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2:14 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Deltron 3030 Travels Back To The Future With 'Event II'

Deltron 3030 has reconvened, more than a decade after its self-titled debut, for the new album Event II. Left to right: Kid Koala, Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan "The Automator" Nakamura.
Michael Donovan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 8:40 am

It's a hazy world in Deltron 3030's Event II. The hip-hop trio's highly anticipated second album continues to depict the journey of Deltron Zero, the privateer featured in the group's self-titled debut, released more than a decade ago.

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World Cafe
1:33 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Valerie June On World Cafe

Valerie June.
Courtesy of the artist

Valerie June has been perfecting a blend of folk, blues and Appalachian-influenced music for nearly a decade, jump-starting her career with well-received local releases in Memphis. After a relocation to Brooklyn, June released Pushin' Against a Stone — her national debut — which was co-produced by Kevin Augunus and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

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Alt.Latino
12:36 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Cumbia: The Musical Backbone Of Latin America

Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 11:43 am

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All Songs Considered
11:02 am
Thu October 3, 2013

The Good Listener: Must We All 'Love' Music? Must We All Have 'Good Taste'?

This guy obsesses over your tastes in music. Should you?
Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the flyers urging us to replace our nonexistent maid service is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, a pair of queries about the importance of loving the right music.

Jennifer Yousfi writes via Facebook: "I have horrible taste in music. How do I fix this?"

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
10:52 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Helen Sung On JazzSet

Helen Sung performs at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:09 am

This episode of JazzSet was recorded at the 18th edition of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Dee Dee Bridgewater is the emcee, while WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton serves as our co-host.

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Favorite Sessions
10:36 am
Thu October 3, 2013

KCRW Presents: Jim James

Jim James.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 11:15 am

Armed with a Golden Panda talisman and his iconic Flying V guitar, My Morning Jacket singer Jim James recently took the stage in front of a small Santa Monica, Calif., audience to perform several songs from his solo album debut, Regions of Light and Sound of God. With some tracks spanning nearly nine and a half minutes, James took the audience on one journey after another — including this one, "State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)."

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All Songs Considered
9:03 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Watch: Julianna Barwick Performs 'Crystal Lake' At Judson Church In New York

Julianna Barwick at Judson Memorial Church in New York City
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 6:29 am

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Thu October 3, 2013

How Do You Get Paid $400,000 At Carnegie Hall? Be A Stagehand

In November 2004, the Grand Ole Opry came to Carnegie Hall.
Paul Hawthorne Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:04 am

(Update at 1 p.m. ET, Oct. 4: Click here for an important development — management and the stagehands have reached a deal.)

Our original post:

Carnegie Hall's opening night gala was canceled Wednesday because of a strike by stagehands.

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All Songs Considered
5:08 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Jackson Scott, 'Sandy'

Video for the Jackson Scott song "Sandy."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:57 pm

Musicians have a long history of turning tragedy into art. From Neil Young's stirring indictment against the shooting of Kent State students in the 1970 song "Ohio," to the countless tributes and musical memorials to 9-11, artists often feel a need to make sense of the senseless and offer comfort through song.

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Shots - Health News
12:03 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Studying The Science Behind Child Prodigies

Cellist Matt Haimovitz made it big in the classical music scene as a little kid.
Stephanie Mackinnon

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 9:53 am

Matt Haimovitz is 42 and a world-renowned cellist. He rushed into the classical music scene at age 10 after Itzhak Perlman, the famed violinist, heard him play.

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