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7:03 am
Tue November 27, 2012

San Cisco: An 'Awkward' Upstart From Down Under

San Cisco performs on The Current.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:33 am

Getting San Cisco to the U.S. airwaves was a serendipitous event. Early in the summer of 2012, The Current's local-music producer (Jon Schober) was watching the YouTube video for Metronomy's "The Look," and saw San Cisco's video for "Awkward" pop up as a recommended follow-up. The charming song, with its back-and-forth vocals between drummer Jordi Davieson and guitarist Josh Biondillo, stuck.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Old Music Tuesday: Le Tigre

Le Tigre.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 4:39 pm

Twelve years ago this month, I was handed a sensitive document and charged with making sure it found its way into the right hands.

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World Cafe
5:09 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Next: Elephant Stone

Elephant Stone.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 1:30 pm

Though the shock value of dropping a sitar into Western pop music has decreased since George Harrison's Hare Krishna days, the metallic, resonant drones of the instrument can still take a normal pop song and twist it into something unexpected. Rishi Dhir, sitarist, bassist and founding member of Elephant Stone, takes full advantage of the juxtaposition.

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Music Interviews
4:31 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Meshell Ndegeocello Honors Simone's 'Sovereign Soul'

Meshell Ndegeocello says she hopes her new album, a tribute to Nina Simone, revives interest in the work and life of the late artist.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 10:28 am

On her latest album, Pour Une Âme Souveraine, singer and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello performs the songs of Nina Simone. The French title is a nod to the fact that Simone spent the later years of her life in France, but it's also Ndegeocello's way of honoring her idol.

"It means 'for a sovereign soul,' " Ndegeocello tells NPR's Melissa Block. "She was one of the people, but I felt she was like royalty."

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The Two-Way
2:43 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

State Department: Andrew W.K. Won't Party In Bahrain On Government Dime

Becky Lettenberger/NPR

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 4:29 pm

Andrew W.K., whom NPR Music described as the "long-haired, wild-eyed, keyboard-pounding, sublimely over-the-top party-rocker," won't be taking his party to Bahrain.

At least not on the government's dime.The State Department has rescinded its invitation, stopped the music if you will, just as word started to spread that the U.S. Embassy in Manama had invited W.K. to perform.

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