The Two-Way
3:19 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Keyboardist Ian McLagan Dies At 69

Ian McLagan performs at Grimey's Americanarama in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 20. The keyboardist for the Faces and Small Faces, who was also a sideman for the Rolling Stones, died Wednesday. He was 69.
Erika Goldring Getty Images for Americana Music

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 4:05 pm

Ian McLagan, who played keyboard for the English rock bands Small Faces and Faces and was a sideman for the Rolling Stones, died Wednesday in Austin, Texas. He was 69.

His official website listed the cause as "complications from a stroke suffered the previous day."

"I am completely devastated by this shocking news, said Kenny Jones, McLagan's bandmate in Small Faces and Faces.

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Goats and Soda
3:08 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

A Tale Of Dueling Ebola Songs: One From Britain, One From Africa

Courtesy of Jean-Christophe Nougaret/MSF

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:34 am

In separate recording studios and separate songs, two groups of international stars have harnessed the power of their voices to help raise awareness of Ebola.

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All Songs TV
2:04 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

First Watch: Luluc, 'Tangled Heart'

The silhouettes of Zoë Randell and Steve Hasset, in a video for the duo's song "Tangled Heart."
Courtesy of the artist

Luluc's new video for "Tangled Heart" is a grainy, melancholy ode to New York and the city's remarkable community of artists.

In a montage of mostly black-and-white found footage, people come and go, shuffling to work or school, or wander the streets as nameless faces. They're anonymous on their own, but collectively offer a breathtaking and prosaic portrait of humanity.

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Front Row
12:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Elle Varner, Live In Concert

Elle Varner performs at NPR Music's CMJ show.
Loren Wohl for NPR

R&B singer-songwriter Elle Varner flew out of the gate in 2011 with a feel-good, boom-bap-heavy tune about a man who had managed to snag her attention away from a particularly nice pair of shoes. But three years already feels like an eternity ago, and on her newer material Varner sounds far from satisfied by either a sweet talker or some new kicks.

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Goats and Soda
9:12 am
Wed December 3, 2014

World Premiere Videos: Wilbur Dunks A Chicken, Digs Into Indian Food

Wilbur Sargunaraj sings and dances about village life in India.
Wilbur Sargunaraj for NPR

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 10:43 am

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Music Interviews
10:04 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Mary J. Blige: 'I'm Not Worried, Trying To Keep It Real — I Am Real'

Mary J. Blige has just released a new album, her 13th, called The London Sessions.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 5:25 pm

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Music News
3:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Anatomy Of A Hit: Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'

Kelly Clarkson performs during an American Idol broadcast in 2002.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 12:24 pm

What makes one song sound like another? Sometimes it's coincidence; sometimes it's plagiarism. And sometimes, it's the byproduct of deliberate craftsmanship: building a song piece by piece from distinct styles of music. All of that can make it hard to give a tune a genre.

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3:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dies

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 4:24 pm

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Saxophonist Bobby Keys was still a teenager when he started playing with his fellow Texan Buddy Holly and pop star Bobby Vee. Later, he joined up with the Rolling Stones. And for more than 40 years, Bobby Keys' powerful sax was a key part of their sound.

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The Two-Way
1:09 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Bobby Keys, Who Played Saxophone For The Rolling Stones, Dies At 70

Saxophonist Bobby Keys of The Rolling Stones performs at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 2012.
Taylor Hill FilmMagic/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 1:44 pm

Updated at 3:44 p.m.

Bobby Keys, the legendary saxophonist most associated with The Rolling Stones, has died. He was 70 years old.

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World Cafe
11:31 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Alice Gerrard On World Cafe

Alice Gerrard.
Irene Young Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 10:03 am

Alice Gerrard is a folk mainstay known for her collaborations with Hazel Dickens — particularly the duo's landmark 1965 debut, Who's That Knocking. Gerrard's new album, Follow The Music, finds her looking to the next generation of folk musicians. M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger produced the album and joins Gerrard in the studio for this live set.

Hear their warm, spare performances of songs from Follow The Music below, and listen to the full episode of World Cafe at the audio link.

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