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2:03 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Mystic Rhythms: Rush's Neil Peart On The First Rock Drummer

Rush's Neil Peart performs at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2013.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 10:34 am

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Music News
3:31 am
Mon January 5, 2015

The Original Funky Drummers On Life With James Brown

John "Jabo" Starks (left) and Clyde Stubblefield laid the grooves on many of James Brown's biggest hits. Here, they clown around on the cover of their joint DVD, Soul of the Funky Drummers.
Rittor Music

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 5:05 pm

All this week, Morning Edition is talking about drums and drummers. For the first installment in "Beat Week," David Greene spoke with a duo who shared drumming duties for the hardest working man in show business.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

First Listen: Kat Dahlia, 'My Garden'

Kat Dahlia's new album, My Garden, comes out Jan. 13.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 10:38 am

The first time I saw Kat Dahlia live was on a very cold Veterans Day in 2014. I'd previously heard a few of her singles and was intrigued. I also felt bad that such a talented up-and-comer was booked in D.C. against a blockbuster concert on the National Mall featuring names like Rihanna, Metallica and Bruce Springsteen.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

First Listen: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, 'Club Meds'

The new Dan Mangan + Blacksmith album, Club Meds, comes out Jan. 13.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 10:39 am

You can tell a lot about a songwriter by what occurs in the space between verses. Many writers — hacks and gifted souls alike — will treat an instrumental expanse as a kind of please-stand-by strumming wallpaper, a palate cleanser for the ear. In this strategy, derived from folk music, the focus remains forever on the narrative; the "action" in a song directly depends on the voice.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

First Listen: Anonymous 4, '1865'

Anonymous 4's new album, 1865, comes out Jan. 13.
Dario Acosta Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 10:38 am

Four a cappella voices making divine music: This has been the heart of Anonymous 4's mission for nearly three decades. And as the group bids farewell this season, they're saying goodbye in a poignant way — with the release of an album that couldn't feel more timely. It commemorates the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction.

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Music Lists
5:06 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Tapping The Sounds Of Portugal

Born in Amarante, Portugal in 1982, Marco Rodriguez began winning fado singing competitions when he was only 15.
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Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 12:29 am

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Music News
7:48 am
Sun January 4, 2015

A Light Goes Out In Memphis: Remembering John Fry

John Fry, founder of Ardent Studios, died in December after nurturing some of the best music to ever come out of Memphis.
Facebook / Ardent Studios

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 12:20 pm

It's been a tough time for the music community of Memphis. For the past 50 years, much of the best music recorded or produced there wouldn't have happened without the vision of John Fry, the founder of Ardent Studios. He passed away on Dec. 18 at the age of 69. Music supervisor and producer Rick Clark offers this appreciation.

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Music Interviews
7:48 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Songs From The Obituaries Are 'The Afterneath'

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 1:21 am

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Music News
5:19 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Weapon Of Choice: Why The Stratocaster Survives

Across six decades, the combination of innovative design and talented players has helped the Stratocaster not only persevere, but rule. John Mayer had the Fender Custom Shop design this one in 2009.
Fender Musical Instruments

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 12:06 pm

Quick: Name an American product that's had a worldwide impact, is more popular than ever, yet still looks the same as it did when it was introduced more than a half-century ago? Here's a hint: It might be the only musical instrument whose fame rivals that of the people who've played it.

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Music News
6:00 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Wilko Johnson Set Out To Make One Final Album, But It Didn't Work Out That Way

Wilko Johnson (left) and Roger Daltrey play a benefit for Pancreatic Cancer UK in London.
David M. Benett Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 6:23 pm

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