Sun November 6, 2011
Live @ Swallow Hill Sessions

The Wood Brothers: Live @ Swallow Hill

Courtesy Ian Rawn

An incredible show recorded at the L2 Arts & Culture Center with The Wood Brothers! This performance catches The Wood Brothers on their 2nd night on tour and is appropriately enough, the 2nd show in our Live @ Swallow Hill Sessions...

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Sun November 6, 2011

The Surgery That Saves Silenced Singers

Adele at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.
Jason Merritt Getty Images

The biggest-selling pop artist of the year has gone silent.

The British pop/soul singer Adele was forced to cancel the rest of her 2011 tour. Earlier this year, she suffered two vocal hemorrhages and will need to undergo surgery.

Singers are in a high-risk business. Many famous singers have needed similar treatment.

"Essentially, people who sing are vocal athletes," says Dr. Steven Zeitels, director of the Voice Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. "So you can look at this as a not unusual scenario as an athlete getting an injury in that area."

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Fri November 4, 2011

Weekend Audition: Your ABC’s, But Basically Belafonte

Released in 1956, Calypso was the album that made Belafonte's career and spent 31 weeks at the top of the Billboard album charts.

ADAMS.  KUNC airs the songs of Ryan Adams, including those from his newest album, Ashes and Fire.  Not to be confused, of course, with a Sinatra classic, here’s his song, “New York, New York,” from his album, Gold. It is dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The date of this video casts an eerie feeling: September 7, 2011. 

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Fri November 4, 2011
World Cafe

World Cafe: 20th-Anniversary Concert Highlights

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 8:29 am

Feist performs at the World Cafe 20th-anniversary concert.
John Bartol WXPN

Today's show features live performances from some of our favorite World Cafe artists, straight from our 20th-anniversary celebration concerts.

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Fri November 4, 2011
Music Interviews

John Wesley Harding: The Musical Side Of A Split Personality

John Wesley Harding's latest album is called The Sound of His Own Voice.
Allison Michael Orenstein Courtesy of the artist

"When I first started making music, I took a fake name to disguise the fact I was going to embark on what was bound to be a short, unsatisfactory musical career," John Wesley Harding says. That was 23 years ago.

Harding recently launched a side career as a novelist, for which he uses his given name: Wesley Stace. But he's continued to release music under his alias, a name he shares with a 1967 Bob Dylan record. Speaking with Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon, Harding says he's learned to spread the wealth between his two creative personas.

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