Music

Remembrances
4:36 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Roman Totenberg's Remarkable Life And Death

Totenberg teaches student Letitia Hom in his classroom at Boston University. Totenberg made his debut as a soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic at age 11.
David L. Ryan The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 12:20 pm

My father, world-renowned virtuoso violinist and teacher Roman Totenberg, whose professional career spanned nine decades and four continents, died early Tuesday morning at the age of 101.

His death was as remarkable as his life. He made his debut as a soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic at age 11, performed his last concert when he was in his mid-90s, and was still teaching, literally, on his deathbed. This week, as word flew around the musical world that he was in renal failure, former students flocked to his home in Newton, Mass., to see the beloved "maestro."

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World Cafe
4:13 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

First Aid Kit On World Cafe

First Aid Kit.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 5:15 pm

Named as a World Cafe: Next artist just this past March, the charming sister duo First Aid Kit returns with a full-length World Cafe session. Swedish siblings Johanna and Klara Söderberg are barely into their twenties, but they already have an international reputation for their rich harmonies and simple, rousing folk songs.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:40 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Behind 'Parsonz Curse,' The Bellowing Howl Of Royal Thunder

As a kid, Mlny Parsonz found her voice by growling a Whitney Houston song in the back of a van.
Christy Parry

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 7:33 pm

Royal Thunder is at a crucial point in its young career. The Atlanta hard-rock band's 2009 EP was like the hard-hitting rookie batter who causes serious chatter; a heavy, '70s-style riff machine with pipes that could tear through walls. But fast-burning flames burn the fastest, setting up crazy expectations and jinxing long-term prospects.

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All Songs Considered
2:40 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

New Music: Patti Smith, Best Coast, Debo Band And More

Clockwise from top left: Best Coast, Patti Smith, Debo Band, fun.
Courtesy of the artists / NPR

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 9:14 am

On this edition of All Songs Considered, a strange mishap turns Robin Hilton into a robot ... and he/it is programmed to talk about how great a time the All Songs Considered crew had at our fantastic fun. concert. Hiltonbot 2.0 is good and all, but it could never take the place of flesh-and-blood, music-loving nerdery, so the show includes picks from the apparently-human NPR Music editor Jacob Ganz and All Songs Considered intern Dan Raby.

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Music Reviews
2:18 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Chicha Libre: Sonic Predators Rock Peruvian Grooves

A Brooklyn band with musicians from three continents, Chicha Libre has just released its second album, Canibalismo.
Txuca

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 6:07 pm

Chicha is a corn-derived liquor native to the South American Andes since ancient times. It's also a quirky style of pop music that developed in the Peruvian Amazon in the 1960s and '70s. All of that provides inspiration for the Brooklyn band Chicha Libre, which has just released its second album, Canibalismo.

Founder Olivier Conan developed a passion for chicha music while crate-digging through old vinyl in Peru. He says all pop-music innovators are really sonic predators.

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