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Tiny Desk Concerts
5:03 am
Sat November 22, 2014

J Mascis: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

The loudest guy in the world came to the Tiny Desk to perform some of his quietest music. Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, for years a guy who's turned my ears red, showed up armed with just an acoustic guitar. I even had an amp for that guitar all lined up, but he decided to not plug in.

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Music Articles
11:03 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

"I want it to be folksy, but surrounded by madness," director Tommy Lee Jones told The Homesman's composers.
Dawn Jones Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 8:21 am

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Music Interviews
11:03 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Bryan Adams Celebrates The Classics On New Covers Album

Bryan Adams' new album of covers is titled Tracks Of My Years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 4:24 pm

Bryan Adams' "Summer Of '69" has inspired many a late night in a karaoke bar.

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Song Travels
9:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Carsie Blanton On 'Song Travels'

Carsie Blanton.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton taught herself to play guitar by listening to the music of Ani DiFranco and Joan Osborne as a teenager, and her musical curiosity has continued throughout her life.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
9:37 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Ravi Coltrane On Piano Jazz

Ravi Coltrane.
Courtesy of the artist

As the son of jazz legends John and Alice Coltrane, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is continuing his family's legacy by developing his own sound and feeling. In 2012, he released his sixth album, Spirit Fiction.

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All Songs Considered
9:02 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For Nov. 21

This week's Drum Fill Friday has something from the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and today! (I hope you read that in the deepest, most resonate radio voice possible).

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, careful listeners!

The Thistle & Shamrock
7:35 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Islanders

Maggie MacInnes.
John Slavin Courtesy of the artist

From Shetland and Orkney to the Hebrides, the Isle of Man and Rathlin Island, this week's diverse choice of music is far from insular.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

World Cafe
7:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Bobby Charles On World Cafe

Bobby Charles.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:36 am

As a teenager in Abbeville, La., Robert Charles Guidry — better known as Bobby Charles — wrote songs that would become classics for Bill Haley and Fats Domino: "See You Later, Alligator" and "Walking To New Orleans," respectively.

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World Cafe
7:07 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Sonny Landreth On World Cafe

Sonny Landreth.
Brittany Salerno WXPN

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:36 am

It's fitting that World Cafe ends its Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., with a performance from Sonny Landreth. The inventive and unpredictable slide-guitar player is a longtime Lafayette resident and a perfect ambassador for the city's music. Landreth's first sideman gig was with zydeco king Clifton Chenier, and several of his songs — like "Congo Square" — have become Louisiana standards.

Mountain Stage
6:59 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Kat Edmonson On Mountain Stage

Kat Edmonson.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Kat Edmonson makes her second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. Originally from Houston, Edmonson eventually relocated to Austin, where her jazz-inspired singing soon made her a local favorite. She released her debut album, Take To The Sky, in 2009; that led to a gig singing alongside fellow Texan Willie Nelson and occasionally recording with Lyle Lovett.

Edmonson's fun, timeless new album is titled The Big Picture.

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