Music Interviews

10:03am

Sat July 14, 2012
Music Interviews

Dirty Projectors: A Polarizing Sound At The Fringes Of Pop

Originally published on Sat July 14, 2012 5:21 pm

David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. The band's new album is titled Swing Lo Magellan.
Jake Longstreth

Opinions about Dirty Projectors couldn't be more divided. At a recent NPR Music listening party, audience members gave the band's new album, Swing Lo Magellan, both very high marks and very low marks. It was a genuine split decision.

Intrigued, weekends on All Things Considered spoke with Dirty Projectors bandleader Dave Longstreth to figure out why. One thing became clear pretty quickly: Longstreth and Dirty Projectors take a lot of risks.

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2:30pm

Sun July 1, 2012
Music Interviews

Bobby Womack: 'God Must Still Have A Purpose For Me'

Originally published on Sun July 1, 2012 3:05 pm

Bobby Womack's latest album, The Bravest Man in the Universe, came out June 12.
Jamie-James Medina Courtesy of the artist

"We had two shows that night," says Bobby Womack, recounting a recent concert in Houston. "It was a small theater, about 5- or 6,000 people. The second show, I was just out of it; they had to take me to the hospital."

It was a serious scare for the 68-year-old singer-songwriter — who has also lived through drug addiction and the deaths of two sons — and it didn't end that night.

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2:03pm

Sat June 23, 2012
Music Interviews

Cassandra Wilson: 'The Guitar Is My Heart'

Originally published on Sun June 24, 2012 5:31 am

Cassandra Wilson explores geography, as well as a lifelong relationship with the guitar, on Another Country.
Marco Glaviano

Cassandra Wilson was once described by Time magazine as "America's best singer." Wilson was born in segregated Mississippi — also the birthplace of the blues — but she's always been on a journey to explore other sounds and influences.

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10:03am

Sun June 17, 2012
Music Interviews

Kate McGarry: A Singer Inspired By The Spoken Word

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 9:01 am

Kate McGarry's new album is titled Girl Talk.
Matteo Trisolini

2:03pm

Sat June 16, 2012
Music Interviews

One Father, Eight Sons, Nine Shiny Brass Bells

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 1:52 pm

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble features eight of trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran's sons.
Georgia Khun

Over the course of 85-year-old Kelan Phil Cohran's long career as an avant-garde jazz trumpeter, he's toured the world, performing with everyone from Sun Ra to Sarah Vaughan.

When not on the road, Cohran has worked as a music educator, teaching music in schools and prisons, and to his own children.

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