Music

Deceptive Cadence
1:11 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The 2012 Classical Olympians Puzzler

Some characters in classical music have Olympian athletic abilities.
Julia Vynokurova Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 1:52 pm

The grumbling of Londoners and the off-putting remarks of Mitt Romney are all but forgotten now as the 2012 Summer Olympics are in spectacular full swing. From here on out the race for the gold continues.

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The Mix
11:54 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Newport Jazz 2012: The Preview Mix

A view of the crowd and harbor from Fort Adams at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 9:52 am

The experience of going to the Newport Jazz Festival actually starts before you get there. The community of Newport sits at the tip of Rhode Island's Aquidneck Island — the exact festival location even more so — which means you're going to need to cross a big bridge or hop a boat. You'll probably pass through the old resort community of Newport, and by its massive oceanside mansions. It'll be about 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with a stabilizing ocean breeze. And then there's the music.

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A Blog Supreme
10:24 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Hear All The Artists Appearing At The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

Fans at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 3:21 pm

We took recordings from all the bandleaders at the Newport Jazz Festival this year and put them all in a 24/7 streaming channel. Mostly the actual bands at Newport 2012, with some classics mixed in for spice. Have a listen?

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Newport Folk Festival
9:34 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Spirit Family Reunion, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 1:39 pm

The last band to open for Levon Helm before his death earlier this year, Brooklyn's Spirit Family Reunion crafts a sweetly ramshackle Americana sound that's part secular gospel revival, part folk ramble.

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Music Interviews
4:58 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Spirit Family Reunion: Music For Church Basements

Spirit Family Reunion performs at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Tom Bullock NPR

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 3:24 pm

It's summer. It's hot. And that means it's time for a particular kind of music: the kind that streams from church basements and empty lots, raising your spirit as high as the mercury. It's revival season.

Spirit Family Reunion isn't from Appalachia or the plains; the band is from Brooklyn. Its music, though clearly Americana-based, casts a wide enough net to elude classification.

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Newport Folk Festival
4:28 pm
Sat July 28, 2012

First Aid Kit, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Erik Jacobs Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 3:12 pm

The young Swedish sisters in First Aid Kit got their break when their cover of Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" became a gigantic hit on YouTube, attracting three million views and many comparisons to, well, Fleet Foxes.

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Music
3:12 pm
Sat July 28, 2012

Across Latin America, Making Cumbia Modern

Uruguayan musician and producer Juan Campodónico records as Campo.
Matilde Campodónico Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 8:21 am

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Piano Jazz
6:25 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Radio Legend Studs Terkel On Piano Jazz

In addition to interviewing people around America for his radio program on WFMT, Studs Terkel was also a noted jazz historian.
Steve Kagan Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 9:03 am

Though he's remembered for his intense interest in the lives of everyday folks, the Pulitzer Prize winning author and Chicago radio legend Studs Terkel was also a great lover of music, and especially jazz. His first book, Giants of Jazz, featured literary portraits of the likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

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Live Fridays From XPN
3:12 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

The Tallest Man On Earth In Concert

Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man On Earth performs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Melody Chiang WXPN

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 3:12 pm

Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson is the epitome of a modern-day troubadour. Known for his crooning voice and acoustic folk tunes, Matsson recently released his fourth full-length album under the name The Tallest Man on Earth, entitled There's No Leaving Now.

However simple his formula may seem, The Tallest Man on Earth is much more than just a man with a guitar. His intricate fingerpicking, thoughtful lyrics and big voice give his work great height — and help him live up to his stage name.

Set List

  • To Just Grow Away
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World Cafe
2:46 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Joe Jackson On World Cafe

Joe Jackson.
Courtesy of the artist

Joe Jackson is well known as the writer of the 1979 hit "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" and for his biggest single, "Steppin' Out." Jackson — who grew up in Portsmouth, England and attended the Royal Academy of Music — has also had five Grammy nominations over his illustrious four-decade career.

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