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'Rebel Music': When Hip-Hop Met Islam

Sunday, March 16, 2014

From Afrika Bambaataa to Public Enemy and beyond, hip-hop has long been a culture to which young urban Muslims around the world can relate.

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Tycho: Music By A Visual Imagineer

Sunday, March 16, 2014

On the new album Awake, Scott Hansen has taken his passion for design and merged it with his interest in ambient music.

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New Sounds

New Music for Ancient Instruments

Sunday, March 16, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to Chris Brown's new work for gangsa, one of the traditional instruments of the Philippines, related to Indonesian gamelan.  There's also music from Raphael Mostel for Tibetan singing bowl and new music for traditional Japanese koto.

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SXSW 2014: Everything Is Better In Slow Motion

Saturday, March 15, 2014

With hundreds of bands and tens of thousands of fans, South by Southwest goes by really fast. We slowed the whole Sam-dancing, bull-riding, crowd-surfing party down for you.

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All Things Considered

Eastern Sounds Go West

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Some prominent musicians from the Arab world have been trading notes with European artists — and DJ Betto Arcos has been paying close attention.

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Lady Gaga At SXSW: 'Don't Sell Out. Sell In.'

Saturday, March 15, 2014

In a keynote event at SXSW, the queen of pop transgression offered support for anyone struggling with self-definition and illustrated how hard it is to steer clear of the constraints of corporate pop.

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NPR Music At SXSW 2014: Friday

Saturday, March 15, 2014

On Friday in Austin, Texas, full-throttle music consumption and overwhelming crowds battled to a exhausting, exhilarating draw.

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A Fresh Vocalist From The Same School As Adele, Winehouse

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Zara McFarlane is a young jazz singer from the U.K. who has been compared to Nina Simone. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks with Zara about her unusual voice technique.

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Classics For Kids

Beethoven’s Symphonies

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The nine symphonies that Ludwig van Beethoven wrote changed the course of symphonic writing forever. Learn about this great music and the man who wrote it this week on Classics for Kids.

From the Top

Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This week From the Top brings you to Jordan Hall in Boston, Mass., for a series of string performances, and one piano. The program features “The Lark” by Mikhail Glinka brought to life by a wonderfully musical 11-year-old pianist. We'll also enjoy some unaccompanied Bach performed by a very thoughtful Boston-area teenager and a teenage string quartet shares moving stories about the healing power of music in their own lives.

All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Musical Polyglots

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This week, host Terrance McKnight considers musical polyglots – musicians who depart from this trend and are fluent in various musical dialects and performance practices.

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Operavore

Soprano Deborah Voigt and Pianist Brian Zeger on the Recital

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This Saturday at 12:30 pm soprano Deborah Voigt and pianist/coach Brian Zeger discuss the difficulty and power of the recital format.

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Metropolitan Opera

A New Production of Massenet's Werther

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts its new production of Massenet's Werther. Tenor Jonas Kaufmann stars as Werther and French soprano Sophie Koch is Charlotte.

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New Sounds

Alleged Jazz

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saxophone player Rudresh Mahanthappa, on his record, "Samdhi," merges electronica, Carnatic (south Indian) music, funk and jazz grooves.  We'll hear some of Mahanthappa's tunes, along with other purveyors of this kind of "alleged" jazz, which incorporates digital processing, hiphop beats, or electronica.  There's music from guitarist Rez Abbasi and pianist Matthew Shipp, and many others.

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Soundcheck

The Beatles And The Stones: Rivals, Or Not?

Friday, March 14, 2014

You’ve heard the question a thousand times: “Are you a Beatles person or a Stones person?” (Recently on Soundcheck, we even pitted the two sides against each other during a live Soundcheck Smackdown). It's perceived as the biggest rivalry in rock music -- but when the Beatles wrote the song “I Wanna Be Your Man" -- it was for The Rolling Stones. So how real was this supposed rivalry?

In his new book, music historian John McMillian says it wasn’t… except when it was. The book is called – what else? – "Beatles vs. Stones" – and John McMillian joins us to talk about it. 

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All Things Considered

Israel's Orthodox Ravers Are On A Holy Mission To Dance

Friday, March 14, 2014

Na Nach is an ultra-Orthodox sect of Judaism with a techno soundtrack. Na Nachs consider having fun a spiritual duty — whether at a wedding or a busy intersection.

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Kevin Gates: 'I Put All My Flaws On Front Street'

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Baton Rouge rapper, on the rise when he arrived in Austin for SXSW, feels conflicted about his new success. "The more I grow in popularity," he says, "the lonelier it gets."

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All Things Considered

Rapper, Mother, Superstar: Ana Tijoux Finds Her Words

Friday, March 14, 2014

In her latest album, French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux finds inspiration in the birth of her child and the complexities of womanhood. She shares her thoughts on making music that's universal.

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Live From SXSW: Ana Tijoux, 'We Are Crazy As A Species'

Friday, March 14, 2014

We liked the Chilean rapper's new album Vengo so much, we invited her to spend some time with us during SXSW in Austin, Texas. Join us for our very first live taping of Alt.Latino.

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Kins On World Cafe

Friday, March 14, 2014

For today's SXSW Sense of Place, we're live at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. We're meeting an Australian band with an electronic sound that's grown in an organic way.

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