Music

11:00am

Sat November 26, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Gabriel Kahane: Tiny Desk Concert

Cristina M. Fletes/NPR
  • Audio Only: Gabriel Kahane's Tiny Desk Concert

Gabriel Kahane seems to enjoy blurring the lines between indie rock and indie classical. He arrived at the NPR Music offices with a string quartet and an electric guitarist in tow, and though they hadn't played together for long, you'd never know it.

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8:05am

Sat November 26, 2011
Weekend Audition

Post-Turkey Treat: DBT, Marling & Adams, and Nataly Dawn

Screencap from "Superman's Song"
Nataly Dawn youtube.com

Now that you've had two days to work off that extra turkey & sweet potatoes, let's fill up on something that isn't high calorie and slathered in gravy. Tasty tunes including an incredible duet, a cover, and an acoustic tale of Thanksgiving await you...

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6:00am

Sat November 26, 2011
Music Interviews

Doris Day (Yes, That Doris Day) Topping Charts

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 3:17 pm

A new name burst onto the top rungs of British pop charts this year with a song called, "My Heart." Well, maybe not a new name; it's actually one of the most famous names in musical history. Host Scott Simon speaks with screen legend Doris Day about her new album.

4:25pm

Fri November 25, 2011
Music News

Witnessing The Second Coming Of Jeff Mangum

Neutral Milk Hotel performs at Spaceland in Los Angeles in 1998.
Daniel McClenaghan

It's been nearly 15 years since Neutral Milk Hotel released its iconic final album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, but the band and leader Jeff Mangum have never fallen off the radar.

With his bold, tinny voice and honest yet surreal lyrics, Mangum and his bandmates re-imagined how independent music could sound. Now that he's performing for the first time in more than a decade, Mangum is also rewriting the rules for how to tour as a musician.

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1:36pm

Fri November 25, 2011
Music News

New Liturgy Reanimates Catholic Music

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 3:17 pm

Members of the St. Agnes Catholic Church choir sing during Sunday Mass. From left to right: Donald Hukle, Ray Valido, Richard Samp, Jack Grace and Ben Robles.
Peter Maher Courtesy of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians

When Catholics arrive at church for the beginning of Advent this weekend, they may find themselves stumbling over not only the words, but also the music. The Vatican has changed the English-speaking Mass to make it more faithful to the Latin — and as a result, the sung portions of the Mass often don't work.

It's the most dramatic change in more than 40 years, and it has Mike McMahon working overtime with his choir.

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