Music

The Record
10:14 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Is Transparency The Music Industry's Next Battle?

Taylor Swift performs in Dublin. In June, Swift protested Apple's payments to musicians in its new Apple Music streaming service.
Carrie Davenport Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 12:48 pm

The issue of how much musicians theoretically earn from their work has moved out of the trade press and into social media's trending topics recently, whether that's Taylor Swift demonstrating her clout via a successful protest of Apple Music or Jay Z's Tidal promising artists higher royalty rates than other streaming services. In the background of these debates is the question of whether songwriters and performers are actually getting all the money they're owed.

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All Songs Considered
9:03 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Song Premiere: Le Butcherettes, 'Shave The Pride'

Monica Lozano Courtesy of the artist

Teri Gender Bender, founder and lead singer of garage punk outfit Le Butcherettes, has one of the best stares in showbiz. As demonstrated in her supremely memorable Tiny Desk Concert, Gender Bender (Teresa Suárez by birth) makes direct and unblinking eye contact with individual audience members and the camera, confronting and reversing the viewer/performer dynamic.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:31 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Jon Vickers, Intense Canadian Tenor, Dies At 88

Tenor Jon Vickers in the title role of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1983.
James Heffernan Metropolitan Opera Archives

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Mon July 13, 2015

LISTEN: El Chapo's Second Escape, As Told Through Mexican 'Corridos'

A federal police Black Hawk helicopter flies over a house at the end of a tunnel through which drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman could have escaped from Mexico's Altiplano prison.
Yuri Cortez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 6:59 pm

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All Songs Considered
10:57 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Songs We Love: All Dogs, 'That Kind Of Girl'

All Dogs.
Hillary Jones Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 1:46 pm

Punk is not typically where one turns for mature thoughts on self-care and ending relationships in a healthy manner. But Columbus, Ohio quartet All Dogs is not where one turns for typical punk. The band makes punk music, but calls its songs "loud pop songs," and that's exactly right, too. The vehicle is loud guitar, unpolished but affecting vocals and fuzzy garage drums, but the destination is upbeat, catchy anthems with lyrics that are destined to be memorized before the end of the song.

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All Songs Considered
9:03 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Song Premiere: Youth Lagoon, 'The Knower'

Youth Lagoon's Savage Hills Ballroom comes out Sept. 25.
Ken Kaban Courtesy of the artist

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Music Interviews
7:49 am
Sun July 12, 2015

Alt.Latino Plunges Into Cuban Jazz And Brazilian Vinyl

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 8:29 am

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

Usually when we have the hosts of NPR's Alt.Latino on this show, they bring music from every corner of Latin America, almost always with an alternative accent. But this week, Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd have brought something a little different.

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Author Interviews
6:26 am
Sun July 12, 2015

In Palestine, A Child Of Violence Becomes A Music Educator

Bloomsbury USA

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 8:29 am

When the first Palestinian uprising began in the late 1980s, the images from the intifada showed exploding tear gas canisters launched by Israelis, answered by Palestinian youngsters shooting slingshots and hurling rocks. A photographer snapped a photo of a boy with tears in his eyes, an 8-year-old named Ramzi Aburedwan. The image came to represent the rage and frustration of life in the refugee camps. But although his face was famously stuck in time, Ramzi's life changed dramatically when he was introduced to music at age 16.

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First Listen
5:33 am
Sun July 12, 2015

Review: Tame Impala, 'Currents'

Tame Impala's new album, Currents, comes out July 17.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 10:42 am

Tame Impala's Kevin Parker is a relentless tinkerer: His songs have an impeccable, fussed-over quality, to the point where fussy impeccability could easily seem like the sum total of his mission. Sounding great and being great are two vastly different features in the ever-subjective world of rock 'n' roll, after all, and yet the Australian band's best songs have found ways to check both boxes.

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Music Interviews
5:11 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

Iron, Wine And Horses: 2 Friends Make The Ultimate Mixtape

Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses and Sam Beam of Iron & Wine team up on Sing Into My Mouth, a new album of covers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 7:52 am

It sounds like a dream: Two old friends, supporting each other from afar, both carve out stellar reputations in the music industry. Then, when they're established enough to call the shots, they band together. For two musicians, it's what really happened.

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