Music

Live in Concert
11:02 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Sigur Rós In Concert

Sigur Ros performs at Celebrate Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell on July 31, 2012.
Ryan Muir for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 4:23 pm

Sigur Rós could be forgiven for sounding better on record than in concert. The Icelandic band's songs either billow out deliberately or stomp majestically, and in every case entail the building of layers upon intricate sonic layers. Plus, singer Jónsi — he of the otherworldly voice, singing mostly in a ghostly language of his own devising — is no Mick Jagger when it comes to calling attention to himself.

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Music Reviews
7:09 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

The Very Best: A Band's Summer Escape With A Message

Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and Swedish producer Johan Hugo met in a London thrift shop and soon became musical collaborators as The Very Best.
David Harrison

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 10:45 am

The high-tech pop intro to The Very Best's song "Kondaine" suggests a carefree summer party. There's Afropop uplift to the sound and Top 40 melodiousness to the vocal.

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All Songs Considered
3:50 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

David Byrne & St. Vincent, Django Django And More

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Monkey See
3:45 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Sam Phillips And Trying To Describe The Indescribable Wow

Musician Sam Phillips
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 1:50 pm

Everything I've ever written about Sam Phillips has been a cheat.

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Music
2:40 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Glen Hansard On World Cafe Wed. Aug. 1st @ 8PM on WCBE

Glen Hansard.
Conor Masterson

Having already found success as the singer of the Irish band The Frames and as half of the folk-pop duo The Swell Season, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard is venturing out as a solo artist.

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Music
4:07 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

River City Extension Live From Studio A July 31st, 2012

River City Extension Live From Studio A

Indie folk rockers, River City Extension, the eight piece band out of New Jersey, will play a few songs live from Studio A in the 2pm hour on The Global Village!

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WEB EXCLUSIVE
1:40 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

J.D. McPherson: Live from Studio A REPLAY

J.D. McPherson performed live from WCBE's Studio A on July 28th, 2012! Check out the amazing performances of "Your Love, All I'm Missing", "Country Boy", and "North Side Gal"! Enjoy! 

Do you like what you hear? Let us know what you think about our online Live from Studio A REPLAY series!

 

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WCBE Event
3:50 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Big Easy Express + Festival Express

The Big Easy Express will screen at Studio 35 on Monday, August 13.
www.bigeasyexpress.com

Join WCBE as we climb on board for a vibrant, raucous, musical railway adventure on Monday, August 13, 2012 for WCBE + Big Easy Express.

Doors open at 5pm, with a screening of our opening film, Festival Express, at 6pm. Join us for these two films and your chance to win tickets for the Mumford & Sons sold-out show.

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Music
3:59 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

SMOD Live From Studio A July 27th, 2012

SMOD Live From Studio A on WCBE

SMOD will perform on The Global Village in the 2PM hour with your host Maggie Brennan.

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music
6:31 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Rebelution Live From Studio A July 24th, 2012

Rebelution Live From Studio A

Reggae band Rebelution will perform Live From Studio A on Tues. July 24th in the 2PM hour on The  Global Village with Maggie Brennan!

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First Listen
9:51 am
Mon July 23, 2012

First Listen: 'Out Of Many: 50 Years Of Reggae Music'

Gregory Isaacs.
Peter Simon Courtesy of VP Records

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:13 pm

The concept of the compilation Out of Many: 50 Years of Reggae Music is simple. 50 years ago, Jamaica won independence from the British-ruled West Indies Federation. Around that same time, popular music in Jamaica began solidifying into some of the many sounds we now think of as reggae. Out of Many tells those two stories in parallel, with one song selected to represent the sound of each year from 1962 to 2012.

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The Mix
9:50 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Newport Folk 2012: The Preview Mix

Jim James performs as "Yim Yames" at the Newport Folk Festival in 2010. James returns this year with My Morning Jacket as the festival's headlining act.
Shantell Mitchell NPR

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 3:04 pm

The Newport Folk Festival has always championed a range of American music. From Muddy Waters to Pete Seeger, Joan Baez to Jimmy Buffett and a famously electrified Bob Dylan, the festival's curators have a knack for casting a wide net in their definition of folk.

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WEB EXCLUSIVE
1:44 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

The Werks: Live from Studio A REPLAY

The Werks performed live from WCBE's Studio A on July 19th, 2012! Check out their performances of "Carry Me Back Home", "Guido", and "Golden Shore"! Enjoy!

Do you like what you hear? Let us know what you think about our online Live from Studio A REPLAY series!

 

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All Songs Considered Blog
5:39 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Song Premiere: Meshell Ndegeocello With Valerie June, 'Be My Husband'

Meshell Ndegeocello.
Charlie Gross

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 10:35 am

The word "uneven" gets tossed around in critical parlance to signify artists whose fingers stray from the quality-control button — to suggest that they don't know their own genius when they hear it.

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Music Interviews
4:06 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Jimmy Cliff's 'Rebirth' Gives New Life To Vintage Reggae

Jamaican singer Jimmy Cliff performs in Rabat, Morocco, in May. His new album is titled Rebirth.
Fadel Senna AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 5:16 pm

Pop music in the 21st century has been flush with precise re-creations of '60s and '70s American R&B — think of Sharon Jones, Adele, Raphael Saadiq and the late Amy Winehouse. Meanwhile, I've been waiting for a similar revival of Jamaica's R&B: ska, rocksteady, roots-reggae.

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Author Interviews
8:07 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Addict To Activist: How Elton John Found His 'Cure'

Sir Elton John speaks at an Elton John AIDS Foundation benefit in 2010. The organization, which John founded in 1992, provides grants to support HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment programs.
Evan Agostini AP

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 9:51 am

Sir Elton John is constantly remembering his life as a drug addict, whether he wants to or not.

"I still dream, twice a week at least, that I've taken cocaine and I have it up my nose," John tells NPR's Steve Inskeep. "And it's very vivid and it's very upsetting, but at least it's a wake-up call."

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Music
1:05 am
Tue July 17, 2012

The Werks Live From Studio A July 19th, 2012

The Werks

The Werks will bring their psychedelic dance rock sounds to Studio A on Thursday July 19th!

They'll play a few songs live in the 2PM hour on The Global Village to get you ready for the All Good Music Festival!

A Blog Supreme
8:16 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Remembering Drummer Lionel Batiste, Icon Of New Orleans Music

Lionel Batiste in the Treme.
Mandalit Del Barco for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 9:06 am

"Uncle" Lionel Batiste, the bass drummer, singer and public face of the Treme Brass Band, died Sunday morning. NOLA.com reported that the cause was cancer, and that he was 80.

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Music Interviews
7:36 pm
Sat July 14, 2012

Old Crow Medicine Show: Something Borrowed

Old Crow Medicine Show's new album, Carry Me Back, comes out July 17.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 2:59 pm

Old Crow Medicine Show didn't count on the runaway success of its 2004 song "Wagon Wheel." In fact, say members Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua, the Nashville band was just trying to finish a job Bob Dylan had started.

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Music Reviews
12:56 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Tanglewood Celebrates 75th With Free Web Stream

The scene at Tanglewood.
courtesy of Tanglewood

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 10:53 am

On July 20, 1958, at Tanglewood — the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra — pianist Leon Fleisher played an electrifying Brahms First Piano Concerto with the orchestra under its former music director, Pierre Monteux. This remarkable teaming has not been heard since then.

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