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World Cafe
10:27 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Broken Social Scene On World Cafe

Members of Broken Social Scene.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 11:18 am

This segment, from March 2, 2006, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

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Mountain Stage
10:18 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Ani DiFranco On Mountain Stage

Ani DiFranco performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:38 am

Ani DiFranco appears on this special 800th episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, W.V. A fiercely independent singer-songwriter, activist and artist, DiFranco blazed her own path through the music world, implementing a fan-centered business model in the early '90s that all but predicted the future of the industry.

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All Songs Considered
9:23 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Butch Walker, 'Coming Home'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 5:58 am

"I really wanted to stay away from anything too literal in favor of something bigger, more fantastical and ethereal." And with that concept, director Olivier Agostini completely drew me into a sweet story while turning me on to Butch Walker's new video for the song "Coming Home."

Butch Walker was a guitarist in a glam metal band (SouthGang), a singer and guitarist with Marvelous 3, and later-turned-producer for Avril Lavigne, Fall Out Boy, and Pink. Go figure. He's also been making his own songs, and his latest is "Coming Home" from the EP Peachtree Battle.

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Music Reviews
8:08 am
Mon November 11, 2013

No Need To Cook The Books: Booker Ervin's Debut LP Reissued

Booker Ervin on the cover of The Book Cooks, his debut album.
Courtesy of Bethlehem Records

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 10:42 am

Tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin came to New York in 1958. Pianist Horace Parlan heard him and invited Ervin to sit in one night with a band he worked in. That's how Ervin got hired by bassist Charles Mingus, who featured him on albums like Blues and Roots and Mingus Ah Um.

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Heavy Rotation
6:11 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Heavy Rotation: Download 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Holy Ghost! is getting a lot of play on AllDayPlay.fm.
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Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 2:11 am

Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Check out past editions here.

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

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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Music Interviews
1:53 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

In Lucius, Two Singers Find An Arresting Harmony

Lucius' new album, Wildewoman, is out now.
Peter Larson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 3:58 pm

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Music Interviews
4:34 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Heidecker And Wood, Inspired By The '80s

Some Things Never Stay The Same is the new album from Davin Wood (left) and Tim Heidecker, better known as Heidecker & Wood.
Nick Weidner Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 9:25 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Music Lists
2:15 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Cumbia: The Music That Moves Latin America

Dancers move to cumbia during a Carnival parade in Barranquilla, Colombia in Feb. 2012.
Luis Acosta AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 1:19 pm

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Music Interviews
2:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Can I Kick It? Organ Master Lonnie Smith Can

Dr. Lonnie Smith's In the Beginning, a new album that reimagines the artist's older, out-of-print work, is out now.
Susan Stocker Courtesy of the artist

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Around the Nation
2:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made

Sparks fly as Dan Hensley pours liquid iron (at 2575 degrees Farenheit) into the mold for a piano plate destined for Steinway pianos, at O.S. Kelly foundry in Springfield, Ohio.
Noah Adams NPR

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 11:10 am

The Steinway piano company has a new owner. This fall, the investment firm Paulson & Co. — led by billionaire John Paulson — spent about $500 million and bought all of Steinway & Sons, the venerated piano maker.

The deal includes a foundry in Springfield, Ohio, where the Steinway pianos are born in fire.

The O.S. Kelly Foundry has been making Steinway's plates since 1938. The plate is the cast-iron heart of a piano: It holds the steel wire strings with 40,000 pounds of tension, the company says. It allows vibrations to arise in a concert hall as music.

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