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  • Tuesday,January 31,2023

    Rachael & Vilray are on The Vinyl District’s Radar podcast to discuss their new album, I Love a Love Song!. “There is an intrinsic grandeur to the Great American Songbook that we can all appreciate,” says host Evan Toth. “However, the Great American Songbook must always be accepting new entries and if we had to suggest some additions from our time, from this year, Rachael and Vilray should be at the top of our list.” You can hear their conversation here.

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  • Thursday,January 26,2023

    “To try to define Mary Halvorson solely by the term ‘guitarist’ is to do both her and her art a disservice, as she’s unlike any other guitarist currently playing today,” says Matt Byars, co-host of NPR’s Essential Tremors. “Halvorson’s work is vibrant and alive, agile and electric, fluid and inventive, all of which are particularly in evidence on her latest release.” She talks with Byars and his co-host Lee Gardner about songs by Jimi Hendrix, Yusef Lateef, and Robert Wyatt that helped shape who she is. You can hear why on the episode, a collaboration with Big Ears Festival, where Halvorson will perform this spring, here.

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  • Friday,January 20,2023

    NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross aired an encore broadcast of Rachael & Vilray's 2020 interview on the show today to mark the release of the duo's new album, I Love a Love Song!. They spoke with producer Sam Briger and performed music from their 2019 self-titled debut album. You can hear the episode here.

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  • Thursday,January 19,2023

    Rachael & Vilray are on New Sounds' Soundcheck to talk with host John Schaefer about their new album, I Love a Love Song!, and perform three songs from it—"Is A Good Man Real?," "Hate Is The Basis (of Love)," and "Join Me in a Dream"—at WNYC Studios in New York City. You can hear the episode and watch the performances here.

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  • Thursday,January 5,2023

    Caroline Shaw is on BBC World Service’s Music Life with fellow musicians Patrick Watson, Weyes Blood (with whom Vagabon is touring North America this spring), and Flume. They discuss the idea of perfection as a route to self-sabotage, the pressure to share more of one’s personal life, and more. You can hear their conversation here.

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  • Thursday,January 5,2023

    Singer-songwriter Connie Converse’s song “One By One,” which Julia Bullock performs with Christian Reif on piano on her solo debut album, Walking in the Dark, in an arrangement by Jeremy Siskind, is the subject of the latest episode of Resounding Verse, a podcast about poetry and song hosted by Stephen Rodgers. You can hear it here. "I can’t help but think if [Converse] could only hear this luminous recording, if she only knew that over seventy years after she wrote this song, it would finally find a wide audience, and her songs would finally shine like the sun, she would be pleased," Rodgers says of Bullock's performance.

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  • Thursday,January 5,2023

    David Byrne’s American Utopia is the focus of the latest episode of the Suzie Explores podcast. Seven members of the Broadway cast—Bobby Wooten III, Mauro Refosco, Daniel Freedman, Tim Keiper, Stéphane San Juan, Jacquelene Acevedo, and Tendayi Kuumba —joined host Suzie Collier six months after the end of the Broadway run to discuss the show and what’s happened since. You can watch the conversation here.

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  • Tuesday,January 3,2023

    The Staves—sisters Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor—are the guests on the latest episode of the podcast Griefcast, hosted by Cariad Lloyd. They talk with Lloyd about the loss of their mother, Jean, who died in the summer of 2018, addressing grief, and creativity after death. You can hear their conversation here.

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  • Tuesday,December 13,2022

    Molly Tuttle was on California Now, a podcast exploring the people and places of the state, to talk about Grass Valley, the Northern California site of the annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, which the South Bay–raised artist would attend with her dad and where she was first exposed to the bluegrass music that inspired her to play. Tuttle wrote the song “Grass Valley” for Crooked Tree, her Grammy-nominated Nonesuch debut album with her band Golden Highway. You can hear what she had to say and a solo performance she made of the song and the album's title track for the show here.

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  • Monday,December 12,2022

    Caroline Shaw was on BBC Radio 3’s This Classical Life to talk with host Jess Gillam about some of their favorite music, including works by Clara Schumann, Mark Guiliana, Scott Joplin, Sarah Vaughan, Josquin des Prez, Stanley Myers, Kae Tempest, and Schubert. You can hear the music and conversation here. Evergreen, Shaw’s new album with Attacca Quartet, has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and made several year’s best lists, including NPR Music's 10 Best Classical Albums of 2022 (“some of the finest string quartet music of recent times ... irresistible”).

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  • Monday,December 12,2022

    Rhiannon Giddens is on Sing for Science, the science and music podcast from Talkhouse. The focus of the episode, titled “At the Purchaser’s Option: Listening for the African Diaspora in American Music,” is the opening track to her 2017 album, Freedom Highway. Giddens, host Matt Whyte, and ethnomusicologist Dr. Portia Maultsby discuss "At the Purchaser's Option," the African origins of the banjo, and the connection between African and African American music. You can hear it here.

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  • Monday,November 14,2022

    Steve Reich’s 1988 piece Different Trains is the subject of this week's episode of BBC Radio 3's The Listening Service. Host Tom Service shares music from Kronos Quartet's 1988 Nonesuch recording of the piece, which won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition, and talks with author/journalist Jonathan Freedland about creating such art that addresses the Holocaust. You can hear the episode here.

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