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12:10 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

At The Peak Of Her Powers: Barbara Lynn's 'Complete Atlantic Recordings'

Barbara Lynn wrote her own material, played stinging left-handed guitar, and recorded scores of wonderful records for a number of labels. With The Complete Atlantic Recordings released by Real Gone Music, Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has a look in to a vital part of her career.

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World Cafe
10:45 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Damien Rice On World Cafe

Damien Rice.
Lilja Birgisdottir Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 10:09 am

Damien Rice's new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, marked his return to recording after eight years away from the music business. In 2002, the Irish singer-songwriter's gorgeous solo debut, O, went gold and platinum around the world.

But after touring to support his second album (2006's 9), Rice stepped away from music. As he says in this interview, he had to. With help from producer Rick Rubin and others, Rice says he's rediscovered his love for songs. He performs some of his new ones in this session for World Cafe.

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Favorite Sessions
8:47 am
Mon January 5, 2015

KEXP Presents: Girl Band

Girl Band performs live for KEXP at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Jim Bennett KEXP

There's nothing pretty about Girl Band; in fact, the Dublin group plays some of the most abrasive pop songs you're likely to hear. But it hasn't always been that way: Singer Dara Kiely and guitarist Alan Duggan played together in more conventional indie-rock bands before hitting upon their aggressive sound.

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Music News
1:31 am
Mon January 5, 2015

The Original Funky Drummers On Life With James Brown

John "Jabo" Starks (left) and Clyde Stubblefield laid the grooves on many of James Brown's biggest hits. Here, they clown around on the cover of their joint DVD, Soul of the Funky Drummers.
Rittor Music

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 3:05 pm

All this week, Morning Edition is talking about drums and drummers. For the first installment in "Beat Week," David Greene spoke with a duo who shared drumming duties for the hardest working man in show business.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

First Listen: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, 'Club Meds'

The new Dan Mangan + Blacksmith album, Club Meds, comes out Jan. 13.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 8:39 am

You can tell a lot about a songwriter by what occurs in the space between verses. Many writers — hacks and gifted souls alike — will treat an instrumental expanse as a kind of please-stand-by strumming wallpaper, a palate cleanser for the ear. In this strategy, derived from folk music, the focus remains forever on the narrative; the "action" in a song directly depends on the voice.

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Music Lists
3:45 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Tapping The Sounds Of Portugal

Born in Amarante, Portugal in 1982, Marco Rodriguez began winning fado singing competitions when he was only 15.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 10:29 pm

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Music
10:31 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Thompsons, Family, feature CD, 1/9

 Family, the new collaborative album from Teddy Thompson, his father Richard, mother Linda, brother Jack, younger sister Kami, her husband James Walbourne, and nephew Zak Hobbs, collectively dubbed Thompson; has engendered glowing reviews from around the world.

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Music News
5:48 am
Sun January 4, 2015

A Light Goes Out In Memphis: Remembering John Fry

John Fry, founder of Ardent Studios, died in December after nurturing some of the best music to ever come out of Memphis.
Facebook / Ardent Studios

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 10:20 am

It's been a tough time for the music community of Memphis. For the past 50 years, much of the best music recorded or produced there wouldn't have happened without the vision of John Fry, the founder of Ardent Studios. He passed away on Dec. 18 at the age of 69. Music supervisor and producer Rick Clark offers this appreciation.

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Music Interviews
5:48 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Songs From The Obituaries Are 'The Afterneath'

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 11:21 pm

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Music
12:42 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

From Marling To Modest Mouse, A Look At 2015's New Music

Laura Marling's Short Movie comes out March 24.
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Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 10:18 pm

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