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
Efterklang: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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.
Apr 22, 2013 — Fresu's work on trumpet and flugelhorn provides a perfect foil for Sosa's introspective intersection of jazz, Afro-Cuban sounds and a chamber-music mentality. In this concert at NPR Music's offices, the duo's quietly energetic performance hangs over the crowd like a soft mist.
Apr 15, 2013 — Yo La Tengo's sound has evolved quite a bit since Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan first jammed together in 1984; the feedback has subsided, replaced by a more contemplative vibe. To coincide with the release of the band's 13th album, Fade, Yo La Tengo performs an acoustic set behind Bob Boilen's desk.
First Listen: Full album previews
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.
Apr 23, 2013 — On this edition of All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton settle into the new NPR Music offices, fumble around in the studio and eventually figure things out well enough to share some great new music: A collaboration between Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock, Laura Marling and more.
Apr 17, 2013 — When it came time to pack up our things and head to the new NPR headquarters, we asked you to help us reflect on the move with your picks for the best songs about dealing with change. On this week's All Songs Considered we share some of our favorites.