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Field Recordings
11:08 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Of Monsters And Men Bring Out The Sun

Of Monsters And Men perform a Field Recording backstage at Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA on Friday, May 25, 2012.
KEXP/NPR

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 9:53 am

Even before the gates had opened on the first day of the Sasquatch! Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend, we managed to get backstage of the Gorge Amphitheater to capture a live session with one of the hottest new bands to hit the festival circuit, Of Monsters and Men. No strangers to natural beauty, the Icelanders were nevertheless stunned by the picturesque backdrop of the Gorge as they performed "Mountain Sound," one of the new songs added to the American release of their debut album.

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Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Elephant Micah: Message In The Mystery

Elephant Micah.
Courtesy of the artist

Elephant Micah, a.k.a. Joseph O'Connell, has been quietly releasing folk music out of Bloomington, Ind., for more than 10 years. The latest, Louder Than Thou (available as a "pay what you want" download on his website), offers a refined throwback to '70s folk-rock, laced with modern, dark Americana.

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Mountain Stage
2:46 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Punch Brothers On Mountain Stage

Punch Brothers.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 11:35 am

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Favorite Sessions
2:23 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Gregoire Maret: Harmonica With Legs

Gregoire Maret at WBGO.
Josh Jackson WBGO

When Baron Toots Thielemans, the Belgian harmonica legend, guested on Gregoire Maret's self-titled debut, the sense was that Maret himself had been knighted. He'd already proven himself worthy on recordings with Pat Metheny and Jacky Terrasson, but until recently, the 37-year-old didn't have his own singular statement to drive the point home.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:03 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Analog For Astronauts: An Ambient Classic Reimagined

The Apollo 11 space module above the surface of the moon.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 4:02 pm

(Classical Detours meanders through stylistic byways, exploring new recordings from the fringes of classical music.)

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Music Reviews
12:00 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Edmar Castaneda's 'Double Portion' Of Harp

Edmar Castañeda's new album is titled Double Portion.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 12:46 pm

The Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda was born in Bogotá, and began playing at 13. A few years later, in the mid-1990s, he moved to New York, where he studied jazz trumpet. Then he returned to the harp with a new perspective and set of skills.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:07 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Conducting Business: Crowdfunding Classical Music

Better than busking or writing endless grant applications? Raising funds via sites like Kickstarter.
iStock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:47 pm

Dress shirts inspired by NASA technology, gourmet pepper mixes and ... a new recording and study guide for Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time? That's just a tiny sample of Kickstarter's current array of "creative projects" seeking funding. Forget writing endless grant applications and long dinners with angel investors, the thinking goes — just tap into your social networks to raise money instead.

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The Record
11:23 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Egypt's Underground Wakes Up

Noor Noor performs with his band El-Zabaleen, which makes many of its instruments out of recycled materials.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:42 pm

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Music Reviews
3:45 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Sidi Touré And The Sonic Heritage Of The Sahara

Sidi Touré plays guitar and sings in the Songhaï tradition.
Jonathan Crawford

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 12:42 pm

It's easy to romanticize the Sahara — a vast expanse of sand organized around the northern reaches of the Niger River. Part of that romance is captured in the music of singer and guitarist Sidi Touré, who composes songs in the folkloric tradition of the Songhaï people.

His new album of desert chamber music, Koïma, harkens back to the glory days of the Songhaï Empire, which ruled much of the region from the city of Gao in the 15th and 16th centuries.

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Mountain Stage
2:20 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Joan Osborne On Mountain Stage

Joan Osborne.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 11:36 am

Joan Osborne makes her fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Osborne's performance was the final date on the first leg of her 2012 tour in support of her latest album, Bring It on Home. With a career that's inching toward the two-decade mark, Osborne has found success across genres, earning accolades as a singer-songwriter, pop hitmaker and rootsy, bluesy soul singer.

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