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Jymie Merritt: The Beat Goes Deep

Apr 7, 2016

Philadelphia bassist Jymie Merritt's place on the historical register of jazz was cemented by his work with major players like Art Blakey, Max Roach and Lee Morgan. But there's a lot more music for which he hasn't received due credit: notably, his own. Starting in the 1960s, he began developing a personal system of polyrhythms and harmonies called Forerunner, and a working ensemble called The Forerunners to match.

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Is there a song that changed the way you think about life? A song that changed your path? I've been thinking a lot about this the past few years and I've posed that question to 35 musicians. Their answers are in a book I just wrote: Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St.

It's been more than a decade since Erin Tobey's last solo album, and if the name sounds somewhat familiar, she was part of the early- to mid-'00s Bloomington punk scene in bands like Abe Froman and Mt. Gigantic.

Wilco On Mountain Stage

Apr 7, 2016

Wilco makes its third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Since its formation as an alt-country-influenced descendant of Uncle Tupelo in the mid-'90s, the Chicago band has evolved into the de facto standard-bearer for experimental rock.

On this week's episode of The Thistle & Shamrock, host Fiona Ritchie handpicks more of the best new sounds from rising artists, along with the latest from some old favorites. Hear new music by Jim Malcolm, Solas, Burning Bridget Cleary, Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd and more.

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Adele's smash hit "Hello" broke all kinds of records when it was released in November.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HELLO")

ADELE: (Singing) Hello, it's me.

2015 In Music: Playlist Refreshers

Dec 26, 2015
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A bountiful year in music is coming to a close, so we have invited NPR's musical mastermind Stephen Thompson into the studio to point us toward some favorites. Welcome, Stephen.

STEPHEN THOMPSON: Hi, it's nice to be here, Linda.

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