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2:03 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Sam Amidon: Reshaping An American Folk Tradition

Sam Amidon's new album is titled Bright Sunny South.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 9:55 am

Shape-note singing is a communal form of music that began in New England 200 years ago, mostly from townsfolk without any musical training. It's music that surrounded folk singer Sam Amidon during his childhood in Vermont.

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Music Interviews
4:47 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Daft Punk On 'The Soul That A Musician Can Bring'

In spite of the robotic persona they've cultivated for years, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo elected to make the latest Daft Punk album in a real studio, with real musicians.
David Black Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 12:00 pm

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A Blog Supreme
4:17 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Woody Herman At 100: 'A Blues Player From His Heart'

Woody Herman in 1946.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress/Flickr

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:19 pm

Woody Herman was one of the premier bandleaders in jazz, saxophonist Joe Lovano says.

"He didn't have the same chops and virtuosic approach like Benny Goodman or Artie Shaw, but he told a deep story," says Lovano, who played with Herman early in his career. "He was a blues player from his heart, and really had a beautiful voice on alto saxophone."

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Deceptive Cadence
2:31 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Andris Nelsons Named Music Director Of The Boston Symphony

Conductor Andris Nelsons, the newest music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Marco Borggreve courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Thursday morning, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced that conductor Andris Nelsons is being appointed as its music director. The selection puts an end to the uncertainty that has cast a long shadow over the celebrated orchestra in recent years.

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The Record
4:47 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Google Launches A Streaming Music Service

Chris Yerga, engineering director for Android at Google Inc., speaks at the company's I/O Annual Developers Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.
David Paul Morris Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 6:19 pm

The competition for your ears — and dollars — just got a little tougher. On Wednesday, Google launched a paid music subscription service that will put it in direct competition with other streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. The announcement may just be the beginning for Google.

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Music Interviews
3:09 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Laura Mvula's Velvet 'Moon' Is A Revelation

Laura Mvula's debut is ambitiously confident, as if she and her band had perfected their sound years ago.
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Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 9:33 am

The very first notes on Laura Mvula's new album feel like a powerful invocation. You're not sure for what, but the moment is awesome — with an emphasis on awe.

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Thistle and Shamrock
3:03 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: Miles Of Isles

From the Northern Isles of Shetland and Orkney, to the Hebrides, the Isle of Man and Rathlin Island off the northern Irish coast, this week's diverse choice of music is insular only in the geographical sense.

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The Record
2:39 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

The Canadian Astronaut's Accompanist

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. The video of Commander Hadfield's performance of David Bowie's song "Space Oddity" has been viewed more than 11 million times since it was posted to YouTube.
YouTube

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 9:26 am

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Music Reviews
3:16 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Aesop Rock And Kimya Dawson Showcase Their Strengths

The Uncluded features Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson.
Chrissy Piper Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 9:16 pm

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The Record
3:11 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Robots In Ecstasy: Daft Punk's 'Memories' Embraces The Pleasure Principle

On May 21, Daft Punk will release Random Access Memories, the duo's first album since 2005.
David Black Courtesy of the artist

"Give life back to music," coo the robots on the first track of Daft Punk's new album, Random Access Memories, which showed up yesterday on iTunes after a long period of near-hysterical anticipation and advance marketing. Does the veteran Parisian dance music duo succeed in doing this on its first album in eight years?

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