Music

Monkey See
2:20 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

'American Idol' Picks New Judges And Makes A Surprising Grab For Relevance

Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson will work together on this season of American Idol.
Michael Becker FOX

American Idol has always been a show with two audiences: the real one and the imagined one. The real one has a median viewer age of about 50, while the imagined one has a median age of about 15. You don't see the real audience frantically waving signs during the live show, but the imagined one. Idol enjoys presenting itself as a phenomenon for excitement-hungry teenagers, but in fact, it's just as much a phenomenon for their parents.

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Mountain Stage
12:28 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Justin Townes Earle On Mountain Stage

Justin Townes Earle performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 10:41 am

Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Backed by his own band — which includes Paul Niehaus on pedal steel, Vince Ilagan on upright bass and Jon Radford on drums — Earle plays songs from his new album, Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now.

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The Record
11:10 am
Mon September 17, 2012

International Hits: Keep Summer Alive With 'Tacata'

Tacabro.
Courtesy of the artists.

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 4:11 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:18 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Amanda Palmer And The Grand Theft Orchestra: Tiny Desk Concert

Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra during Tiny Desk at NPR. (Kainaz Amaria/NPR)
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 9:06 am

A primal, turbulent and artful slice of pop, the new Amanda Palmer record has won my heart. Theatre Is Evil's first song is a wall of well-defined noise that, I'll admit, had me throwing my fist in the air when no one else was around. It was the same feeling I had hearing David Bowie's "It's No Game" from Scary Monsters more than 30 years ago.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Aimee Mann: 'Charmer Is Just Another Word For Narcissist'

For Aimee Mann, the moment a song begins is often just before a performance.
Sheryl Nields

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:52 am

Fans of Portlandia may recall a recent episode in which its main characters (played by Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen) get a good look at their new cleaning lady. They think the cleaning lady might be — and realize that it actually is — the singer-songwriter Aimee Mann.

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