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Monkey See
7:30 am
Tue May 7, 2013

MTV's Musical Legacy: How 'Unplugged' Sold The Radio Star

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City in November 1993.
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It's generally understood that something about MTV was revolutionary. Perhaps it was the music video, perhaps it was the short attention span, perhaps it was The Real World, but something about MTV had enough cultural permanency that it made for a fine oral history from Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum, called I Want My MTV, in late 2011.

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All Songs Considered
6:24 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Song Premiere: Sharon Jones' Explosive 'Retreat'

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Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:19 pm

If this song had just the tubular bells at the top and then that Motown guitar riff, I'd have been hooked and happy. But then, along comes Sharon Jones, the brilliant, powerful soul singer, and the song explodes. "Retreat!" is the perfect marriage of singer, song and band. A lot has happened to Sharon Jones and Bushwick's brilliant professors of soul, the Dap-Kings, in the three years since they last recorded. They played the Apollo, the Hollywood Bowl, Sydney Opera House and SXSW. And they've just gotten stronger and stronger.

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The Record
1:53 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Harry Connick, 'Idol' And The Pop Charts: Can You Define 'Good' Singing?

Harry Connick, Jr. (center) with the final four contestants on season 12 of American Idol. From left: Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison.
Michael Becker FOX

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 4:47 pm

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World Cafe
1:29 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Next: Treetop Flyers

Treetop Flyers.
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Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 7:14 pm

  • Hear Two New Songs By Treetop Flyers

The members of London's Treetop Flyers capture the sound of California folk-rock in the '60s on their debut album, The Mountain Moves. They met on the periphery of the London folk scene that gave the world Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:03 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Nicola Benedetti: Tiny Desk Concert

Nicola Benedetti performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2013.
Marie McGrory Marie McGrory/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:33 pm

You might never tell by her youth or her warm and approachable demeanor, but 26-year-old Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti has already had an extraordinary career. Mentored by Yehudi Menuhin starting at age 10, Benedetti won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award a decade ago — and, really, that was just a warm-up.

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