Music

9:42am

Fri April 27, 2012
World Cafe

World Party's Karl Wallinger On World Cafe

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 2:29 pm

Karl Wallinger has just released a new box set titled Arkeology.
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Karl Wallinger is best known as the brains behind the Britpop band World Party. A Welsh singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Wallinger displayed an early obsession with all things folk and pop. After experience directing The Rocky Horror Show on stage and working in music publishing, he played keyboards for the Scottish folk-rock band The Waterboys.

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10:25am

Thu April 26, 2012
World Cafe

Michael Kiwanuka On World Cafe

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 8:36 am

Michael Kiwanuka's first full-length album is titled Home Again.
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Michael Kiwanuka combines roots and soul with such old-school, retro-sounding verve, it's hard to believe he's still a rising star — let alone a 24-year-old. Kiwanuka is of Ugandan descent and grew up in Muswell Hill, London.

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7:47am

Thu April 26, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Cowboy Junkies: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 8:18 am

Doriane Raiman NPR

Make a list of bands with integrity, still highly respected and still making music after 25 years, and that list will have Cowboy Junkies near the top. More active than ever, the group has released four new studio records in the past two years — an insane achievement. A prolific nature doesn't define greatness, of course, but these past few years have produced some of the best music Cowboy Junkies' members have ever made.

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3:34pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Record

Money For Arts Journalism, In Three Cities That Need It

Proposals for new arts journalism projects in Philadelphia, Charlotte, N.C. and Detroit won funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Knight Foundation.
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Most people who haven't been living under a rock are aware of the newspaper industry's precipitous decline. And even the least media savvy surface dwellers could guess that this sorry state of affairs has disproportionately impacted arts journalism.

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2:24pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Music Reviews

The Sound Man Behind The Soul Of The Nation's Capital

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 8:07 pm

Eccentric Soul: A Red Black Green Production (the cover detail of the album is above) revisits the influence of producer Robert Williams on the 1970s soul scene in Washington, D.C.
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Most people wouldn't think of Washington, D.C., as one of R&B's great cities. Despite the fact that soul music greats Marvin Gaye and Roberta Flack grew up in D.C. neighborhoods, the city never had the equivalent of Detroit's Berry Gordy and Motown, or Memphis' Willie Mitchell and Hi Records. But in the early 1970s, D.C. did have producer Robert Williams and his Red, Black and Green Productions. A new compilation album called Eccentric Soul: A Red Black Green Production revisits Williams' influence on the sound of R&B in D.C.

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