World Cafe
1:40 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Sara Watkins On World Cafe

Sara Watkins.
Aaron Redfield

Former Nickel Creek fiddler Sara Watkins is a musical protege, both as a vocalist and as a multi-instrumentalist who plays the guitar, mandolin and ukulele. Watkins enjoyed widespread success in Nickel Creek, which included her older brother Sean and childhood friend Chris Thile.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Song Premiere: Jackson 5, 'If The Shoe Don't Fit'

Jackson 5.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:36 pm

Michael Jackson and the word "undiscovered" don't generally fit together: He had his first hit with the Jackson 5 at age 10, after all, and spent the subsequent 40 years in various stages of superstardom and/or notoriety. But troves of rare and unreleased Jacksonalia are sure to keep flooding out in the years to come.

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Favorite Sessions
11:27 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Rebecca Gates: The Spinanes' Star Floats On

Rebecca Gates performs live at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:59 am

The Float marks the first release in 11 years from former Spinanes singer Rebecca Gates, who enlisted a host of musical friends (17 by our count, collectively addressed as The Consortium) while working on the record on and off over the past few years. In this session, she joins us with the slimmed-down version that's been joining her in Portland over the past year or so: Joanna Bolme on bass, Rebecca Cole on keys and Ji Tanzer on drums.

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Mountain Stage
9:51 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Red Clay Ramblers On Mountain Stage

Red Clay Ramblers on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Now in its 40th year together, the North Carolina string band Red Clay Ramblers appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Red Clay Ramblers' roots reach from the mountain music of the group's native Carolinas to country, bluegrass and New Orleans jazz. The Ramblers also have a long association with musical theater, including their Tony-winning Fool Moon on Broadway and their many collaborations with actor and playwright Sam Shepard.

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NPR Music Essentials
6:32 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

KEXP is currently playing an epic track by Seattle rapper Raz called "They'll Speak."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 3:33 pm

This month's installment of Heavy Rotation demonstrates the breadth of music played on public radio stations every day. Hip-hop, electronica, contemporary classical, Cuban jazz, blues rock — it's a truly eclectic mix.

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