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11:40 am
Mon December 16, 2013

A Former Girl-Group Singer Goes 'All Or Nothing'

With new songs and covers, La La Brooks' All or Nothing isn't just an attempted career comeback.
Jacob Blickenstaff Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 12:33 pm

A half-century on, La La Brooks still sings about boys and girls falling in love. At an age when other veterans of first-generation rock movements are thinking about retirement or oldies tours, Brooks has come up with a fresh, energetic collection that doesn't deny her past, but also refuses to succumb to mere nostalgia.

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Music
8:27 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, It Feels Like Christmas Time, Feature CD, 12/20

This week's feature CD gets into the spirit of the season, big-band style! Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swings through holidays favorites like "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and even "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" on their latest album, "It Feels Like Christmas Time." Hear the CD in it's entirety at noon on Friday, Dec. 20 and correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at 12:30 to win lunch at Zia Taqueria.

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All Songs Considered
5:13 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Bob Boilen's Top 20 Albums of 2013

Khaela Maricich (left) and Melissa Dyne of The Blow.
Kyle Dean Reinford Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:13 am

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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Kacey Musgraves.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:44 pm

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Music Reviews
2:00 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point

Live at the Cellar Door, the new album from Neil Young, was recorded in 1970.
Gary Burden Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 5:29 pm

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World Cafe
12:24 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Midlake On World Cafe

Midlake.
Sammy Reed Courtesy of the artist

Fans of Midlake have no doubt grown accustomed to the band's malleable sound, which fluctuates from album to album. The Texas folk-rock band's second record, The Trial of Van Occupanther, was steeped in the atmosphere of the '70s, while 2010's The Courage of Others headed in another direction altogether.

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World Cafe
1:54 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Deer Tick On World Cafe

Lead singer John McCauley (center) and Deer Tick.
Anna Webber Courtesy of the artist

Deer Tick visits the WXPN studio to perform songs from its fifth album, Negativity. Of all the material the band has released over the past seven years, this record contains some of lead singer John McCauley's most personal songwriting yet.

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Best Music Of 2013
6:03 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Heavy Rotation: Public Radio's Songs Of 2013

British songwriter Laura Mvula was a favorite on public radio stations around the country.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 9:15 am

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Our friends in the public radio system are some of the most open-minded listeners we know. Each month, our Heavy Rotation series brings you free downloads of what our fellow programmers and producers are experiencing on repeat.

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World Cafe
2:33 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Donora On World Cafe

Donora.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe's day trip to Pittsburgh for Sense of Place kicks off with a session by the pop-rock trio Donora. Donora, made up of brother and sister Jake and Casey Hanner and bassist Jake Churton, is a second-generation band. The Hanner siblings are the offspring of Dave Hanner, from the country band Corbin/Hanner. As kids, they spent time in their father's studio, which influenced them to pursue music careers of their own; Casey sings and plays guitar and keyboards, while her brother plays drums. Eventually, their dad convinced them to perform together.

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World Cafe
2:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Download Six Songs By Pittsburgh's Finest, On World Cafe

Cindy Howes, host of Morning Mix on WYEP in Pittsburgh.
Courtesy of the artist

To find out about up-and-coming local bands for our Sense of Place stop in Pittsburgh, we went straight to one of the city's best-known sources: Cindy Howes, host of Morning Mix on NPR member station WYEP.

A close observer of Pittsburgh's music scene, Howes couldn't pick just five bands to feature on Wednesday's episode, so she gave us six. She also gives listeners insight into the wide variety of music playing at any given night in the clubs of Pittsburgh's East End.

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