Music

10:40am

Mon December 19, 2011
World Cafe

Pearl And The Beard On 'World Cafe: Next'

Pearl and the Beard's most recent album is titled Killing The Darlings.
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With endless three-part harmonies at its disposal, Pearl and the Beard is a folksy pop trio with a flair for lovely acoustic Americana. Members Jocelyn MacKenzie, Emily Hope Price and Jeremy Styles each convey a unique vocal style, influence and vision, with the help of cello, glockenspiel, non-traditional drums, accordion and guitar.

Pearl and the Beard's 2011 album Killing the Darlings has been charming fans and critics since last spring. Given the trio's tremendous chemistry and charm, it looks primed to build on that buzz in 2012.

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9:27am

Mon December 19, 2011
Music

The Music of 2011

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Ahhh, December-- the month of glorious holidays and end-of-year-lists... 

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8:58am

Sun December 18, 2011
Music Interviews

A TV Singing Star Champions The Pop Standard

After taking the top honor on America's Got Talent, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. has released his debut album, That's Life.
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Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. caught a lot of people off guard when he opened his mouth to sing at his televised audition for America's Got Talent. The dreadlocked former car-washer is 6'4" and in his late 30s, but when he belted the first notes of the pop standard "I've Got You Under My Skin" like a certain blue-eyed crooner, audiences and judges alike delightedly voiced their surprise.

Murphy's own social circle was harder to win over. He tells NPR's Guy Raz that at first, his family members laughed at the thought of him singing Sinatra.

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4:17am

Sun December 18, 2011
Music Interviews

The Roots Weave A Tale Of Crime And Karma

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Founded by Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, The Roots have now been performing for more than two decades. The hip-hop group's latest album is undun.
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The Roots might be best known today as the house band on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. But the group has been making boundary-pushing hip-hop for more than two decades, and has just released its latest album, undun.

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1:00pm

Sat December 17, 2011
The Record

Cesária Évora, Grammy-Winning Cape Verdean Singer, Has Died

Originally published on Sat December 17, 2011 1:54 pm

Cesária Évora performing in Amsterdam in 2000.
Frans Schellekens Redferns

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