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World Cafe
4:18 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Latin Roots: The Political Beginnings Of Latin Rock

El Chicano.
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On today's episode of Latin Roots, NPR's Felix Contreras returns to discuss the Latin Alternative music of the 1970s. Contreras is a connoisseur of Latin music who hosts NPR's Alt.Latino, reports on jazz, world music and Latin culture for NPR's Arts Desk, and plays in several Latin and jazz bands. Here, Contreras describes how politics in the 1970s influenced Latin music of the era.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:15 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

You've Never Heard Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew'!?

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Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 11:57 am

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:50 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Nathan Salsburg: Tiny Desk Concert

Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 3:26 pm

Here's what's surprising about guitarist Nathan Salsburg: He writes passionate instrumental tales about racehorses and turns them into accessibly eclectic tunes. With a brilliant debut album (Affirmed) full of intricate and melodic fingerpicking, Salsburg is likely to become one of those names we all associate with American folk guitar.

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JazzSet
1:13 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Moshier-Lebrun Collective Presents 'Touch And Go' On JazzSet

The Moshier-Lebrun Collective performs at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase.
Courtesy of the Moshier-Lebrun Collective

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 3:29 pm

  • Download 'Touch And Go: The Studs Terkel Project' By The Moshier-Lebrun Collective

This year, Chicago is celebrating the Studs Terkel centenary — the life and work of the actor, radio host, author, historian and, in the words of the Chicago Historical Society, "ennobler of his fellow man." There will be a re-dedication of the Studs Terkel Bridge, a 100th birthday party at the Newberry Library, a museum exhibit, readings and a film and video festival.

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Alt.Latino: The Show
1:15 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

The Truth About Cinco De Mayo

La Santa Cecilia
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Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 1:06 pm

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Music Videos
1:03 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

The Lumineers: Heartfelt Energy And Musical Grace

The Lumineers explore the KEXP studio.
Morgen Schuler KEXP

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:12 am

A lot of artists come into the KEXP studios on their way to stardom, and you count yourself lucky and excited to be a part of an inspired performance. The best sessions, though, happen just as a band is taking off — and on its record-release day, no less — and you know it's going to break through.

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Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Alfredo Rodriguez: 21st-Century Chamber Music

Underneath the firepower in Alfredo Rodriguez's "Fog" lies the work of a remarkable composer.
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Like many musicians who've come through Cuba's music conservatory, 26-year-old pianist Alfredo Rodríguez displays ferocious virtuosity on his splendid debut, Sounds of Space. Underneath all the firepower, though, lies a remarkable composer who knows how to pull back from the razzle-dazzle and play a piece that's more memorable for its melody and arrangement than for his awe-inspiring technique.

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Music
2:28 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Marcel Khalife: The Bob Dylan Of The Arab World

Marcel Khalife is a Middle Eastern musical and political icon.
Driss Ben Malek Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 7:03 am

The Lebanese classical musician and composer Marcel Khalife is often compared to Bob Dylan — not for his music, but for his politics. The Middle Eastern musical and political icon sings about freedom and nationalism.

Khalife is famous for translating poetry into music. For years, he collaborated with the nationalist Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

"It began when I graduated from the music conservatory in Beirut. The civil war started in Lebanon — I wanted to change the world with music," says Khalife.

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World Cafe
4:18 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Simone Felice On World Cafe

Simone Felice's self-titled solo debut came out in April.
John Huba

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 8:44 am

Simone Felice translates tragedies and miracles into Americana stories and songs.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:58 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Old Music Tuesday: Vic Chesnutt's 'Aunt Avis'

Jem Cohen

I haven't been able to listen to Vic Chesnutt's music much since he took his own life on Christmas Day, 2009. It's just been too heartbreaking. But on a recent, chilly Spring night in D.C. I had my iPod on random and Vic's song "Aunt Avis" came up. It was one of those seemingly innocuous moments when you're off in your own little world and something hits you out of the blue.

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