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Deceptive Cadence
12:29 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Remembering Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Robert Ward

Robert Ward won a Pulitzer for bringing Arthur Miller's play The Crucible to the opera stage.
Oscar White Corbis

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 4:13 pm

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The Record
2:18 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Mark Lanegan: A Secret Rock Star Still Shines Darkly

In 2012, Mark Lanegan released the album Blues Funeral. Black Pudding, an album-length collaboration with guitarist and singer Duke Garwood, will come out in May.
Sam Holden Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 1:41 pm

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Planet Money
4:05 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Update: Is It Legal To Sell Your Old MP3s? Judge Says No.*

Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 8:26 am

Last month, we reported on a company called ReDigi that's basically a digital version of a used record store. You can sell them your old mp3s, and you can buy "used" mp3s that other people have sold.

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The Record
1:43 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Phil Ramone, A Record Producer Who Made Simplicity Sound Sublime, Dies

Phil Ramone in New York in 1997.
Ken Weingart Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 3:17 pm

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The Record
9:55 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Remembering Paul Williams, Founder Of Rock Magazine 'Crawdaddy!'

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 10:16 am

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Music News
4:11 am
Sat March 30, 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 4:37 pm

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The Record
1:42 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Many Sounds Of 1993 Bay Area Rap

A still from the video for E-40's 1993 song "Practice Looking Hard," in which rappers like The Coup's Boots Riley (second from right) and Tupac (not pictured) also appeared.
Couresy of Zomba Recording

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 6:27 pm

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The Two-Way
12:18 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Deke Richards, Motown Producer And Songwriter, Dies

Once we mention them, get these Jackson 5 songs out of your head:

-- "ABC"

-- "I Want You Back"

Or how about "Love Child" from The Supremes?

Deke Richards, "leader of the Motown songwriting, arranging and producing team known as The Corporation" that came up with those and many other hits, has died.

Richards was 68. According to Universal Music, he passed away at a hospice in Bellingham, Wash., from esophageal cancer.

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The Record
3:12 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Depeche Mode: The Complete SXSW 2013 Interview

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 3:33 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
4:36 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Remembering Risë Stevens, A Star Of Opera And Pop Culture

The late American mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens in her signature role as Carmen.
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 8:59 am

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Planet Money
7:52 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Is It Legal To Sell Your Old MP3s?

Brenda Chase Newsmakers

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 12:12 pm

Say you buy a textbook in another country, where textbooks are cheap. Then you bring the book back to the U.S. and sell it at a profit. Did you break the law?

No, you didn't. In a ruling that came down yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a student who had his friends and relatives buy textbooks in Thailand which he later re-sold in the U.S. on eBay.

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The Record
9:48 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Lessons From SXSW 2013: Take The Middle Road

Natalie Maines (center) at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas during the SXSW Music Festival. Maines's band included her father, Lloyd Maines (seated left) and Ben Harper (seated right).
Mindy Best Getty Images

That guy Prince has a sense of humor.

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The Record
1:59 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Jason Molina, A Folksinger Who Embodied The Best Of The Blues, Has Died

Steve Gullick Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 3:04 pm

Blues music is supposed to be cathartic — a way to process and package pain in ways that make it palatable; to take our hurt and ache, set it outside ourselves, give it a tune and rhythm that makes it tangible and real yet somehow less terrifying.

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The Record
8:07 am
Sun March 17, 2013

Stevie Nicks: 'When We Walk Into The Room We Have To Float In Like Goddessses'

Stevie Nicks speaking on stage at the 2013 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 3:49 pm

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Music News
3:14 am
Sat March 16, 2013

Arhoolie Records: 50 Years Of Digging For Down-Home Music

Strachwitz and Ry Cooder backstage at Arhoolie's 50th anniversary celebration.
Mike Melnyk Arhoolie Records

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 11:41 am

For the past 37 years, Down Home Music Store has sat on a lonely block in El Cerrito, Calif. For all that time, Chris Strachwitz has stocked the store with a treasure trove of American roots music. He produced many of the records filling Down Home's bins.

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Music News
3:06 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

The 'Singing Sound' Of Saxophonist Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloyd, 75, continues to tour widely.
Dorothy Darr ECM Records

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 6:31 pm

Charles Lloyd has a way of talking that sounds a lot like the notes from his saxophone: full of youthful energy, yet packed with experiences reserved for grownups.

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The Record
3:27 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Gangsta Rap Swap Meet Proprietor Wan Joon Kim Has Died

Wan Joon Kim (right), with his son Kirk and wife, Boo Ja, at their stall inside the Compton Swap Meet last January.
Courtesy of Sam Quinones

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 4:49 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
10:16 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Marches Madness: Heralding The Pope

A marching band perfroms before the introduction of Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday in Vatican City.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 6:56 am

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Deceptive Cadence
1:52 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Breaking: Pope Francis I Loves Opera

The newly elected Pope Francis (formerly known as opera lover and Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 8:38 am

Here's a quick side note to today's big news ...

Immediately after the announcement of the papal election result and the name the new pope had chosen, Brian Williams of NBC News asked New York's Cardinal Edward Egan about the new pontiff, Francis.

"Your Eminence?" Williams said.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Wed March 13, 2013

The Ale That Men Brew: Iron Maiden Serves Up A Beer

Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson samples his band's latest offering, Trooper ale, made with what he calls "our special secret-squirrel recipe."
Iron Maiden Beer

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 2:12 pm

Three decades after giving the world The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden is poised to release its latest work — and it's a beer. That's the latest from the Metal Injection website, whose "Bands and Booze" section makes it uniquely qualified to present such news.

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Jazz
1:22 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

Tadd Dameron, A Jazz Master With A 'Lyrical Grace'

Tadd Dameron (smiling at center) was an important figure in American jazz and bebop. He is shown here with Fats Navarro on trumpet, and Charlie Rouse and Ernie Henry on saxophone.
William Gottlieb Library of Congress

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 4:30 am

In the 1940s and '50s, Tadd Dameron worked with everyone who was anyone in jazz, from Miles Davis to Artie Shaw, Count Basie to John Coltrane. Everything Dameron touched had one thing in common, says Paul Combs, author of Dameronia: The Life and Work of Tadd Dameron.

"A penchant for lyricism," Combs says. "Almost everything that he writes has a very lyrical grace to it."

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The Record
4:18 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian Folk Hero, Has Died

Stompin' Tom Connors performs at the 2008 NHL Awards at Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Canada.
Bruce Bennett Getty Images

Stompin' Tom Connors was a Canadian folk legend. He was 77 when he died Wednesday at his home in Ontario. To those of us stateside, his most well-known tune is "The Hockey Song," played at hockey games everywhere. But to Canadians, Stompin' Tom Connors was an inspiration because of his naked nationalist pride.

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Music News
2:49 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Britain's Brass Bands: A Working-Class Tradition On The Wane

Cornetist Adam Rosbottom rehearses with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band in January. The band was founded in South Yorkshire, England, in 1917.
Christopher Werth

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 9:49 am

The world often feels full of fading traditions, from drive-in movie theaters to the dying art of good old-fashioned letter writing.

For the British, add brass bands to that list. Traditional brass bands have played an important cultural role in working-class British communities for centuries. But some warn that without funding, they could become a thing of the past.

Take the Grimethorpe Colliery Band in South Yorkshire. The band was originally formed in 1917, and nearly 100 years later, a group of tuba, euphonium and other horn players still bears the band's name.

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Alvin Lee Is Going Home: 'Ten Years After' Guitarist Dies

Alvin Lee performing with Ten Years After in the early 1970s.
Lebre Sylvie Dalle /Landov

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 7:18 am

Guitarist Alvin Lee, whose incendiary performance with the British band Ten Years After was one of the highlights of the 1969 Woodstock festival, has died.

He was 68. Lee's website says he "passed away early this morning [Wednesday] after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure." An assistant to his daughter also confirmed the news to NPR.

His band's biggest hit — "I'd Love to Change the World" — came a couple years after Woodstock. We'll embed a clip from that.

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All Tech Considered
8:51 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Why The Library Of Congress Has A Lock On Your Phone

A law designed to protect copyrights on music and movies put digital locks on all sorts of things.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 9:56 am

What it means to own something in the digital age is being re-negotiated.

Few of us own the music we listen to or the movies we watch in exactly the same way we did a decade ago. And today if you buy a smartphone from a cellphone company, what you can legally do with it — how and where you can use it — may be proscribed even if that phone is fully bought and paid for.

I keep a lot of music on my phone. I have the Stones, Janis Joplin and OK Go.

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The Record
10:11 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Why I'm Not Going To SXSW This Year

SXSW festival-goers line up at The Parish on Sixth Street in Austin for NPR Music's day party March 15, 2012.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

As a music journalist from the North Country, I'd be a fool to pass up the opportunity to head down Austin, Texas, each March for the South by Southwest Music Conference. It provides those of us on the ice-whipped prairie a respite from our endless winter season, not to mention a chance to binge on the best burgeoning artists before they make their way around the country on tour. It's become something of a requisite for many of the musicians, writers, photographers and fans from my hometown.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Justin Bieber Apologizes For Delay In Start Of London Concert

Justin Bieber performs live at 02 Arena on Monday.
Jim Dyson Getty Images

Screaming, crying fans are par for the course if you're teen idol Justin Bieber. But this is a bit different.

After a Monday concert at London's O2 Arena that reportedly started two hours late, the 19-year-old pop star has been forced to apologize for upsetting disappointed young concertgoers and their angry parents.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, Bieber issued his mea culpa:

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Remembrances
2:43 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Three Motown Artists Die Within Weeks Of Each Other

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 3:34 pm

Audie Cornish has more on three Motown artists who died recently — Bobby Rogers, a founding member of the hit-making Motown group the Miracles; Richard Street, a member of the Temptations; and Damon Harris, who sang with the Temptations on many of their hits.

The Record
1:23 am
Mon March 4, 2013

How One Band Turned A Ghost Town Into A Giant Recording Studio

Part of the abandoned mining apparatus in the town of Piramida.
Courtesy of Efterklang

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 11:02 am

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The Record
12:40 am
Fri March 1, 2013

David Bowie, Rock's Shape Shifter, Returns

David Bowie's album, The Next Day, will come out on March 12.
Jimmy King Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 7:41 am

Hear Ann Powers talk about David Bowie's career, and his new album, with Morning Edition's Renee Montagne by clicking the audio link above.

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