Deceptive Cadence
1:11 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Guess Who's Singing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl?

From taffeta to tackles: Soprano Renee Fleming has been tapped to sing at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Karin Cooper Courtesy of Washington National Opera

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 3:05 pm

She's probably not among your first, or second, or 10th, or 20th-round guesses, but the NFL just announced that American soprano Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.

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World Cafe
12:45 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Robbie Fulks On World Cafe

Robbie Fulks' latest album is titled Gone Away Backward.
Courtesy of the artist

As a songwriter, Robbie Fulks can be devastatingly funny, then slay with sentiment in the next moment. He's made a career of it, while approaching the music business from nearly every angle. He had a brief run on a major label in the 1990s, which helped inspire his memorable critique of Nashville's country music industry, titled "F--- This Town."

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The Record
7:02 am
Tue January 21, 2014

A Rational Conversation With Ebro Darden, Program Director Of Hot 97

Ebro Darden (left) with (from left to right) Young Guru, Bun B and DJ Premier in June 2012 in New York City.
Johnny Nunez WireImage

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 12:18 pm

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Music Reviews
4:25 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Ray Benson Steps Out: 'Wheel'man Goes Solo In New Album

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 4:17 pm



For more than 40 years, Ray Benson has been the front man for the Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel.


RAY BENSON: (Singing) Choo, choo, choo choo, ch' boogie. Woo, woo, woo, woo, ch' boogie. Choo, choo, choo, choo, ch' boogie. Take me right back to the track, Jack.

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Music Reviews
11:02 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Lafayette Gilchrist: An Old Soul, At Ease In A Modern World

Lafayette Gilchrist.
Leo H. Lubow

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 12:57 pm

For someone who came to piano rather late, at 17, Lafayette Gilchrist has dug deep into its history. He loves the old piano professors who'd pack the punch of a dance band into two hands at the keyboard. Players like Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson and Willie "The Lion" Smith could keep going for hours without exhausting their folkloric materials.

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