

If the Staten Island band has a unifying philosophy, it's that rock music is a negotiable solid, one that should be assembled with great energy and not-inconsiderable exertion.

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First Listen: Bishop Allen, 'Lights Out'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Summery but subtle, Lights Out is the sound of a band that's mastered the art of quality control, just in time to release an album that's all highlights.

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All Things Considered

Fifty Years Of 'Farmer John': A Hit That Opened The Door For Chicano Rock

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Before the summer of 1964, major labels had little interest in Mexican-American bands. Then came The Premiers.

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WQXR Blog

U.S. Border Patrol Seizes Priceless Bagpipes

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review its rules about ivory imports after two New Hampshire teenagers' bagpipes were seized at the Canadian border.

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Who's The Boss? Sinead O'Connor Has A New Answer

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In an extended interview, the singer addresses exploitation in the music industry, her own troubled childhood and what she's learned from Beyoncé, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin.

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New Sounds

Cello and Voice

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Listen to music for cello and voice on this edition of New Sounds.   We’ll hear a few selections from "The Escape Artist," a new opera by composer, vocalist & cellist Robert Een.  He worked with Meredith Monk for fifteen years, culminating the creation of their hour-long music-theater duet, "Facing North," and his writing, including this opera, employs extended techniques for both voice and cello. 

 

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Pipedreams

A Syracuse Organ Book

Sunday, August 10, 2014

With performances on four instruments in a picturesque New York university town, Pipedreams this week explores a collection of creative contemporary compositions in anticipation of an upcoming Organ Historical Society convention.

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: The Shifting Landscapes of Rinde Eckert

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The versatile composer and theater artist Rinde Eckert played diverse instruments and sound-making devices in a solo set contemplating geography and the numinousness of objects.

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Spinning on Air

Tom Brosseau's Songs of Wonder, Wondering, and Modern Devices

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The North Dakota singer-songwriter tackles such topics as being stuck on a roof, ambivalence about new beginnings, and our contemporary tendency to cradle our devices rather than our loved ones.

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All Things Considered

Pump Up The Bass, Feel Like A Boss

Saturday, August 09, 2014

A new study found that listening to music with heavy bass lines — think "We Will Rock You" and "In Da Club" — makes people feel more powerful.

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All Things Considered

'Global Village' Presents New Collaborations In Latin Music

Saturday, August 09, 2014

World music DJ Betto Arcos returns to spin his favorite new collaborations between female singers and guitarists.

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All Things Considered

In Hip-Hop, Collaboration Can Lead To Greater Success

Saturday, August 09, 2014

More and more hip-hop artists are rising to fame with the support and mentorship of hip-hop collectives. Ozy.com's Melissa Pandika explains that if you want to be a brand, it helps to have a team.

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Irene Diaz: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, August 09, 2014

With her musical partner Carolyn Cardoza strumming a ukulele intently, Diaz conjures a place where emotions run deep and beauty is unmistakable. Watch them perform four songs in the NPR Music offices.

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The Good Listener: How Much Is Too Much To Pay For A Concert T-Shirt?

Saturday, August 09, 2014

You want to help a band cover costs, but you don't want to get gouged, either. How much is too much?

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'Soft Suicide' And Other Southern Troubles In 'Roses'

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Christopher Denny's music can be described as Arkansas soul. He talks with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro about a new album that fuses rock, folk and gospel, called If the Roses Don't Kill Us.

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