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World Cafe
7:53 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Annie Lennox On World Cafe

Annie Lennox.
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Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 8:05 am

One half of The Eurythmics with Dave Stewart — with whom she crafted hits like "Here Comes The Rain Again" and "Sweet Dreams" — Annie Lennox has also enjoyed a hugely successful solo career in the past few decades.

Now, she turns to major songs of an earlier era on a new album of jazz standards, Nostalgia. On this episode of World Cafe, Lennox sits down with host David Dye to discuss why she chose certain songs for the album.

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Front Row
7:32 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Cayetana, Live In Concert

The Philadelphia rock trio Cayetana performs during NPR Music's show at the CMJ Music Marathon.
Loren Wohl for NPR

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 8:02 am

The CMJ Music Marathon, which takes place in clubs across New York City each autumn, began as a way for college-radio programmers to discover new acts for their airwaves. It was in that spirit that NPR Music chose the Philly rock band Cayetana to kick off its recent CMJ show.

Augusta Koch, Allegra Anka and Kelly Olsen are already underground stars in the city of brotherly love, but their audience is poised to grow massively on the strength of Cayetana's stellar debut album, Nervous Like Me. And, as you'll see here, the band's got the whole "live" thing down pat.

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Music News
3:16 am
Tue October 28, 2014

What Is It About Kendrick Lamar?

"I think that there are moments in hip-hop culture and pop culture when we become ready for somebody to complicate our lives," says NPR's Frannie Kelley of rapper Kendrick Lamar.
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Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 10:17 am

Kendrick Lamar put out his most recent album (and major label debut), good kid, m.A.A.d. city, in 2012. That album was acclaimed by both hip-hop critics and fans, and their mainstream equivalents, and Lamar's fame has only grown since then.

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Music Interviews
2:15 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

No Shame: Glen Campbell Documentary Follows Singer's Goodbye Tour

In 2011, Glen Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
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Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 3:25 pm

Anyone old enough to remember the 1960s and '70s is old enough to remember Glen Campbell.

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World Cafe
1:34 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

World Cafe Next: Alex G

Alex G.
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Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 8:07 am

Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is Philadelphia's Alex G. His new album, DSU, which comes out Nov. 4, is his fifth. The 21-year-old Temple University student continues to mine the rich space — explored so fruitfully by indie-rock forebears like Built To Spill — between intimate, personal expression and grandiose sonic worlds.

World Cafe
1:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

James Williamson On World Cafe

James Williamson.
Tanya Alexis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 8:06 am

Today's guest on World Cafe is guitarist James Williamson, who was a live guitarist for legendary Detroit rock band The Stooges after the release of 1970's Fun House and co-wrote 1973's Raw Power with Iggy Pop.

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All Songs Considered
10:56 am
Mon October 27, 2014

The Taylor Swift/Aphex Twin Mashup You Didn't Know You Wanted Is Here

Aphex Swift.
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Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 12:00 pm

You have to wonder what synapse fired in comedian David Rees' brain when he heard Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" and thought, "You know what this needs?

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10:11 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Metropolis: 10/25/14

Hear several tracks by Flight Facilities on today's Metropolis.
Jesse O'Brien Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • Expanding Head Band, "Sound Of Breaking Glass" (Lo)
  • Bondax, "All I See (Darius Remix)" (Ultra)
  • Asaga, "Close Ur Eyes (Original Mix)" (Dextrous Trax)
  • Stylophonic, "Buddy"
  • Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP, "Sugar Man (Vanilla Ace Remix)" (Ultra)
  • Raumtechnik, "Bammer (Original Mix)" (Imports)
  • Chad Tyson & Vanilla Ace, "Wanna Feel You (Original Mix)" (Bunny Tiger)
  • Groove Armada, "Soho Disco" (Om)
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Mountain Stage
9:56 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Chris Smither On Mountain Stage

Chris Smither.
Mountain Stage

A master of modern acoustic blues guitar, Chris Smither often draws on the influence of poets, folksingers, philosophers and humorists. Now in his fifth decade of making music, Smither made his 13th appearance on Mountain Stage this year, when the show visited the lakeside town of Grand Marais, Minn.

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