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Mountain Stage
2:58 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Nellie McKay On Mountain Stage

Nellie McKay.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Nellie McKay appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

McKay has appeared on the show seven times since first visiting in 2004, and it's no exaggeration to say that no two performances have been similar. At times, she evokes cabaret crooners, but she can also channel eccentric singer-songwriters and Doris Day. McKay's latest performance finds her playing a vibraphone for nearly her entire set — perhaps a Mountain Stage first.

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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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Music Reviews
10:51 am
Wed April 23, 2014

For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option

Jessica Lea Mayfield.
LeAnn Mueller Courtesy of the artist.

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 12:44 pm

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World Cafe
10:18 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Robert Ellis On World Cafe

Robert Ellis.
Davis Ayer Courtesy of the artist

Robert Ellis and his road band perform songs from his fine third album, The Lights From the Chemical Plant, in this World Cafe session. After his last record, 2011's Photographs, Ellis wanted to push his music in less of a country-oriented direction, so he worked on the new album with producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings Of Leon).

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All Songs Considered
8:13 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Song Premiere: The Jazz June, 'Over Underground'

The Jazz June.
Mike O'Shea Courtesy of the artist

Christie Front Drive, Texas Is the Reason, Knapsack, The Promise Ring, Cap'n Jazz, Gauge, Sunny Day Real Estate, American Football, The Casket Lottery, The Get Up Kids, Braid — no, this isn't a dream Emo Diaries compilation. These are the '90s emo bands that have, in recent years, reunited for tours or even recorded new material after long silences. (Mineral and Rainer Maria...

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Mountain Stage
2:56 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Justin Townes Earle On Mountain Stage

Justin Townes Earle.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Justin Townes Earle makes his third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Earle's early songwriting drew comparisons to heavyweights like Bruce Springsteen, Arlo Guthrie and his own father, Steve Earle, but fans quickly recognized his own original voice as a musician. He earned the Emerging Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association in 2009. The same organization gave him its Song of the Year award in 2011 for the title track from Harlem River Blues.

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All Songs Considered
10:40 am
Tue April 22, 2014

New Mix: The Antlers, EMA, Yann Tiersen, Sturgill Simpson, More

Clockwise from upper left: The Antlers, EMA, Yann Tiersen, Sturgill Simpson, Jolie Holland
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 5:40 am

On this week's show, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton ask big questions about the world we live in via new music from the singer known as EMA, a head-turning cut from the young country crooner Sturgill Simpson and more.

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All Songs TV
8:41 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Diane Coffee, 'All The Young Girls'

Diane Coffee
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 10:23 am

Diane Coffee is the solo project of Shaun Fleming, a musician who has been a child voice actor for Disney and the drummer in Foxygen with his friends Jonathan Rado and Sam France. Under the name Diane Coffee, Shaun Fleming is also an outrageously dolled up performer. "All The Young Girls" is from the band's 2013 album My Friend Fish.

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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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World Cafe
3:04 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

World Cafe Next: Polock

Polock.
Carles Rodrigo Monzo Courtesy of the artist
  • Polock On World Cafe: Next

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, Polock, is from Valencia, Spain. The band has always written and sung in English, which its members call "the language of rock." Polock's debut was titled Getting Down From Trees, so it's appropriate that the new album is called Rising Up.

Here, you can hear and download a pair of catchy songs on the World Cafe: Next podcast.

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