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.
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.
Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:05 pm
Microphone Check Live: 'The Spook Who Sat By The Door' Screening
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.
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.
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.
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.