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Deceptive Cadence
8:29 am
Wed July 16, 2014

How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game

Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, with conductor Zubin Mehta.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 1:00 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:02 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Holly Williams: Tiny Desk Concert

Holly Williams performs a Tiny Desk Concert.

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 2:56 pm

Truth be told, Holly Williams brought me and many of my hardened colleagues to tears. The singer-songwriter has a magnificent way with words and phrasing, not to mention a country-music lineage that fills her with pride and guides her poignancy and subject matter.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sun July 13, 2014

John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert

John Grant performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Alex Schelldorf NPR

John Grant's songs don't mess around: The music isn't complicated, while the lyrics function as darts of retort and thought. His album Pale Green Ghosts is decorated with synthesizers, his voice often drenched in reverb; those tools and textures help make the record strong and everlasting.

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A Blog Supreme
5:59 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Remembering Jazz Legend Charlie Haden, Who Crafted His Voice In Bass

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 9:39 pm

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The Record
10:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

All The Rage

York Factory Complaint's Ryan Martin (left) and vocalist Michael Berdan.
Gillian Bowling Courtesy of the artist

Are you fed up with viral marketing, hype cycles and the 24/7 onslaught of social media? Are you resisting the urge to stop worrying and love the photobomb? Are you of two minds on the hive mind? Then you have a kindred spirit in York Factory Complaint, the Brooklyn duo of Ryan Martin and Michael Berdan. The two underground music stalwarts aren't shy about their frustration with society's trajectory, and their conviction is infectious, even inspirational, on the forthcoming album Lost In The Spectacle, one of 2014's best extreme records.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
4:06 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Family Gathering

Mary Ann Kennedy is featured on this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

Mary Ann Kennedy joins host Fiona Ritchie to introduce her family's album and book project, titled Fonn — a Gaelic word meaning both "land" and "melody." Along the way, Kennedy reveals the essence of rural community life that's reflected in songs of work, worship, land, sea and love.

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Music Articles
3:36 am
Tue July 8, 2014

A Reluctant Star, Sia Deals With Fame On Her Own Terms

After becoming the kind of star she never wanted to be, Australian pop singer Sia is refusing to show her face.
PRETTYPUKE Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

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Music Articles
4:19 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Billy Eckstine: A Crooner Who Crossed Barriers

Mobbed by teenage girls wherever he went, Billy Eckstine at one time rivaled Frank Sinatra's popularity.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 7:56 pm

Billy Eckstine was smooth as silk. He was tall and handsome, sported a pencil-thin mustache and sang in a distinctive baritone.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:03 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Moon Hooch: Tiny Desk Concert

Moon Hooch performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Alex Schelldorf NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 1:34 pm

People ask me all the time to name my favorite Tiny Desk Concert. It's my desk and I've seen almost all of the nearly 400 concerts up close. So you'd think this would be easy. Moon Hooch have made it a lot easier.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:41 am
Sat July 5, 2014

The Foreign Exchange: Tiny Desk Concert

The Foreign Exchange performs at the Tiny Desk in May 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 9:25 am

While on a world tour to support their fourth album, Love in Flying Colors, The Foreign Exchange stopped by the Tiny Desk to rev up a Friday afternoon. I've followed Phonte Coleman and Nicolay in their 10 years as a band — and it's evident their writing and production are honest and downright pungent at times. But when it's time to perform, it's all about fun.

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