Tue April 22, 2014

Remembering Jason Molina, A Musician Who Refused To Look Back

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 10:34 am

Jason Molina performs in Barcelona with Magnolia Electric Co. in 2009.
Jordi Vidal Redferns


Sat April 19, 2014
marc on the blues

'Hawkeye' Herman Teaches Children How The Blues Had A Baby

Hawkeye Herman at the Blues Foundation's office in Memphis, Tenn., 2006.
Robert Stolpe courtesy of the artist

Michael “Hawkeye” Herman passes along his love of the Blues and lets young people know the importance of the music in the development of American culture through the Blues in the Schools program.

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Sat April 19, 2014

Rufus Wainwright Takes A Look Back

Rufus Wainwright performing at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, 2008.
Alterna2 Flickr - Creative Commons

Canadian-American singer songwriter, Rufus Wainwright’s new retrospective Vibrate: The Best Of contains what one would expect of the title, 17 of Wainwright’s finest. There's also one new song that holds an interesting story.

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Sat April 19, 2014

Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 9:40 am

Rufus Wainwright joins Wade Goodwyn in NPR's Studio 1 to play a few of his hits.
Mike Beacom NPR

Rufus Wainwright creates music that is theatrical, emotional and operatic. Listening to his albums can feel like experiencing a Shakespearean play, with wit, tragedy and heartbreak all side by side.

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Mon April 14, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Courtney Barnett: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 6:55 am

Courtney Barnett performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Courtney Barnett can tell you a story like she's your best friend — provided your best friend is a funny poet with an Australian accent. Listen to "Avant Gardener," an autobiographical account of trying to turn a life around through gardening, only to be foiled by a severe allergic reaction. The tale that follows at this Tiny Desk Concert, "History Eraser," is a ramble in an alcohol-fueled dream state; it features some of the best lyric-writing in music today. Here's a sample from that song:

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