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

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
courtesy of the artist

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.
Courtesy of the artist

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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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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Deceptive Cadence
2:40 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Meet Your New Piano Idol: Behzod Abduraimov

Behzod Abduraimov.
Benjamin Ealovega

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 6:03 pm

There's a new superstar pianist on the horizon: Behzod Abduraimov. Haven't heard of him yet? That's not surprising — at just 21, this native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan has kept a very low profile so far. He's spent the past five years in the U.S., but not at a big-name school like the Curtis Institute (like Lang Lang or Yuja Wang, for example) or at Juilliard, where he was accepted as a student. Instead, he went to study with Stanislav Ioudenitch Park University in Salt Lake City Parkville, Missouri, where he's still enrolled.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:55 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Cass McCombs' 'Bradley Manning': A Song Of Support For A Soldier On Trial

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 1:05 pm

It's been nearly two years since soldier Bradley Manning was arrested under suspicion of obtaining and distributing classified military documents to WikiLeaks. The 24-year old Oklahoma native now faces 22 different charges, including aiding the enemy — a charge that, if he is found guilty, would result in possible life imprisonment.

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The Record
11:18 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Philip Glass, 'Icon' Of The Avant-Garde

Images of composer Philip Glass from the cover of the Icon issue of The Fader.
Courtesy of The Fader

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 2:37 pm

As a general rule, if it's in The Fader, it's new. There's a good chance that you've never heard of many of the musicians who fill the magazine, which is based in New York and flaunts that city's bustling diversity and also its celebration of the cutting edge. But part of that celebration, every year, is the magazine's Icon issue, which takes a step back from the relentless forward motion to anoint an influential, already-celebrated figure.

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