Deceptive Cadence
2:15 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

A Friday Surprise: Alan Gilbert Will Leave The New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, has announced he will step down in 2017.
Chris Lee New York Philharmonic

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 7:45 pm

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Field Recordings
8:25 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Joyce DiDonato Takes A Stand At Stonewall

Joyce DiDonato sings during a video shoot for NPR Music's Field Recordings series at the Stonewall Inn in New York City

On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village. A riot broke out, sparking successive nights of protest and, many say, the emergence of the modern gay rights movement.

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4:37 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Prolific Songwriter Rose Marie McCoy Was Largely Unknown

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 9:40 am

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This is "I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine," performed by Ike and Tina Turner in 1961.


TINA TURNER: (Singing) Darling.

IKE TURNER: Yes, Tina.

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The Record
11:34 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Unfinished Business

Frank Black (right) and Joey Santiago of the Pixies perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2004, the year the band reunited after more than a decade apart.
Tim Mosenfelder Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 1:54 pm

One thing you can say for the improbable return of Olympia punk deities Sleater-Kinney: By the standards of a Greatest Indie Rock Band of Their Generation, it's off to a rousing start. Not just with critics and fans, but possibly also with people who've never bought a Sleater-Kinney album before.

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Music News
2:03 am
Tue February 3, 2015

To Promote A New Album, Bob Dylan Gave His Only Interview To ... The AARP?

"This music is almost sacred to him," Bob Love says of Bob Dylan's love for Frank Sinatra and the Great American Songbook.
Christopher Polk Polk/Getty Images for VH1

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 12:27 pm

It turns out Bob Dylan is big Frank Sinatra fan. You just probably won't hear it from him. To promote Shadows In The Night, an album of songs Sinatra made famous, Dylan gave just one print interview — to the AARP.

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Music News
4:32 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

'We Need Her': At The Super Bowl, Missy Elliott's Incredible Return

Missy Elliott (left) joins Katy Perry during the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Christopher Polk Getty Images Sport

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 11:39 am

Sunday night, in the middle of Katy Perry's flashy Super Bowl Halftime Show featuring dancing beach balls and sharks, rapper Missy Elliott and her dancers dropped in.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:45 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Aldo Ciccolini, An Italian Pianist With A French Soul, Dies At Age 89

Italian-born pianist Aldo Ciccolini was closely associated with French music. He died this weekend at age 89.
Sabine Weiss Courtesy of the artist

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Music News
7:56 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Court Awards Sly Stone $5 Million In Lost Royalties

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 11:39 am

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SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE: (Singing) Dance to the music. Dance to the music. Dance to the music. All we need...


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Music News
7:37 am
Sat January 31, 2015

In A Few Fateful Years, One Record Label Blew Open The Blues

Charley Patton was the grandaddy of the Delta blues musicians, according to Jack White: "He's the one that all the other blues musicians looked up to. He's almost the beginning of the family tree."
Courtesy of the Revenant Archives

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 1:20 pm

The story of Paramount Records is a story of contradictions. It was a record label founded by a furniture company, a commercial enterprise that became arguably the most comprehensive chronicler of African American music in the early 20th century. And yet, for Paramount's executives, music was an afterthought.

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4:40 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

'Suge' Knight Charged With Murder After Fatal Hit-And-Run

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 6:29 pm

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