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Nellie McKay

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Concerts

Nellie McKay.

December 19, 2012 Hear the quirky, idiosyncratic singer perform songs from throughout her diverse repertoire.

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Nellie McKay.

February 21, 2012 The playful singer-songwriter has some fun on Mountain Stage. Listen to the entire concert here.

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January 27, 2009 McKay, the mordantly witty singer-songwriter, is joined by multifaceted artist Mia Doi Todd.

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March 27, 2007 Hear singer-songwriter Nellie McKay in a full concert, recorded live from Alexandria, VA.

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Studio Sessions

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December 3, 2010 The eccentric young singer-songwriter flips through the pages of The Great American Songbook.

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Nellie McKay during her Project Song recording session.

April 2, 2008 The witty singer-songwriter had three days to write and record a song. Hear the end result.

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November 21, 2007 Obligatory Villagers is a jazz- and cabaret-inflected outing from the singer-songwriter.

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October 16, 2007 Hear an interview and in-studio performance with the smart, unpredictable singer-songwriter.

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Interviews & Profiles

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December 13, 2009 So many know Doris Day as just a Hollywood starlet. McKay reminds us of Day's musical talents.

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November 21, 2007 Obligatory Villagers is a jazz- and cabaret-inflected outing from the singer-songwriter.

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Discover Songs

The Big Pink 4:3

August 24, 2009 The latest mix from All Songs Considered features Nellie McKay, the New Lost City Ramblers and more.

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Nellie McKay during her Project Song recording session.

April 2, 2008 The witty singer-songwriter had three days to write and record a song. Hear the end result.

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October 18, 2007 A rare re-issue from David Byrne; Balkan Brass via the New York band Beirut; Wood spoons, laptop...

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January 4, 2007 It's easy to focus on McKay's lunatic-fireball appeal, but she's also capable of beautiful songs.

December 7, 2005 Horses remastered and live from Patti Smith; A preview of new music by Nellie McKay; A new retro...

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July 24, 2004 In this election year it seemed a good idea to put out a call for music about politics. What we ...

February 24, 2004 The magic hour with Wynton Marsalis; A bit of blues from The Mountain Goats; The lo-fi world of ...

January 12, 2004 On our first program of the new year we look ahead to some of the most anticipated albums of 200...

News

'Le Noise' by Neil Young

September 28, 2010 Each Tuesday, we ask a record store which new albums are in stock, and which ones are selling.

Reviews

Singer Nellie McKay

October 21, 2009 McKay's new tribute album is "eccentric yet utterly disarming," says rock critic Ken Tucker.

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The Big Pink 4:3

August 24, 2009 The latest mix from All Songs Considered features Nellie McKay, the New Lost City Ramblers and more.

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January 4, 2007 It's easy to focus on McKay's lunatic-fireball appeal, but she's also capable of beautiful songs.

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November 7, 2006 The singer-songwriter now produces her own music — on her own label, and on her own terms.

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More Stories

Nellie McKay.

December 5, 2013 The sultry singer teams up with Day's biographer for a quiz about the legendary actress and singer.

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All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton rented a cabin in the woods for a special holiday party, with Kishi Bashi, Dan Deacon, Carrie Brownstein, and more as guests.

December 18, 2012 Kishi Bashi, Dan Deacon, Carrie Brownstein, Nellie McKay and more join in some reindeer games.

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Nellie McKay performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on October 15, 2010.

April 4, 2011 McKay's bold, audacious personality shines in this set recorded at the NPR Music offices.

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Cole Porter contributed many songs to the Great American Songbook,  including "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "I Get a Kick Out of You."

June 8, 2009 Celebrate Porter's birthday with covers by Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Nellie McKay and more.

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