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All Songs Considered Blog
11:01 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 31

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:03 am

Apart from Rubber Soul by The Beatles, there weren't any big winners in last week's poll, the latest in our summer-long attempt to identify the albums we can all agree on.

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All Songs Considered Blog
4:03 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Highlights: The 2012 Newport Folk Festival In Photos

Fans, from left, Jenn Spofford, Chrissy Stewart and Suzanna Kopec, all of Providence, R.I., cheer for My Morning Jacket as the band performs on the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

There's no hiding that the Newport Folk Festival has become a more musically diverse experience.

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The Record
2:47 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Feminist Punk Band, Imprisoned For Five Months, Gets Next Gig: Russian Courtroom

Members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, Nadezha Tolokonnikova (left), Yekaterina Samutsevich (center) and Maria Alyokhina, at a hearing in Moscow court on Monday.
Andrey Smirnov Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 3:46 pm

After more than five months in prison, some Russian dissidents are getting their day in court. The three young women are accused of being members of Pussy Riot, a feminist punk band that staged a protest against then presidential-candidate Vladimir Putin in February.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:45 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

tUnE-yArDs, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

tUnE-yArDs performs on the Harbor Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 3:11 pm

Merrill Garbus, the mastermind behind tUnE-yArDs, often uses a minimal assortment of resources — a ukulele, some pedals, a bit of percussion here and there — to craft an explosive, unpredictable, worldly, beautiful and utterly inventive sound. On last year's widely beloved w h o k i l l, Garbus' music forms a cut-up collage of coos, howls and bold statements of purpose, but her live shows fan out into epic rave-ups, complete with a pair of saxophonists.

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Music
10:03 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Jon Cleary, Occapella, Feature CD, August 3

“Having fun with the songs of Allen Toussaint” is how Jon Cleary describes his new record, a celebration of great songs put through Cleary’s unique set of funky filters. Featuring Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, there are unexpected twists and turns on this journey through the Toussaint songbook that will keep surprising you till the last piano glissando fades away.  

Jon Cleary will perform at the Telluride Jazz Celebration. Tune-in to KSUT Friday at noon for a warm up when we feature his new CD Occapella. 

Music
10:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Telluride Jazz Celebration

August 3 - 5, 2012

Let there be no mistake, something extraordinary happens when you visit Telluride. More than a festival, the Telluride Jazz Festival is a lifestyle stepped in beauty, intimate in nature and alive with character. A place where music, food, people and culture are woven together in a seamless tapestry of laid back fun and pure enjoyment.
 

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Newport Folk Festival
1:43 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Dawes performs on the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 12:31 pm

The L.A. band Dawes carries a serious torch for the greatest moments of rock's collision with folk and country: Buffalo Springfield, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Band.

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Music Interviews
4:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Aerosmith's 'Sixth Member' Takes Center Stage

Russ Irwin has toured with Aerosmith for 15 years. His new solo record, Get Me Home, was released this May.
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Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 9:58 am

Imagine being able to rock a piano so well that Aerosmith wants you as its touring keyboardist. That's what happened to Russ Irwin, and he's been sharing the stage with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry for 15 years.

"I'm staring at their backsides," he tells NPR's David Greene. "It's an interesting place to be."

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Newport Folk Festival
3:11 pm
Sat July 28, 2012

Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 12:39 pm

For all the attention Alabama Shakes' music has attracted in 2012 — and its album Boys & Girls marked a huge breakthrough earlier this year — the live stage is where the soulful blues-rock band transcends mere "one to watch" status. Boys & Girls is the work of polished professionals at the top of their game, but in concert, Alabama Shakes' music reaches ecstatic, sprawling, rafter-shaking heights.

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The Record
11:09 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Do You Really Know What Live Is?

Nils Lofgren, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Van Zandt performing in Paris earlier this month.
David Wolff-Patrick Redferns via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:26 pm

For a few minutes the other night, I thought I'd be going to see One Direction this Sunday. A dad I know sent me a text proposing that we bring our third-graders to Key Arena for the exceptionally mop-topped British boy band's Seattle show. He thought we could nab some tickets.

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