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9:12 am
Mon July 30, 2012

First Watch: Mirel Wagner, 'To The Bone'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 11:58 am

A simple approach is often the most affecting. In "To The Bone," the latest video from folk and blues artist Mirel Wagner, the singer slowly rises and sinks in a black pool of water, illuminated only by the faintest light. Wagner slowly turns, falls back, and rises again before something pulls her back under. It's both a seductive and unsettling metaphor for love's darker side.

In an email, Wagner described how the video came together.

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The Mix
9:10 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Newport Jazz 2012: The Preview Mix

A view of the crowd and harbor from Fort Adams at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 9:52 am

The experience of going to the Newport Jazz Festival actually starts before you get there. The community of Newport sits at the tip of Rhode Island's Aquidneck Island — the exact festival location even more so — which means you're going to need to cross a big bridge or hop a boat. You'll probably pass through the old resort community of Newport, and by its massive oceanside mansions. It'll be about 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with a stabilizing ocean breeze. And then there's the music.

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Newport Folk Festival
6:02 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Charles Bradley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires perform at the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.
Erik Jacobs Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 11:13 am

  • Charles Bradley Live From Newport

Charles Bradley's road to fame took him through a childhood inspired by James Brown and a long life of day jobs and family tragedies — and then, in his early 60s, his life took a glorious turn.

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Music Interviews
5:12 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

MoZella: Recording An Homage To The Motor City

Detroit-born singer Maureen McDonald, who goes by MoZella, says she wanted her new album to sound like the music her mother grew up on and loved.
Robert Carter Courtesy of the artist

It wouldn't be hard to confuse Detroit-born singer MoZella's new album, The Brian Holland Sessions, with any one of the classic recordings to have come from the legendary studio known as Hitsville, USA.

That's no coincidence — the record was co-written by someone who spent a lot of time in that studio: Brian Holland of the songwriting trio Holland-Dozier-Holland.

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Newport Folk Festival
2:43 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Dawes performs on the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 12:14 pm

The L.A. band Dawes carries a serious torch for the greatest moments of rock's collision with folk and country: Buffalo Springfield, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Band.

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