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The Record
11:51 am
Fri August 8, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Will Bikini Kill Ever Make The Rock Hall Of Fame?

Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna in 1993.
Jeff Kravitz Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 12:29 pm

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Field Recordings
11:06 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Tweedy And Son Take To The Tunnels, Friends In Tow

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:38 pm

As its name suggests, Tweedy is a new band featuring Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer. Tweedy recently recorded an album together, out Sept. 23, titled Sukierae. (It's pronounced sue-key-ray.)

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The Thistle & Shamrock
4:03 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: New Releases And Debuts, Part 1

Hanneke Cassel is featured on this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 5:43 pm

Host Fiona Ritchie handpicks new sounds of the summer, combining artist debuts with the latest from musicians whose work has helped shape the sound of The Thistle & Shamrock. This week's show features Al Petteway, Kim Robertson, Hanneke Cassel and more.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:50 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Ask Us Anything About Beethoven

Portrait of Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler, ca. 1818.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:29 pm

What do you know about Beethoven? He wrote the Fifth Symphony (da da da dummmm ...) and he became deaf.

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Music Articles
2:04 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Billy Joe Shaver Writes Country Songs — And Lives Them, Too

Billy Joe Shaver once told Waylon Jennings, "I just want you to at least listen to these songs. And if you don't, I'm gonna kick your ass right here in front of God and everybody."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 11:55 am

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:16 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

The Family Crest: Tiny Desk Concert

The Family Crest performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

There's a decent chance you're about to discover your favorite new band. Based in San Francisco and led by Liam McCormick, The Family Crest builds its songs from a combination of infectious enthusiasm and powerful talent. The group owes its huge sound not just to its seven members, but to the community that records and plays with them. Eighty people are credited on The Family Crest's first album, Beneath the Brine.

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Music Articles
10:45 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Tom Petty On Cheap Speakers And George Harrison

From left: Ron Blair, Benmont Tench, Tom Petty, Mike Campbell. Their new album is Hypnotic Eye.
Sam Jones Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 7:19 pm

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Newport Folk Festival
11:25 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Mavis Staples, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Mavis Staples performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 11:09 am

Newport Folk Festival programmers like to close their lineups on a note of uplift; to send fans to the exits feeling elated and moved. On that front, they couldn't have done much better than the great Mavis Staples, whose titanic career has spanned more than 60 years. From her time in the best-selling gospel family band The Staple Singers through her role in the civil rights movement, she's been a face of change and a voice behind some of the most powerful songs in modern history.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Quetzal: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Quetzal on June 27, 2014.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

The Southern California band Quetzal recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a blowout concert that seemed to attract as many musicians as regular people. The band has maintained such a strong presence in the SoCal Chicano music scene that its members could be considered padrinos and padrinas of that free-flowing musical community.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Meet The Cast Of The Met Opera's Labor Drama

Members of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the American Federation of Musicians, two of the unions embroiled in contract negotiations with Metropolitan Opera management, rally this morning at Dante Park across from Lincoln Center.
Jeff Lunden for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 1:37 pm

Think opera plots are tough to follow? Try wading through the complicated drama playing out offstage at the Metropolitan Opera. At its most basic, it's the story of management and labor unions fighting over a supposedly dwindling pot of money.

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