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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:24 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Kat Edmonson: Tiny Desk Concert

Kat Edmonson performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 17, 2012.
Ryan Smith NPR

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 4:46 pm

We first met Kat Edmonson nearly four years ago, when All Songs Considered put out a challenge to songwriters on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration. We asked musicians around the country to capture the moment in song, and Edmonson, a native of Texas, wrote and sent us "Be the Change." It was clearly the best song we received, and she sang it with a unique voice and wonderful phrasing — so spot on.

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Art & Design
3:59 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

In 'Music Of Trees,' A Symphony In The Key Of Cedar

Composer Abby Aresty recorded the sounds of a Seattle arboretum and mixed them into seven compositions that are now playing throughout the park.
Courtesy of Abby Aresty

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 6:38 pm

There's a symphony of sound playing this month at the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle. Composer and sound artist Abby Aresty recorded the natural sounds of the park over the course of a year — including a gurgling pond, a bicycle rolling by on a gravel path, bird song — and then mixed the recordings into seven compositions.

The pieces are played through speakers that have been installed at seven sites around the arboretum. The project is called Paths II: The Music Of Trees.

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World Cafe
2:57 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Next: The Lighthouse And The Whaler

The Lighthouse and the Whaler.
Ming Wu Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 4:42 pm

  • Hear two new tracks from The Lighthouse and the Whaler

The Lighthouse and the Whaler is a band based in Cleveland, Ohio, though its name actually references the waters off the coast of Massachusetts. Originally, Michael LoPresti and Aaron Smith were its only members, and the very first song they wrote together, "The Field Song," ended up picked for a Paste sampler CD.

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Music Reviews
2:52 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Out Of Industrial Wasteland, The English Beat Was Born

The English Beat.
Adrian Boot Urbanimage.tv

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 4:40 pm

In 1978, it seemed that every kid in Britain wanted to be in a punk band. But in Birmingham, that blighted industrial scar in the middle of the island, there wasn't much punk to be seen. The oasis was a club called Barbarella's, and that's where Dave Wakeling and Andy Cox hung out.

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Mountain Stage
1:40 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Hot Club Of Cowtown On Mountain Stage

Hot Club of Cowtown.
JR Ancheta Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:42 am

Hot Club of Cowtown makes its fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. The band formed in 1996, when guitarist and singer Whit Smith answered an advertisement placed by singer and fiddler Elana James.

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