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Newport Folk Festival
6:40 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

The Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

In the past, the Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir has been employed as a sort of Newport Folk Festival palate-cleanser: a way to kick off the day with something kind, approachable, reverent and rooted in many folk traditions. This year, with Mavis Staples on top of the bill, the group, which opens the proceedings on Sunday, functioned as both and a theme-setter.

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Newport Folk Festival
6:31 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Deer Tick, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Deer Tick performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

John McCauley's ragged roots-rock band Deer Tick has become a Newport Folk Festival staple, along with McCauley's frequent collaborators in Dawes and Delta Spirit.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:12 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Jessica Williams On Piano Jazz

Jessica Williams.
Jimmy and Deana Katz Courtesy of the artist

Pianist and composer Jessica Williams has gained critical acclaim and multiple Grammy nominations for her writing and remarkable skill at the keyboard. Dave Brubeck called her "one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard."

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1992, Williams solos on "Why Do I Love You" and joins host McPartland for "Straight, No Chaser" — one of two Thelonious Monk tunes during the session.

Originally broadcast in the spring of 1992.

Song Travels
12:11 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Nick Waterhouse On 'Song Travels'

Nick Waterhouse.
Naj Jamai Courtesy of the artist

Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Nick Waterhouse has been called "the young man who makes old R&B" (LA Weekly). His first single, "Some Place," was recorded in an all-analog studio and released on vinyl. Although his records recall the sound of the 1950s, his style is all his own.

On this Song Travels, Waterhouse joins host Michael Feinstein to shares his love of 45 rpm records and raw, live rock 'n' roll. Joined by Jay B. Flatt on piano, the session includes his original songs "Sleeping Pills" and "Hands on the Clock."

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Music Reviews
11:52 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With

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World Cafe
11:08 am
Mon July 28, 2014

World Cafe Next: Sam Morrow

Sam Morrow.
Memry Anderson Courtesy of the artist

For our World Cafe: Next this week we are featuring the music of Sam Morrow's debut album, Ephemeral. Morrow is from the South. He's in his early 20s. His songs are almost all influenced by his recent struggle with addiction and the insights of its aftermath. But by no means is the album depressing — particularly the tracks we'll play today. Meet Sam Morrow.

Favorite Sessions
10:58 am
Mon July 28, 2014

KEXP Presents: Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett performs a show at Seattle's The Triple Door for KEXP VIPs.
Matthew B. Thompson KEXP

Courtney Barnett may prefer the mundane, but that doesn't mean we have to. In the songs on her debut album, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, really two early EPs mashed together, the young Australian singer-songwriter relates with hyperfocus the details of a day and moments of simply average significance. A failed attempt at gardening, an invitation to a friendly gathering, a post-breakup rant, an after-party adventure, a concerned call from mom — this can all happen to you!

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All Songs Considered
9:47 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Song Premiere: Horse Feathers, 'Violently Wild'

Horse Feathers.
John Clark Courtesy of the artist

Describing Horse Feathers almost inevitably diminishes the band's music: "Let's see, the lead singer has a beard and a soft voice, and he plays the acoustic guitar, and there's a string section. Oh, and they're from Portland, of course." All those identifying details hold true, and yet Horse Feathers' music never feels slight or ineffectual.

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All Songs TV
9:32 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Allah-Las, 'No Werewolf'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:51 pm

At first glance, there's not much to the new video for the song "No Werewolf," from the Los Angeles garage rock band Allah-Las. But the longer you watch, the more mesmerizing it becomes.

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World Cafe
9:16 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Old Crow Medicine Show On World Cafe

Old Crow Medicine Show.
Andrea Behrends Courtesy of the artist

Our guests today, Old Crow Medicine Show, were singing on the street in North Carolina 14 years ago when none other than Doc Watson came by and gave them his blessing.

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