Music

The Checkout: Live
12:18 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Omer Avital's Band Of The East: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Omer Avital.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 7:30 am

Bassist Omer Avital came from Israel to New York in the early '90s and found himself among the top tier of straight-ahead modern jazz performers. The time in the big city led him to re-investigate his roots โ€” his parents are from the Arab-speaking world โ€” and in 2002, he returned to Israel to study traditional music and oud. Since returning, he's remained a monster bass player, but has also integrated his Middle Eastern musical interests into his composing.

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Field Recordings
12:17 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

The Civil Wars: A Song Of Loyalty, Before It's Tested

Mito Habe-Evans NPR/KEXP

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:17 am

Joy Williams and John Paul White call their Grammy-winning band The Civil Wars, but the two have built a gentle, harmony-rich folk-pop sound in which warm chemistry more than counteracts the tension under the music's surface. Though not a couple themselves โ€” each is married, and Williams just had a baby โ€” they convey many hallmarks of a loving union, particularly in the way she stares at him sweetly as they sing.

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Music Reviews
11:34 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

Samuel Yirga plays Ethiopian standards with a voracious talent that helps him savor each musical flavor.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 11:09 am

Ethiopia enjoys a rich tradition of enticing music, filled with asymmetric rhythms set to a haunting, five-note scale and sly double-entendre lyrics in the Amharic language. It's a shame that, for Western listeners, a full, clear picture of Ethiopian music has been elusive.

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Alt.Latino
11:30 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Digging Through The Latin Grammys: Nominees You Should Hear

Brazilian singer Mart'nรƒยกlia is nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 10:24 am

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Music Interviews
11:12 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Arab Spring Protests Inspire Latest Flobots Album

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 2:43 pm

Members of the alternative rock and rap band Flobots say their new album was inspired by the Arab Spring protests and the U.S. Occupy movement. Circles of protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square gave them the idea for the title song, "The Circle in the Square." Three group members talk to host Michel Martin about the intersection of art and politics.

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