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12:31 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated

A new collection of Brahms and Mozart recordings by the Stuyvesant Quartet from 1947 conveys a kind of inward grace.
Jay Shulman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 12:50 pm

A movie last year called A Late Quartet told the traumatic story of what happens when a famous string quartet has to change personnel. But, in fact, most string quartets — like symphony orchestras, only more conspicuously — continually change players, because players retire, or die, or get more lucrative offers.

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All Songs Considered
12:03 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Viking's Choice: Violins Swarm In SubRosa's Heavy 'Dead Empire'

SubRosa.
Brandon Garcia Courtesy of the artist

Doom is as doom does. No matter how many sub-sub genre tags you put on it — blackened, atmospheric, sludge, bedazzled (okay, I made that up, but what if) — all descend from Black Sabbath. But you knew that. Doom thrives on repetition, in both its riffs and its tributes. The Salt Lake City doom-metal band SubRosa isn't out to reinvent the stone wheel, but it does offer a unique perspective by looking back to America's melancholic folk roots for something darker and more soulful.

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Music
11:08 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Summer Songs: Clarinetist Remakes 50 Cent

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now we continue our Summer Songs series. Gwen Thompkins, the host of Music Inside Out on WWNO in New Orleans, is introducing us to a handful of contemporary artists who've taken some old classics out for a new spin. This week, she tells us about an unlikely pairing with New Orleans favorite Michael White.

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Favorite Sessions
10:56 am
Thu August 15, 2013

The Current Presents: Valerie June

Valerie June performs live at The Current's studios in St. Paul, Minn.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:19 am

Tennessee native Valerie June feels a deep connection — if not a responsibility — to her home state's musical traditions, as she points to pioneers such as Memphis Minnie, Elvis Presley and Booker T. Jones. "I have a lot to live up to, being from Memphis," she says.

While touring in support of her new album, Pushin' Against a Stone (co-written and produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), June recently stopped by The Current's studios to perform a few songs, including "You Can't Be Told."

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  • Photos/Video: Nate Ryan
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First Listen
10:21 am
Thu August 15, 2013

First Listen: Rapsody, 'She Got Game'

Rapsody's She Got Game will be available as a free mixtape at Datpiff.com on August 20.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:19 am

A young rapper from North Carolina, Rapsodydoesn't want to be labeled or limited as a woman in hip-hop; she wants you to know that she's as good as any of her male peers — and better than quite a few of them. With her newest project, She Got Game, Rapsody is in her own lane, one that skirts music industry norms for female musicians regardless of genre (read: bikinis, rescue fantasies, twerking).

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