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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Mon July 14, 2014

'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler

Citizens of Paris, headed by the National Guards, storm the Bastille prison in an event which has come to be seen as the start of the French Revolution, 14th July 1789.
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Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 7:52 am

"The Star Spangled Banner" turns 200 this year, and the attention it's been getting is again a reminder of how difficult it is for many Americans to sing our national anthem.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

First Listen: Alvvays, 'Alvvays'

Alvvays' new album, Alvvays, comes out July 22.
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Music is at its most potent when it expands, dissolves, changes and challenges borders. Separations of genre, geography, politics — none are a force more powerful than people getting together to make music in a room. That borderlessness is sewn into the fabric of the self-titled debut album by Alvvays, a Toronto band whose beach-pop seems to come straight from the California shore.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

First Listen: Joyce Manor, 'Never Hungover Again'

Joyce Manor's new album, Never Hungover Again, comes out July 22.
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Never Hungover Again begins with a cold open — just a one-second chord and vocalist/guitarist Barry Johnson "looking at your face in the dark" — of a lanky pop song that already seems to be in progress. Joyce Manor has never been one to extend the drama, with albums shorter than it takes to watch an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast; the punk band can pack an emotional wallop with as much as a yelp.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

First Listen: White Fence, 'For The Recently Found Innocent'

White Fence's new album, For The Recently Found Innocent, comes out July 22.
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Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 2:54 pm

Tim Presley has been performing as White Fence for a few years now, building on a diverse resume that borders on the impossible: He played in hardcore punk band The Nerve Agents in the late '90s, leads the space-rock group Darker My Love, was a member of the garage outfit Strange Boys, and even found time to join The Fall.

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Remembrances
4:32 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Lorin Maazel, World-Renowned American Composer, Dies At 84

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 5:22 pm

Transcript

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

And we end today's show with a remembrance world-renowned American conductor Lorin Maazel has died. Maazel was born in 1930 in Paris and was a child prodigy. By age 5 he was taking violin lessons, by 7 he was conducting. And by the time he was a teenager he had conducted most of the major American orchestras. He spoke with NPR's Robert Siegel in 2009.

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