Music http://whqr.org en The Reign Of 'Purple Rain' http://whqr.org/post/reign-purple-rain <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15394157/prince" target="_blank">Prince</a>'s semi-autobiographical film, <em>Purple Rain</em>, hit theaters 30 years ago this weekend. Many people went to see it multiple times, often clad in ... purple. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58615 at http://whqr.org The Reign Of 'Purple Rain' Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers http://whqr.org/post/labor-conflict-may-lock-out-met-opera-workers The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.<p>For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 58599 at http://whqr.org Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers First Watch: Maddie & Tae, 'Girl In A Country Song' http://whqr.org/post/first-watch-maddie-tae-girl-country-song It's starting to seem like even the bros are tired of bro country. The truck-loving Florida Georgia Line has switched up its game with the chart- dominant "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42uphHWxmFU" target="_blank">Dirt</a>," a sensitive ballad about marriage and farming. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:52:00 +0000 Ann Powers 58567 at http://whqr.org First Watch: Maddie & Tae, 'Girl In A Country Song' A Rational Conversation: The Sound Of TDE's Success http://whqr.org/post/rational-conversation-sound-tdes-success <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF8aaTu2kg0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWogKxTzdLA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14K47tDLkCA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs26NQDpIeQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwamhuY6Yy8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4r-AhBebTg</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Eric Ducker 58541 at http://whqr.org A Rational Conversation: The Sound Of TDE's Success Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music http://whqr.org/post/finding-anthropology-latin-dance-music <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15199041/jorge-drexler" target="_blank">Jorge Drexler</a>'s songs have been called introspective and literate. He's been compared to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15168166/paul-simon" target="_blank">Paul Simon</a>. But a couple years ago, the Uruguayan musician began to wonder what it would take to write dance-oriented music. That's the assignment he gave himself on his latest album, <em>Bailar en la Cueva</em>, or "dancing in the cave."<p>"I decided to start this record from the feet and from the movement centers in the body," Drexler says. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:29:00 +0000 editor 58531 at http://whqr.org Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music Inside The Sun Records Sound, A Marvel Even Today http://whqr.org/post/inside-sun-records-sound-marvel-even-today For more conversations with music makers, check out NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/music-interviews/" target="_blank">Music Interviews</a>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 58462 at http://whqr.org Inside The Sun Records Sound, A Marvel Even Today America's Youth Orchestra Hits The Road — This Time, Playing For U.S. http://whqr.org/post/americas-youth-orchestra-hits-road-time-playing-us <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7AvzsibovU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9k4SqNnb9A</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 58437 at http://whqr.org America's Youth Orchestra Hits The Road — This Time, Playing For U.S. Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' http://whqr.org/post/teenage-songwriters-take-bro-country No theme has dominated country radio playlists and charts more in the past couple of years than celebration of the sort of small-town good life that features trucks, beer and scantily clad women as the must-have accessories. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58399 at http://whqr.org Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain http://whqr.org/post/guitar-hero-draws-his-own-sketches-spain If you're a classical guitarist, it may be impossible to resist the pull of one iconic piece: the <em>Concierto de Aranjuez</em> by Spanish composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/98281968/joaquin-rodrigo" target="_blank">Joaquín Rodrigo</a>. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:04:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58339 at http://whqr.org A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival http://whqr.org/post/npr-music-returns-2014s-newport-folk-festival The Newport Folk Festival has been around for more than half a century now — this is its 55th year, to be exact — and the event now routinely sells out months before its lineup is even announced. And why shouldn't it? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 58267 at http://whqr.org NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival