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12:58 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

First Listen: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, 'Push The Sky Away'

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' new album, Push the Sky Away, comes out Feb. 19.
Cat Stevens Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 8:38 am

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12:47 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

First Listen: 'Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys'

Keith Richards collaborates with Tom Waits in "Shenandoah" for Son of Rogues Gallery, out Feb. 19.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 8:40 am

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3:06 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mumford & Sons Take Home Album Of The Year Grammy

Mumford & Sons (from left: Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall) accept the award for album of the year at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 12:25 pm

Listen to Mandalit del Barco's radio report from the Grammys at the audio link.

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7:37 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

When Your Grandfather Is The Greatest Living Jazz Drummer

Marcus Gilmore (left) and Roy Haynes perform together in Washington, D.C., in 2009. Haynes' daughter is Gilmore's mother.
Theo Wargo Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 3:44 pm

The drummer Marcus Gilmore is coming off a major year in his career. In 2012, DownBeat magazine named him its top Rising Star Drummer in its long-running Critics Poll; pianist Vijay Iyer's trio, of which Gilmore is a member, also took the Jazz Album and Jazz Group of the Year categories.

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7:24 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

James Hunter's Well-Worn Soul Bursts With Life

Geoff Woods Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 4:50 pm

James Hunter has spent his life learning how to tell soul's stories in fresh and personal ways. Born in 1962 in Essex, England and mentored early on by Van Morrison, he embarked on a career with many ups and downs before breaking through in America in his forties. Now the Grammy-nominated Hunter has made his first album in the States, where the music he loves was born.

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4:19 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

The 'Ancient Vibration' Of Parlor Music, Revived By Two Generations

Lena Hughes recorded one album of Southern parlor music before her death in 1998.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 9:29 am

Sometime in the mid-1960s — no one's really sure when — Lena Hughes walked into a recording studio, probably in Arkansas. What we do know is that she recorded 11 tunes on the guitar.

"It's kind of like listening to 1880," folklorist Howard Marshall says. "You kind of get a wonderful, ancient vibration."

Marshall wrote a book about traditional music in Missouri, called Play Me Something Quick and Devilish.

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First Listen
12:11 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

First Listen: Ballake Sissoko, 'At Peace'

Ballake Sissoko's new album, For Peace, comes out Feb. 5.
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Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 7:07 pm

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12:09 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

First Listen: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, 'The Jazz Age'

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra's new album, The Jazz Age, comes out Feb. 12.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 7:09 pm

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This is just about the most surprising album in recent memory, and a complete joy. The singer for Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry has also enjoyed a long solo career, both as an interpreter of songs by others — Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, Cole Porter, Lou Reed and many more — and as an extraordinary songwriter who's released 13 solo albums, each with its own strengths.

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4:27 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

First Listen: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, 'We The Common'

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's new album, We the Common, comes out Feb. 5.
Lauren Tabak Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:08 pm

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3:56 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

First Listen: Wayne Shorter, 'Without A Net'

Wayne Shorter's new album, Without a Net, comes out Feb. 5.
Robert Ascroft Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 10:08 am

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5:43 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

First Listen: Jim James, 'Regions Of Light And Sound Of God'

Jim James' Regions of Light and Sound of God comes out Feb. 5.
Neil Krug Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 10:09 am

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Music
8:44 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

How Music Transforms The Silver Screen

On her new album, Petra Goes To The Movies, Petra Haden recreates movie themes using densely layered arrangements of her own voice.
Steven Perilloux Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:47 pm

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2:03 am
Sat January 26, 2013

The Composer Who Tested Fighter Planes And Partied With Sinatra

Jimmy Van Heusen with Frank Sinatra in the 1950s. Van Heusen wrote dozens of songs for the crooner and became Sinatra's close friend and confidant.
Courtesy of Burns Media Productions

Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 5:36 pm

You've never heard of Jimmy Van Heusen? Well, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has. You certainly know many of his songs, says Brook Babcock, Van Heusen's grandnephew and president of his publishing company.

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12:53 am
Wed January 23, 2013

First Listen: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 'II'

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's new album, II, comes out Feb. 5.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 3:01 pm

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Music Interviews
3:32 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Jose James: A Broad-Minded Singer Lets The Beat Build

Jose James' new studio album is titled No Beginning No End.
Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 8:48 pm

Jose James knows jazz. The son of a Panamanian jazz saxophonist, he studied at the prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, was a finalist in 2004's Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist Competition and recently toured with legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner.

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Music
2:58 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

For Sean Lennon, Music Is Not A Solo Act

Sean Lennon in the studio, during production of the Alter Egos soundtrack.
Jordan Galland Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 5:29 pm

Sean Lennon, son of John and Yoko, is drawn to musical collaboration and repelled by hydraulic fracturing.

The 37-year-old just released two albums: the improvisational project Mystical Weapons and the score to the independent film Alter Egos.

Writing For Film

Lennon only appears in Alter Egos for a few seconds; the majority of his efforts went into writing the music, which he had to do twice. He describes the film as a "kitsch comedy about superheroes," and his first attempt at the music took a similar vibe.

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Music
9:19 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

8th Annual Music In The Round @ Via Vecchia And Live From Studio A!

Music In The Round

Coming up on Saturday Feb.

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9:24 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Who Needs Drugs When You've Got Music?

"Music modulates levels of dopamine in the brain which is a chemical responsible for reward and pleasure," says author Daniel Levitin.
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Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 9:09 pm

It happened again last Saturday. And boy, when it hit me it felt great — though it left me a little shaken.

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9:17 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Watch A Supergroup From Mali Sing For Peace

Fatoumata Diawara and some of her musical collaborators on "Voices United for Mali" at a press conference held in Bamako, Mali on Jan. 17, 2013.
Moustapha Diallo courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:33 am

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9:16 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Song Premiere: Portal, 'The Back Wards'

Portal's vocalist, The Curator.
Dijana Krv Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 5:49 pm

I once made the mistake of listening to Portal with the lights off before bed. Other than the night following my near-victory at a fried-chicken-eating contest, I'd never had such messed-up dreams in my life.

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