Music Reviews
4:11 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Re-Compositions, Not Covers: Sam Amidon's Personal Folk Collages

Sam Amidon's new album is titled Lily-O.
Piper Ferguson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 5:23 pm

Sam Amidon knows how to juice the drama out of a folk song. His version of the old murder ballad "Lily-O" — from which his new album, Lily-O, gets its name — begins with a solo voice, but by the time the story reaches its bloody climax, the music has swelled with jangling drones and a roar of electric guitar.

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World Cafe
2:50 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

World Cafe Next: Jungle Fire

Jungle Fire.
Duran Castro Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 3:08 pm

Jungle Fire keeps listeners on the dance floor. Like War or the British band Cymande back in the day, the L.A. group fuses Latin rhythms with funk, Afrobeat and jazz to produce an incendiary effect. The band's full-length debut, Tropicoso, came out earlier this year. Hear and download two songs from that album on today's episode of World Cafe: Next.

Mountain Stage
1:56 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

David Lindley On Mountain Stage

David Lindley.
Mountain Stage

David Lindley makes his seventh visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. One of music's most in-demand and widely respected multi-instrumentalists, Lindley first came to the attention of a greater audience while working as an accompanist for Jackson Browne; he plays the incendiary lap steel in the classic "Running On Empty." With a repertoire that mixes and matches instruments and influences, Lindley combines American folk, blues and bluegrass with African, Arabic, Asian and Celtic musical traditions.

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Favorite Sessions
12:13 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

KEXP Presents: Ásgeir

Ásgeir performs live in the KEXP studio.
Morgen Schuler KEXP

It'll take a little practice, but you'll likely find yourself saying the name Ásgeir like a true Icelander soon enough. When we started playing the young singer-songwriter's music two years ago, we knew his ethereal falsetto and captivating songs would catch on, even though his lyrics were sung completely in Icelandic at the time.

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4:41 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Amid Hunger And Cold, An Unforgettable Symphony Premiere

Citizens of Leningrad collect water from a broken main in the winter of 1942, during a blockade of the Russian city by Nazis.

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 11:30 am

In early 1941, Dmitri Shostakovich was nervous. He was one of Soviet Russia's most brilliant composers, but he had fallen out of favor with the ruthless dictator Joseph Stalin.

He'd been forced to denounce several of his own pieces of music, and some of his friends and family had been imprisoned or killed. He knew the same thing could happen to him.

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Music Interviews
4:27 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Reconnecting The Circuit Of Puerto Rican Identity Through Music

Miguel Zenón's new album is titled Identities Are Changeable.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 2:50 pm

New Yorkers of Puerto Rican descent are a diverse group. Some were born in Puerto Rico, some have never set foot on the island, and everyone else falls somewhere between.

But they do share a special identity, calling themselves "Nuyoricans." And when you look over the long list of notable Nuyoricans — everyone from Supreme Court Justice Sandra Sotomayor to Jennifer Lopez — it's kind of amazing how much they've contributed to American culture.

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Music Lists
4:02 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

'Global Village' Goes To Mexico: 4 Songs That Fuse Style And Tradition

Oaxacan band Pasatono Orquesta's new album, Maroma, is inspired by the traveling circus of the same name that focuses on the performance of a clown.
Daniel Robles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 5:24 pm

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Music Interviews
4:21 am
Sat November 1, 2014

'It's A Bit Of A Gift': Yusuf Islam On His Break And Return To Music

Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has a new album out titled Tell 'Em I'm Gone.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 2:06 pm

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
4:19 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

On the Next Edition of All This Jazz: Embracing the Blues

Hope you can join us for the next All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm on Saturday the 1st, right here on Public Radio 89.5...and online via live stream at (We'll also offer, as always, a 7pm re-broadcast of ATJ on Sunday the 2nd on Jazz 89.5-2, which is Public Radio Tulsa's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

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Song Travels
12:56 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Leftover Cuties On 'Song Travels'

Leftover Cuties.
Courtesy of the artist

The Los Angeles noir-pop band Leftover Cuties has a sound that's both retro and refreshing.

On this episode of Song Travels, host Michael Feinstein talks with Shirli McAllen, Leftover Cuties' lead singer and ukulele player. Here, the band performs a set of originals from The Spark And The Fire, along with its unique interpretation of "You Are My Sunshine."

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