Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 5:34 pm
If the mission of World Cafe's Sense of Place is to capture the essence of great musical cities around the globe through the musicians who live there, there's no better stop than Havana, Cuba. Whether it's salsa, rumba or jazz played in the streets, restaurants and clubs, music is everywhere.
Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 2:39 pm
When Joshua Redman plays Boston, it's a homecoming. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University and quickly won the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. Warner Brothers signed him to make a string of successful albums.
Here's a typical Saturday night for a music fan in Manhattan: You go grab some dinner, and then go to a show. You hang out there for an hour or two, enjoy the music and then leave, right? But what would happen if, instead, the musicians onstage took turns soloing for an hour or more apiece, and you wound up staying until dawn?
Samir Chatterjee is a tabla player, and every spring, he invites musicians from India and elsewhere to come to New York for marathon concerts that start in the early evening and last all night long.
Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 10:55 am
Truth be told, we've been working for a long time to capture and share an M83 show on NPR Music. We tried twice in New York last fall, when the tour for the double album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming started, but it never quite worked out.
Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:56 am
About a decade ago, a duo named Digital Mystikz put out a series of 12" singles on its label, DMZ. The group's music was a hybrid of a number of influences including dub, reggae, drum and bass, grime and two-step, and as the decade wore on, "dubstep" became the name for this uniquely British combination. In the late 2000s and early 2010s, dubstep was embraced by producers in America, who honed in on the aggressive mid- and low-range synths of the tracks coming out of London to make high energy festival jams.
Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 5:07 pm
When the Americana Music Association convenes in Nashville on Sept. 12-15 for its annual conference, it'll be met by another incredible year of festival performances and showcases. While the daytime panels and discussions reflect the organization's dedication to its mission, the nighttime showcases, parties and concerts are what will make the passion of the genre so difficult to ignore.
Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 6:11 pm
When Bloc Party performed this live session for KCRW, it was the first time any of us had heard songs from the band's latest album, Four, aside from the single "Octopus." While "Octopus" is a driving, punk-infused dance track similar to Bloc Party's previous work, the rest of Four seemed more influenced by '90s rock and metal. It was one of the loudest live sessions KCRW has hosted in recent memory, and that's a compliment.