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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:38 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert

Conor Oberst performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Olivia Merrion NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 9:23 am

Conor Oberst's new album has fast become my favorite of the Bright Eyes singer's solo projects, so having him come to NPR and perform a few of these songs at the Tiny Desk was especially exciting. The new music on Upside Down Mountain contains the sort of personal songwriting that got me loving him in the first place.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:03 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Mali Music: Tiny Desk Concert

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On a particularly muggy day this past week, Mali Music arrived at NPR's D.C. headquarters armed with only his enthusiasm (and a teensy entourage). Though the humid haze and some midday I-need-a-coffee-stat office funk hung all around him, he soldiered his way through.

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Microphone Check
2:34 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Ab-Soul: 'It's A Lot'

Ab-Soul.
Courtesy of Top Dawg Entertainment

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:35 pm

Ab-Soul, the most philosophical member of the by now vaunted Top Dawg Entertainment, met Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley in Los Angeles two weeks before the release of his latest album, called These Days ... After only one listen to the album, the three of them had a conversation about Ab's high expectations of his audience and what he's trying to make for them.

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The Record
11:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Darkness Comes Alive: The Paradox Of Lana Del Rey

Elizabeth Grant, better known by her stage name, Lana Del Rey.
Neil Krug Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:41 am

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The Thistle & Shamrock
4:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: On The Road

Karine Polwart appears on this week's show.
Eamonn McGoldrick Courtesy of the artist

Today's working musicians offer us contemporary verses to reflect traveling artists' lifestyles, continuing a long-established tradition of celebrating itinerant work ways in song. This week's show features music from Christy Moore, Ossian, Karine Polwart and more.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."
JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:11 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:38 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Rodney Crowell: Tiny Desk Concert

Rodney Crowell performs at a Tiny Desk in May 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:54 am

Rodney Crowell performs with the ease and swagger of a man comfortable in his ways. He carries his songs the way he carries his old guitar: out in the open, no case, almost as an extension of his body.

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The Record
2:03 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Who Can I Be Now? How David Bowie Spent 1974

David Bowie in September of 1974 onstage in Los Angeles.
Terry O'Neill Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 11:58 am

To say that 1974 was a year of change and challenge for David Bowie and his fans is an understatement as extreme as the lurid outfits he'd worn as his just-abandoned alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. The incubator for the evolution was Bowie's U.S. tour that year, which began in Montreal on June 14 — 40 years ago this weekend.

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The Record
11:30 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Casey Kasem, An Iconic Voice Of American Radio

Casey Kasem, in 1975.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 12:56 pm

Casey Kasem, the countdown king of music radio and the voice of Scooby-Doo's Shaggy, has died at 82, his publicist confirmed Sunday.

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A Blog Supreme
8:03 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Rhythm Runs In The Family: Drummers On Their Dads

Percussionist Pete Escovedo and his daughter Sheila E. perform together in Rome in 2013.
Jun Sato WireImage

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 4:35 am

When you read enough about the early lives of jazz musicians, you begin to spot a trend. A lot of artists caught the music bug from their parents.

With instruments and musicians around the house, it's easy for kids to grow curious about playing. But that's not nearly the whole story. Sometimes parents are the first teachers. Other times, parental guidance doesn't fully kick in until much later.

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