JazzSet
2:44 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom On JazzSet

Allison Miller leads Boom Tic Boom at the Kennedy Center during the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 4:56 pm

Allison Miller has a jazz portfolio with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Steven Bernstein and a host of others, as well as a pop career with Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco and Natalie Merchant. She's a U.S.

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The Two-Way
2:37 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

House Set For Vote On Holding Attorney General Holder In Contempt

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Gerardo Mora Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 4:42 pm

Update at 4:40 p.m. ET. House Votes To Hold Holder In Contempt:

In a dramatic showdown between the branches of government, the Republican-led House voted along party lines to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. This is the first time in history an attorney general has been held in contempt.

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Favorite Sessions
2:35 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

JD McPherson: From Little Kids To Little Richard

JD McPherson performs in Portland for opbmusic.org.
opbmusic.org

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 2:55 pm

Call JD McPherson's style a throwback if you like, but don't mistake it for novelty. The former punk rocker and middle-school art teacher crafts a raw and energetic blend of jump blues, rockabilly and early rock 'n' roll on his debut album Signs & Signifiers, recording to 1/4 tape on analog equipment. Still, McPherson is as likely to cite The Smiths or Wu-Tang Clan as influences as he is Little Richard or Ruth Brown.

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The Two-Way
2:29 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Knotty Problem Solved: Knitters Won't Call Their Games The 'Ravelympics'

Don't tread on our trademark with those, said U.S. Olympics officials.
J. Pfeiffer dpa /Landov

Those knitters we told you about who had been asked to "cease and desist" by the U.S. Olympics Committee because they were planning a "Ravelympics" have opted to give the slip to any legal issues.

They're going to call their competitions "The Ravellenic Games," The Oregonian reports.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:59 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Second Stage: Vows, 'Winter's Grave'

Courtesy of the artist

Vows' debut album Winter's Grave arrived to NPR folded carefully in a worn piece of paper xeroxed with hand-drawn artwork. True to it's packaging, Winter's Grave is delicately hand-crafted rather then sloppily home-spun.

Vows is a dreamy, atmospheric band with pop sensibilities from a small town in New Jersey. The album's title track has a satisfying blend of enchanting and eerie sounds. It opens with a vibrant riff that rattles over synth keys but slips into dissonant, creepy organ sounds.

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Concerts
1:38 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Live From Tanglewood: The Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Boston Symphony Orchestra opened their 75th anniversary season at Tanglewood on July 6, 2012.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 6:59 am

Seventy-five years ago, an American institution was born: Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a cultural mecca to arts lovers and the musical refuge for generations of young artists.

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Health Care Decision: When A Tax Is Not A Tax

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 4:49 pm

This paragraph from the Supreme Court's majority opinion struck us as odd:

"It is of course true that the Act describes the payment as a 'penalty,' not a 'tax.' But while that label is fatal to the application of the Anti-Injunction Act, it does not determine whether the payment may be viewed as an exercise of Congress's taxing power."

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Mountain Stage
1:33 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

The David Mayfield Parade On Mountain Stage

The David Mayfield Parade on Mountain Stage.

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

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The Two-Way
1:24 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Good News: 'Great Progress' Reported In Fighting Colorado Springs Fire

Smoke was rising earlier today from the Waldo Canyon wildfire that's threatening Colorado Springs, Colo.
Ed Andrieski AP

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 5:44 pm

Our day began with talk of "hell in the review mirror" when a reporter from The Gazette in Colorado Springs fled his home earlier this week as the Waldo Canyon wildfire approached.

But the newspaper now reports that:

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NPR Story
1:13 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Multifaceted Moby's A Photographer, Too

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Moby's 2011 book, Destroyed, is a visual journey of a touring artist's insomnia. See a gallery of photos from Destroyed.
Moby from the book 'Destroyed'

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 5:09 pm

While he's best known for his aural pursuits, musician and DJ Moby has been taking photographs for years. He released his 2011 photo book, Destroyed, to accompany an album of the same name.

The book offers a visual journey of a touring musician's insomnia. Isolated and disoriented by jet lag and strange hotels, Moby shows readers what it's like to roam the world at hours when most of us are sleeping.

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