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Song Of The Day
9:52 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Aspidistrafly: Tiny Details And Rich Sounds

A lovely chamber-folk song, Aspidistrafly's "Landscape With a Fairy" follows its own leaf-covered path.
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Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 5:00 am

"Landscape With a Fairy" is the kind of barely there chamber-folk song made in living rooms with an eye toward the bedroom. The impossibly named Aspidistrafly — a play on the title of George Orwell's novel Keep the Aspidistra Flying — is singer-songwriter April Lee and producer Ricks Ang, a Tokyo-by-way-of-Singapore duo which revels in small details and rich sounds.

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Mountain Stage
9:52 am
Wed March 21, 2012

The Sweetback Sisters On Mountain Stage

The Sweetback Sisters.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Sat March 31, 2012 6:18 pm

The Americana darlings in The Sweetback Sisters make their second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Singers Emily Miller and Zara Bode temper their love for 1950s country with swagger and enthusiasm, aided by West Virginia native and fiddler Jesse Milnes, who wrote four of the six songs the band plays here.

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Music Reviews
9:52 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Clark Terry: Not Just A Jazz Jester

Clark Terry.
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Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 2:15 pm

Writing about Clark Terry in the past, I've grumbled that this great and distinctive trumpeter had long been stereotyped as a pixie-ish jazz jester. There's more range and deep blues feeling to his sound than that. It wasn't all sweetness when he was growing up poor in St. Louis, touring in the Deep South before WWII or breaking the color line with TV orchestras in 1960.

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Inside NPR.org
9:52 am
Wed March 21, 2012

See local headlines on the NPR homepage?

NPR Digital Services

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 8:01 am

When you visit the NPR.org home page today, you may see a set of local-news headlines from your NPR Member station. We're beginning a month-long experiment to gauge your interest in these headlines and explore how we might better connect you digitally to your local station.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:51 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Lara Downes' New Viewpoints On Old Variations

Lara Downes plays contemporary takes on Bach's iconic Goldberg Variations in NPR's studio 4A.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 7:16 am

All week, we're exploring J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Pianist Lara Downes has had Bach's Goldberg Variations on her mind for quite some time. The music soothed her to sleep as a kid, it fascinated her as a young pianist and it's a subject of conversation on her new blog.

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