Mon July 7, 2014

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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Sun July 6, 2014

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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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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Sat July 5, 2014
marc on the blues

More Than A Sideman, Bob Stroger Has Played Bass With Many Blues Greats

Screencap from a YouTube performance of Bob Stroger and Bob Margolin playing at the 19th Lucerne Blues Fesitval, Nov. 2013.
jorjunkel YouTube

Bass player and singer/songwriter Bob Stroger has played with some pretty impressive talent: Eddie King, Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Eddy Clearwater, Sunnyland Slim, Louisiana Red, Homesick James, Mississippi Heat, Snooky Pryor, and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith.

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Sat July 5, 2014

A Former Megadeth Guitarist's Journey To Japanese Pop

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 9:51 pm

Guitarist Marty Friedman was known as a shredder when he was with Megadeth, but says he needed more happy music in his life.
Takaaki Henmi Courtesy of the artist

Are there genres of music that are simply too far apart for any one musician to hold onto them both at same time?

If anyone knows, it might be Marty Friedman.

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