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Mountain Stage
12:26 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Scythian On Mountain Stage

Scythian on Mountain Stage.
Maria Sellas Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 9:11 am

The up-tempo string band Scythian makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Featuring twin fiddles and energy to spare, Scythian sets itself apart from other traditional bands by blending Celtic music and bluegrass with touches of French Canadian, zydeco and gypsy styles, a product of founder Alexander Fedoryka's Ukrainian ancestry.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:24 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Fifty Shades Of Faure

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:57 pm

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

All Songs Considered Blog
10:52 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Jens Lekman's Charming New Video, 'I Know What Love Isn't'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:39 pm

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The Record
10:10 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Muse's Matt Bellamy On His Band's Ridiculous(ly Awesome) Olympic Anthem

Muse: (from left) Chris Wolstenholme, Matt Bellamy and Dominic Howard.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:20 pm

Though the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is treating the official lineup of artists at this weekend's closing ceremony as a state secret, the band Muse is widely expected to perform their "official" Olympic song "Survival."

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Deceptive Cadence
6:33 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Hamlisch At Juilliard, A Deal In Philly And Saving Ives

Marvin Hamlisch in a 1979 portrait.
Evening Standard Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:34 pm

  • Broadway and film legend Marvin Hamlisch died Monday in Los Angeles at age 68. Also the pops conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, he began studying at Juilliard at age 7 — and at the time, he was the youngest student to be accepted at there. "My big thing at Juilliard — because I hadn't taken that many piano lessons at that point — was not that I could play Bach or Beethoven, but that I could play 'Goodnight Irene' in any key," Hamlisch told NPR's Scott Simon in 1987.
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