11:54 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Remembering A Defiant, Soaring Performance By Marian Anderson



Finally today, let's end the program on a high note. Today marks 75 years since Marian Anderson, the African-American contralto, took to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to sing.

Anderson was supposed to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, but she was barred from performing there because she was black. Let's listen to a bit of Marian Anderson's performance from April 9, 1939.


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All Songs TV
8:44 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Natalie Merchant, 'Giving Up Everything'

Scene from the Natalie Merchant video "Giving Up Everything."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 11:50 am

The song is from Merchant's first new record of all-original songs in thirteen years. The self-titled album is out May 6 on Nonesuch Records. Watch the video, let it settle in your bones, and watch again.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Wed April 9, 2014

KEXP Presents: The War On Drugs

The War on Drugs performs live in the KEXP studios.
Renata Steiner Courtesy of the artist

His band's new album is called Lost in the Dream, but The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel sounds like he's just woken up from one. While it's only the band's third record since forming nine years ago, Lost in the Dream is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessors: Granduciel transforms his ambient, oft-meandering Americana into grander and more propulsive arrangements that are no less exploratory. Like private songs writ large, they reach their full intensity in the hands of his entire band.

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Music Articles
2:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people.
University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 1:08 pm

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Music Reviews
3:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Album Review: 'Libation'

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars take their name from the documentary film that featured them in 2005.
Zach Smith Courtesy of Press Junkie

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 11:38 am

Years since two filmmakers discovered a group of musicians in a Guinea refugee camp, that group — Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars — continues to make new music. Banning Eyre says their latest album is guaranteed to make you smile.

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