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For Kelis, Music Is Back On The Menu

Friday, March 21, 2014

The "Milkshake" singer has a new album, and recently gave her first U.S. performance in years.

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Watch Kelis, Eagulls, More Play SXSW

Friday, March 21, 2014

Watch select performances from NPR Music's South By Southwest Showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas including R&B star Kelis.

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Peter Yarrow And Noel Paul Stookey On 'Song Travels'

Friday, March 21, 2014

Two members of Peter, Paul and Mary join host Michael Feinstein to discuss the impact of folk music on America in the 1960s. They also perform Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind."

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Andrew Hill On Piano Jazz

Friday, March 21, 2014

With his heady, bop-rooted explorations of improvised music, pianist and composer Hill stretched the boundaries of jazz. He demonstrated his mastery of melody, rhythm and technique in a 2005 session.

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Nina Simone's Civil Rights Legacy

Friday, March 21, 2014

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we take a closer look at Nina Simone -- an icon whose story is complex, and whose contributions to the struggle for civil rights are indisputable.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Pop Criticism Broken?

Friday, March 21, 2014

In the wake of charges that modern music critics are too obsessed with "lifestyle" reporting, one writer defends the art - or the good stuff, at least.

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Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler

Friday, March 21, 2014

Are you brainy when it comes to Bach, or bamboozled? Know your cantatas from your concertos? Match your wits against the granddaddy of composers in this 'Big Bach' puzzler.

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Celtic Fiddle Festival On Mountain Stage

Friday, March 21, 2014

The group known as Celtic Fiddle Festival brings together the traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and the Celtic Brittany region of France. This performance is from 2005.

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Heavy Rotation: 10 SXSW Discoveries Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Friday, March 21, 2014

Download 10 songs from our favorite acts out of SXSW, including Future Islands, PHOX, Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta, Ages and Ages, and much more.

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Morning Edition

Intocable's Music Straddles The Border

Friday, March 21, 2014

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep stops in Zapata, Texas, the hometown of the lead singer of Intocable, a band popular on both sides of the border.

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Gig Alert: Snarky Puppy

Friday, March 21, 2014

Brooklyn-based jazz-funk-world music combo Snarky Puppy gets Irving Plaza dancing tomorrow. Download 'Shofukan.'

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Optimism in NYC; New York State’s Dream Act; Teens and the Internet

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released a new poll of New York City voters on the new mayoral administration and other political and economic issues, and it found black and Hispanic voters are much more optimistic about the future than white voters. Quinnipiac’s director Maurice Carroll helps sort out why there is such a big disparity. Plus: New York State Assembly member Francisco Moya talks about the state's Dream Act, which is not likely to make it into the state budget; danah boyd instructs us what to worry about – if anything – with teens online; and a music critic defends the current state of music criticism.  

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J. Lo And Women In Music Videos; Kelis Plays SXSW; Nina Simone's Civil Rights Legacy

Friday, March 21, 2014

In this episode: Jennifer Lopez has a new album on the way in June, and the pop star and actress recently dropped her first music video for her new song, “I Luh Ya Papi.” It’s the latest example of a music video that’s got a point to make about gender stereotypes in the music industry, says writer Daisy Buchanan, who recently wrote about the video for the British publication The Telegraph.

Then: With this year's South By Southwest in the rearview mirror, some may be still getting back into a normal rhythm, or fighting off that lingering South By cold. To help, hear selections from Kelis' fantastic set at NPR Music's showcase at Stubb's, where the R&B singer unveiled brand new songs from her eagerly-anticipated upcoming album, Food -- and even channeled the great Nina Simone

And, we revisit a favorite segment about the lasting legacy of Nina Simone herself, both in music and the Civil Rights Movement.

 

 

 

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New Sounds

Strings and Drones

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hear strings and drones from American composer Ellen Fullman, the South Indian-born double violinist Shankar, along with Maya Beiser and Kayhan Kalhor.

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Studio 360

Robert Rodriguez & Searching for Wonder Woman

Friday, March 21, 2014

This week, three takes on superheroes. Kurt Andersen talks with Robert Rodriguez, who likes his characters “indestructible.” Now the film director is overseeing a new English language cable network for Latino audiences. A graphic novel brings to life the Boxer Rebellion, when peasants believed the gods would give them magical ...

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Gig Alerts

Gig Alert: Snarky Puppy

Friday, March 21, 2014

Looking for something to do tonight? Check out today's Gig Alert

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Morrissey Book Club: The Exit-Interview Podcast

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Our staff comes to terms with reading (or attempting to read) Morrissey's Autobiography, with the help of Smiths biographer Tony Fletcher.

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Lake Street Dive On World Cafe

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hear a characteristically energetic performance from lead singer Rachael Price and company, as the buzzed-about Boston band showcases songs from the new Bad Self Portraits.

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'Two Skirts And A Shirt' On JazzSet

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Rene Marie, Allan Harris and Carla Cook are in sweet harmony with a message in this concert from the KC Jazz Club in Washington, D.C.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Is Stonehenge a Giant Instrument?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Theories abound about the purpose of Stonehenge, and now there's a new hypothesis: The rocks making up the structure may have been used because of how they sound.

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