Music

8:45am

Wed December 21, 2011
Music

The Music of 2011: Day 3

Don O'Brien Flickr - Creative Commons

So many great artists and so many great projects, but these two are very special ones -- one old, one new.

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1:21pm

Tue December 20, 2011
World Cafe

Garland Jeffreys On World Cafe

Garland Jeffries' latest album is called The King of In Between.
Courtesy of the artist.

The title of Garland Jeffreys' latest album is an apt description of his life's work overall: The King of in Between. A singer-songwriter whose blend of rock 'n' roll, reggae, blues and soul is as edgy as it is full of social commentary, Jeffreys knows what it means to be an outsider, as evidenced by his accessible yet unclassifiable music.

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12:49pm

Tue December 20, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Music Tapes: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue December 20, 2011 9:03 am

Cristina Fletes/NPR

By Bob Boilen

Somewhere inside the body of Julian Koster — the Elephant 6 and Neutral Milk Hotel alumnus who once released an entire album of Christmas songs performed on a singing saw — lives a 13-year-old boy filled with wonder, imagination and a talent for spinning a good, quirky tale. Just in time for the holidays, and with the season in mind, Koster and his friends brought those wide-eyed songs and earnest spirit to the NPR Music offices for a joyful and strange Tiny Desk Concert performance.

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8:45am

Tue December 20, 2011
Music

The Music of 2011: Day 2

Library of Congress Public Domain

It would be so wrong for you not to know about these convention breaking artists. Here's two more selections from my picks from 2011.

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8:41am

Tue December 20, 2011
Holiday Music

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert 2011

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 7:09 pm

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
Rhonda R. Dorsett
  • Lay Down Your Burden
  • English Horn Theme From On The Steppes Of Central Asia
  • Remembering

For more than a quarter-century, saxophonist Paul Winter has celebrated the longest night of the year with a concert. For the 22nd straight year, NPR presents Paul Winter's annual Winter Solstice Celebration, held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Upper Manhattan.

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