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Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne
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WFPK: Album of the Month - Looking into You
Strange Currency: New Music
A Tribute album to Jackson Browne featuring Ben Harper, Lyle Lovett, Keb Mo, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby and Bruce Springsteen, among others.
A Dotted Line by Nickel Creek
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A Prairie Home Companion: Nickel Creek
NPR First Listen: Nickel Creek, ‘A Dotted Line’
Mountain Stage: Nickel Creek On Mountain Stage
Folk Alley: Sara And Sean Watkins: Folk In The Family
The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling trio Nickel Creek Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals), Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals), and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals) officially reunites for the first time since its 2007 self-described “indefinite hiatus” with the album A Dotted Line, followed by a tour of the US in support of the Eric Valentine-produced album, which includes the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass and Newport Folk Festivals.
As Nickel Creek’s 25th anniversary approached, the band members decided they ought to mark it in some way, so they got together to write music in Chris Thile’s apartment last year. They ended up with six new co-written songs, which they eventually took to a Los Angeles studio, along with one tune by Thile, one by Sean Watkins, and two covers: Sam Phillips’ “Where Is Love Now” and Mother Mother’s “Hayloft. ” There they worked with Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Smash Mouth), who had produced Nickel Creek’s previous album, Why Should the Fire Die?.
"We were excited every day to be there," Sara Watkins says. "Having grown up singing together, there is something natural about our voices and it’s really fun to harmonize. Our voices have come to match each other’s really well. Sean and I are siblings, and Chris is about as close to a sibling as you could get. " Sean Watkins continues: "It feels more natural and easy than it ever did, by far. Getting to spend time alone with our own musical personalities has helped us mature. "
"There’s a joyful aspect to Nickel Creek no matter what we’re doing. Things just steer themselves into that sort of place, " concurs Thile. "We will go poke around in the dark corners but always with a heavy dose of optimism. "
Between Worlds by Avi Avital
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Classical MPR: New Classical Tracks: An Instrument Between Worlds
A genre-defying tour of the globe exploring the nexus between classical, popular and traditional music uniquely inhabited by Avi Avital and his magical mandolin.
From Bach to Bluegrass to Balkan Beats, the mandolin is the chameleon of the music world - every culture and musical genre features the mandolin or one of its close relatives - and Avi Avital is this beautiful instruments most charismatic, versatile exponent.
After the success of the Bach recording, Avi returns to again defy expectations with a selection of beautiful melodies and delightful dances from Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas, each with roots in popular folk traditions, arranged by some of the worlds greatest classical composers. The resulting dialogue between North and South, East and West, New and Old, Classical and Traditional - offers a captivating musical journey Between Worlds.
For this journey, Avi is joined by a host of special guests: from music legends such as Richard Galliano and Giora Feidman, to DG stars such as Catrin Finch, accompanied by a hand-picked ensemble of virtuoso friends from around the world. The joy is palpable, the colors and rhythms irresistible.
Repertoire highlights include the popular Monti Czardas, Bachianas Brasilieras (Villa-Lobos), Blochs spiritual Nigun, Spanish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Cuban and Georgian folk dances, and a very special Piazzolla tango.
Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
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Classical MPR: Regional Spotlight: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet continues his complete chronological survey of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. This three-disc set runs from the Op. 22 Sonata in B flat major to the great ‘Waldstein’ Sonata Op. 53. - The first volume in the series received high praise, with BBC Music Magazine describing his performances as ‘distinguished and virtuosic’ and Fanfare stating ‘his readings will withstand the test of time’.
Clara Schumann: Complete Piano Works
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Classical MPR: Learning to Listen: Clara Wieck Schumann
Although for many years after her death Clara Schumann was not widely recognized as a composer, as a pianist she made an impression which lasts until today. She was one of the first pianists to perform from memory, making that the standard for concertizing. Trained by her father to play by ear and to memorize, she gave public performances from memory as early as age thirteen, a fact noted as something exceptional by her reviewers.
She was also instrumental in changing the kind of programs expected of concert pianists. In her early career, before her marriage to Robert, she played what was then customary, mainly bravura pieces designed to showcase the artist’s technique, often in the form of arrangements or variations on popular themes from operas, written by virtuosos such as Thalberg, Herz, or Henselt. And, as it was also customary to play one’s own compositions, she included at least one of her own works in every program, works such as her Variations on a Theme by Bellini (Op. 8) and her popular Scherzo (Op. 10). However, after settling into married life, probably under the influence of Robert, her performances focused almost exclusively on more serious music by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Schumann.
Tine by Tine Thing Helseth
Classical MPR: Interview: Tine Thing Helseth
TINE is the eponymous recital disc by the exciting young Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth. Her first two albums for EMI Classics (Storyteller and tenThing’s 10) were critically acclaimed, with Gramophone praising her “soulful approach to phrasing, quite astonishingly outstanding intonation and open and honest sound”. Now Tine Thing Helseth presents a personal choice of transcribed songs and original works which reveal the trumpet’s lyric voice and takes us on a varied journey through the musical landscape of the late 19th and 20th centuries.
TINE features original compositions for trumpet and piano by Ibert, Glazunov, Enescu, Edvard Hagenrup Bull and Hindemith; trumpet and piano arrangements of works by Puccini, de Falla, Rachmaninov and Kreisler and the Divertimento for solo trumpet by Øistein Sommerfeldt. Helseth’s partner is pianist Kathryn Stott, with whom she tours this captivating repertoire in 2013-14 in the US.
Dvořák by Alisa Weilerstein
New Classical Tracks: Starting with a Rice Krispie Box
American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, described by the New York Times as one of the most exciting American cellists of the new generation, follows her critically acclaimed Decca debut recording of Elgars Cello Concerto with a vital new interpretation of Dvoraks Cello Concerto, coupled with some of his best-known melodies. This album captures the essential spirit of one of the greatest of all Romantic composers, reflecting Dvoraks deep-rooted love for his homeland.
Alisa Weilerstein joins forces with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and its Czech Music Director, Jiri Bìlohlavek in a terrific and deeply authentic musical partnership. This radiant performance of the Cello Concerto was recorded in Pragues Rudolfinum, where Dvorak himself conducted the Czech Philharmonics inaugural concert in 1896. Other works on the album were recorded in the USA Dvoraks adopted second homeland.
A View from A Broad by Bette Midler Updated Edition
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Morning Editon: In Early Memoir, Midler Adorned the Truth in Sequins
Song Travels: Bette Midler
The Brian Lehrer Show: Bette Midler, circa 1980
n A View from a Broad, originally published in 1980, Bette relives her career through memories of endless rehearsals, her fear of flying, crazy schedules and wisdom she learned from Thai Gondoliers, with the trademark razor-blade wit that her fans have grown to know, love and expect. Filled with photographs, a new introduction and heartwarming stories that highlight only a portion of a brilliant career, A View from a Broad is the perfect gift for anyone who loves music, theater or just plain fun—and will be cherished by the fans of Divine Miss M for years to come.
Carry Me Back by Old Crow Medicine Show
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A Prairie Home Companion: Old Crow Medicine Show
Weekend Edition: Old Crow Medicine Show - Something Borrowed
With a little luck and a whole lot of talent, Old Crow Medicine Show went from playing their slash-and-burn brand of old-time music on the streets of Boone, North Carolina, to bringing down the house at the Grand Ole Opry. Now based in Nashville, Critter Fuqua, Kevin Hayes, Morgan Jahnig, Gill Landry, Chance McCoy, and Ketch Secor are wowing audiences coast to coast.
3rd by The Baseball Project
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KEXP: The Baseball Project: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Home Run
Weekend Edition: The Baseball Project: Double Play
NPR: Baseball Project: When Perfection Slips Away
All Things Considered: The Baseball Project: For Love Of The Game
2014 album from the super group. The Baseball Project, the critically acclaimed alt-rock supergroup featuring Peter Buck (R.E.M., The Minus 5), Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M.), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Linda Pitmon and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), deliver another batch of songs inspired by the great American past-time. This collection continues their tradition of inspired rock songs that provide passionately funny and sarcastically reverent commentary on the sport of baseball. And those who aren’t fans of the sport can still enjoy the music, while brushing up on their knowledge.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) by Elton John
Fresh Air: Elton John
This 40th anniversary super deluxe box set includes the original album remastered, a CD of all-new cover versions by contemporary artists personally chosen by Elton with additional tracks and B-sides, the full LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH ‘73 concert on two CDs, and a DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film ELTON JOHN AND BERNIE TAUPIN SAY GOODBYE TO NORMA JEAN AND OTHER THINGS. In addition to the discs, the box also contains a 100-page illustrated hardback book packed with rare photos, memorabilia and a new essay containing interviews with Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
The Punk Singer
NPR: Silent For Years, A Riot Grrrl Steps Back To The Mic
Day to Day: Kathleen Hanna: A Riot Grrrl’s New Act
All Things Considered: Bikini Kill Rises Again, No Less Relevant
NPR’s The Record: Revolution Girl Style, 20 Years Later
Fresh Air: Kathleen Hanna and Johanna Fateman of the Band, Le Tigre
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. In so doing she became both one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons and a cultural lightning rod. While her critics wished she would just shut up, her fans hoped she never would. So when in 2005 Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna and those who were part of the scene, including music legends Joan Jett and Adam Horowitz, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.
Slow Me Down by Sara Evans
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Fresh Air: Country Power Ballads with a Punch
2014 album from the multi-platinum selling Country singer/songwriter, Slow Me Down was co-produced by Evans and Mark Bright (Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood), who Evans last worked with on her Platinum selling album Real Fine Place (2005). Slow Me Down sees Evans collaborating on three tracks: ‘Better Off’ with Country legend Vince Gill; ‘Can’t Stop Loving You,’ a duet with Isaac Slade of The Fray; and a cover of Gavin DeGraw’s ‘Not Over You’ which features the Pop/Rock star singing harmonies. This album is what fans have waited for and newcomers are bound to fall in love with.
Teeth Dreams by The Hold Steady
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The Current: Hear the Hold Steady’s new single ‘I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You’
The Current: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn talks about his days as a college music journalist
The Current: Craig Finn Performs in the UBS Forum
The Current: Craig Finn of the Hold Steady talks with host Mary Lucia
The Current: Theft of the Dial: Craig Finn
The Current: Craig Finn says he’s disappointed in the music played at Target Field
The Current: The Hold Steady performs in The Current studio
The Current: The Hold Steady hold court
The Current: Hold Steady perform in studio
The Current: Hold Steady performs in studio
The Current: Slideshow: The Hold Steady at Rock the Garden 2012
The Current: Album Review: Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full Eyes
The Current: Album Review: The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever
Teeth Dreams is the sixth album from one of America’s most acclaimed rock bands.
This is their first release in four years. Their last, Heaven is Whenever, came out in May 2010.
The songs on Teeth Dreams came together over the past three years. Many of them went through significant changes along the way. Four years is the most time between any two The Hold Steady releases.
Guitarist Steve Selvidge joined The Hold Steady for the Heaven is Whenever tour. Teeth Dreams is the first THS release where Selvidge participated in the writing and recording. A number of the songs were written at sessions in Memphis, where Steve lives.
The album was produced and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz. Nick has produced records by Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Ghost and more.
Teeth Dreams was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin,TN. It is the first record that THS has made outside of the NYC area.
This five-piece line up (two guitars, bass, drums, vocals) of the band showcases a bigger and tougher sound. The guitars are especially present on this release.
This is the first release on the band’s own Positive Jams imprint, which is in partnership with Washington Square/Razor & Tie.
The title Teeth Dreams refers to a common nighttime dream. Dreams about teeth are usually triggered by anxiety. Anxiety is a theme that shows up in a number of songs on the album.
The band recently launched an official fan club called The Unified Scene, and released a five song covers EP to the members of the club.
The Hold Steady played their first show in 2003. They are entering their second decade as a band. The Hold Steady has been cited as influential by numerous rock acts such as Japandroids, Titus Andronicus, Frank Turner and many others.
THS has toured heavily, and has played at least one show in all 50 states. They achieved this in summer 2013 when they played a show in Wyoming, the last state on their list.
Bob Dylan in the 80’s: Volume One
The Current: From Another World: Bob Dylan tribute album features a global village of musicians
A tribute album to Bob Dylan’s music from the 80s, spanning 1980’s ‘Saved’ to 1990’s ‘Under The Red Sky’ (includes Shot Of Love, Infidels, Empire Burlesque, Oh Mercy, The Traveling Wilburys). The mission is to give new light to songs that have gone ignored and suffered from 80s production.