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Live At The Village Vanguard
8:08 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Matt Wilson's Arts And Crafts: Live At The Village Vanguard

Matt Wilson.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:51 pm

Drummer Matt Wilson is always a colorful player — a timekeeper who exploits all the timbres a snare drum can give him, finding melody in it. And when it's his gig, he's also a colorful personality with flailing limbs and goofy joy on his face.

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Music
7:04 am
Wed September 5, 2012

33 Musicians On What John Cage Communicates

John Cage in The Hague, Netherlands, 1988
Paul Bergen Courtesy of Redferns

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 7:17 am

100 years ago today, John Cage was born. In celebration of his birthday, we asked contemporary musicians across a wide range of genres and backgrounds — not only in classical music, but also pop, rock, metal, electronic and experimental — what they've taken from the late composer's musical and philosophical ideas.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:03 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Silence And Sound: Five Ways Of Understanding John Cage

Composer, conceptual artist and professional provocateur John Cage, in a 1966 portrait.
Victor Drees Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:51 pm

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Around the Nation
2:24 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

Abel Meeropol watches as his sons, Robert and Michael, play with a train set.
Courtesy of Robert and Michael Meeropol

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 2:37 pm

One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to another watershed moment in America's history.

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A Blog Supreme
5:27 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

The Drummer Who Blows Bubbles At Gigs

Matt Wilson.
Courtesy of the artist

Two bubbles found they had rainbows on their curves.
They flickered out saying:
"It was worth being a bubble just to have held that rainbow thirty seconds."

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