Music

All Songs Considered
8:46 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Song Premiere: Portal, 'The Back Wards'

Portal's vocalist, The Curator.
Dijana Krv Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 3:49 pm

I once made the mistake of listening to Portal with the lights off before bed. Other than the night following my near-victory at a fried-chicken-eating contest, I'd never had such messed-up dreams in my life.

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Mountain Stage
8:22 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Teitur On Mountain Stage

Teitur.
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Singer-songwriter Teitur makes his third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Graceland On World Cafe

World Cafe takes a tour of Graceland.
World Cafe

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:29 am

In this installment of "Sense of Place: Memphis," we pay a visit to Graceland, Elvis Presley's storied estate. We hear from Kevin Kern, PR director for Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., and Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley.

Kern gives us a personal tour of The King's estate, shares how Graceland was really a home to the singer, explains why it might seem small to us today, and offers up a few facts listeners might not know.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Sun Studio On World Cafe

Sun Studio in Memphis.
Courtesy of Andy Modla Photography

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 9:32 am

As part of World Cafe's "Sense of Place" spotlight on Memphis, Tenn., we have an interview with Sam Phillips, founder of the famed Sun Studio. In 2002, a year before the legendary producer died, Phillips shared his memories of his early days making records.

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Music
12:16 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Shannon Whitworth & Barrett Smith, Bring it on Home, feature CD 1/25

On 'Bring it on Home', Shannon Whitworth and Barrett Smith offer up a collection of their favorite songs by their favorite songwriters. From Paul Simon to A.C. Jobim - to Sam Cooke, the album features beautiful arrangements of timeless tunes. All About Jazz writes, "Relaxed and confident, Whitworth and Smith work their way across an almost 100 year landscape of music that is the crowning achievement of the song writer's craft.

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Favorite Sessions
9:35 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Jake Bugg: From High School To The Top Of The World

British wunderkind Jake Bugg performs live on WFUV in New York City.
Claire Lorenzo WFUV

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

In the latest entry from the "old soul, young body" file, here's U.K. musician Jake Bugg, performing his incredibly catchy song "Two Fingers" live in WFUV's Studio A.

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Music News
4:10 am
Sun January 13, 2013

A Married Duo Chases The Dream, Toddlers In Tow

Stefanie Drootin-Senseny and Chris Senseny are the core of Big Harp, a band the married couple formed shortly after the birth of their second child.
Ryan Fox Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 12:37 pm

Big Harp guitarist and lead singer Chris Senseney pulls his minivan into a gas station off Interstate 80 near the small town of Walnut, Iowa. His wife, and the band's bassist, Stefanie Drootin-Senseney jostles through children's books and toys scattered on the floor. Their kids do what kids do on long car trips: sing.

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Music Interviews
3:59 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Out Of A Cult, Into The World: Owens' Transformation

Christopher Owens' first solo album is called Lysandre.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 5:37 pm

As a boy, Christopher Owens was raised by a single mother, a follower of the nomadic religious cult Children of God. They skipped across continents — no telephones, no TV, no outside books — just their tight-knit community of hippie expatriates.

The Children of God taught Owens and the other kids in the cult to sing and play guitar on the street for spare change. That's partially how they supported themselves. It's also how Owens found a way out.

He turned his busking into a one-way ticket to Texas when he was 16.

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Live in Concert
9:03 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Yo La Tengo In Concert

From left, Georgia Hubley, James McNew and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo.
Will Figg for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:13 am

The pride of Hoboken, N.J., and record collectors everywhere, Yo La Tengo is set to release its 13th studio album, Fade, on Jan. 15. The iconic indie-rock band visited World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Friday to perform some of the best songs from the new record.

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The Record
7:26 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Why There Are Only 100 Copies Of The New Bob Dylan Record

Bob Dylan in 1962. His extremely limited-edition 50th Anniversary Collection features unreleased material from his early career.
John Cohen Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 11:47 am

Bob Dylan has made some puzzling moves in his celebrated career, but the compilation that his record label recently released may be as odd as anything he's ever put out.

The compilation, 50th Anniversary Collection, is a limited-edition, four-CD set that was only released in Europe. It seems to have been designed by the label to exploit a recent change in European copyright law.

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