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6:03 am
Tue July 24, 2012

First Watch: Django Django's 'Hail Bop'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 12:16 pm

The Scottish group Django Django has been tearing it up in Europe since dropping its self-titled, debut collection of fabulously catchy synth-pop back in January. The album won't be available in the States until mid August, but a few cuts have been circulating the Web, including the cosmic romp "Hail Bop," now available in a tasty new, lo-fat video.

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Music Interviews
4:28 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Passion Pit's Not-So-Silver Lining

Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos performs at Terminal 5 in New York in 2010. The band's new record, Gossamer, comes out July 24.
Cory Schwartz Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 9:35 am

Passion Pit emerged from Boston's music scene just four years ago when musician Michael Angelakos recorded a collection of songs for his girlfriend as a Valentine's Day gift.

His brand of upbeat electronic pop soon found a much larger audience. These days, Passion Pit is known nationwide for its elaborate production and Angelakos' distinctive falsetto. The band will release its second album, Gossamer, July 24.

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4:28 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Kenny Chesney's Steamy Summer Jam

Kenny Chesney onstage during the kickoff show for the Brothers of the Sun Tour in Tampa in June.
Kevin Tighe WireImage

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 9:30 am

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A Blog Supreme
5:10 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

For Jazz Musicians Looking For Mentors, Things Ain't What They Used To Be

Trumpeter Terence Blanchard (center) is known as one of jazz's great cultivators of young talent, whether as an educator or leading bands with younger musicians like saxophonist Walter Smith III or pianist Fabian Almazan.
John Rogers for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:14 pm

One of the great things about jazz is that it bridges generations. Because it relies on interactive improvisation and live performance, and thus can't be completely taught in a classroom or with a book, aspiring younger musicians seek the direct guidance of older, wiser ones. And more experienced musicians have plenty of reasons to take fresh talent under their wings, like gaining new bandmates with fresh skill sets, or helping future torch-bearers to thrive.

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The Mix
4:44 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

The Mix: New Orleans, Inside Out

A Mardi Gras Indian performs at the 2008 Voodoo Music Experience festival, held in New Orleans City Park.
Jason Saul WWNO

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 3:17 pm

Louisiana music has such a hold on music lovers around the world that nearly every popular artist borrows from it. Or replicates it. Or, some might say, steals from it.

There's plenty to go around. From classical to Cajun and blues to bounce, Louisiana has expanded the American songbook while teaching the rest of the planet to "shake dat thing." And we haven't even mentioned Louis Armstrong yet.

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