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The Thistle & Shamrock
7:36 am
Mon October 6, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Irish Pairs

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill.
Erin Baiano Courtesy of the artist

Few musical sounds make a more honest and direct statement than duos in the Irish tradition. Enjoy them combining their voices, guitars, fiddles, flutes and more acoustic instruments.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

Even if you've never been to a jazz concert in your life, it's likely that you've heard Ryan Keberle play trombone. He's toured with Sufjan Stevens, backed up pop stars like Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake, recorded for a Woody Allen film, played in Broadway pits and directed music for a church in Manhattan. Left to his own devices, though, Keberle likes to put himself into improvising situations.

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The Record
2:34 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Outkast And Atlanta: Until They Close The Curtain

Two dope boys on a Cadillac: Andre 3000 and Big Boi in the early days.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 12:37 pm

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Music Articles
4:57 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Latitudes: 50 Years Of Nonesuch, 10 Essential Recordings

Senegalese superstar singer Youssou N'Dour performs in Lagos, Nigeria in 2009.
Pius Utomi Ekpei AFP/Getty Images

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:54 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Bio Ritmo: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

Latino migration in the U.S. has placed people of Afro-Caribbean heritage all over the country. Bio Ritmo's heritage leads directly back to that migration — and to the sound of Fania Records, which fueled Latin dance music's transition from the big-band mambos of the 1950s to the cutting-edge sounds of 1970s New York.

Bio Ritmo moves salsa music even further through stellar musicianship: crisp horn charts; a powerful rhythm section of timbales, congas and bongos; and a piano/bass combo that reminds me of the best groove masters in salsa and Latin jazz.

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Microphone Check
8:03 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Andre 3000: 'You Can Do Anything From Atlanta'

Andre Benjamin during a Q&A at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles following a screening of Jimi: All Is By My Side last weekend.
Justin Baker WireImage

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The Record
11:17 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Roots, Plugged In

Jonah Tolchin performs at Grimey's in Nashville during the Americana Music Festival on Sept. 20.
Erika Goldring Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 11:10 am

When I put Jonah Tolchin's performance at Third Man Records on my schedule for Americana Fest, the annual gathering of roots-minded musicians that took over Nashville last week, I thought I was going to see a young artist playing old-timey music. Earlier this year, the 22-year-old New Jerseyite released an album, Clover Lane, that gently ranges from countryish ballads to uptempo numbers with a country blues feel.

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The Record
9:46 am
Tue September 23, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Is PC Music Pop Or Is It 'Pop'?

The new collaboration between PC Music's A.G. Cook and affiliated producer SOPHIE is a combination singer and energy drink (neither of which might actually exist) called QT. Seriously.
YouTube

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 1:04 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:57 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Tweedy: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Tweedy on September 8, 2014.
Nick Michael NPR

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 9:08 pm

There's something heartwarming about a family making music together. I'm especially sentimental when I see a father with a son, because my son and I made music in contra dance bands and Irish sessions as he grew up.

Years ago, while interviewing Jeff Tweedy before a Wilco concert, I asked him if he'd made music with his kids. He told me about going to his son Spencer's preschool class and writing a tune with all the kids; "Monkey Mess" was their final creation.

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All Songs Considered
11:31 am
Sat September 20, 2014

The Good Listener: Saying No To 'Songstress' And Other Forbidden Words

Sarah McLachlan gets called a "songstress" a lot. Translation: "Look everyone, a lady is singing a song!"
Courtesy of the artist

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the unsolicited phone books we toss straight into the recycling bin is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on words we'd prefer never to hear associated with music.

Eleanor writes via email: "You've tweeted about your hatred of the word 'songstress.' Writing about music is tricky, but what words do you think should ALWAYS be avoided, and why?"

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