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The Record
8:04 am
Sat October 19, 2013

How To Read This Year's Rock Hall Nominations

Chic in 1977. From left to right, Bernard Edwards, Norma Jean Wright, Nile Rodgers and Tony Thompson.
Gilles Petard Redferns

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 5:24 pm

If you look beyond the headlines that greeted this week's announcement of 16 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — Nirvana, a foregone conclusion for first-round induction; KISS, long snu

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Matt Ulery's Loom: Tiny Desk Concert

Matt Ulery performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in August 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:05 pm

The next time you go to see live jazz in a club, and the band is playing original compositions, look closely in front of the musicians. Sometimes there'll be stands holding sheet music. There's nothing wrong with this per se, especially if the music is a bit complicated. But sometimes there'll be no need for stands, as the musicians have memorized the material. It's impressive, but it also signals a certain commitment, one borne of having rehearsed and performed together often. You frequently see this in tight bands that know what they're doing.

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The Record
4:06 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

A Remake Of D'Angelo's 'Untitled' Video Asks Still-Unanswered Questions

D'Angelo in his video for "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," right, and Brendon Urie, in Panic! at the Disco's video for "Girls/Girls/Boys."
Courtesy of EMI and Atlantic Records

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 2:13 pm

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The Thistle & Shamrock
12:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

5 Songs That Will Shoogle Your Hurdies

"Shoogle your hurdies" is a Scottish phrase that essentially means "shake your booty."
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 2:55 pm

If music makes you shake your booty, you're sure to shoogle your hurdies to these tracks. Before you go looking for an online Scots dictionary, enjoy Fiona Ritchie's handpicked set of irresistible tracks with Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul from the U.S., Scotland's Capercaillie and The Chair, and from Ireland T with the Maggies and Arty McGlynn. There's no point in even trying to sit still.

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A Blog Supreme
2:23 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Five Songs By The 'Rhodes Scholar' Keyboardist Of Hip-Hop

Keyboardist and producer Bob James' 1970s work helped to establish the sound of smooth jazz — and lives on in hip-hop samples galore.
Courtesy of the artist

Professing love for Bob James' music can yield a side-eye in some circles. Jazz purists routinely view the keyboardist's 1970s period as a progenitor to smooth jazz — an idiom they frequently react to as if it were a sign of the apocalypse.

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All Songs Considered
1:51 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

The Good Listener: How Do I Name My Band, Anyway?

Hoobastank has sold more than 10 million albums. Does it really matter what you call your band?
Courtesy of the artist

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the new Pokemon 3DS games that have zombified our once-expressive children is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, tips on how to name one's band.

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The Record
3:04 am
Thu October 17, 2013

The Year Onyx's 'Slam' Crashed Pop Radio

Onyx in an undated photo. From left to right, Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, Suave and Big DS.
Al Pereira Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 10:23 am

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The Thistle & Shamrock
2:32 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: Fiddle Styles

Kevin Burke.
Courtesy of the artist

Sample a variety of fiddle flavors from the wide world of Celtic music.

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Microphone Check
1:56 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Pusha T On A Tribe Called Quest, His Frustrations And Pharrell (Part 2)

Pusha T.
Courtesy of Def Jam Records
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Pusha T (Part 2)

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Author Interviews
1:43 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Graham Nash Has 'Wild Tales' To Spare

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 3:11 pm

Graham Nash first came to the U.S. as part of the British Invasion with his band The Hollies, which got its start at the same time as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and shared bills with both groups in England.

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