Music

Deceptive Cadence
10:58 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Sweatin' To The (Really) Oldies

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:22 pm

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Favorite Sessions
4:42 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: A Man With A Plan

Will Oldham performs on KEXP.
Jim Beckmann KEXP

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:36 pm

I rarely feel nervous before in-studio performances, but the June visit to KEXP by Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, was an exception. Since emerging in his various "Palace" incarnations in the early 1990s, Oldham has been responsible for a dauntingly huge, rich, influential catalog of music. Yet Oldham acted so utterly at-home in our studio that I immediately relaxed and got lost in his playing.

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World Cafe: Latin Roots
3:53 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Latin Roots: More To Mariachi Than You Think

Rana Santacruz.
Adam Cohen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 11:53 am

Chicago-based music journalist Catalina Maria Johnson curates this 14th installment of World Cafe's "Latin Roots" music series. The bilingual and bicultural journalist is of half-Swedish and half-Mexican descent, and grew up in two different cities with the name St. Louis — one in Missouri, and the other, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. She writes in Spanish and English for publications such as HOY, Revista Contratiempo, Gozamos and Nat Geo Music.

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World Cafe
3:45 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Mariachi El Bronx On World Cafe

Mariachi El Bronx.
Courtesy of Ashley Maile

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 3:54 pm

Los Angeles-based Mariachi El Bronx started out as a punk band called The Bronx, but that was before its members discovered a collective love for Mexican folk music. The group fell hard for mariachi, and when faced with playing an acoustic punk rock set for a TV show, they decided to fully embrace that new direction and start a Mexican-flavored side project.

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A Blog Supreme
2:55 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Back Home With Canada's Greatest Living Jazz Musician

Oliver Jones.
Michael Slobodian

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:15 pm

A week ago, Oliver Jones — the greatest living jazz musician in Canada — played his hometown Montreal International Jazz Festival, one of the world's largest. "Oliver Jones Plays Oliver Jones," read the bill. It was the first time, he said in a conversation earlier last week, that the pianist, now 77, would be playing strictly his own tunes for an entire set.

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JazzSet
12:56 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Trio Da Paz On JazzSet

Rez Abbasi performs at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:39 am

We're in a guitar world, from Pakistan to Brazil and from steel strings to nylon, as the Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet and Trio da Paz play in turn at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:16 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Get Out And Hear Music: Classical Summer Festivals 2012

Music and food mix well on the lawn of the Ravinia Festival outside Chicago. This year's edition runs through Sept. 9.
Ravinia Festival

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 5:17 pm

With the July Fourth holiday behind us, now is the time to map out a musical adventure. Below is a sampling of just a few of the dozens of summer classical music festivals around the country, grouped by region. From outdoor extravaganzas and picturesque locales to intimate indoor settings, live music thrives in the summertime. Been to a good summer fest not listed here? Tell us all about it.

EAST

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:11 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Laura Marling: Tiny Desk Concert

Nick Michael NPR

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 12:43 pm

When Tom Jones performed at the NPR Music offices in 2009, it felt like an exercise in cruelty: His Tiny Desk Concert took a larger-than-life icon, a superstar for whom intimacy is implied but impossible on a huge stage, and shrunk him to where every bead of sweat could be seen. Young English folksinger Laura Marling, on the other hand, lives for that sort of intimacy.

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Music Interviews
11:03 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Fresh Air Celebrates Woody Guthrie At 100

Woody Guthrie
Smithsonian Folkways

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 11:52 am

Lots of people know Woody Guthrie's classic 1940 ballad "This Land Is Your Land," but the story behind the tune may not be as familiar.

Guthrie, who would have turned 100 this week, wrote "This Land" as a response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," a song he felt was overly patriotic and not directed at ordinary Americans like himself.

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Music Interviews
4:01 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

At 100, Woody Guthrie Still Resonates

July 14, 2012, is the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth.
Al Aumuller Courtesy of the Woody Guthrie Archives

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 10:16 am

Woody Guthrie would have been 100 years old on Saturday. The singer and songwriter wrote "This Land Is Your Land," among thousands of other songs.

Even though Guthrie died almost 45 years ago, his lyrics and message continue to appeal to new generations of Americans.

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