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The Record
7:21 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Sympathy For The Devils

Josh Tillman's latest album as Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear, is a sincere and shocking catalog of the main character's adventures in sex and love.
Emma Tillman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 11:26 am

It's been five years since Kanye West raised his glass to "the a--holes" in the song "Runaway," a poetic taxonomy of bad behavior that formed the emotional center of his masterwork My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It's a sad song about romantic failure, but also a strong statement connecting West to popular music's longstanding practice of being dangerously outrageous.

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Music
5:01 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Feet On The Coast, Mind On The Prairie: Tom Brosseau's Rootless Sound

Tom Brosseau's latest album is Perfect Abandon.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 7:40 am

Before he soaked up the American Songbook, Tom Brosseau grew up with music in church, school and home, surrounded by the hymnal and folk songs adored by his grandparents. Today he lives in the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, but the North Dakota native says his heart remains far away, back at home.

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Microphone Check
5:39 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Microphone Check Live: 'The Spook Who Sat By The Door' Screening

The panel at our screening of The Spook Who Sat By The Door (from left to right): Dr. Greg Carr, Jamilah Lemieux, Cedric Shine and K. Nyerere Ture.
Frannie Kelley for NPR

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:05 pm

This week, in honor of Black History Month, we went down to NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C., to screen Sam Greenlee's 1973 film The Spook Who Sat by the Door and host a conversation about its resonance.

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Music News
2:09 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

A Wrong Note Sets The Right Mood In 'House Of Cards'

House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as the ruthless politician Frank Underwood.
David Giesbrecht Netflix

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 6:42 pm

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On Something Completely Different
11:45 am
Thu February 26, 2015

An Evening of Unusual Women's Voices, Tuesday at 7 pm

Anais Mitchell

Hi, I'm Roland jacopetti, host of Something Completely Different. I love musical anthologies and one of my favorites is the anthology that showcases the fantastic variety of the human voice. So that's what'll be featured on Tuesday evening — an anthology of unusual women's voices like Elie Medeiros, Bonnie Brooks, Anais Mitchell (right) and the list goes on and on. Hear this festival of voices Tuesday night at 7 pm on Something Completely Different.

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Madonna's Tumble At Brit Awards Lights Up Twitter, Stirs Ageism Debate

Singer Madonna falls during her performance at the Brit music awards at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday night.
Toby Melville Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 2:16 pm

Singer Madonna fell off the steps next to the stage while performing her song "Living for Love" at the Brit Awards in London. The 56-year-old singer picked herself up and continued her performance.

The fall at Wednesday's music awards show was apparently caused by a move that went wrong: A dancer tugged at Madonna's cape, which failed to detach, and the singer fell down a flight of steps. Almost immediately, she rose and continued singing.

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All Songs Considered
12:14 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Jimmy Page Reflects On 40 Years Of Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti'

Jimmy Page is remastering and reissuing all of the Led Zeppelin albums, along with previously unreleased recordings.
Ross Halfin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 1:32 pm

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Music Reviews
11:14 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

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Deceptive Cadence
5:46 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Bryan Hymel's Hefty High Cs

Tenor Bryan Hymel sings shining high Cs in the Rossini aria "Asile héréditaire."
Dario Acosta Warner Classics

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 12:22 pm

Pavarotti, roll over. There's a new king of the high Cs. His name is Bryan Hymel and he pops off no fewer than 10 of them in "Asile héréditaire," the Rossini aria that opens his new album Héroïque, released Tuesday.

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The Record
5:41 am
Wed February 25, 2015

A Rational Conversation: Is EDM Easy Listening Now?

Mr. Probz.
Ilja Meefout Courtesy of RCA Records

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