Jun 15, 2012 — Soul music is rooted in gritty perseverance, so pairing up stalwarts Bettye LaVette and Charles Walker works on so many levels, it's a miracle it hasn't happened until now. "Yours and Mine" is an exhilarating affirmation of the power to prevail.
All Songs Blog
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Music Features from NPR
Mohammad Reza Shajarian: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
May 23, 2013 — Imani Winds' members play David to Igor Stravinsky's imposing Goliath, as they shrink the massive Rite of Spring down to size in a rendition for just five wind instruments. The result is an epic in miniature — and a performance perfect for a Tiny Desk.
May 20, 2013 — Joined by three excellent collaborators, Shajarian gives what amounts to a brief master class in the art of singing. In the course of this love song, titled "Az Eshgh," the Iranian icon unleashes torrents of swooping, soaring, goosebump-inducing sound that's still perfectly controlled at age 73.
May 13, 2013 — The veteran country players mix corny humor, musical merrymaking and timeless vocal harmonies. With three songs from their album-length collaboration Buddy and Jim, Miller and Lauderdale perform an endearing set at the NPR Music offices.
May 6, 2013 — Watch the young violinist spin out music by John Williams and Bach in sweet and soulful tendrils of sound. Wielding a 1717 Gariel Strad worth $10 million, Benedetti performs with warmth and approachable grace that's simply enchanting.
Apr 29, 2013 — Brash, zany, brainy, scary and danceable, the New York quintet's music mixes rock and jazz like King Crimson at its fiercest. From the moment the band squeaks its first squawk at the NPR Music offices, it's clear that it's about to conjure up an adventure.
First Listen: Full album previews
May 21, 2013 — On this week's All Songs Considered, a musical sampler of styles from around the world.
May 14, 2013 — If the experimental, idiosyncratic filmmaker Jim Jarmusch formed a band, what kind of music would it play? On this week's show you can hear the answer with a new song and EP from the group Jarmusch calls SQÜRL. Plus some remarkable new electronic music from Baths, Sam Phillips and more.
May 7, 2013 — Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share their favorite new music of the week and things get big, fast, with an epic, gloriously exuberant cut from The Polyphonic Spree. Plus the experimental folk-rock group Akron Family, Sweden's Goat, electronic music genius Jon Hopkins and more.
Apr 30, 2013 — Using the power of technology, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton chat about this week's mix of new music from studios in completely different cities. Imagine! Hear previews of new albums from The National and Tricky, plus Iggy & The Stooges, riff-rock revivalists The Black Angels and more.