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Microphone Check
4:19 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Dante Ross: 'We Wanted Our Own Universe'

Dante Ross at an Anthony Hamilton performance in New York City in 2006.
Ray Tamarra Getty Images

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Michel Martin, Going There
3:19 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Carlos Santana: 'I Am A Reflection Of Your Light'

Carlos Santana visits NPR for an interview about his new memoir The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 6:10 am

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Carlos Santana has won 10 Grammys and sold more than 100 million records. He has become one of the world's most celebrated musicians, a destiny that was difficult to imagine during his childhood in a small Mexican town. His father, also a musician, was Santana's first teacher, but he really learned his craft playing on the street and in strip clubs in Tijuana.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
2:01 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Tales For All Hallow's Eve

The Whistlebinkies.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 4:06 pm

Hear music for the season and spine-chilling Scottish tales, narrated by host Fiona Ritchie.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:38 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Sun Ra Arkestra: Tiny Desk Concert

Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra perform at the Tiny Desk.
Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 11:48 am

Sun Ra was a big-band innovator, a pioneer of recording and playing with electronics, a poet, a cosmic philosopher, a bandleader and a keyboard innovator who claimed to be from Saturn. Herman Poole Blount would have turned 100 in 2014 had he not left us more than 20 years ago. But his spirit lives on, and so does his long-running band.

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The Record
3:03 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Many New Voices Of Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has called her fifth album, 1989, her "very first documented, official pop album."
Courtesy of Big Machine Records

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 7:27 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:36 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Banks: Tiny Desk Concert

James Clark NPR

Tiny Desk Concerts often require creative and logistical transformations, from electric bands going acoustic to big bands squashing into a tiny space to many players gathering around a single microphone. But the setting is particularly challenging for vocalists, especially those accustomed to heavy production, effects or — in the case of recent guest T-Pain — generous dollops of Auto-Tune.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:36 am
Wed October 29, 2014

T-Pain: Tiny Desk Concert

Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 4:06 pm

T-Pain's fingerprints are all over pop and R&B and hip-hop. He wasn't the first musician to use Auto-Tune as an instrument — he noticed it on a Jennifer Lopez remix, and remembers "Deep" well — but it was, as he says, his style. For a while, in the mid-2000s, he lived at the top of the charts. He dominated that brief moment of our lives when ringtones were a thing.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Danish String Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR Starff

An abundance of facial hair is not restricted to the sensitive male indie-rocker set. Three of the four players in the Danish String Quartet could easily pass for hipster Brooklyn beard farmers. "We are simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard," the group's website says.

Yet what's really important about the ensemble is how they play — and judging from this performance behind Bob Boilen's desk, these Nordic lads possess warmth, wit, a beautiful tone and technical prowess second to none.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
4:26 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: New Fall Sounds 2

Crooked Still.
Courtesy of the artist

Join Thistle & Shamrock host Fiona Ritchie as she explores the latest batch of releases, showcasing what's new from established artists and emerging talent alike.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:58 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Great Danes: Three Symphonic Albums By Danish Composers

A 1931 portrait of Danish composer Carl Nielsen by Sigurd Swane. Nielsen's symphonies are still undervalued.
Alfredo Dagli Orti The Art Arc

Denmark may be small — smaller than West Virginia — but its musical impact is disproportionately big. Since the late 19th century, some of the best symphonists have hailed from the Scandinavian country, and though they may not be household names in the U.S., their works have influence far beyond their homeland.

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