Music

Mountain Stage
2:46 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Punch Brothers On Mountain Stage

Punch Brothers.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:50 am

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Favorite Sessions
1:54 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Gregoire Maret: Harmonica With Legs

Gregoire Maret at WBGO.
Josh Jackson WBGO

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 2:23 pm

When Baron Toots Thielemans, the Belgian harmonica legend, guested on Gregoire Maret's self-titled debut, the sense was that Maret himself had been knighted. He'd already proven himself worthy on recordings with Pat Metheny and Jacky Terrasson, but until recently, the 37-year-old didn't have his own singular statement to drive the point home.

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The Mix
1:28 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2012 (So Far)

This mix is best enjoyed in warm weather, near a large body of water, with your old school boombox turned up to 11.
Aaron R. Fulkerson Flickr.com

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:54 pm

There's never just one theme running through the music of a given year, but through the first half of 2012, it's been hard to ignore the varieties of ecstasy referenced, performed and endorsed by the musicians behind many of our favorite songs.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:18 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Analog For Astronauts: An Ambient Classic Reimagined

The Apollo 11 space module above the surface of the moon.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 4:02 pm

(Classical Detours meanders through stylistic byways, exploring new recordings from the fringes of classical music.)

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NPR Music Essentials
12:58 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far)

Stephanie d'Otreppe NPR

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 2:07 pm

The albums that made the first half of our year came at us from every direction (often, more than one at a time). We've collected our favorites into a handy little list that we're happy to share with you today.

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