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5:04 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Singing Sisters Reconsider The Everly Brothers

The Chapin Sisters' new tribute album is titled A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Seth Thomas Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 3:57 pm

The Chapin Sisters are a critically acclaimed duo, with tinges of folk, country and pop in their songs. For their latest project, Lily and Abigail Chapin looked to another famous set of singing siblings: Don and Phil, The Everly Brothers.

Lily Chapin says the genesis of their new tribute album, A Date with The Everly Brothers, was a creative workaround of sorts. The duo was once a trio featuring another Chapin sister, Jessica; the three siblings grew up singing three-part harmonies together. Several years ago, Jessica left the group to start a family.

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Music
7:29 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

George Jones: The Voice Of Heartbreak

George Jones
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 5:35 am

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Music
7:08 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

New Mix: Cyborg Love, Heartbreak And A Mystery

Clockwise from upper left: Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson of The Uncluded, guitarist William Tyler, singer Cassandra Jenkins and Laura Marling
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 5:59 pm

On this week's All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton settle into the new NPR Music offices and discover that it comes with their very own butler. After bumbling around in the studio, they also manage to figure out all the new gear and share some great new music.

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Music
1:52 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

New Building, New Mix: Songs About Change

As the NPR Music team and others prepared to leave the network's old headquarters, mysterious messages began appearing on the windows and walls: "Everything will be better!"
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 12:45 pm

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Music
1:25 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

Jazz Salutes Its Disc Jockeys

Symphony Sid Torin (left) hosts a program at WHOM featuring the saxophonist Arnett Cobb.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 4:42 pm

The advent of bebop added a fresh sound to American music. It also added new voices to some metropolitan radio stations: the late-night jazz DJs who specialized in presenting this new music to their fellow hipster nightflies.

To recognize the work of the groundbreaking DJs who lent them critical exposure, jazz musicians of the period would occasionally write songs in their honor. Here are five of those songs.

Music
1:21 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

Esperanza Spalding On Piano Jazz

Esperanza Spalding.
Johann Sauty Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 2:03 pm

On this Piano Jazz from 2008, bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding brings her neo-soul style to a set of standards with the aid of pianist Leo Genovese. Spalding is one of the most talked about artists in jazz today.

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Music
1:19 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

What Nick Drake Taught Me About Art And Love

The tribute album Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:51 am

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Music
11:32 am
Sat April 20, 2013

12 Reasons To Visit Your Local Record Store On Saturday

Record Store Day is Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Record Store Day

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 6:07 pm

It's a perfect illustration of the current age of music fandom that this year's Record Store Day comes at the end of the week when Twitter introduced its music service — an online streaming music tool that tethers discovery to acquaintances who probably know your taste about as well as the checkout girl at the grocery store does.

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First Listen
11:51 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

First Listen: Mother Falcon, 'You Knew'

Mother Falcon's new album, You Knew, comes out May 7.
Bryan Rindfuss Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 8:12 pm

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11:42 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

First Listen: Steve Martin And Edie Brickell, 'Love Has Come For You'

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's first album together, Love Has Come for You, comes out April 23.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 7:51 am

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11:40 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

First Listen: Laura Mvula, 'Sing To The Moon'

Laura Mvula's debut album, Sing to the Moon, comes out April 16.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 11:05 pm

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Music
7:26 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Nick Drake: 'A Real Musician's Musician'

The cover photo from Nick Drake's 1969 debut, Five Leaves Left, produced by Joe Boyd.
Album cover

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 11:33 pm

English folk musician Nick Drake died decades before the song "Pink Moon" found him a wide audience, thanks to a series of Volkswagen ads back in 1999. They sparked a resurgence of interest in Drake's work — music largely ignored in his day but now inspiring legions of young musicians.

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First Listen
10:42 am
Mon April 8, 2013

First Listen: The Flaming Lips, 'The Terror'

The Flaming Lips' new album, The Terror, comes out April 16.
George Salisbury Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 12:51 pm

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10:41 am
Mon April 8, 2013

First Listen: Shuggie Otis, 'Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love'

Shuggie Otis' Inspiration Information/Wings of Love comes out April 16.
Adam Farber Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 11:02 pm

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10:37 am
Mon April 8, 2013

First Listen: Iron And Wine, 'Ghost On Ghost'

Iron and Wine's new album, Ghost on Ghost, comes out April 16.
Craig Kief Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 10:59 pm

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Music
9:18 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Rolling Stones To Return To Hyde Park After 44 Years

Standing before a crowd 250,000 strong, Mick Jagger opened The Rolling Stones' 1969 concert at London's Hyde Park by reading a Percy Bysshe Shelley poem in tribute to late guitarist Brian Jones.
Chris Walter WireImage

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 9:05 am

This July, The Rolling Stones will play London's Hyde Park for the first time in 44 years. The band's last concert there — July 5, 1969 — turned out to be a defining moment in musical history, which those who were there will never forget. Mick Jagger hasn't.

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Music
5:31 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Jace Clayton Revives A Forgotten Voice From New York's Vanguard

Musician Jace Clayton, who also performs under the name DJ /rupture, says he fell in love with the work of little-known composer Julius Eastman.
Rocio Rodriguez Salceda Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:37 pm

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5:26 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

In South Africa, A Reggae Legacy Lives On

Nkulee Dube's debut album is titled My Way.
Robert Tlapu Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 12:33 pm

It's Thursday night in downtown Johannesburg and some 500 people are packed into Bassline, a warehouse-like club in a hipster-friendly neighborhood. They're here for South Africa's longest-running sound system, or crew of reggae DJs. But tonight they get something extra: a young woman sporting dreadlocks and an army cap gets on the mic to freestyle.

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First Listen
8:57 am
Mon April 1, 2013

First Listen: Kurt Vile, 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze'

Kurt Vile's new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, comes out April 9.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 12:52 pm

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There's something about Kurt Vile's voice that transcends whatever comes out of his mouth. He's not classically trained (not even close), and has no traditional range to speak of, but the laid-back Philadelphia guitarist is transfixing all the same. His mumbled words resonate with dogged determination. It's one of the reasons Vile has become something of a patron saint for the Great Recession's legions of accidental bohemians, who work hard while hardly working.

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8:53 am
Mon April 1, 2013

First Listen: Villagers, '{Awayland}'

Villagers' new album, {Awayland}, comes out April 9.
Rich Gilligan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 12:52 pm

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