Music

Mountain Stage
3:49 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Jill Sobule On Mountain Stage

Jill Sobule.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Jill Sobule returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live on West Virginia's State Capitol grounds. Since first breaking through with "I Kissed A Girl" in the mid-'90s, Sobule has maintained a loyal following. In 2009, she made news for helping pioneer the concept of fan-funded projects, raising $75,000 from 500 fans to produce, record and promote her album California Years.

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Music Interviews
2:50 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Innovator Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman performs at the Skopje Jazz Festival in 2006.
Robert Atanasovski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 3:10 pm

Ornette Coleman died Thursday, at the age of 85. Listen to a pair of conversations with the saxophonist and composer, as well as interviews with members of his quartet — Don Cherry and Charlie Haden — and his son, Denardo Coleman.

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Music
2:49 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Helen Forrest on Big Band Saturday Night

Wikipedia

Most consider her THE "Girl Singer" of the swing era and beyond.

This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night, Helen Forrest will take the spotlight!

Her years with Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Harry James as well as on her own much later in her long career. Join at 8 o'clock on 89.5.

All Songs Considered
12:33 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

All Songs At 15: Beirut's Long, Dusty Road To The Tiny Desk

Tucker Walsh NPR

Thursdays this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a story about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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A Blog Supreme
9:40 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Ornette Coleman, Jazz Iconoclast, Dies At 85

Ornette Coleman performs during the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2010.
Peter Van Breukelen Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 7:33 am

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Deceptive Cadence
5:30 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Michael Giacchino On Coming Home To Write Music For 'Jurassic World'

Michael Giacchino (left), pictured with director Colin Trevorrow, composed the music for this summer's Jurassic Park, the latest score in a prolific, blockbuster career.
Maria Giacchino

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 8:02 pm

If you see any blockbuster films this summer, chances are you'll hear Michael Giacchino's music.

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Mountain Stage
12:56 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Joe Pug On Mountain Stage

Joe Pug (left) and Matt Schuessler.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Singer-songwriter Joe Pug appears for the fourth time on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Pug took a non-traditional path to success in music: He left the University of North Carolina's playwright program for Chicago in his senior year to pursue songwriting full-time.

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Mountain Stage
11:00 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Pokey LaFarge On Mountain Stage

Pokey LaFarge.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Pokey LaFarge makes his second visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the West Virginia State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The St. Louis singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist incorporates elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues and Western swing into his own original brand of Americana.

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World Cafe
10:46 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear On World Cafe

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear.
Jeremy Zimmerman WXPN

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 2:55 pm

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All Songs TV
10:24 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Myriam Gendron, 'Solace'

A still from Myriam Gendron's "Solace."
Courtesy of the artist

One of 2014's quiet surprises was Not So Deep As A Well, in which Montreal's Myriam Gendron set Dorothy Parker's poetry to little more than an acoustic guitar and a wry, wistful voice. Just when you think Parker's words have worn away Gendron, the singer twists or repeats a phrase in a way that unexpectedly cuts deeper, or even skews absurd.

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