Music Interviews


Sun May 11, 2014
Music Interviews

Tori Amos On Where Art And Aging Intersect

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 9:47 am

Tori Amos, new album, her 14th, is called Unrepentant Geraldines.
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Tori Amos has been looking at a lot of artwork lately, and on a new album, she's found ways to turn the visual into the musical. Unrepentant Geraldines is a return to a familiar pop form for Amos, who has been crisscrossing the boundaries of style in recent years — as well as an artistic self-evaluation from a performer who turned 50 last year. She recently spoke with NPR's Rachel Martin about "standing by the creations" that make up her identity at midlife. Hear their conversation at the audio link.

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Fri May 9, 2014
Music Interviews

Dolly Parton's Long Journey Home

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 1:26 pm

"I take my work real serious," Dolly Parton says. "But I don't take myself all that serious." Her latest album, Blue Smoke, comes out May 13.
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Dolly Parton has been thinking a lot about home lately — in fact, "Home" is the name of a track on her latest album, Blue Smoke, out May 13. Speaking with NPR's David Greene from a Nashville studio, Parton says her career has in many ways come full circle.

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Thu March 27, 2014

The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:18 am

The Kronos Quartet (from left): David Harrington, John Sherba, Sunny Yang and Hank Dutt.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of the artists

Kronos Quartet is celebrating 40 years of playing music together — and to mark the occasion, they're playing a celebration concert at Carnegie Hall in New York tomorrow night. Since their founding, the San Francisco-based string quartet has become one of the most visible ensembles in classical music. The players have done it by championing new and underheard music, and by coming up with a business model that was unheard of for a chamber group four decades ago.

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Mon March 24, 2014
Music Interviews

For Boy George, Music And Style Is Just 'What I Do'

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:25 am

Boy George's first solo album in 19 years is This Is What I Do.
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Boy George's style and sound are unmistakable. In 1982, the Irish Catholic singer joined a Jewish drummer, a Protestant guitar-and-keyboard player and a Jamaican bassist to form Culture Club.

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Thu March 20, 2014
Music Interviews

From Preacher To Grass Cutter To Earth-Shaking Soul Singer

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:08 pm

St. Paul and The Broken Bones is led by singer Paul Janeway (front).
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One of the hottest new bands out of Birmingham, Ala., doesn't sound new at all. On the new album, Half the City, St. Paul and The Broken Bones hits all the marks of a classic Southern soul band, complete with a fiery lead singer. Speaking with NPR's David Greene, bassist Jesse Phillips recalls the first time he experienced the voice of frontman Paul Janeway.

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