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Music Interviews
5:41 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Xenia Rubinos: Adventures In Syncopation

Xenia Rubinos' debut album is titled Magic Trix.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 8:16 pm

Brooklyn-based keyboardist and vocalist Xenia Rubinos likes to play with syncopation. Her debut album, Magic Trix, is based around rhythms that sometimes are identifiable as Caribbean, and at other times veer into the experimental.

"It's something I have a lot of fun with — just taking one rhythmic figure and turning it around as many ways as I can," Rubinos says. "That's a huge part of my compositional process, just messing around with something very simple and seeing how far I can take it."

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Music Interviews
4:09 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Michael Bublé On Fishing, Sinatra And Auto-Tune

Michael Bublé's latest studio album, his eighth, is called To Be Loved.
Warwick Saint Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 5:40 pm

In some ways, Michael Bublé is just of a different time. The songs the Canadian crooner sings are the Motown, jazz and swing classics he grew up listening to with his grandfather. Bublé says he misses the pure, unadulterated sound of music made back then — though he is willing to use a little Auto-Tune once in a while.

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Music Interviews
3:57 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Karl Hyde, Underworld Music Maker, Surfaces

Karl Hyde's debut solo album is titled Edgeland.
Perou Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 5:20 pm

Karl Hyde is one-half of the English electronic dance duo Underworld. But he's also an installation artist, a painter and a composer. Last year, he collaborated with director Danny Boyle on the music for the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

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Music Interviews
4:04 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Singing Sisters Reconsider The Everly Brothers

The Chapin Sisters' new tribute album is titled A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Seth Thomas Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 2:57 pm

The Chapin Sisters are a critically acclaimed duo, with tinges of folk, country and pop in their songs. For their latest project, Lily and Abigail Chapin looked to another famous set of singing siblings: Don and Phil, The Everly Brothers.

Lily Chapin says the genesis of their new tribute album, A Date with The Everly Brothers, was a creative workaround of sorts. The duo was once a trio featuring another Chapin sister, Jessica; the three siblings grew up singing three-part harmonies together. Several years ago, Jessica left the group to start a family.

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Favorite Sessions
3:56 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Phosphorescent: An Understated, Epic 'Song For Zula'

Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck performs "Song for Zula" at WFUV in New York City.
Claire Lorenzo WFUV

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:05 pm

As worked into the opening line of the brilliant "Song for Zula" by Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck, the famous words "Love is a burning thing" set the scene for one of the best songs Houck has ever written.

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