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2:17 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Bloc Party Gets Back To Basics

Bloc Party's new album, Four, is a return to their roots.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 9:24 am

When a band sits down to write new music, there's often a goal in mind: They want to tell listeners a story; make them feel something; or evoke an atmosphere. But for the British rock band Bloc Party, the goal was more modest: to sound, simply, like four guys playing music in a practice room.

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Music
3:20 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Microphone Check: Hip-Hop From NPR Music

Detroit rapper Danny Brown.
Lee Clower Courtesy of Mark McNairy

Experience the wide world of hip-hop with Ali Shaheed Muhammad, DJ, producer and one-third of the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest, and NPR Music editor Frannie Kelley. We aim to bring you the full breadth of rap music, everything from old school classics to new school favorites.

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A Blog Supreme
2:28 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Detroit's Jazz 'Patriarch' Improvised A Teaching Career

Marcus Belgrave will be featured at this weekend's Detroit Jazz Festival.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:12 pm

There's a lot of astounding information in this comprehensive profile of trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, "the reigning patriarch of Detroit jazz." After touring with Ray Charles for years, and getting opportunities with Max Roach and Charles Mingus, Belgrave opted not to stick it out in New York like many musicians of his caliber. Instead, he chose Detroit, where he's been since 1963.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:28 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Violinist Hahn-Bin: A New Name, A Modern Look — And A Very Old Sound

The violinist now known as "Amadeus Leopold."
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:52 pm

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World Cafe
1:11 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

THEESatisfaction On World Cafe

THEESatisfaction.
David Belisle

Working in a subgenre somewhere between soul and rap, Stasia "Stas" Irons and Catherine "Cat" Harris-White form the avant-garde hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction. Based in Seattle, the young duo released its first album, awE naturalE, back in March.

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