Music

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11:49 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Beck's 'Song Reader': Interpreting An Apology

The Twin City Funk 'n' Soul All Stars performed Beck's "Sorry" for The Current.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:23 am

Beck Hansen's 12th and newest album isn't much of an album at all. Song Reader is a collection of 20 songs rendered as sheet music, released in December by McSweeney's Publishing. With the exception of one song performed at a benefit concert, Beck hasn't performed any of these songs live. The recordings can't be downloaded; you can't buy them on CD.

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Mountain Stage
10:58 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Iguanas On Mountain Stage

The Iguanas perform live at Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:45 am

Roots-rock band The Iguanas make their third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. Combining jazz, zydeco, blues and Tex-Mex music with R&B and roots rock, The Iguanas have spent nearly 25 years cultivating a loyal live following.

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Mountain Stage
9:20 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Mike Doughty On Mountain Stage

Mike Doughty.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:45 am

Singer-songwriter Mike Doughty makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:51 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Marches Madness: Walk Like An Egyptian

Verdi's opera Aida, set in the time of the Pharaohs, is known for its extravagance, yet its "Triumphal March" is surprisingly simple.
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Elephants, Egyptian palaces, politics and love triangles — now we're talking grand opera!

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World Cafe
5:50 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Next: Birdie Busch And The Greatest Night

Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 4:09 pm

Birdie Busch, Philadelphia's whimsical, verse-weaving siren, has always had a way with storytelling. Her lyrics are quirky, candid and infused with a sense of sentimentality.

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