Music

8:54am

Mon June 27, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Civil Wars: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 9:56 am

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

I was shocked to learn that The Civil Wars' Joy Williams and John Paul White were married, but not to each other: There's blissful, swooning chemistry as they stare into each other's eyes and sing magnificently together. For a moment, I almost felt duped, and then I remembered what I'd heard and all was set right again.

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8:09am

Sun June 26, 2011
The Record

In Through The Out Door: Turning Abandoned Buildings Into Recording Studios

The Mason Jar team conducts a recording session with a chamber orchestra and The Wood Brothers (sitting on the desk, Chris on the left and Olive on the right) in a classroom at St. Cecilia's Church in Brooklyn.
Sasha Arutyunova Courtesy of Mason Jar Music

For a hundred years, there was singing in the classrooms of St. Cecilia's School in Brooklyn. But since the parish closed it down a couple of years ago, the space has been pretty quiet. The empty rooms are rented by artists or for the occasional film shoot.

This spring, musician Dan Knobler got the keys to the five-story school building from the church, and when he opened the door, he says he knew it could work.

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2:30pm

Thu June 23, 2011
World Cafe

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit On World Cafe

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit perform on this episode of World Cafe.
Allison V. Smith Courtesy of the artist

After spending six years as singer and guitarist for alt-country staples Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell left the group in 2007 to pursue a solo career. Backed by a new band called The 400 Unit, Isbell's latest project channels the punk-inflected Southern rock swagger he honed in his time with the Truckers while tapping into the melancholy side of country music.

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11:29am

Thu June 9, 2011
First Listen

First Listen: Bon Iver, 'Bon Iver'

Originally published on Thu June 9, 2011 7:45 am

Bon Iver comes out June 21.
D.L. Anderson

"Beth/Rest," the closing song on Bon Iver, is an absolutely diabolical bit of provocation.

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3:47pm

Mon June 6, 2011
The Record

Apple Announces iCloud Streaming Music Service

Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivers the keynote address at the 2011 Apple World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

You can hear Laura Sydell, NPR's Digital Culture Reporter, talk to All Things Considered's Melissa Block about the announcement by clicking on the audio link above.

On Monday afternoon, Apple announced the introduction of iCloud, a music service that will allow users to listen to their music from almost any Internet-connected device. (Update: Initially we called Apple's service a streaming one. We're not sure exactly how iTunes Match will work, and we're getting in touch with Apple. We'll update again as soon as we hear back.)

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