Music

The Record
7:42 am
Sat December 6, 2014

WKRP In Perpetuity

The cast of WKRP in Cincinnati, recently reissued on DVD by Shout! Factory, which collected licenses to include most of the original music broadcast on the show.
Courtesy Sony Pictures Television

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 9:06 pm

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Music Interviews
6:03 am
Sat December 6, 2014

All Possibilities: The 'Purple Rain' Story

Prince celebrates his birthday and the release of Purple Rain at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis.
Paul Natkin Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 12:47 pm

Here's a recipe for disaster: a low-budget movie with a cast that's never acted before, a first-time director, and a star who refuses to do publicity.

That's the story of Prince's iconic 1984 film Purple Rain. Music critic and journalist Alan Light provides the details in his new book, Let's Go Crazy.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
6:03 am
Sat December 6, 2014

St. Paul And The Broken Bones: Tiny Desk Concert

James Clark NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 3:07 pm

Close your eyes and listen, and you might imagine someone who looks a bit like Otis Redding. Open them, and you're likely to see someone who looks more like your neighborhood bank teller.

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Sat December 6, 2014

'Oxford American' Waltzes Across Texas

Willie Nelson, seen performing in the U.K. in 1980, is one of the featured artists in Oxford American's Southern Music issue about Texas.
David Redfern Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 9:51 am

A scholarly literary magazine is celebrating the music of Texas — but don't let that academic approach get in the way of enjoying it.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:10 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Liz Story On Piano Jazz

Liz Story.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist and composer Liz Story is a fascinating, ever-changing musician. She was inspired to pursue music after hearing Bill Evans perform, and her music has been compared to that of Aaron Copland, Frederic Chopin, Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.

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Heavy Rotation
11:34 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Public Radio's Most Played Songs Of 2014

The War On Drugs, seen here performing live on KEXP, supplied several of public radio's most popular songs this year.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:24 am

NPR Music publishes a popular feature each month called Heavy Rotation, which collects 10 songs that public radio hosts across the country can't stop playing. We decided to do the series one better during our year-end festivities and create a 24/7 stream made up of the songs public radio stations couldn't stop playing.

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Music
3:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Common Ground, feature CD, 12/5

The Alvin brothers cut their musical teeth in the Blasters in the early 1980s. Since leaving the band in the mid '80s, Dave Alvin has gone on to become a staple on KSUT and one of the most revered Americana acts around. The brothers recently reunited to release their first album as a duo, "Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy" — this week's Feature CD on KSUT. Tune in at noon this Friday (Dec. 5) to hear the album in its entirety. If you correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at around 12:30, you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!

Mountain Stage
3:06 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Sons Of Bill On Mountain Stage

Sons Of Bill.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Sons Of Bill's members make their first Mountain Stage appearance, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. As its name suggests, the five-piece band is led by three brothers: James, Sam and Abe. Their love of music was inspired by their father, Bill Wilson, an associate professor of philosophical theology at the University of Virginia.

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The Record
2:43 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

A Supposedly Irie Thing I'll Most Certainly Do Again

Jr. Gong, Stephen Marley, Cham, Sean Paul — the list goes on. A massive jam session ensues and nearly everyone leaps onstage to spit some lyrics. To call this reggae history is no hyperbole.
Empress K For NPR

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 2:21 pm

DAY ONE

How much Bob Marley paraphernalia can you cram on a single boat?

That's no riddle. I'm sincerely pondering this as I stand in line at the Port of Miami, about to board the Norwegian Pearl. I am going on a cruise.

I am going on a cruise.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:27 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Dublin Guitar Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 3:09 pm

Don't ask the members of the Dublin Guitar Quartet to play the time-honored classics of the Spanish repertoire. They might play traditional Spanish style classical guitars, but they're not your standard guitar ensemble. The Dubliners are strictly devoted to contemporary music. They've been commissioning new pieces and adapting others for both acoustic and electric guitars since 2002, when the group formed at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

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