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The Two-Way
2:53 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit

Justin Bieber poses next to an unidentified man at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.
Retweeted by @sanverde via Instagram

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 6:26 pm

Pop star Justin Bieber has been lurching from crisis to crisis in recent months, but his latest faux pas could be his biggest, risking the affections of possibly a billion Beliebers.

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The Record
2:42 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

For Shakespeare's 450th Birthday, Here's An Unusual Tempest

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A Blog Supreme
9:16 am
Wed April 23, 2014

13 Jazz Artists Awarded Over $1.7 Million

Courtesy of the artist

Yesterday, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced the recipients of its 2014 Performing Artist Awards, including 13 jazz and improvising musicians, who will receive at least $1.7 million in unrestricted grants in total.

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All Songs Considered
8:45 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Hear A New Solo Song By Jamie XX

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Music News
3:58 am
Wed April 23, 2014

First Listen: '9 Dead Alive' By Rodrigo y Gabriela

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 6:02 am

Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela had a strange path to success. They started as a failed heavy metal band in Mexico, before moving to Ireland and changing to flamenco music.

Music News
2:56 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Kelis Puts 'Milkshake' Behind Her And Moves On To 'Food'

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 10:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Millions of people know the singer Kelis for "Milkshake" - that's her hit from a decade ago. It's the sort of song that nobody really thought was about a milkshake.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MILKSHAKE")

KELIS ROGERS: (Singing) My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard and their like, it's better than yours, damn right, it's better than yours. I could teach you, but I'd have to charge. My milkshake...

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Music News
1:29 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Remembering Jason Molina, A Musician Who Refused To Look Back

Jason Molina performs in Barcelona with Magnolia Electric Co. in 2009.
Jordi Vidal Redferns

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 10:34 am

A little over a year ago, singer-songwriter Jason Molina died at 39 due to complications from alcohol addiction.

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Music
10:27 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Library Of Congress, How Could You Forget Run-DMC?

Rap group Run-DMC at the second annual MTV Video Music Awards. Does the group belong in the Library of Congress?
Suriani AP

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 3:53 pm

Rap and hip-hop have been around for decades and have become one of America's most successful cultural exports.

But when the Library of Congress added new recordings to its national registry this year, none of them were hip-hop.

Tell Me More guest host Celeste Headlee discusses that with William Boone, professor in the English and African-American studies department at Winston-Salem State University. He says that hip-hop artists are used to being overlooked by the powers that be.

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The Record
3:17 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Prince Fans, Prepare For The Deluge

NPG Records Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 7:34 am

Prince fans are accustomed to not getting what they want. That's one reason Friday's news came as a shock — that Prince has re-signed, for the first time in 18 years, with Warner Bros. Records, and that an expanded edition of Purple Rain, in time for its 30th anniversary, as well as a new album and unnamed "other planned projects" to come, are all on the way (including a new song, released late last night).

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Ecstatic Voices
2:08 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

In New Mexico, A Brotherhood Of Ancient Hymns

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 5:13 pm

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Alt.Latino
1:24 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Salsa Legend Cheo Feliciano Dies

Cheo Feliciano at the opening of The Fania All Stars 2013 world tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
David F. Gasser LatinContent/Getty Images

Three days of mourning have been declared in Puerto Rico following the death of salsa great Cheo Feliciano in a car accident there early Thursday. The singer was 78. "His music embodied the rhythm of Puerto Ricans living in New York City," U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) said in a statement, "and his lyrics helped tell our collective story."

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A Blog Supreme
1:12 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Why Metallica's Bassist Is Producing A Jazz Documentary

The late virtuoso bassist Jaco Pastorius enjoyed only a relatively brief career, but was influential to musicians across genres.
Courtesy of JPI

It seems an unlikely match.

In one corner, you have Metallica's Robert Trujillo. The most popular heavy metal bassist alive, he prowls beast-like across arena stages, rumbling guts with the low B on the 5-string instrument he slings to one side like a battle ax.

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The Record
10:07 am
Thu April 17, 2014

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Sturgill Simpson's second album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, takes inspiration from both Ray Charles and research into near-death experiences.
Crackerfarm Courtesy of the artist

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Shots - Health News
1:57 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Pop Stars Are Sippin' On Patron, And Teens Are Bingeing

Singer Ke$ha performs during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in September.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 11:57 am

Ke$ha says that to start the day she'll brush her teeth with a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey. Nicki Minaj likes to "have a drink, have a clink" of Bud Light. And the party-rockin' hip-hop duo LMFAO like Ciroc, and they love Patron. "Shots, shots, shots, shots everybody!"

All that name-checking of alcohol brands encourages teens to drink, researchers say. Adolescents who liked songs like these were three times as likely to drink, and were twice as likely to binge than their peers who didn't like those songs.

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Music Articles
1:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people.
University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 12:08 pm

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Theater
1:42 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences

Ten years after first directing A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway, Kenny Leon is back with a new rendition of the play, starring Denzel Washington and Sophie Okonedo. (Also pictured, from left: David Cromer, Bryce Clyde Jenkins, LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Anika Noni Rose).
Courtesy of Rinaldi PR

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:09 am

Stage director Kenny Leon is one of the most sought-after creative talents on Broadway today, even if he isn't a household name. He's guided Denzel Washington and Viola Davis to Tony Awards in a Tony-winning revival of August Wilson's Fences, he directed Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in The Mountaintop and he's got two Broadway shows opening within three months of each other.

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A Blog Supreme
3:18 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies

The late Wayne Henderson toured with an incarnation of The Crusaders in 1995.
Simon Ritter Redferns/Getty Images

Wayne Henderson, trombonist and co-founding member of the popular jazz-funk band The Jazz Crusaders (later known as The Crusaders), died Friday, April 4, in Culver City, Calif. The cause of death was heart failure, according to The Crusaders' manager. Henderson was 74.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:45 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours

Kristine Opolais made her Madama Butterfly debut as Cio-Cio-San, only to get a last-minute call to play Mimi in La Boheme.
Marty Sohl Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 5:29 pm

Over the weekend, soprano Kristine Opolais sang her heart out — and died twice.

Friday evening she had sung the lead in Puccini's Madama Butterfly. It was her debut in that role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It was a big deal. Opolais was so excited about it that she stayed up until five the next morning.

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Music News
2:44 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband

Antique bows were often made with a small piece of ivory that clamps the bow hairs onto the wood.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 5:29 pm

New Obama administration rules aimed at protecting African elephants are causing widespread anxiety in the music world. From country to classical, working musicians say the policy will make them think twice about touring abroad.

The proposed regulations would place a near-total ban on anything made with ivory moving in and out of the U.S.

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The Record
9:22 am
Mon April 7, 2014

David Lamb Of Folk Duo Brown Bird Dies At 35

Mikael Kennedy Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 9:31 am

David Lamb, who sang in the folk duo Brown Bird, died Saturday at Memorial Hospital in Providence, R.I., due to complications from leukemia. Lamb started Brown Bird as a solo project in 2003 and stayed with the band in various formations until it settled into its final lineup, as a duo, with his partner MorganEve Swain. Lamb was diagnosed with leukemia last year and received a bone-marrow transplant in September, but he suffered a relapse last month. He was 35.

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Music News
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

ABBA's Cheesy Start Was More Than Its 'Waterloo'

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 6:46 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Eurovision attracts more viewers than the Super Bowl. And yet, a lot of Americans have scarcely heard of it. Probably more people know that BJ Leiderman does our theme music. Winners of this pan-European song contest generally become one-hit wonders, if even that, and even more rarely do they make a name for themselves over here. But Sidsel Overgaard reports there have been a few exceptions. The most notable, the band that won 40 years ago this weekend.

SIDSEL OVERGAARD, BYLINE: First it helps to understand what came before ABBA.

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Music Interviews
5:52 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Puerto Rico's Most-Loved And Most-Hated Band

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 9:11 am

The bad boys of Puerto Rico have grown up. Step brothers Rene Perez Joglar and Eduardo Cabra of Calle 13 have a new album that takes a more thoughtful route to deliver their message.

The Record
3:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

We've Never Stopped Thinking About Kurt Cobain

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 7:15 am

Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago today. It's hardly news. You've probably already seen plenty of tributes to his career and what might have been, along with, perhaps, a criticism of the impulse to memorialize his death simply because it's been a round number of years since the event.

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The Record
3:34 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Make Peace With Pop: 6 Songs That Prove Pop Gets Along With Everyone

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 4:53 pm

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Music News
1:34 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Hip-Hop Academy: Inside A Beatmaker's Harvard Class

9th Wonder addresses Harvard students in a scene from the documentary The Hip-Hop Fellow, which chronicles a year the producer spent teaching hip-hop culture as an academic subject.
Price Films

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:21 am

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The Record
8:42 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Where Love Lives: Frankie Knuckles And The Dance Floor

Frankie Knuckles performs at the 2009 Electric Zoo Festival in New York.
Wendell Teodoro Getty Images

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Music News
1:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars

A few of the D'Angelico guitars set to be auctioned, pictured here at the GTR showroom in New York City.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 10:54 am

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Music News
5:59 am
Sat March 29, 2014

From Love To Murder To UFOs, A Dark 'Serenade' To Kansas

Chuck Mead's new album, Free State Serenade, is all about his home state of Kansas.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 9:27 am

"Nashville is where you go to make country music," Chuck Mead says. "There's a certain song vibration down here. There's a whole songwriting culture and playing culture that really doesn't exist outside of New York, or Los Angeles or Chicago."

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A Blog Supreme
9:34 am
Fri March 28, 2014

'A Love Supreme' Comes Alive In Unearthed Photos

John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964.
Chuck Stewart Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Whenever photographer Chuck Stewart was hired by a record company to document a recording session, he would shoot during the rehearsal takes, playback and downtime. The company would take what it needed, the remainder likely never to be developed, much less published. After decades in the photography business, and thousands of album covers to his name, he's amassed a lot of negatives.

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Music News
3:10 am
Wed March 26, 2014

First Listen: Yasmine Hamdan's 'Ya Nass'

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 9:16 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

An album out this week is drawing international attention to a hidden gem of the indie Arab music scene, Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan. Her second album is called "Ya Nass." It showcases her hypnotic phrasing and modern take on traditional Middle Eastern sounds. And it's caught the ears of cultural taste-makers worldwide, from filmmaker Jim Jarmusch to NPR's Bob Boilen and Anastasia Tsioulcas.

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