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4:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

A Mexican Restaurant Turned Iconic Venue? 'That's Nashville'

Vince Gill and Paul Franklin of The Time Jumpers perform at 3rd and Lindsley in 2014. The band has a standing Monday-night gig at the small Nashville club.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 6:59 am

The Hollywood Bowl. Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Madison Square Garden. They're the iconic venues that round out top-10 lists of the country's best places to see live music. But this summer, Morning Edition is visiting America's side stages, places the locals know and where players love to play. We begin, appropriately, in Music City at 3rd and Lindsley, an intersection that's the home and namesake of an unassuming Nashville venue.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:05 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Unassuming Czech Pianist Ivan Moravec Dies At 84

Pianist Ivan Moravec was known for his lyrical playing and recordings of Chopin and Mozart.
Anost Nosek

Ivan Moravec, a Czech pianist known for his lyrical and selfless approach to music, died Monday in a Prague hospital, according to a management representative, Linda Marder of CM Artists in New York. Moravec had been treated for pneumonia. He was 84.

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The Record
10:41 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Drive By-Truckers To Release Massive Live Album

Greg Chow Courtesy of the artist

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Music News
4:54 am
Sun July 26, 2015

The Guitar In The Window: How One Instrument Steered Sir Richard Bishop's Life

To create his album Tangier Sessions, Sir Richard Bishop had to learn to love a mysterious and temperamental acoustic guitar.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:11 am

Some musicians argue that instruments have souls. Guitarist Richard Bishop says he felt a relationship forming the moment he saw a mysterious acoustic guitar in a secondhand store in Switzerland. He's known for playing electric guitar in the improvisational rock trio Sun City Girls, but something told Bishop the acoustic had to be his.

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All Songs Considered
9:51 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Newport Folk's Pink Floyd Moment

Connecting the folk tradition to Dark Side of the Moon, Roger Waters closed out the first day of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 11:00 am

The most puzzling musician on the lineup at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival was easily Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. For me, Pink Floyd represents the antithesis of folk music, with the band's psychedelic pulsating landscapes and big rock drums and guitars. Out there and psychedelic, yeah — down home and folky, nope.

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Music News
6:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Size Matters: The Vocabularies Of Pop Musicians

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 9:55 am

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The Two-Way
12:30 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

#NPRreads: Electric Dylan, Fracking And The Iran Deal Deconstructed

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you four reads.

From NPR's Washington correspondent Don Gonyea:

It's only rock and roll.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:59 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

One Feisty Victorian Woman's Opera Revived

A rehearsal for the first fully staged U.S. production of Ethel Smyth's 1904 opera The Wreckers at the Bard Music Festival in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Cory Weaver Bard SummerScape

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:19 pm

Ethel Smyth was not your typical Victorian lady. She defied her father, a stern army general, to pursue a career in music. She loved women, played sports and played an important role in the women's suffrage movement in Britain in the early 20th century. Along the way she composed chamber and orchestral music, an acclaimed Mass and six operas.

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Arts & Life
5:12 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Songwriter Wayne Carson Dies At 72

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:47 am

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Let's take a moment now to remember a Grammy-winning songwriter.


ELVIS PRESLEY: (Singing) Maybe I didn't love you.

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Music News
4:16 am
Sun July 19, 2015

After 20 Years, New Orleans Band Galactic Lifts Off With New Voices

On the new album Into The Deep, the seasoned instrumentalists of Galactic team up with a host of singers including Macy Gray and Mavis Staples.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 8:35 am

For 20 years, the New Orleans band Galactic has made people dance at clubs, festivals, house parties — you name it. "A first-rate funk band" is how The New York Times describes it.

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