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Deceptive Cadence
5:03 am
Mon July 14, 2014

'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler

Citizens of Paris, headed by the National Guards, storm the Bastille prison in an event which has come to be seen as the start of the French Revolution, 14th July 1789.
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Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 5:52 am

"The Star Spangled Banner" turns 200 this year, and the attention it's been getting is again a reminder of how difficult it is for many Americans to sing our national anthem.

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First Listen
8:03 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

First Listen: Alvvays, 'Alvvays'

Alvvays' new album, Alvvays, comes out July 22.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 11:49 am

Music is at its most potent when it expands, dissolves, changes and challenges borders. Separations of genre, geography, politics — none are a force more powerful than people getting together to make music in a room. That borderlessness is sewn into the fabric of the self-titled debut album by Alvvays, a Toronto band whose beach-pop seems to come straight from the California shore.

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First Listen
8:03 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

First Listen: Joyce Manor, 'Never Hungover Again'

Joyce Manor's new album, Never Hungover Again, comes out July 22.
Dan Monick Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 11:49 am

Never Hungover Again begins with a cold open — just a one-second chord and vocalist/guitarist Barry Johnson "looking at your face in the dark" — of a lanky pop song that already seems to be in progress. Joyce Manor has never been one to extend the drama, with albums shorter than it takes to watch an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast; the punk band can pack an emotional wallop with as much as a yelp.

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First Listen
8:03 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

First Listen: White Fence, 'For The Recently Found Innocent'

White Fence's new album, For The Recently Found Innocent, comes out July 22.
Ruth Swanson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 11:48 am

Tim Presley has been performing as White Fence for a few years now, building on a diverse resume that borders on the impossible: He played in hardcore punk band The Nerve Agents in the late '90s, leads the space-rock group Darker My Love, was a member of the garage outfit Strange Boys, and even found time to join The Fall.

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Remembrances
2:32 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Lorin Maazel, World-Renowned American Composer, Dies At 84

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 3:22 pm

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

And we end today's show with a remembrance world-renowned American conductor Lorin Maazel has died. Maazel was born in 1930 in Paris and was a child prodigy. By age 5 he was taking violin lessons, by 7 he was conducting. And by the time he was a teenager he had conducted most of the major American orchestras. He spoke with NPR's Robert Siegel in 2009.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

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Deceptive Cadence
10:41 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies

Lorin Maazel conducing the Vienna Philharmonic in March 2010.
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Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 8:58 am

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Music Interviews
6:52 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Charlie Haden's Lessons On Music And Life

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 8:47 am

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

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Deceptive Cadence
6:52 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Richard Reed Parry Turns Musicians Into Metronomes

Richard Reed Parry is best known as a core member of Arcade Fire. His classical solo album, Music For Heart And Breath, comes out July 15.
Guillaume Simoneau Deutsche Grammophon

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 5:35 am

Richard Reed Parry is famous for making music sound big. As a core member of Arcade Fire, the Grammy-winning indie rock group from Montreal, he wields multiple instruments to help create deep, layered textures in which strings and synthesizers, slow ballads and disco dance tracks are all at home.

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Remembrances
6:52 am
Sun July 13, 2014

'Without Tommy, There's No Ramones'

Tommy Ramone, the original drummer for the Ramones, died Friday at the age of 65.
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Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 5:38 am

Punk rock music has lost one of its earliest pioneers.

Tommy Ramone died of cancer on Friday at his home in Queens, N.Y. He was the last surviving member of the original Ramones.

Tommy Ramone was Tamás Erdélyi before he became a "Ramone" and produced punk rock classics like "Rockaway Beach."

He was born in Budapest, where, as kid, he once had a memorable trip to see a movie about America.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
5:03 am
Sun July 13, 2014

John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert

John Grant performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Alex Schelldorf NPR

John Grant's songs don't mess around: The music isn't complicated, while the lyrics function as darts of retort and thought. His album Pale Green Ghosts is decorated with synthesizers, his voice often drenched in reverb; those tools and textures help make the record strong and everlasting.

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