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Deceptive Cadence
9:17 am
Tue May 12, 2015

András Schiff's Confessional Schubert

Andras Schiff had a change of heart when it comes to the fortepiano.
Nadia F. Romanini ECM Records

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 4:10 pm

Twenty years ago, pianist András Schiff did not hide his disdain for the fortepiano — the smaller, quieter precursor to the modern grand piano. In the liner notes of five separate Schubert albums Schiff released in the early 1990s, he wrote: "Schubert's piano music has luckily not been discovered yet by specialists playing copies of Graf fortepianos."

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NPR Story
5:09 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Sold Out Grateful Dead Chicago Concerts Attract High-End Scalpers

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:12 am

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Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FRIEND OF THE DEVIL")

GRATEFUL DEAD: (Singing) I set out running, but I'll take my time. A friend of the devil is a friend of mine.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Music News
5:24 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Prince Releases 'Baltimore'; Holds Concert In Troubled City

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 3:07 pm

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Music News
12:03 pm
Sat May 9, 2015

Black Thought Made You A James Brown Mixtape

Black Thought never met James Brown, but he did play Brown's saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis in the movie Get On Up last year.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 8:21 pm

Right before the 2014 release of the James Brown biopic Get On Up, producer J. Period and The Roots rapper Black Thought recorded an entire mixtape in one take. It functions like a documentary about the Godfather of Soul.

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Code Switch
1:04 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

The Slants Frontman Fights Government To Register His Band's Name

Here's the band.
Sarah Giffrow The Slants

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:38 pm

Editor's note: In 2013, we wrote about a band named The Slants and the legal battle over its name. As the saga continues, we check back in on what it means to the band's members — and what it could mean for trademark law.

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Music News
3:46 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Songwriters And Streaming Services Battle Over Decades-Old Decree

Neil Portnow (left), president and CEO of The Recording Academy, talks with Lee Thomas Miller, head of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, at a music licensing hearing in 2014.
Paul Morigi WireImage for NARAS

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 2:16 pm

Music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora continue to grow more popular with music fans — but not with musicians, who complain they used to earn more in royalties from CD sales and music downloads. Songwriters say they've been hit even harder, and the Department of Justice appears to be taking their complaints seriously: It's exploring big changes to the music publishing business for the first time since World War II.

If you look at the top songs on the Billboard charts, most of them were written by at least one professional songwriter. It's a real job.

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Music
4:19 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

The Evolution Of Earworms: Researchers Track History Of Pop Music

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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The Record
3:29 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

In Search Of Intensity, Musicians Turn To Adrian Utley

Musician and producer Adrian Utley in his studio in Bristol, U.K., in 2013.
Adam Gasson/Guitarist Magazine Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:00 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
11:31 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Flower Songs: A Springtime Opera Puzzler

Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili sings amid a massive field of poppies in a Metropolitan Opera production of Borodin's Prince Igor.
Cory Weaver Metropolitan Opera

Spring finally seems to have arrived with an abundance of flowers. In the old poem, it's April showers that bring May flowers. But in opera, flowers pop up for a variety of reasons, and not all of them are pretty. While operatic flowers can be enjoyed for their beauty, their allure can also spell trouble. This springtime fleurs de l'opéra puzzler includes some lovely blossoms you might not want to sniff. Score high and come out smelling like a rose. Score low and feel yourself wilt with inadequacy.

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Music News
8:25 am
Sat May 2, 2015

'Louie Louie': Indecipherable, Or Indecent? An FBI Investigation

The "Louie Louie" record, shown in 2003 ahead of an eBay auction, was a huge hit in the '60s. The hard-to-decipher lyrics led to some sordid speculation among teen listeners — and some fretting among those teens' parents.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

Everyone knows the song — or, well, parts of it.

"Louie, Louie." "Ohhhhhh, baby." "A fine little girl, she waits for me."

But the next line ... How's it go again?

The voice growling out those indecipherable lyrics belonged to Jack Ely, the lead singer of The Kingsmen, who died this week at the age of 71.

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