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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:42 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Patty Griffin: Tiny Desk Concert

Denise DeBelius NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:25 pm

Patty Griffin has always had a gift for locating a song's nerve endings; for surveying her subject matter and identifying the most efficient possible pathways to listeners' emotions. Her warm, wise voice is comforting, inviting and relatable, even — perhaps especially — as she tackles weighty subjects like middle age and the death of a parent.

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Microphone Check
3:45 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

J. Cole On Competition And Writing Honest Songs

J. Cole performing at KMEL Summer Jam in Oakland, Calif., on June 9.
Steve Jennings Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 6:18 pm

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With J Cole

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Music News
9:06 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Waxahatchee: A Lonesome Voice, Raised In Basements

Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee relaxes in the west Philadelphia house where her second album, Cerulean Salt, was recorded.
Will Figg for NPR

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 6:13 pm

"I kind of came to everyone and was like, 'Guys. What if we call it ... Blue.' "

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The Summer of '63
4:57 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Shake, Rattle And Rally: Code Songs Spurred Activism In Birmingham

When played on the radio in 1963, songs like Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" were code to Birmingham youths, telling them to assemble.
Jan Persson Redferns

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

In 1963, civil rights activists wanted to recruit more of the city's young people to the cause. The way to their hearts was often through DJs and music. These days, Shelley "The Playboy" Stewart is the head of a major marketing firm, but in the 1950s and '60s, he was a popular DJ in Birmingham, Ala.

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Microphone Check
4:02 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Statik Selektah On Boom Bap And His Mom's Favorite Rapper

Statik Selelktah.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 11:42 am

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Statik Selektah

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The Record
5:48 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

The-Dream On Why We All Need R&B

The-Dream performing in New York City in May.
Daniel Zuchnik Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 7:53 am

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Thistle and Shamrock
2:09 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: Heading South

Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Fiona Ritchie celebrates the musical connections that captured her attention when she first traveled in the U.S. in the early 1980s by exploring the music of the Southern Mountains.

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Music Reviews
1:42 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Kanye's 'Yeezus' Packs A Bite

Kanye West at his album listening party at Milk Studios last week in New York City.
Shareif Ziyadat FilmMagic

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 6:18 pm

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Music Interviews
1:30 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Samberg, Taccone And Schaffer: Three's Not A Lonely Island

As kids, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer were all obsessed with hip-hop and TV shows like Yo! MTV Raps.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 5:09 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
9:03 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Distinctive Voices: Three Must-Hear Violin Albums

Three of today's most fascinating violinists have new albums, including Augustin Hadelich, who pairs off with Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas.
Rosalie O'Connor Avie Records

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 10:01 am

The violin, though centuries old, remains a popular yet remarkably unwieldy instrument. Just squeezing the contraption between your chin and shoulder, then raising your bow arm to the proper height, is enough to induce a pinched nerve. Yet every day countless numbers of people try to make the instrument sing.

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