Mon July 14, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Holly Williams: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:56 pm

Holly Williams performs a Tiny Desk Concert.

Truth be told, Holly Williams brought me and many of my hardened colleagues to tears. The singer-songwriter has a magnificent way with words and phrasing, not to mention a country-music lineage that fills her with pride and guides her poignancy and subject matter.

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Sun July 13, 2014
Deceptive Cadence

Richard Reed Parry Turns Musicians Into Metronomes

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 6:35 am

Richard Reed Parry is best known as a core member of Arcade Fire. His classical solo album, Music For Heart And Breath, comes out July 15.
Guillaume Simoneau Deutsche Grammophon

Richard Reed Parry is famous for making music sound big. As a core member of Arcade Fire, the Grammy-winning indie rock group from Montreal, he wields multiple instruments to help create deep, layered textures in which strings and synthesizers, slow ballads and disco dance tracks are all at home.

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Sun July 13, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

John Grant: Tiny Desk Concert

John Grant performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Alex Schelldorf NPR

John Grant's songs don't mess around: The music isn't complicated, while the lyrics function as darts of retort and thought. His album Pale Green Ghosts is decorated with synthesizers, his voice often drenched in reverb; those tools and textures help make the record strong and everlasting.

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Sun July 13, 2014
Music Interviews

The New Thing In Jazz, Revisited

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 9:47 am

New Orleans pianist Henry Butler (left) and arranger and trumpeter Steven Bernstein will release their collaborative record, Viper's Drag, in the U.S. on July 15.
Courtesy of the artist

Impulse Records is the legendary label that proudly delivered the "new thing" in jazz in the 1960s: avant-garde records from the likes of John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders. It also helped jazz cross over to a larger audience; quite a few flower children bought Impulse albums.

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Sat July 12, 2014
Music Interviews

Chrissie Hynde Steps Out, But She's Not Alone

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 11:15 am

Chrissie Hynde released her debut solo record, Stockholm, this June.
Dean Chalkley Courtesy of the artist