NPR Music Podcast
Life Beyond The Dance Floor07/27/14
For former DJ Fin Greenall, jumping from the electronic to the acoustic music world meant re-learning how to read a crowd.
Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind
La Edad de la Violencia — "the age of violence" — is a pretty dire name for an album of upbeat synth-pop. Mexican-born singer Ceci Bastida says that's the point.
Latin-Funk Band Goes Metal, Covers Black Sabbath
Into funk-jazz-Latino-soul-psychedelic-metal music? Then check out Brownout's new album Brown Sabbath. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with bandleader Greg Gonzalez about the surprising mix of styles.
Eric Clapton And J.J. Cale: Notes On A Friendship
One year after J.J. Cale's death, his friend and fan Eric Clapton says we still don't know the half of the late songwriter's talent. Read Clapton's extended interview with NPR's Eric Westervelt.
Bobby Patterson's 'Got More Soul,' Heart And Spirit
Soul singer Bobby Patterson got his start in the 1960s, and he's still singing. At 70 he's put out a new album, "I Got More Soul." NPR's Scott Simon talks to Patterson about the album.
Gurrumul, An Unlikely International Star, Reaches U.S. Ears
Despite being born blind and speaking a language that few on Earth understand, Australian singer-songwriter Gurrumul has become, as Rolling Stone puts it, the most important voice of his nation.
'Traces Of Blue' Blends Jazz And Pop To Create Unique Sound
The a capella group began in a college class and went on to find fame on a TV talent show. In this encore broadcast, the group performs and discusses juggling school and a future in music.
Unlocking The Eclectic: A Conversation With Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael...
The enigmatic leader of Shabazz Palaces says his process is instinctive, non-linear and, sometimes, beyond his own understanding. Read Ishmael Butler's extended interview with All Things Considered.
A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain
Milos, the one-named superstar of classical guitar, says the story of the instrument's 20th-century journey is told in the work of two Spanish composers.
Rainbow In The Dark: Jenny Lewis On Staring Down Sadness
Lewis wrote her sunny new album, The Voyager, in the shadow of death and separation. "I've always just had sort of a dark take on life," she says. "Hopefully the music transcends that in a way."
Marisa Ronstadt, Cousin Of Linda, Spans Genres For 'Moon'
Marisa Ronstadt is the younger cousin of the famous singer, Linda Ronstadt. But she has her own band, and a new album. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about a life in music.
Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow
The jazz pianist recovered from a coma in 2008 and was back on stage the next year. He hasn't slowed down since, and this month brings his latest album, a trio recording called Floating.
'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered
"You have to see your unimportance before you can see your importance and your significance to the world," Haden told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1992. The bassist died on July 11.
She's Got A Perfect Afro — And A Melodious Vision For African Musicians
Meklit Hadero was born in Ethiopia and raised in the U.S. She's a folk-jazz artist who's been likened to Joni Mitchell. And she brings East African musicians together to share their beats.
The Music — And Mess — In Ben Watt's Long Goodbye To His Father
Ben Watt is a singer and DJ, best known for being in the British pop duo Everything but the Girl. Now, he's back with a new album and a book that gives an inside look at his complicated relationship with his parents.
Shared Musical Traditions Of Russia And Iran In 'East Of Melancholy'
The two countries share more than just a border, they also share a rich musical history. Classical pianist Tara Kamangar explores this relationship in her new album.
In Memory Of Lorin Maazel, The Maestro Behind The Castleton Festival
World-renowned conductor Lorin Maazel died Sunday at his home in Castleton, Va. He was 84. Robert Siegel spoke with Maazel about his life and career in 2009.
Singer Sheryl Crow: Learning To Feel Helped Me Make Better Music
In this encore presentation, Grammy Award-winning singer Sheryl Crow talks about her music, motherhood, love, breast cancer and what she's learned from it all.
Richard Reed Parry Turns Musicians Into Metronomes
On the Arcade Fire member's solo classical debut, the body drives the beat — not the other way around.
Charlie Haden's Lessons On Music And Life
American bass player, composer and band leader Charlie Haden passed away Friday at age 76. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with Haden in 2012. (This interview originally aired in January 2012.)
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