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10:59 am
Mon June 29, 2015

CD of the Week: Kacey Musgraves' Pageant Material

Kacey Musgraves, with her smooth country good looks and simple pretty voice might be just another pop-ish country music girl singer if she hadn't decided to point out some uncomfortable truths about life in red state America in Same Trailer Different Park, and lend vociferous support for marriage equality in the single "Follow Your Arrow." Her new album Pageant Material continues in this truth-telling vein.

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Music Reviews
10:31 am
Mon June 29, 2015

'BrotherLee Love' Offers A Fearless, Fresh Tribute To Trumpeter Lee Morgan

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Music Interviews
1:16 am
Mon June 29, 2015

With 'Traveller,' A Songwriter Steps Out From Country's Backstage

Chris Stapleton spent years writing songs for other country artists. Traveller is his first album with his own name on the cover.
Becky Fluke Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:22 am

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Music Interviews
3:48 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

The Sound Of Twin Danger: Frank Sinatra Meets The Clash

Twin Danger's Vanessa Bley and Stuart Matthewman
Sunny Khalsa Courtesy of the artist

Cocktail jazz isn't a sound you hear very much in pop music these days. But a duo known as Twin Danger is causing a scene with their self-titled debut album and live shows.

It's a familiar mood for saxophonist Stuart Matthewman; he co-wrote many of the biggest hits for Sade, like "No Ordinary Love" and "Your Love Is King."

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Music News
4:51 am
Sun June 28, 2015

In A Kenyan Village, A 65-Year-Old Recording Comes Home

Philip Cheruiyot (second from left) leans in to read the song titles on the CD booklet brought by Diane Thram. Cheruiyot's grandfather sang on Hugh Tracey's recording of "Chemirocha II."
Ryan Kailath

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 6:40 am

From Robert Johnson selling his soul at the crossroads to Odysseus outwitting the sirens, the history of music is filled with myth and legend. Music loves a good story, and a certain recording from a Kenyan village definitely has one — one that's 65 years old.

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Music Interviews
4:51 am
Sun June 28, 2015

The Villalobos Brothers Match Music With Frida Kahlo

The Villalobos Brothers, with their combination of traditional Mexican music and lyrics inspired by modern themes, are accompanying a Frida Kahlo exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 5:43 pm

Frida Kahlo became known for works that are bold, colorful, rebellious and emotive. What music might best compliment her paintings? The Villalobos Brothers, a trio of singer-violinists from Veracruz, Mexico, now based in Manhattan, were asked to help answer that question.

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Movie Interviews
4:51 am
Sun June 28, 2015

From 'My Adidas' To FUBU, Fashion And Hip-Hop Have Always Matched Beats

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 6:40 am

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Music Interviews
2:12 pm
Sat June 27, 2015

'I Just Love Dirt': Bilal Gets Grungy In The Studio

Bilal's latest album is In Another Life.
Kawai Matthews Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 3:36 pm

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Music
11:03 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Dale Watson: Call Him Insane, But Don't Call Him Country

Dale Watson's new album, Call Me Insane, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 7:30 am

With a silver pompadour and a belt-busting baritone that delivers songs about heartbreak and honky-tonking, Texas musician Dale Watson is straight country — but he doesn't necessarily want you to say so.

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Music Interviews
2:54 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

'There's No Box For Me': Miguel On Embracing Difference

Wildheart is the follow-up to Miguel's 2012 breakout album, Kaleidoscope Dream.
Daniel Sannwald

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 6:20 pm

On his last album, Miguel sang songs that swooned with the emotion of a first kiss. Wildheart, the new album by the Grammy-winning R&B artist, takes things a little further. While that sleek mix of bass, synths and soul that powered his 2012 breakout remains, the songwriting on Wildheart takes a much more personal, introspective approach.

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