Music Interviews

11:19am

Sun August 26, 2012
Music Interviews

The Avett Brothers: Matters Of Life And Death

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 4:15 pm

The Avett Brothers are real-life siblings Scott (left) and Seth Avett (right), and bass player Bob Crawford. The band's newest album is The Carpenter.
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In 2009, The Avett Brothers became one of the surprise hits of the year. Paste Magazine considered their I and Love and You the best album of that year, calling it "an overpowering acoustic album brimming with sadness and soul."

That sadness took on new meaning recently. Bassist Bob Crawford took a temporary leave from the band to tend to his infant daughter, Hallie, after she developed a brain tumor.

Next month, The Avett Brothers release a new album, The Carpenter, which explores the delicate balance between life and death.

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10:03am

Sat August 25, 2012
Music Interviews

Chilly Gonzales: Pianist, Rapper, Provocateur

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 6:16 pm

Chilly Gonzales' latest album is Solo Piano II.
Alexandre Isard

The musician known as Chilly Gonzales is difficult to introduce, if only because no one aspect of his career defines him. The Canadian-born performer has shown there's very little he's afraid to try.

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12:03am

Sat August 25, 2012
Music Interviews

Selah Sue: From Online Stardom To A Stage With Prince

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 9:18 am

Selah Sue performs at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Coburn Dukehart NPR

Just a small-town girl, living in a lonely world — in Belgium, with her guitar and a MySpace page. That's how Selah Sue used to introduce her music to those outside her hometown: with short videos made between high-school classes and weekend shows at local clubs, posted to her online journal.

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12:03am

Sat August 25, 2012
Music Interviews

Sean Rowe: An Outdoorsman Enters Civilization

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 8:16 am

Sean Rowe's new album is The Salesman and the Shark.
Marius Bugge

Sean Rowe has a voice and a style that stands out in popular music. His voice is deep — really, truly deep — fine, and often doleful. He's a baritone troubadour who sings of roads not taken, regrets and the dreams that shake you awake at 3 in the morning.

After years of working bars, road houses and more bars, Rowe is playing concert stages and winning over critics for his story-songs and that remarkable voice. But, as he tells NPR's Scott Simon, he wasn't always so proud to be a singer.

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1:23pm

Sat August 18, 2012
Music Interviews

Rhiannon: An Improviser Resists The Urge To Reuse

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 5:14 pm

"There was this sensation of going on a journey together, without seat belts," says Rhiannon of her band's first totally improvised performance. Her newest album is called Spontaneous.
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If you ever listened to jazz vocalists and wondered if you could ever in your life scat like them, there's someone who's willing to teach you. The vocalist Rhiannon has long held the importance of improvisation as a personal credo, and in her career has blended that art form with jazz, world music and storytelling.

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