All Songs Considered
9:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Hear A New Song From Dido Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Guy Aroch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 4:07 pm

Not every pioneer is a swashbuckler. Dido Armstrong, the hit-making British singer-songwriter, has a gentle voice that recalls backyard birdsong and a Jane Austen-like grasp of everyday heartache and perseverance.

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Best Music Of 2012
7:03 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Top 10 Electronic Dance Tracks Of 2012

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 4:53 pm

It's hard to boil down the year in electronic dance music to just 10 tracks. There are numerous genres (house, techno, EDM, etc.) and sub-genres (funky, hardstyle, deep house, etc.), and producing a banging track has never been easier for a new generation of talented up-and-comers who grew up with access to computers and high-speed Internet. (The members of one act featured below — Disclosure — still live with their parents.) We haven't come close to hearing five percent of the dance songs released in 2012 (and that may be generous).

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World Cafe
5:25 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Latin Roots: Christmas Preview

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles is an all-female mariachi band.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 4:09 pm

As the peak of the holiday season draws near, Latin Roots explores some sizzling renditions of well-known Christmas classics. Most people are familiar with the traditional "Little Drummer Boy," but many have yet to enjoy a very popular Cuban version of the song, interpreted by the band Los Papines. The band, commonly known as the "Kings of Rumba," uses deep, percussive sounds to tell the story of a child's perspective of the holiday season.

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Mountain Stage
3:55 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Barnaby Bright On Mountain Stage

Barnaby Bright.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:19 am

The indie-folk duo Barnaby Bright makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. The many instruments the two often use reflect the traditions they've picked up in their travels as musicians. It's not uncommon for the pair to employ harmonium, banjo, ukulele, floorboard bass, thumb pianos and multiple guitars in a single set.

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Best Music Of 2012
3:36 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Now That's What I Call A Compilation

The cover of Sofrito: International Soundclash, a compilation of Tropical music recently released by the Strut label.
Strut Records

If this year the single-artist album looks to be on shaky ground — thanks to the EP's rise, the single's continuing dominance and the neither-nor of hip-hop mixtapes and online dance DJ mixes — the officially sanctioned compilation album would seem even wobblier. In the age of Spotify (not to mention the age of iTunes), most listeners make their own multi-artist playlists as a matter of course.

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