Music

2:30pm

Thu July 7, 2011
World Cafe

Foster The People On World Cafe

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 7:00 am

Courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles's Foster the People seemingly appeared out of nowhere, taking the blogosphere and Top 40 radio by storm with the viral single "Pumped Up Kicks," a breezy summer jam with a subtly sinister edge.

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7:34am

Tue July 5, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Blind Boys Of Alabama: Tiny Desk Concert

Maggie Starbard NPR

The numbers alone bear out The Blind Boys of Alabama's status as one of the greatest and most venerated gospel groups the world has ever known. Formed under a different name in 1939, the band has understandably experienced many lineup changes in the 72 years since: Singer Jimmy Carter is the only participant in this lineup billed as a founding member, and even that term is up for debate.

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8:54am

Mon June 27, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Civil Wars: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 9:56 am

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

I was shocked to learn that The Civil Wars' Joy Williams and John Paul White were married, but not to each other: There's blissful, swooning chemistry as they stare into each other's eyes and sing magnificently together. For a moment, I almost felt duped, and then I remembered what I'd heard and all was set right again.

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8:09am

Sun June 26, 2011
The Record

In Through The Out Door: Turning Abandoned Buildings Into Recording Studios

The Mason Jar team conducts a recording session with a chamber orchestra and The Wood Brothers (sitting on the desk, Chris on the left and Olive on the right) in a classroom at St. Cecilia's Church in Brooklyn.
Sasha Arutyunova Courtesy of Mason Jar Music

For a hundred years, there was singing in the classrooms of St. Cecilia's School in Brooklyn. But since the parish closed it down a couple of years ago, the space has been pretty quiet. The empty rooms are rented by artists or for the occasional film shoot.

This spring, musician Dan Knobler got the keys to the five-story school building from the church, and when he opened the door, he says he knew it could work.

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2:30pm

Thu June 23, 2011
World Cafe

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit On World Cafe

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit perform on this episode of World Cafe.
Allison V. Smith Courtesy of the artist

After spending six years as singer and guitarist for alt-country staples Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell left the group in 2007 to pursue a solo career. Backed by a new band called The 400 Unit, Isbell's latest project channels the punk-inflected Southern rock swagger he honed in his time with the Truckers while tapping into the melancholy side of country music.

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