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Danielle de Niese's Road Trip Playlist

Monday, May 26, 2014

As the summer driving season gets underway, we're asking on-the-go classical musicians for their road trip playlists. The latest installment comes from the American soprano Danielle de Niese.

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New York Now

Hotel Elefant and Meehans/Perkins Duo Open the 2014 Look & Listen Festival

Monday, May 26, 2014

The 13th annual Look & Listen Festival kicked off on April 26 at the BRIC House with a diverse program of American music by Richard Carrick, Paul Lansky, Animal Collective and John Glover. Listen to the entire show now. 

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New Sounds

Evening Songs

Monday, May 26, 2014

For this New Sounds, we’ll listen to songs with a twilight feel – that is, evening songs.  We’ll hear songs, both old and new - by Henry Purcell along with songs by Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake-  featuring baroque harp, Swedish Nickelharpa, and viola da gamba on a record called “If Grief Could Wait.”  The project is a collaboration between baroque harpist Giovanna Pessi and the Swedish singer Susanna Wallumrød.

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First Listen: Parquet Courts, 'Sunbathing Animal'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Brooklyn rock band still wind-sprints with deadly efficiency. But the slower moments on Sunbathing Animal locate the essence of heartache in unexpected ways.

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First Listen: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, 'Only Run'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Only Run expands on the band's simultaneously soaring, jittery and joyful sound in surprising ways. The result reflects a relentless pursuit of invention and reinvention.

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First Listen: Gabriel Kahane, 'The Ambassador'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The composer and singer-songwriter's new album is a set of 10 vignettes about buildings in L.A. Throughout The Ambassador, Kahane speaks many musical languages fluently and beautifully.

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First Listen: Meshell Ndegeocello, 'Comet, Come To Me'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The iconoclastic singer's 11th album is the sort of rich work that keeps changing inside the listener's head — an often-quiet set of songs with intense staying power.

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First Listen: Joe Henry, 'Invisible Hour'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Henry's new album examines the complexities of commitment, coupling gloom with streaming daylight and gilding his saddest observations with joy and awe.

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First Listen: Taylor McFerrin, 'Early Riser'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Teeming with stream-of-consciousness scatting, ethereal exploration and frenetic features, the beauty of the producer-composer's debut lies in its carefully orchestrated ebb and flow.

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All Things Considered

Obscure Producer's Clear Impact On 'The Dirty Business' Of R&B

Sunday, May 25, 2014

In his short life, 1960s producer-songwriter Bert Berns made an indelible mark. He made many hits, but a changing industry brought tension to the studio, as told in the new book, Here Comes the Night.

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All Things Considered

Jeff Goldblum Plays A Jazz Show Almost Every Week. No, Really.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Known for his roles in The Big Chill and The Fly, the actor hosts a weekly show in Los Angeles with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Among the songs: the lyrics to Jurassic Park's theme music.

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The Current Presents: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Watch the former Pavement frontman perform "Chartjunk," a highlight of his recent album Wig Out at Jagbags, live in The Current's St. Paul studios.

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Alt.Latino: Cumbia Tracks With Surf Guitars and Theramin

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR's Alt Latino spin some cumbia tracks for NPR's Rachel Martin.

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'I Wanna Make Art': Sturgill Simpson's Twisting Path To Nashville

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The mystic-minded songwriter spent years literally working on the railroad — and it's one reason he says he's no longer interested in making straight-ahead country music.

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In Memoriam: Jazz Elegies

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Around 1945, jazz's traditional funeral rites manifested in a more modern form of tribute. Now, some of the music's most powerful tunes are written in memory of late colleagues. Hear five examples.

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From A Guatemalan Ballad To 'Mextasy,' Alt.Latino Picks New Latin Music

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hosts Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras pick four of their favorite new Latin Alternative songs.

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Spinning on Air

Weaving Tradition and Modernity In Song

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu melds influences from jazz, classical, and the music of Korea, Java, Taiwan and East Timor. Hear and watch her perform pieces from her new solo opera "Solo Rites: Seven Breaths."

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New Sounds

Scoring Bill Morrison

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Listen to some of the musical scores for Bill Morrison's silent films on this New Sounds program.  There’s a mix of brass ensemble & electronics in Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score to “The Miners’ Hymns,” a documentary that depicts an ill-fated mining community in England. One "can almost hear the cavernous mineshafts and their ominous heritage in the brutal electronic treatments, and hear the creaking, crumbling landscapes beneath the haunting brass." (Boomkat)

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Pipedreams

From Colleges, Castles and Cathedrals

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The splendid sounds of organs in the British Isles resonate with pleasurable grandeur this week on Pipedreams.

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All Things Considered

A Few Words With Ennio Morricone

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Learn how the 85-year-old composer got his start spoofing on John Cage, and hear his best impression of the coyote howl from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

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