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The Two-Way
6:56 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65

Tommy Ramone addresses the media after a rehearsal of the musical "Gabba Gabba Hey!" in Berlin in May 2005. Drummer Ramone died on Friday at age 65.
Arnd Wiegmann Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 9:49 am

Drummer Tommy Ramone, born Tamás Erdélyi, the last of the founding members of the seminal 1970s punk band The Ramones, has died. He was 65.

An announcement on the band's Facebook page said Ramone died on Friday at his home in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. Ramone had been in hospice care for bile duct cancer, NPR has confirmed with Peter Erdelyi, Tommy's brother.

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Remembrances
3:38 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Remembering Jazz Legend Charlie Haden, Who Crafted His Voice In Bass

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 7:39 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
6:03 am
Fri July 11, 2014

A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90

Tenor Carlo Bergonzi as Radames in Verdi's Aida in 1956, the year of his Metropolitan Opera debut.
Metropolitan Opera Archives

Carlo Bergonzi endures. Not only is the Italian tenor approaching his 90th birthday (on July 13) but for decades he sang with tireless warmth and precision, representing a certain old school approach to carefully cultivating one's vocal resources.

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Music News
3:25 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Dublin Has Garth's Heart, But Not His Concerts Anymore

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:39 pm

Garth Brooks fans abound in Ireland, and now 400,000 of them won't get to the chance to see him perform. Brooks has cancelled five concerts after the Dublin City Council refused to grant him more than three. Melissa Block speaks to Rachel Flaherty of The Irish Times about the controversy.

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Music News
3:19 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Clash In Nashville: A Property Battle On Music Row Draws A Crowd

Inside RCA Studio A, whose sale has sparked a wave of backlash from the Nashville music community, Ben Folds (right, on staircase) addresses press and supporters.
Stephen Jerkins

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:27 am

News that a Nashville developer is paying $4.4 million for a half-century-old recording studio has sparked a battle in Music City. On one side is singer-songwriter Ben Folds, inspired by the musical history made in that studio. On the other, a trailblazing musician who made that history.

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Music Articles
1:36 am
Tue July 8, 2014

A Reluctant Star, Sia Deals With Fame On Her Own Terms

After becoming the kind of star she never wanted to be, Australian pop singer Sia is refusing to show her face.
PRETTYPUKE Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:51 am

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Music Articles
1:46 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Billy Eckstine: A Crooner Who Crossed Barriers

Mobbed by teenage girls wherever he went, Billy Eckstine at one time rivaled Frank Sinatra's popularity.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 5:56 pm

Billy Eckstine was smooth as silk. He was tall and handsome, sported a pencil-thin mustache and sang in a distinctive baritone.

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Music News
5:55 am
Sun July 6, 2014

The Kentucky Sisters And Old-Time Tunes As Doorways To History

The Kentucky Sisters.
Jason Rhein Elephant Quilty Productions

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 12:46 pm

Did you know that John F. Kennedy was a Republican? Neither did I. But that's what one of my college students guessed in a course on news writing. I asked another kid what period followed the Industrial Age and she said, "The Golden Age?" We moved on.

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Music News
3:16 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick

Acclaimed songwriter Sheldon Harnick turned 90 in April.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 10:50 am

Sheldon Harnick has been a working lyricist for over 60 years. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the musical Fiorello! and a Tony Award for Fiddler On The Roof. But he says a career in the theater means writing some songs that, for whatever reason, don't make the show.

"Sometimes, the song was changed because a scene was changed and it no longer accommodated the song," Harnick says. "So, sometimes there had to be a new song."

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Music News
3:15 am
Sun July 6, 2014

To Sign Or Not To Sign: Artists Big And Small Face The Label Question

Philadelphia punk trio Cayetana (left to right: Allegra Anka, Kelly Olsen, Augusta Koch) will release its debut on the small indie label Tiny Engines later this year.
Mary Ferrigno Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 5:51 am

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Music News
12:00 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

STATE OF THE ARTS: The Hard Road Trio

The Hard Road Trio’s Steve Smith and Chris Sanders talk about their upcoming local performances and music projects.

Information:
www.hardroadtrio.com 

NPR Story
3:05 am
Fri July 4, 2014

20th Essence Music Festival Opens In New Orleans

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 5:52 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK. I'm fine with that theme you just heard. It begins this segment every morning. But this morning, how about this?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL NIGHT LONG")

LIONEL RICHIE: (Singing) All night long, all night, all night long.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:53 am
Thu July 3, 2014

After 36 Years, A Trumpeter Sounds His Last Note In New York

New York Philharmonic principal trumpeter Philip Smith plays at New York's Park Avenue Armory in a performance in June 2012.
Chris Lee Courtesy of the New York Philharmonic

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The Record
6:33 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Hits Of Yesterday And Today

Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" was originally released on Paramore in April 2013, but the single hit radio in February and hasn't left since.
Mike Coppola Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:48 am

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All Songs Considered
9:43 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Guess Monday's Mystery Song Premiere

NPR

On Monday at noon we're premiering a brand-new song from an artist we love. Until then, we're leaving you this puzzle to ponder: Who is Monday's Mystery Musician?

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Deceptive Cadence
1:32 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Julius Rudel, Longtime Director Of New York City Opera, Dies At 93

Julius Rudel, photographed (ca. 1970) in rehearsal with the orchestra of the New York City Opera, spent more than three decades with the company.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 2:12 pm

Conductor Julius Rudel, a defining figure in 20th-century opera production, died early Thursday morning. He was 93, and died at his New York home of natural causes, according to his son Anthony Rudel, station manager of Boston classical music broadcaster WCRB. WCRB is part of WGBH and an NPR member station.

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The Record
9:57 am
Thu June 26, 2014

He'll Be There For You

You've Got A Friend: Ed Sheeran's second album, X, released this week, sets out to prove that the "friend zone" doesn't have to be toxic.
Ben Watts Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 7:36 am

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A Blog Supreme
6:03 am
Wed June 25, 2014

The Future Of Intense Art: A Free-Jazz Event Looks Forward

Charles Gayle was honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year's Vision Festival. On the event's opening night, Gayle performed as his alter ego, Streets the Clown.
John Rogers for NPR

"We had to do things ourselves until something else kicked in," bassist William Parker said at a panel earlier this month. He was explaining how he came to co-found the Vision Festival. "And nothing's ever really kicked in."

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Deceptive Cadence
3:28 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow

Glenn Dicterow joined the New York Philharmonic as its concertmaster in 1980. He has performed as its soloist every year since.
Chris Lee Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:58 am

Most people who attend symphony performances can spot the concertmaster. That's the first chair violinist who enters before the conductor and helps tune the orchestra. But the all important position calls for much more than that — from playing tricky solos to shaping the sound of the string section.

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Music News
2:15 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Sold For Over $2 Million: A Draft, A Few Doodles And A 'Rolling Stone'

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:34 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LIKE A ROLLING STONE")

BOB DYLAN: (Singing) Once upon a time you dressed so fine. You threw the bums a dime in your prime.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

There's a Dylan fan out there who certainly won't be scrounging for his next meal.

DYLAN: (Singing) How does it feel?

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The Two-Way
1:30 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Draft Of Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' Sells For $2 Million

A photo provided by Sotheby's shows a page from a working draft of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." The draft sold for more than $2 million.
AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 4:42 pm

This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. ET.

Lyrics scribbled on hotel stationery circa 1965 that later became one of the most iconic rock songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," has fetched more than $2 million in an auction at Sotheby's.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:03 am
Tue June 24, 2014

What's Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola

David Aaron Carpenter plays the 'Macdonald' Stradivarius viola at Sotheby's auction house for NPR in April.
Manya Zuba/NPR

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 3:23 pm

Update Wednesday, June 25, 2014: A representative from Sotheby's tells NPR that the instrument did not sell "at this time."

Wednesday, Sotheby's auction house plans to announce the sale of a rare viola made by Antonio Stradivari. The minimum bid is $45 million. If it sells, it will be the most expensive instrument of any kind in history.

Here's an old musician joke: How do you keep your violin from getting stolen? Put it in a viola case.

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Music News
12:03 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Think Before You Clap: You Could Be Beat Deaf

They mean well.
iStockPhoto

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 9:31 am

People who can't clap on the beat drive comedian Aaron Michael King crazy, especially one group in particular. He devoted a whole YouTube sketch to ... some white people he knows.

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All Songs Considered
10:02 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band

Robert Plant and his new band The Sensational Space Shifters.
Frank Melfi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:09 am

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All Songs Considered
11:53 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Making Joyful Noise At Make Music New York 2014

The musicians are an incredible cross-section of the city's cultural life — of all ages, from all kinds of musical and cultural backgrounds, and ranging from amateurs and students to notable professional players.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 4:09 pm

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Music News
6:01 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Almost Intermediate: Adults Learn Lessons In 'Late Starters Orchestra'

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:35 pm

Transcript

LYNN NEARY, HOST:

By our measure, Ari Goldman is a successful man. A former New York Times reporter turned college professor, he is deeply religious and a happily married husband and father. But for all of that, there was something missing in his life. Goldman yearned to play a musical instrument.

ARI GOLDMAN: The cello is sort of the music of my soul. It's the instrument that speaks most directly to me. I never thought that I would be able to play a cello.

(SOUNDBITE OF CELLO)

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Music News
12:00 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

STATE OF THE ARTS: El Paso Opera

David Grabarkewitz, Artistic and General Director of El Paso Opera since 2009, invites contributions to the $21 for 21 Years fundraising campaign and previews season opener, Vidas Perfectas (Perfect Lives).

Information:
(915) 581-5534 
www.epopera.org

Music News
12:00 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

STATE OF THE ARTS: Vocalist Mark Pumphrey

Mark Pumphrey, Assistant Director of Library Services, and his voice teacher, Maestro Lazzaro Ferrari, along with the Maestro’s son, Angelo Ferrari, discuss an upcoming vocal performance at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater.

Deceptive Cadence
6:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane

Stephanie Blythe (left) as Gertrude Stein and Elizabeth Futral as Alice B. Toklas in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' 2014 production of 27.
Ken Howard Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:52 am

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The Record
9:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Darkness Comes Alive: The Paradox Of Lana Del Rey

Elizabeth Grant, better known by her stage name, Lana Del Rey.
Neil Krug Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 8:41 am

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