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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Fri January 9, 2015

662 Shows In 365 Days: Bob Boilen's Year In Concerts

St. Vincent's Annie Clark, who played Bob Boilen's favorite concert of 2014, on stage at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2014.
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 11:28 am

I missed another year of TV shows. I missed every single Netflix and HBO series. I did, however, see four times as many movies in 2014 as I did in 2013: four, instead of just one. What I did see once again was a whole lot of live music, 662 performances to be exact. (I count each band as a show or performance.) In a year packed full of concerts, I saw 555 different bands in 144 venues across 16 cities. It turns out I saw exactly the same amount of shows this year as last, which made me laugh ... guess I've hit my ceiling.

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Music News
6:26 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Percussionist Bobbye Hall Is A Liner-Note Legend

A young Bobbye Hall in the studio.
Courtesy of Elizabeth Hall

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 7:09 pm

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All Songs Considered
4:53 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday: A Milestone For Internet Radio

All Songs Considered host and creator Bob Boilen in 2000, back when he still had a luxurious, full head of mink-like hair.
NPR

Fifteen years ago this month, All Songs Considered posted its very first episode. When you listen to that debut (with the link above) and hear host Bob Boilen say it's "a music show for your computer!" it feels very quaint by today's standards. But when ASC first launched, it was considered groundbreaking.

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Microphone Check
3:00 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Black Milk: 'It's Not Really A Cakewalk'

Black Milk in his hometown, Detroit.
Rick Williams Courtesy of Black Milk

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 8:54 pm

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A Blog Supreme
12:14 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

5 Locally Grown Projects At Winter Jazzfest 2015

Eddie Henderson performs three times at the 2015 Winter Jazzfest.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 12:47 pm

New York's Winter Jazzfest seems to grow like kudzu: fast and far. This year's installment, the 11th annual, features 500 musicians in styles ranging from gypsy swing to electronic.

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Music News
2:03 am
Thu January 8, 2015

The Tabla Master Who Jammed With The Grateful Dead

Zakir Hussain learned from the best — his father, Allah Rakha, was a tabla legend. But Hussain's career really took off when he started working with the rock musicians he grew up admiring.
Jim McGuire Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 12:32 pm

All this week, Morning Edition is talking about drums and drummers. For the fourth installment in "Beat Week," David Greene spoke with a master of an ancient tradition who has played with some of the world's most famous musicians.


Zakir Hussain can pinpoint the beginning of his musical life. It began one day in India in 1951, when he was 2 days old.

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The Record
2:41 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Musicians You'll Tell Your Friends About In 2015

Austin-based Charlie Belle, led by 16-year-old Jendayi Bonds (center) along with her brother Gyasi Bonds (left) and Zoe Czarnecki, will release a debut EP on Jan. 13.
Barclay Ice & Coal Courtesy of the artist

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All Songs Considered
10:59 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Viking's Choice: The Body & Thou, 'Terrible Lie (Nine Inch Nails Cover)'

Thou & The Body.
Megan Acosta Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 11:46 am

If you haven't been following along, know that between making gorgeously seething albums, Thou has a thing for cover songs: Soundgarden, several from

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Deceptive Cadence
3:40 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Marian Anderson's Groundbreaking Met Opera Moment

Contralto Marian Anderson in the role of Ulrica from a Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's Un ballo en maschera in 1955. Anderson was the first African-American soloist to appear at the Met.
Sedge LeBlang Metropolitan Opera Archives

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 12:35 pm

It was conductor Arturo Toscanini who said a voice like Marian Anderson's comes around only once in a century.

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Music News
2:03 am
Wed January 7, 2015

How Santería Seeped Into Latin Music

Percussionist and bandleader John Santos performs with Afro Cuban batá drums in California's Bay Area.
Tom Ehrlich John Santos

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 12:35 pm

All this week, Morning Edition is talking about drums and drummers. The third installment in "Beat Week" explores the beats used in Afro-Cuban Santería ceremonies. Our guide is Felix Contreras, co-host of NPR's Alt.Latino podcast and an Afro-Cuban drummer himself.

Note: This piece is better heard than read. For examples of the music and a drumming demonstration, listen at the audio link.

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