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1:03 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Michael Feinstein: What I Learned From The Gershwins

Composer and educator Michael Feinstein's new memoir is called The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs.
Gilles Toucas Courtesy of the author

Originally published on Sat October 13, 2012 10:38 am

Michael Feinstein, the singer and pianist known as the "ambassador of the Great American Songbook," has a serious pedigree to back up that title: a real-life connection to one of America's greatest songwriting teams. It's the subject of Feinstein's new memoir, The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs. (A CD of Feinstein singing those songs also comes with the book.)

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A Blog Supreme
3:01 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: Oct. 12, 2012

The late John Tchicai (right) performs in London in 2010, with drummer Tony Marsh and bassist John Edwards.
andynew Flickr

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 3:35 pm

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Live Fridays From XPN
2:52 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Calexico In Concert

John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 1:33 pm

Calexico celebrates the release of its new album, Algiers, with a stop at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, Del.

The shape-shifting collective's two constants are founders Joey Burns (vocals/guitar) and John Convertino (drums), who've released six albums and five EPs together. Calexico's music bears hints of country, jazz and indie rock, combined with richly evocative lyrics that tell moving, dramatic stories of the pair's native Southwest.

Set List

  • "Epic"
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All Songs Considered Blog
2:45 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Song Premiere: Benoit & Sergio, 'Lipstick & Lace'

Benoit & Sergio.
Kieran Behan

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:16 am

If next week's New Ships EP is any indication, "If it ain't broke, do it better" is Benoit & Sergio's mantra. The D.C. dance-pop duo has experienced a sharp, steady rise since releasing its debut EP (2009's What I've Lost), in part because it keeps sharpening its knack for punching out melodic club tracks.

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World Cafe
2:44 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Divine Fits On World Cafe

Divine Fits.
Pamela Littky

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 3:49 pm

Divine Fits' pedigree jumps out straight away: The band features Spoon's Britt Daniel, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, and New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown. Daniel and Boeckner met a few years ago when Daniel attended a Handsome Furs concert, and the two have remained friends ever since.

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