Music

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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9:31am

Sat June 16, 2012
Marc On The Blues

Nine O'Clock Blues: The Louisiana Blues

Al Rapone's 1990 album, 'Zydeco To Go'.
Blind Pig

The Louisiana blues style developed rather late. It was not until after World War 2 that the state really began to make a notable mark on the blues world.

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5:52pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Music Interviews

Glen Hansard: The Best Songs Come 'As A Gift'

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 7:59 am

Glen Hansard's new album, his first proper solo release, is titled Rhythm and Repose.
Heidi Rose

Glen Hansard began singing on the streets of Dublin when he was just 13. Now, in his early 40s, it's almost hard to count his honors. Once, the musical featuring his songs, just won eight Tony Awards.

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5:48pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Annoying Music

The Most Annoying Songs Of The Summer (So Far)

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 12:22 pm

No one ever said summer music had to be fun.
Ryan Lane iStockPhoto.com

NPR Music has already put together a list of 50 of our favorite songs to help you celebrate the summer. On it, you'll find cheery synth-pop singles, smooth R&B ballads, thumping club bangers and fist-pumping rock anthems.

Missing, however, are those "deep cuts" that lend themselves to a detached, ironic, slightly campy appreciation — the songs that are so bad they're good.

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