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10:48 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Rachel Barton Pine and Matthew Hagle This Week on Performance Oklahoma

On Sunday, February 17th, 2013, Chamber Music in Oklahoma presented the third of their concerts this season featuring guest violinist Rachel Barton Pine and guest pianist Matthew Hagle.  These two artists, who both live in Chicago and often play together, offered a recital of richly varied repertoire for violin and piano.  The program opens with Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata in E-flat Major, Op 12, No.

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All Songs Considered
7:01 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Song Premiere: The Civil Wars' 'Dust To Dust' Is An Ode To The End

John Paul White and Joy Williams are The Civil Wars
Allister Ann Courtesy of the Artist

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:38 am

Joy Williams and John Paul White are The Civil Wars, a duo of passionate performers. The first time I saw them perform there were such positive sparks flying between them, but these days they can barely speak to one another. The Civil Wars are about to release a new album — their second and probably their last for a while or perhaps forever ... we shall see.

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The Record
11:03 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Thundercat On Making Music Outside The Lines

Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner
B+ Courtesy of Motormouth Media

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 6:41 pm

Session musician Stephen Bruner has played bass in other people's bands for more than a decade. He can play metal, R&B, hip-hop, jazz. And he's been folding all that into his own music, which he puts out under the name Thundercat.

Now, with his second album, he's stepping to the front of the stage.

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Music Interviews
6:54 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Bombadil: Scattered By Fate, A Band Regroups And Rebuilds

Left to right: Daniel Machalak, James Philips and Stuart Robinson of Bombadil.
Melissa Fuller Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 6:32 pm

Bombadil was founded by a group of friends who met while attending college in Durham, N.C. They graduated in 2006, released a self-titled EP that was well-received, and soon seemed on their way to finding an audience. But by 2009, bassist Daniel Michalak was struggling with an unexplained pain in his hands.

"I started noticing it during shows," he says. "And it got to the point where I couldn't hold a spoon to feed myself, or brush my teeth, or hold the phone to my ear."

Michalak's daily routines became increasingly difficult — and draining.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:02 am
Sat July 20, 2013

A Veteran's Piercing True Story Leaps From Page To Stage

The Long Walk, Brian Castner's memoir of PTSD and a difficult homecoming, will soon be an opera.
YouTube

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 5:26 pm

Iraq veteran Brian Castner wrote a book about his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder for his kids, so they could someday know what he'd been going through when he came home from war.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:00 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Cheyenne Mize: Tiny Desk Concert

Cheyenne Mize performs a Tiny Desk Concert on May 16, 2013.
Marie McGrory NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:21 pm

In the years since she first surfaced as a suitably rustic duet partner for Will Oldham — the two Kentuckians released an EP together back in 2010 — Cheyenne Mize has broadened and deepened her sound, injecting it with slinkiness and sparkle. Her new album Among the Grey continues that evolution, bringing out the lushness in songs that can shimmer prettily or punch with the force of a PJ Harvey.

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Music News
3:51 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

A Secret Folk Music Holds Firm In China's Badlands

Zhang Junmin (second from right) and his band perform the Lao Qiang music special in northwest China's Shaanxi province. The character behind the stage means "drama"; Lao Qiang music used to accompany puppet plays and includes a strong storytelling component.
Courtesy of Wang Kuanren

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 5:12 pm

When Guns N' Roses released the album Chinese Democracy five years ago, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman commented that, questions of politics aside, the GNR sound just wasn't most Chinese folks' cup of tea.

"According to my knowledge," he said, "a lot of people don't like this kind of music because it's too noisy and too loud."

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Lalo Schifrin On Piano Jazz

Lalo Schifrin.
Lawrence Lucier Getty Images

Composer, arranger, conductor and pianist Lalo Schifrin has written some of the most famous music in film and TV history. His works include the original Mission: Impossible theme and the scores to Cool Hand Luke and the Dirty Harry films. On this page, Schifrin performs his tune "Down Here on the Ground" and joins host Marian McPartland for a duet of "Woody'n You."

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Mountain Stage
1:35 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Gillian Welch And David Rawlings On Mountain Stage

David Rawlings and Gillian Welch perform on Mountain Stage.
Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:28 pm

Singer-songwriter Gillian Welch and guitarist David Rawlings made their first Mountain Stage appearance on Nov. 19, 1995. At the time of this performance, their landmark debut Revival was many months from release, and Welch was celebrating having her songs covered by Tim & Mollie O'Brien and the Nashville Bluegrass band on their latest albums.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:55 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Music For His Adoring Fins

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.
Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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

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