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3:21 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Back In The Studio, Neko Case Recovers 'That Fire'

Neko Case has been recording her latest album at WaveLab Studio in Tucson, Ariz.
Jason Creps Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 10:34 am

Over the past year, Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep has been following the progress of singer-songwriter Neko Case as she works on a follow-up to her 2009 album Middle Cyclone. Inskeep spoke with Case last spring, right after an 18-day recording session in Tucson, Ariz. During that first installment, Case said she was struggling to get a feel for the songs she'd written.

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Music Interviews
8:04 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Bridging Arabic And Western Music With An Unusual Instrument

Classically trained Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valved trumpet, an innovation he credits to his famous father.
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Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 3:25 pm

Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valve trumpet — most just have three. The extra valve, attached to the button a trumpeter pushes down, allows the Lebanese musician to play quarter-tones — the notes between notes that characterize Arabic "makams."

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The Record
4:18 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Phil Ramone, A Record Producer Who Made Simplicity Sound Sublime, Dies

Phil Ramone in New York in 1997.
Ken Weingart Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 5:17 pm

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Music Interviews
12:33 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

In South Africa, A Reggae Legacy Lives On

Nkulee Dube's debut album is titled My Way.
Robert Tlapu Courtesy of the artist

It's Thursday night in downtown Johannesburg and some 500 people are packed into Bassline, a warehouse-like club in a hipster-friendly neighborhood. They're here for South Africa's longest-running sound system, or crew of reggae DJs. But tonight they get something extra: a young woman sporting dreadlocks and an army cap gets on the mic to freestyle.

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The Record
11:55 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Remembering Paul Williams, Founder Of Rock Magazine 'Crawdaddy!'

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 12:16 pm

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Music News
6:11 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Jace Clayton Revives A Forgotten Voice From New York's Vanguard

Musician Jace Clayton, who also performs under the name DJ /rupture, says he fell in love with the work of little-known composer Julius Eastman.
Rocio Rodriguez Salceda Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:37 pm

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A Blog Supreme
2:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

The Women In Charge Of The Band

Mary Lou Williams performs at the Cafe Society in New York in 1947.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 2:54 pm

The narrative of jazz history often credits the music as a powerful, progressive force for racial integration in American culture. But what about gender equality? On that score, jazz in its first few decades would have to be given a less than stellar grade.

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All Songs Considered
6:17 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

10 Great Album Art Fake-Outs

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Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 12:54 pm

This week, the Strokes put out the new album Comedown Machine, the band's fifth collection of wiry, tightly-produced throwback rock.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:17 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The Good Friday 5: Musical Passion Stories You Must Hear

This 1653 engraving by Rembrandt inspired composer Frank Martin to write his oratorio Golgotha in 1945.
Wikimedia Commons

For Christians around the world, this week, leading up to Easter Sunday, is one of the most meaningful in the religious calendar. The dramatic story of Jesus' final days, as related in the four Gospels of the New Testament, has been meaningful for composers, too, and a rich source for many musical settings of the Passion story. J.S. Bach is still the benchmark when it comes to composing Passions. His St.

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The Record
3:42 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Many Sounds Of 1993 Bay Area Rap

A still from the video for E-40's 1993 song "Practice Looking Hard," in which rappers like The Coup's Boots Riley (second from right) and Tupac (not pictured) also appeared.
Couresy of Zomba Recording

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 8:27 pm

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