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Mountain Stage
3:55 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

The McGarrigle Sisters On Mountain Stage

Anna McGarrigle performs on Mountain Stage in 1989.
Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:03 am

When sisters Kate and Anna McGarrigle sang together, their voices were almost magically beautiful. Their songs — such as "Heart Like a Wheel," which was famously covered by Linda Ronstadt — could be at once achingly fragile and tremendously powerful. They performed songs written by each, and sometimes co-wrote their material, until Kate's death in 2010.

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1:02 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Wednesday night: NPR Exclusive Live Webcast From CMJ Music Marathon in New York City

Pusha T is just one of the three artists performing live on Oct. 16.
Courtesy of Def Jam

On Wednesday night, October 16, at 8 pm, NPR Music presents a live video webcast during the CMJ Music Marathon festival in New York City.

Featured artists in the line up are:

  • Cults (indie synth-duo on Columbia Records)
  • Omar Souleyman (charismatic Syrian party singer)
  • Pusha T (hip-hop heavyweight with a Top 5 album on Billboard)

Watch right here on our NPR Music live player.

11:05 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Performance Oklahoma Host To Receive Governor's Arts Award

Kimberly Powell, host and producer of Performance Oklahoma, has been selected by the Oklahoma Arts Council as a recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards, Media in the Arts category, for her contributions to the Oklahoma arts community.

Kimberly will receive the award along with sixteen individual recipients and two organizations being honored at the 38th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony Nov. 13 at the state Capitol.

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9:13 am
Tue October 15, 2013

"Souvenirs for an Archduke" with Gloria Chien on Performance Oklahoma

The Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma opened their eleventh season of concerts with a program entitled “Souvenirs for an Archduke.”  Offered in duo venues:  Monday, September 16th at All Soul’s Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, and Tuesday, September 17th the program featured returning guest pianist Gloria Chien and excerpts from the charming and elegant Souvenirs: Suite for Piano Four Hands Op 28 by Samuel Barber, Ludwig van Beethoven's noble and heroic Piano Trio No.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Viking's Choice: Acoustic Swagger Exists, And Ryley Walker Has It

Ryley Walker.
Michael Vallera Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:46 pm

Sometimes, friends of friends are the best way to discover new music. Or, at the very least, friends of artists you never want to miss live. This was the case with Ryley Walker, a close friend and frequent tour buddy of American Primitive guitarist Daniel Bachman. Walker would accompany Bachman in seriously raucous and psychedelic live sets only a couple years ago, and Bachman would tell me, "Just wait 'til you hear Ryley's stuff." Well, now it's here — and it's not at all what I expected.

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Music Interviews
4:15 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

The Minds Behind 'Einstein On The Beach' Talk Shop

A scene from the revival of Einstein on the Beach.
Los Angeles Opera

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 12:15 pm

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6:43 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Grammy Award Winner Tony Bennett on Big Band Saturday Night


Hi Alan Lambert here! This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night...a tip of our hat to multi Grammy Award Winner Tony Bennett for his efforts in music education. Also some great tunes from artists like: Dean Martin, Michael Buble', Louis Armstrong, Les Brown, Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw!

Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5, Big Band Saturday Night.

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:16 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz

Elvis Costello.
Mary McCartney Courtesy of the artist

This Piano Jazz is a special live session from the 2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, with host Marian McPartland joined by a very special guest: singer-songwriter Elvis Costello.

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All Songs Considered
2:23 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Linda Thompson, 'It Won't Be Long Now'

Video for Linda Thompson's "It Won't Be Long Now."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:53 am

After five decades of singing, Linda Thompson is still one of the best voices in folk music. Her tone is alluring, sometimes mournful, and always passionate. Her story is unlike anyone else's, beginning in England during the 1960s, and continuing with her marriage to Richard Thompson, when she recorded my favorite British folk albums ever, including 1975's Pour Down Like Silver.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Next On The Verdi Channel

Pablo Helguera

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