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4:38 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Alberta Cross In Concert

Alberta Cross performs songs from his new album at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Laura Jane Brubaker WXPN

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 3:09 pm

Born in a New York City bar from the minds of Londoner Terry Wolfers and Brit/Swede Petter Ericson Stakee, Alberta Cross crafts a distinct variation on American roots music. The band's use of folk and blues traditions within an old-school rock template works off the firm foundations laid by the likes of The Band and Neil Young.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:31 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

First Watch: Loudon Wainwright III, 'The Here & The Now'

Loudon Wainwright III at the beach with his grandson Archangelo, the son of Martha Wainwright.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 3:40 pm

Maybe we should all write our autobiographies and boil them down to 5 minutes. Loudon Wainwright III makes it look so easy in this music video for his song "The Here & the Now." There's a poignancy here that is so bittersweet and a trajectory that is both unpredictable and undeniable.

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World Cafe
2:31 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Shawn Colvin On World Cafe

Shawn Colvin.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 3:05 pm

Three-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin is a contemporary folk legend. Colvin started playing guitar at the age 10 and went on to cut her teeth on the folk circuits of Illinois and San Francisco before moving on to the Fast Folk cooperative of Greenwich Village in New York City. During her solo music career, Colvin has appeared in off-Broadway shows and episodes of television shows such as The Simpsons and Treme.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:35 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: July 13, 2012

Conductor Kent Tritle in Times Square. (And that's WNYC's John Schaefer in the Saratoga T-shirt.)
Charles Ludeke for NPR
  • So we did this thing in Times Square, and some people have seen the video.
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The Record
1:32 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

You Can't Always Get What You Want: On Music And Expectation

The singer and songwriter Frank Ocean, whose first full-length studio album, Channel Orange, was released on iTunes this week.
Nabil Elderkin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:31 pm

Birthdays come but once a year, but for music lovers, what I like to call "that birthday feeling" is a semi-regular thing. I'm talking about the rush, tinged by anxiety, greeting the first download click on an album you've been longing to hear for months. It's a complicated wash of emotions, boosted by conflicting hopes and assumptions. You're about to get exactly what you've wanted; but what if it's not exactly what you want? And boy, that bike Mom promised to buy had better be cherry red.

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