Music

All Songs Considered Blog
11:03 am
Mon September 10, 2012

First Watch: Tilly And The Wall, 'Defenders'

Tilly and the Wall's new album, Heavy Mood, comes out Oct. 2.
Jason Meintjes

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:18 pm

Once based in Omaha, Tilly and the Wall's members have since scattered to the four winds: They live in different cities, and their busy lives led to a lengthy hiatus following the 2008 release of O. Still, even after a long absence, the band's music embodies unity, togetherness and empowerment.

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A Blog Supreme
10:48 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Five Ways To Mix Jazz And Punk

The quartet Garage a Trois.
Michael Weintrob Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 3:10 pm

Jazz is a sponge for outside sounds. Add another idea to it — say, European classical or gospel-inflected R&B music — and it absorbs, assimilating the sound into a new subgenre: like "third stream" or "soul jazz," respectively. Wring it out, and its own improvisatory essence remains in the mix.

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Economy
10:39 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Master Violin Maker Feels Economy's Sour Notes

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now it's time to open up the pages of the Washington Post magazine. That's something we do just about every week for interesting stories about the way we live now. And today a story about the business of music.

(SOUNDBITE OF VIOLIN)

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Music
10:39 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Strawberry Fields For 'MasterChef' Christine Ha

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for the occasional feature we call In Your Ear. That's where guests of the program tell us the songs they're listening to for a little inspiration. Today is a very special, probably stressful day for "MasterChef" contestant Christine Ha. Why?

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MASTERCHEF")

GARY RHODES: The person joining Josh in the "MasterChef" finale, that person is Christine.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Avi Avital: Tiny Desk Concert

Michael Katzif NPR

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 9:02 am

Other than bluegrass virtuosos like Ricky Skaggs, players of the mandolin don't often get taken very seriously. But a young Israeli musician named Avi Avital is trying to change that. He's not a bluegrass star; instead, his mandolin sings with the sounds of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ernest Bloch and contemporary composers like Avner Dorman.

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