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All Songs Considered
2:29 am
Sat August 23, 2014

The Good Listener: Can I Ask Loud Talkers At Outdoor Concerts To (Please) Shut Up?

You're looking at Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes. But about 50 feet in front of him is a dude who will not shut up.
Adam Kissick for NPR

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the letters informing us that we've won amazing prizes in contests we didn't enter is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on etiquette at outdoor concerts.

Karyl writes via email: "Is it OK to ask incessant loud talkers to stop talking or to talk softly at an outside concert?"

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All Songs Considered
12:22 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, From The Dismemberment Plan's Joe Easley

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:02 pm

This week's puzzler comes courtesy Joe Easley, drummer for the D.C.-based rock group The Dismemberment Plan. It shouldn't be too hard for fans of the band to hear why he loves the fills and intros he selected from some of his favorite artists and songs.

The Dismemberment Plan is currently performing select shows for its latest album, and first in more than a decade, Uncanney Valley.

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Favorite Sessions
11:39 am
Fri August 22, 2014

KCRW Presents: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah self-released its debut album back in 2005 — when the Philly indie-rock group became one of the first big bands to break through on the strength of acclaim from music blogs — and still ventures into new sonic territory on its fourth studio album, the new Only Run.

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Music
11:34 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Benjamin Booker Is Raw, Yet Disciplined On Debut Album

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 12:51 pm

There's something about a rapidly strummed guitar chord followed quickly by an urgent vocal that is one definition of an effective rock song, and Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker thinks he's found quite a few examples of this on Benjamin Booker's self-titled debut album. The 25-year-old guitarist-singer-songwriter has already served as an opening act on Jack White's recent tour, and he may be ready for headliner status.

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World Cafe
11:25 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Sarah McLachlan On World Cafe

Sarah McLachlan.
Courtesy of the artist

Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan has just returned with her first album in four years, titled Shine On. With hit albums like 1994's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy — as well as her historic efforts at the head of 1997's Lilith Fair tour — McLachlan is one of the most prominent figures in the singer-songwriter movement of the '90s.

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Song Travels
10:47 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Kate Davis On 'Song Travels'

Kate Davis.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 11:20 am

Vocalist, bassist and songwriter Kate Davis was recognized as a National Young Arts Silver Winner and twice invited to the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony. Hailed as a "talent not to be missed" by The Herald Tribune, she's performed at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center and Rockwood Music Hall.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
8:18 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Christian McBride On Piano Jazz

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 10:24 am

Bassist, bandleader and composer Christian McBride has been a presence in jazz for more than 20 years. A veteran Piano Jazz sideman, McBride has accompanied the likes of J.J. Johnson and Cassandra Wilson on the show.

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World Cafe
1:55 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Latin Roots: 'Mystical South America'

Chancha Via Circuito.
Courtesy of the artist

Today's episode of World Cafe's Latin Roots is an unusual one, in which writer and radio personality Catalina Maria Johnson explores what she calls "Mystical South America."

Johnson says she first heard the music through visual arts, and describes it as an "ecological, Indian, spiritual, organic movement" that has excited electronic musicians in Argentina. In this segment, she showcases music by Gaby Kerpel and Chancha Via Circuito.

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World Cafe
1:46 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Meshell Ndegeocello On World Cafe

Meshell Ndegeocello.
Courtesy of the artist

Meshell Ndegeocello broke through with her hit song "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)" in the '90s, then turned to more brooding and eclectic fare with her 1999 album Bitter. Her experimentation has continued even when she's recording other artists' work, as she does on last year's Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication To Nina Simone.

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Music
11:01 am
Thu August 21, 2014

A Sleek And Busy Walk With Jean-Luc Ponty

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 4:56 am

French jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty played the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1967, which led to his getting an American record contract, and playing with George Duke, Frank Zappa, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Then he started his own jazz-rock fusion bands. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead says before Ponty came to the States, he already had his concept.

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