Music

2:01pm

Thu May 31, 2012
Music Reviews

Melody Gardot Aims For The Space Between Notes

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 10:39 am

Melody Gardot takes an understated approach to Brazilian music on her new album, The Absence.
Fabrizio Ferri

The other day, I had a conversation with Melody Gardot about space. Not outer space, but the space between notes in her music. These days, there's lots of it.

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12:45pm

Thu May 31, 2012
The Record

Portraits Of An American Metal Festival

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 11:05 am

Lars Gotrich NPR

Last weekend I was among the legion of ecstatic metalheads that had descended upon Baltimore to attend Maryland Deathfest. In its 10th year, the Sonar compound was bursting at the seams with fans from across the spectrum and around the globe, stoking a community that stays connected long after the outdoor stages on East Saratoga Street are taken down.

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11:34am

Thu May 31, 2012
World Cafe

Latin Roots: The Underground Beat Of Reggaeton

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 1:59 pm

Tego Calderon, one of Reggaeton's top artists and producers, performs for fans in New York City.
Scott Gries Getty Images

Today on Latin Roots from World Cafe, NPR's Jasmine Garsd discusses the history of Reggaeton. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Garsd spent her teenage years hooked on Argentine rock. Garsd moved to the U.S. after high school and quickly encountered an eclectic mix of American music; now, she co-hosts NPR's Alt.Latino with Felix Contreras.

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10:50am

Thu May 31, 2012
World Cafe

The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 1:59 pm

Courtesy of the artist

The Magnetic Fields' music provides one of several outlets for frontman Stephin Merritt's inspired songwriting. The band began recording a string of eclectic albums in 1993, and finally found mainstream recognition with 1999's three-disc 69 Love Songs.

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8:58am

Thu May 31, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Patrick Watson: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 11:31 am

Michael Katzif NPR

Patrick Watson has a lovely, flexible voice and a gift for wringing evocative sounds out of everything from vintage keyboards to bicycle chains, but his real gift lies in his ability to maximize beauty at all times; to guide every noise in such a way that it coheres into something dramatic and graceful. When the Polaris Prize winner performs, he seems almost hypnotized by the sounds around him, yet every second and every unlikely component seems plotted to maximize its impact.

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