Music

6:03am

Thu June 21, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Mariachi El Bronx: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire O'Neill NPR

Being a mariachi is a specialized gig. You might be able to fool people who don't know the music by wearing those tight pants and little jackets and playing with lots of vibrato. But hardcore mariachi fans will call you out in a minute if you try to fake it.

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12:14pm

Mon June 18, 2012
The Record

How Rock Ballads Brought My Father's American Dream To Life

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 6:15 pm

Paul Young onstage in London, 1983.
Michael Putland Getty Images

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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10:03am

Sat June 16, 2012
Music Interviews

Bonnie Raitt: A Brand-New Model For A Classic Sound

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 3:24 pm

Bonnie Raitt's latest album, Slipstream, is the first release on her own Redwing Records label.
Marina Chavez

This April, roots-rock singer-guitarist Bonnie Raitt released her first album in seven years, Slipstream. It's classic Raitt, mixing bluesy slide-guitar riffs with her soulful voice and a pop-friendly sensibility.

The delivery system, however, is brand-new. After years of working with the majors, Raitt decided to start her own label, Redwing Records. Raitt runs Redwing with the help of a tiny staff; Slipstream is the first release in its catalog.

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