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8:03 am
Thu June 12, 2014

KCRW Presents: First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit performs at the KCRW studios.
KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:54 pm

The Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit has been a KCRW mainstay since "Hard Believer," the first single from the band's debut record Big Black & The Blue a few years ago. Fast-forward two full-length albums later, and the Söderberg sisters have reenlisted the help of producer Mike Mogis for their now-signature two-part harmonies and carefully crafted Nashville pop.

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Field Recordings
12:07 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

On A Magical Mystery Tour With Hassan Hakmoun

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:19 am

When we plan Field Recordings, we usually look far and wide to find off-the-beaten-path locations for filming musicians. But a unique opportunity presented itself when a duo called Wanderlust Projects — designers of "transgressive placemaking experiences" for urban explorers, usually in abandoned or otherwise off-limits places — invited us to come along on an adventure.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:14 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Rafael Fruhbeck De Burgos, Versatile Spanish Conductor, Dies At 80

The versatile Spanish conductor Rafael Frübeck de Burgos.
Morten Abrahamsen

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 11:44 am

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Deceptive Cadence
9:55 am
Wed June 11, 2014

The Composer As Sphinx: A Richard Strauss Puzzler

Composer Richard Strauss in London in 1914.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 10:12 am

Music by Richard Strauss is heard in symphony halls and opera houses across the world. He needs little help to boost his considerable fame. Yet 150 years after his birth, the German composer remains an enigma to some classical music fans and a polarizing figure for others. A perfect candidate, in other words, for a musical puzzler.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Tue June 10, 2014

I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler

If it's June, let the wedding bells, and the music, ring out.
iStockphoto.com

Can you hear the wedding bells? June has arrived. Theories vary on why this is the month for marriage. Old traditions like the timing of the harvest season (and pregnancies) might have had something to do with it, or more modern practicalities such as nicer weather and abundant fresh flowers. And then there's the name of the month itself, thought to be inspired by Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage.

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Music
11:03 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Balkan Brass Band Favorites From 'Global Village'

The Brooklyn band Slavic Soul Party! combines Balkan brass with funk and jazz.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 7:45 am

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Marian McLaughlin: Tiny Desk Concert

Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 2:29 pm

Marian McLaughlin is a unique musician based in the Washington/Baltimore area, and because she's lived in D.C., I've had a chance to watch her grow. She's an artist on her own path, making music like few others.

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Music Articles
1:03 am
Sat June 7, 2014

A Catalan Singer With Many Brave And Treacherous Stories To Tell

"She has like a complete vision of music," Fernandez Miró (left) says of Silvia Perez Cruz. "She's not thinking just about vocals, about the voice. She's thinking about everything."
Raul Fndz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:41 am

For Spanish singer Silvia Perez Cruz, stories are everything.

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Music
3:04 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Tulsa Opera's Carmen! This Week on Performance Oklahoma

Richard Ollarsaba as Escamillo and soprano Karin Wolverton as Micaëla
Shane Bevel

From Tulsa Opera's final main stage production this season offered on Friday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 4th at Chapman Music Hall in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center it's Georges Bizet's irresistible drama Carmen!

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Music
3:03 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

We Remember Normandy on Big Band Saturday Night

Wikimedia Commons

This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night, we remember Normandy, 70 years ago, through the swing recordings of 1944.

The memories and the melodies will be here!

Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5!"

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