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Mountain Stage
11:46 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Nikki Lane On Mountain Stage

Nikki Lane on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Retro-voiced country singer Nikki Lane makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage. A high-school dropout, Lane left her native Greenville, S.C., for Los Angeles, and found herself dabbling in the fashion industry.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:53 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Dial M For Mahler

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:54 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.

Deceptive Cadence
10:26 am
Fri August 24, 2012

An Instant Conductor, A (Very) Big Baggage Fee And One 'Stroppy' Symphony

He'd better start looking to his left: Singer and pianist Michael Feinstein, who has never conducted an orchestra, is the new principal conductor of the Pasadena Pops.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:27 pm

  • In the aftermath of Marvin Hamlisch's death, Michael Feinstein is taking the reins at the Pasadena Pops in California as the group's lead conductor. Here's the twist: Feinstein has never conducted before. "He's a musician's musician, and that's what our orchestra responds to and respects," says Paul Jan Zdunek, the CEO of the Pasadena Symphony Association.
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Wednesdays Become Eclectic
3:50 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

KCRW Presents: Alt-J

KCRW

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 10:43 am

Watching the English band alt-J perform in KCRW's studios, it was clear we were witnessing an artist on the rise. It was the group's U.S. radio debut, the morning after a sold-out show, and alt-J's members were clearly confident. As the catchy potential pop hit "Breezeblocks" demonstrates, the band draws from a wide and unpredictable range of influences. An Awesome Wave is out now.

Watch alt-J's full session on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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Mom And Dad's Record Collection
3:41 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

How Rashida Jones Found Her Inner Music Nerd

Actress Rashida Jones says Steely Dan opened her young mind to "the mathematics of music."
Vera Anderson WireImage

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:06 am

This summer, All Things Considered has asked listeners and guests to share a personal memory: the memory of one song discovered through their parents' record collection.

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