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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Magos Herrera And Javier Limon Serve Up Musical Tapas

Saturday, August 09, 2014

The jazz singer and flamenco guitarist paired up for the new album Dawn, which features both American and Latin jazz standards, as well as classic Mexican folk songs.

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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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From the Top

El Paso, Texas

Saturday, August 09, 2014

This week, From the Top comes to you from the historic Plaza Theater in El Paso, Texas.

Classics For Kids

Mozart Operas

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Mozart wrote his first opera at the age of 12 and kept on going. Learn more about two of his famous operas, The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute, this week on Classics for Kids.

Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli

Music Deluxe with John Pizzarelli

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Saturday morning at 10AM ET, join world-renowned musicians, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey as they spin their favorite classic and contemporary records. 

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New Sounds

Christian Mysticism

Saturday, August 09, 2014

This New Sounds offers music from the Christian mystic tradition from the 12th to the 20th centuries.  There’s music from Dutch composer and lute player Jozef van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, from their “Concerning the Entrance into Eternity,” with titles that come from Swedish scientist, philospher, & Christian mystic Emanuel Swedenborg.  One of the works also contains poetry by the Spanish language poet and theologian (Saint) John of the Cross.

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Movies on the Radio

The Liberator, Guardians of the Galaxy, and More

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Host David Garland plays a selection of soundtrack compositions from new movies like the Liberator and Guardians of the Galaxy, plus other recent films.

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Q2 Music at the Proms

Pet Shop Boys, Angelo Badalamenti and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Saturday, August 9 at 7 pm, join us for the second installment of Q2 Music at the Proms, featuring the world premiere of A Man From the Future, a new orchestral work from electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys.

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Soundcheck

The Rosebuds: 'Sand And Silence' And Soul Searching

Friday, August 08, 2014

Hear the North Carolina duo The Rosebuds play songs from their latest album, called Sand + Silence -- produced by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon at his April Base Studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

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