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Lianne La Havas: Tiny Desk Concert

Oct 2, 2015

In 2012, my kids introduced me to Lianne La Havas' debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? One play and I was hooked; I've been a fan ever since. Her music works for any activity, any emotion.

Join host Fiona Ritchie and multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer Brian McNeill as they share conversation and music at the Swannanoa Gathering in the North Carolina mountains.

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The Internet is both an anomaly and a sign of the times. No, not the actual Internet you're using to read this text, though that Internet is pretty special, too. In this case, The Internet is an L.A. band led by Syd The Kid (vocals/production) and Matt Martians (keys/production), with assists from Pat Paige (bass), Jameel Bruner (keys) and Chris Smith (drums).

In a town known for "keeping it weird," the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Ore., doesn't immediately stand out. But it's got plenty of character below the surface.

The interior of this 100-year-old brick building is striking — high ceilings are accented by two gorgeous antique chandeliers, and massive arched windows line the walls. But ask concertgoers what they think the most interesting feature is and one always stands out: "I hate to say it, but the flooring," Katy Stellern says, laughing.

As technology rules the sound of the day, it's good to be reminded how powerfully a single voice can transmit deep emotion. Joan Shelley made one of the most beautiful records of the year with just her voice and two guitars.

Years ago, who would've predicted that Tyler, the Creator and A$AP Rocky—two Internet-borne yet ostensibly opposite rap stars—would be touring together?

The Thistle & Shamrock: The Long View

Sep 24, 2015

Fiona Ritchie picks a few favorite extended arrangements of traditional tunes, including classic recordings by Kevin Burke and Alan Stivell.

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