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Apr 17, 2014 — Aimee Mann and Ted Leo began performing together in 2012, when Leo was Mann's opening act. Mann began joining Leo onstage during his set. Their debut album is "The Both."
Apr 17, 2014 — The Secret Sisters' new album, Put Your Needle Down, displays their sophisticated, timeless sound and the country-twang influences of their hometown, Muscle Shoals, Ala.
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The "Big Four"--John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, and Neil Young--with Pete Seeger, Saturday night in Saratoga Springs. Photo: © Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc., used with permission
The "Big Four"--John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, and Neil Young--with Pete Seeger, Saturday night in Saratoga Springs. Photo: © Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc., used with permission

Food, politics & The Big Four at Farm Aid

This week, we're listening back to our favorite stories from 2013.

For the first time in its 28 year history, Farm Aid came to Upstate New York this year. It's the longest running benefit concert in the country, started to help farmers devastated by drought and a credit crunch.

Today it's about much more than good music to help farmers stay in business. It's about buying local, sustaining rural communities, and considering the roles of "Big Agriculture" and "small family farms" in America.

Natasha Haverty and David Sommerstein tagged teamed our coverage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs back in September.  Go to full article

New music: Frost and Fire's "Midwinter Spring"

Just in time for winter, the Vermont-based band Frost and Fire has released its debut album, Midwinter Spring. It includes original music, classic songs and tunes with titles like "Deep Freeze" and "Caald Nights o' Winter". The ensemble includes Aaron Marcus, Viveka Fox, Peter Macfarlane and Hollis Easter. The music on this first album is a blend of new and traditional Celtic music that ranges from elegant to energetic. Todd Moe spoke with Hollis Easter about Midwinter Spring.  Go to full article
Barb Heller and Danny Gotham.  Photo: NCPR

A busy weekend of holiday music with Barb Heller, Danny Gotham

What are the winter holidays without music? Long time friends and musical collaborators Barb Heller and Danny Gotham have a busy weekend of concerts starting tonight at the Edwards Opera House, with fiddler Don Woodcock and storyteller Bill Smith. Todd Moe caught up with the duo this morning as Barb and Danny shared some of their favorite holiday music for two guitars.  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein

Being indigenous in Canada, through hip hop's lens

A new exhibit fusing hip hop and native culture has become somewhat of an art sensation in Canada. "Beat Nation: Hip Hop as Indigenous Culture" features more than two dozen...  Go to full article
The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble presents two concerts of a Festival of Lessons and Carols in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid this weekend.  Admission is a suggested $10 donation.  Photo: NAVE

Preview: Festival of Lessons and Carols in Plattsburgh, Lake Placid

The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble will give two performances of a Festival of Lessons and Carols -- anthems, carols, hymns and spoken word -- that illuminate the...  Go to full article
Lorie Gruneisen, Don Gruneisen and Sam Whitesell in the NCPR studio on Friday morning.  Photos: Zach Hirsch

Listen: A Potsdam trio live in the studio with holiday music

They performed together for the first time last weekend in Potsdam, and joined us in the studio this morning for a musical holiday audio postcard. Lorie Gruneisen...  Go to full article

Beat Authority Best of 2013

Every year is a great year in music these days. Musicians take the global village and mash and mix and slice it up every which way, with influences going in every direction....  Go to full article

Watch: 92nd annual Candlelight Service in Canton

St. Lawrence University held its 92nd Annual Candlelight Service in Leithead Fieldhouse on the university's Canton, NY campus on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

The...  Go to full article
The Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Choral Society and Potsdam Community Chorus at First Presbyterian Church in Watertown in October, 2012.  Photo: Northern Choral Society

Preview: ONNY's "A Holiday Festival" concert series

Holiday favorites and local choirs will be featured in the Orchestra of Northern New York's annual holiday concert this weekend. ONNY will perform its "Holiday Festival" in...  Go to full article
Jonathan Foster.  Photo:  Jonathan Foster

New Music: Jonathan Foster's "Sabbatical"

You can take a musician out of the Adirondacks, but somewhere in the music there's still a link back home. California singer-songwriter Jonathan Foster released his debut...  Go to full article

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