Music

12:03pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Moon Hooch: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:34 am

Moon Hooch performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Alex Schelldorf NPR

People ask me all the time to name my favorite Tiny Desk Concert. It's my desk and I've seen almost all of the nearly 400 concerts up close. So you'd think this would be easy. Moon Hooch have made it a lot easier.

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3:21am

Mon July 7, 2014
Music Interviews

How To Create A Song: Lake Street Dive Style

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

Lake Street Dive's new album is Bad Self Portraits.
Jarrod McCabe Courtesy of the artist

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We're hearing throughout today's program from Lake Street Dive. The music group has two men, two women, and we'll talk here with them about how to create a song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU GO DOWN SMOOTH")

LAKE STREET DIVE: (Singing) Would it be true to say that I ordered you? Or was it you that ordered me?

INSKEEP: Like this one. They use jazz instrumentation, more or less - trumpet, stand-up bass, guitar, some drums, voice. They play pop and soul, and draw big following.

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1:21am

Mon July 7, 2014
Music

Lake Street Dive And The Chemistry Of Harmony

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:23 pm

Lake Street Dive's latest album is Bad Self Portraits.
Jarrod McCabe Courtesy of the artist

Lake Street Dive is two men and two women, all in the neighborhood of 30, who met at the New England Conservatory of Music. As a group they use jazz instrumentation, more or less — trumpet, stand-up bass, guitar, some drums — but they play pop and soul, and draw a big following doing it. In fact, a video of them performing on a Boston street corner has been viewed more than 2 million times.

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5:55am

Sun July 6, 2014
Music

The Kentucky Sisters And Old-Time Tunes As Doorways To History

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 12:46 pm

The Kentucky Sisters.
Jason Rhein Elephant Quilty Productions

Did you know that John F. Kennedy was a Republican? Neither did I. But that's what one of my college students guessed in a course on news writing. I asked another kid what period followed the Industrial Age and she said, "The Golden Age?" We moved on.

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9:41am

Sat July 5, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Foreign Exchange: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 7:25 am

The Foreign Exchange performs at the Tiny Desk in May 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

While on a world tour to support their fourth album, Love in Flying Colors, The Foreign Exchange stopped by the Tiny Desk to rev up a Friday afternoon. I've followed Phonte Coleman and Nicolay in their 10 years as a band — and it's evident their writing and production are honest and downright pungent at times. But when it's time to perform, it's all about fun.

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