Fri November 28, 2014
Music Articles

Killer Mike: 'Rap Has Given Me Voice'

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 4:22 pm

"If I trust you with the power of human life, your standard has to be much higher," says rapper Killer Mike, son of a policeman, on police violence.
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Wed November 26, 2014
Music Interviews

Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 11:19 am

The Kinks in 1970.
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Wed November 26, 2014
Music Interviews

Melissa Etheridge Opens Her Heart

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 5:12 pm

"What's gonna all bring us together is when we recognize that diversity in each other and not be afraid of it," Melissa Etheridge says.
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Melissa Etheridge is one of America's biggest female rock stars. She has all the trappings and then some: two Grammys, an Oscar and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Thanksgiving, however, takes her back to before all that, to her childhood in Kansas.

"Thanksgiving is — it was the one meal that my mother would really cook," the 53-year-old musician tells NPR's Ari Shapiro. "She worked very hard. ... It was a lot of frozen food, my life, you know."

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Wed November 26, 2014
Deceptive Cadence

Stabat Mater: Young Composers Explore An Ancient Text

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 7:10 am

The British choral group called The Sixteen have taken on new settings of the ancient Stabat Mater text.
Molina Visuals The Sixteen

The words of the Stabat Mater come from an ancient Latin text describing Mary weeping at the cross over her son, Jesus. While the Catholic poem has been set to music by many — from Vivaldi to Arvo Pärt — three contemporary composers have put their own spin on the old verses.

Alissa Firsova was born in Moscow, but has lived in England since she was 4.

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Wed November 26, 2014
World Cafe

David Gilmour On World Cafe

Pink Floyd (from left): Richard Wright, David Gilmour and Nick Mason.
Andy Earl Courtesy of the artist

Our guest today is David Gilmour, singer, songwriter and guitarist for Pink Floyd. The venerable British psychedelic band has released what they are calling the last Pink Floyd album, The Endless River. Once again, bassist, conceptualist, singer and founding member Roger Waters is absent.

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