Arts & Culture

Live At The Village Vanguard
2:05 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Brian Blade Fellowship: Live At The Village Vanguard

John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:19 am

A Brian Blade Fellowship concert feels a bit like a family reunion. Its core — drummer Blade, pianist Jon Cowherd and bassist Chris Thomas — has played together for more than 20 years, and its horn players have stayed loyal to the operation, too. Its repertoire feels rooted in a deep emotional well where sacred abuts secular and jazz meets its Southern folk cousins. Sparks always seem to fly when it gathers for an infrequent recording or string of tour dates.

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Mountain Stage
1:59 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The James Hunter Six On Mountain Stage

James Hunter (left) and members of The James Hunter Six perform live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:25 am

The James Hunter Six appears on this episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Van Morrison once called Hunter "one of the best-kept secrets in British R&B and soul," but after a series of acclaimed albums and an award from the Americana Music Association, the secret is out.

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The Fresh Air Interview
1:57 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Mark Mulcahy Is The 'Moving Forward Type'

Mark Mulcahy, the songwriter behind the much-beloved "Hey Sandy," returns after eight years and a tragic loss.
R. Murray Courtesy of the artist

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World Cafe
1:53 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Superchunk On World Cafe

Superchunk.
Jason Arthurs Courtesy of the artist

Superchunk recently returned with the provocatively titled I Hate Music, which follows 2010's Majesty Shredding; that album marked the North Carolina band's first record in nine years.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
12:23 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: Wayfaring Strangers

Doc Watson.
John Cohen/Hulton Archive Getty Images

Follow the great musical migration from Scotland, through Ulster to Appalachia. Dougie MacLean, Tim O'Brien, Cara Dillon, Jean Ritchie, Sheila Kay Adams, Doc Watson and others share songs that tell the story of a remarkable musical diaspora.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Salt
12:18 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Mushroom Foraging: When The Fun(gi) Hunt Gets Out Of Hand

Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook, snaps the end off a mushroom in a Washington, D.C.-area park. When broken, the inside turns blue, identifying it as an inedible species of bolete.
The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 10:26 am

The first heavy rains of the season fell two weeks ago at Salt Point State Park, on the northern California coast, and now ranger Todd Farcau is waiting anxiously for the forest floor to erupt with mushrooms.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Norman Rockwell's 'Saying Grace' Sells For $46 Million At Auction

Norman Rockwell's 1951 painting Saying Grace sold for $46 million Wednesday — a record for the artist.
AP

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 1:06 pm

Three Norman Rockwell paintings sold for a combined total of nearly $58 million at a Sotheby's auction Wednesday. The three paintings, which had long been displayed in a Massachusetts museum named for the artist, were among 10 Rockwell works sold at auction today.

By far, the star of the bunch was the 1951 masterpiece Saying Grace, which sold for $46 million — a record for Rockwell's art. The price includes a buyer's premium. The AP says the artist's previous record of $15 million had been set by Breaking Home Ties at a 2006 Sotheby's auction.

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All Songs Considered
10:20 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Discussion: The Year in Music, 2013

Top row, left to right: Laura Marling, Lorde, Mike Milosh of Rhye; middle row: Ty Segall, James Blake, Valerie June; bottom row: Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne of The Blow, Earl Sweatshirt, Lou Reed.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 1:12 pm

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Best Music Of 2013
10:20 am
Wed December 4, 2013

All Songs Considered: The Year In Music, 2013

Top row, left to right: Laura Marling, Lorde, Mike Milosh of Rhye; middle row: Ty Segall, James Blake, Valerie June; bottom row: Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne of The Blow, Earl Sweatshirt, Lou Reed.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 1:12 pm

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Best Music Of 2013
10:16 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Vote For The Best Albums Of 2013

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 5:36 pm

VOTING IN 2013 BEST-OF-THE-YEAR POLL HAS CLOSED. RESULTS WILL BE POSTED THURSDAY, DEC. 12.

A massive number of great albums came out in 2013. Now that December has arrived, how do we wade through the good and the bad to find the best? With your help, 10 at a time.

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