Music

Favorite Sessions
2:03 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Chastity Brown: A Promising New Voice

Chastity Brown performs on The Current.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 3:30 pm

On her breakout album Back-Road Highways, songwriter Chastity Brown combines the influences of her Southern upbringing and her adopted Minneapolis to dramatic effect. Brown's wrenching, heartfelt delivery will please fans of soul and vocal-driven pop, while the addition of banjo finds her exploring traditional Americana and expanding her sonic palette.

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The Record
1:09 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

A Close Look At Frank Ocean's Coming Out Letter

The singer and songwriter Frank Ocean, whose first full-length studio album, Channel Orange, will be released on July 17.
Nabil Elderkin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:35 pm

Tuesday night the rising R&B star Frank Ocean did something important. At first, however, few observers agreed on what he'd done. Headlines varied on quickly assembled gossip reports, from the measured to the hyperbolic.

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JazzSet
12:58 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Gretchen Parlato, Conrad Herwig On JazzSet

Gretchen Parlato performs at the Quad Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR.

At the Newport Jazz Festival, we're visiting the Quad and Harbor Stages, where the first rows of audience sit snug up to the performer. With her understated style, love of the lyric and freedom, Gretchen Parlato makes that closeness work. Everyone leans in and listens.

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Music Reviews
11:50 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Linda Oh: Connecting Points On A Musical Map

Linda Oh
Vincent Soyez courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 11:01 am

In a good jazz rhythm section, the players function independently and as one. Their parts and accents crisscross and reinforce each other, interlocking like West African drummers. Beyond that, the bass is a band's ground floor. When it changes up, the earth shifts under all the players' feet. From moment to moment, Linda Oh's bass prowls or gallops, takes giant downward leaps, or stands its ground.

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Alt.Latino
11:39 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Guest DJ: KCRW's Raul Campos Previews The LAMC

Alex Anwandter is one of the musicians KCRW's Raul Campos is looking forward to seeing at the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York. Anwandter's new album, Rebeldes, came out on June 26.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 12:36 pm

Every July, fans of Latin alternative music gather in New York for the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) to see and hear their favorite bands and maybe catch a peek at artists who will become big stars.

For the third year, Alt.Latino is packing our bags for a week of panel discussions, musical showcases, and opportunities to meet and greet bands and industry folks.

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