Music

5:00pm

Fri January 20, 2012
Music Interviews

Jessie Baylin: Searching For A Certain 'Spark'

Originally published on Sat January 21, 2012 4:42 pm

Jessie Baylin says she wanted her new album, Little Spark, "to be nostalgic but still fresh and modern."
Mike Hallock

The album Little Spark evokes a sound you might have heard 40 years ago, piercing through the static of your AM radio. The big string sections and angelic choruses are all there, echoing the hallmarks of classic orchestral pop. But Little Spark is the work of a modern singer-songwriter named Jessie Baylin.

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4:51pm

Fri January 20, 2012
Music News

Artists React To Mexico's Drug War With Music And Poetry

Astrid Hadad performs in Mexico.
Betto Arcos

Javier Sicilia is a novelist and a poet. In 2009, he was awarded Mexico's prestigious Aguascalientes National Poetry Prize. This September, he read a poem dedicated to his son, Juan Francisco, at a rally:

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2:42pm

Fri January 20, 2012
World Cafe

Snow Patrol On World Cafe

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 9:37 am

Snow Patrol's newest album is titled Fallen Empires.
Courtesy of the artist.

Blending melodic, powerful, guitar-driven indie rock with hook-filled pop and Coldplay-style balladry, Scottish band Snow Patrol has become an international sensation with heavy touring, chart-topping albums and beautiful singles. In 2003, Final Straw vaulted the group onto the international music scene.

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10:58am

Fri January 20, 2012
Music

Remembering The Music Of The Matriarch Of The Blues

Etta James in 1990, performing in Normandie, France.
Roland Godefroy Creative Commons

Etta James, the legendary singer regarded as the 'Matriarch of the Blues', passed away on Friday, January 20th. She was 73 and leaves behind an incredible legacy of instantly recognizable performances.

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10:16am

Fri January 20, 2012
Music News

Remembering Etta James, Stunning Singer

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 12:03 pm

Etta James rehearses a song before recording at Fame Studios circa 1967 in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
House Of Fame LLC Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images

The "Matriarch of the Blues" has died. Music legend Etta James died Friday morning at Riverside Community Hospital in California of complications from leukemia. She was 73.

She was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles in 1938. Her first manager and promoter cut up Jamesetta's name and reversed it: Etta James.

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