Music

10:01pm

Thu December 29, 2011
The Record

Music In Afghanistan A Sensitive Subject

A performance at the Afghan National Institute of Music in November of 2010.
Daniel Wilkinson U.S. Embassy Kabul Afghanistan/flickr.com

Afghanistan sits at a crossroads between central Asia, Iran and the Indian subcontinent, and the country's music reflects that. Kabul hosted two international music festivals this fall — one traditional, the other a rock concert — but music is still a sensitive issue. International donors, including the U.S., have helped refurbish a conservatory in Kabul, but some of the students say they still face disapproval from extremist elements, even at the university.

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1:07pm

Thu December 29, 2011
The Record

Seattle Shakeup: How Sub Pop Changed Again In 2011

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 2:47 pm

Catherine Harris-White (left) and Stasia Irons make up THEESatisfaction, a hip-hop duo that signed to Sub Pop this July.
Christine Taylor Courtesy of Sub Pop Records.

Here's a scenario: You come home for Christmas, call up your old punk rock buddies, and find out they're really into hip-hop and dance music now. Catching up, you pretend to understand words like "chillwave" and "dubstep," taking their word for it that those are, in fact, real things.

That's what's going on right now with Seattle's Sub Pop Records, known for bringing fringe rock music to the masses for over 20 years.

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12:53pm

Thu December 29, 2011
Music News

Government Bulldozer: Protest Songs From Russia

Russian musician Noize MC
Courtesy of the artist

8:55am

Thu December 29, 2011
Music

More Favorite Music of 2011: Day 4

Roger Smith Flickr - Creative Commons

British chart-topper Adele leads in Grammy Nominations including for Best Album, while Eleanor Dubinsky was voted Best Up-and-Coming Francophile singer in NYC….

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2:00pm

Wed December 28, 2011
Music Interviews

Cut Copy: Wine Bottles And Electronic Beats

Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 6:03 am

Cut Copy
Courtesy of the artist

As 2011 winds down, Morning Edition is looking at music we missed over the past 12 months. Cut Copy has been entertaining its fans for more than a decade with electronic music that mashes together all sorts of genres, from pop to ancient tribal music. The Australian group is led by Dan Whitford, who didn't think he had a future in music growing up.

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