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Parallels
10:49 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Dancing With The Dictators: Kanye West Joins The Club

Kanye West reportedly performed at a wedding last Saturday for the grandson of Kazakhstan's authoritarian President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Francois Mori AP

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 12:04 pm

Rapper Kanye West got paid a reported $3 million to perform at the wedding of the grandson of Kazakhstan's autocratic President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Video of last Saturday's performance was posted on Instagram — and resulted in a flood of criticism.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:49 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Watch A Late Composer's Parting Statement, Through The Eyes Of A Child

A still from the video for New York Polyphony's performance of Richard Rodney Bennett's "A Colloquy with God."
Courtesy of Mark DeChiazza

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 8:20 am

The vocal quartet New York Polyphony delights in surprises — whether it's a matter of singing some rather raunchy Italian madrigals or making a video to introduce their album Times Go By Turns (released on BIS Aug. 27).

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Thu September 5, 2013

KCRW Presents: Washed Out

Washed Out perform on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 3:02 pm

Ernest Greene, a.k.a. Washed Out, has always been intrigued by the kinds of records that take you on a journey from beginning to end. During a recent visit to Morning Becomes Eclectic, Greene brought in a full band for a set of lush and dreamy tracks that meander, yet tell a wondrous story along the way.

Watch the entire session with Washed Out at KCRW.com.

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Music Interviews
4:27 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Trent Reznor: 'I'm Not The Same Person I Was 20 Years Ago'

Trent Reznor.
Baldur Bragason Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 1:55 pm

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World Cafe
1:59 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Natalia Clavier On World Cafe

Natalia Clavier.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:30 pm

There was never any doubt that Argentine vocalist Natalia Clavier could sing. She's been proving that for years, performing jazz and serving as the anonymous voice on hundreds of techno and dance songs, most recorded when she lived in Barcelona after moving there from Buenos Aires. For years, she's also been the go-to live voice for Thievery Corporation, and she remains part of its live act.

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