Music Interviews
5:20 am
Sun June 3, 2012

Noah Stewart: From 'Opera Boy' To Singer

Noah Stewart's debut album is entitled Noah.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 9:37 am

When tenor Noah Stewart was growing up in Harlem, N.Y., his friends called him "opera boy." They were onto something.

Earlier this year, he became the first black singer to hit No. 1 on the classical music charts in the U.K.

But Stewart's musical tastes aren't confined to Puccini, Bizet and Strauss, and his new, self-titled album gives him a chance to put his mark on everything from American spirituals to Top 40 hits.

Stewart says he doesn't mind being called an opera singer, but that he would rather just be called a singer.

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Music Interviews
5:18 am
Sun June 3, 2012

Her Own Musical Blend: Emeli Sande Writes For Herself

Emeli Sande's new album is Our Version of Events.
Lauren Dukoff Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 9:37 am

Emeli Sande is already a star across the pond. Her debut album topped the charts in the UK this year. Her songwriting prowess has won wide acclaim and with her BRIT Critics' Choice Award, she joins the company of artists including Adele and Florence and the Machine.

Now it's time for another coming-out party of sorts. Sande is bringing her unique mix of pop ballads, soulful belting and dance arrangements to North America for a new tour. Her album, Our Version of Events, is out in the U.S. this week.

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Music Interviews
4:05 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

The Beach Boys: The Harmony Is Endless After All

The Beach Boys' new album — the first collaboration in decades between founding members Brian Wilson (third from left) and Mike Love (second from right) — is called That's Why God Made the Radio.
Guy Webster Courtesy of the artist

The Beach Boys are in harmony again. The group is recording and performing together, after years of disputes and estrangement.

Brian Wilson and Mike Love tell Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, that they're not surprised at the reunion.

"We've had 50 years' practice," Wilson says, "not just in music but in being guys."

Love says once they got back in the studio and started writing again, it felt like they had never left.

"It was nuts," Wilson says. "It was a nutbuster."

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The Record
10:51 am
Sat June 2, 2012

A Nerdier Guide To 2012 Summer Music Festivals Than You Require

The dance party that erupted as Chromeo played the main stage at Sasquatch in May of 2011.
Alex Crick for KEXP

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:29 am

In summer music festivals, as with TMZ news scoops and the vintage car market, exclusivity is the name of the game. The thinking goes like this: Festival attendees are looking for a good time and a good deal.

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Favorite Sessions
10:38 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Emeli Sande: A Pop Belter For Everyone

Emeli Sandé in studio at The Current.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 10:18 am

Emeli Sandé's jazzy vocal delivery finds middle ground between classic soul and modern-day R&B, with appeal to fans of indie pop and Top 40 alike. Her debut album, Our Version of Events, comes out next week, and it finds the best-selling BRIT Award winner testing the waters in the U.S., where she'll shoot for the kind of across-the-board success currently enjoyed by Adele.

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