Memorable Music 2006

Memorable Music 2006

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NPR and NPR Stations around the country hosted dozens of concerts and other live music events in 2006, with stunning performances in pop, jazz, classical '" as well as styles in between. For this special podcast, we've selected some of the top live-music highlights from the past year. Think of it as a mini sampler of musical treats. Hopefully, we've loaded a few things you already KNOW you'll like, AND a few more you'll be glad to discover.More from Memorable Music 2006 »

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NPR's Memorable Music 2006 Introduction

NPR and NPR Stations around the country hosted dozens of concerts and other live music events in 2006, with stunning performances in pop, jazz, classical - as well as styles in between. Chosen by Robin Hilton, producer of NPR's All Songs Considered and one of the music editors for NPR.org and select NPR Stations, this special podcast, highlights some of the top live-music from the past year. Hopefully, we've loaded a few things you already KNOW you'll like, AND a few more you'll be glad to discover.

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NPR: Cat Power: "Living Proof"

Cat Power is the music of Chan Marshall, a Southern-born singer-songwriter with a soulful, heart-wrenching voice. In a decade-long career, her music has evolved from spare, angst-ridden rock to lush, warm soul, while always intimate and mesmerizing. Cat Power spent much of 2006 on tour for her latest album, the soul-inspired CD The Greatest. Marshall and the Memphis Rhythm Band stopped by Washington, D.C. for a full concert originally webcast live on NPR.org Nov. 20.

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NPR: Jenny Lewis: "The Charging Sky"

Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis has a hauntingly soulful voice. Her latest CD, Rabbit Fur Coat is inspired by her lifelong love for folk, country and Southern gospel, with beautifully crafted story songs. Lewis gave one of the year's more memorable performances in a concert recorded live from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. The show originally webcast live on NPR.org Oct. 15.

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NPR: Sleater Kinney: " Not What You Want"

More than a decade after the band first formed in Olympia, Wash., Sleater-Kinney continues to make passionate, punk-inspired rock with the release of its seventh CD, The Woods. But it may be the trio's last album, at least for some time: The group recently announced plans to go on indefinite hiatus after its current tour ends later this year. The band performed an epic concert at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club Aug. 3 as one of their final performances together.

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KEXP: NOMO: ?Nu Tones?

Nomo hail from Ann Arbor, Mich., but the style of music they play was invented by the great Nigerian musician Fela. Their Afro-beat-infused music blends dance beats with funk and jazz flavor. This performance originally broadcast live from station KEXP in Seattle, Wash.

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NPR: Neko Case: "A Widow's Toast"

Though she defies most conventional genre labels, singer Neko Case swings somewhere between the worlds of heavy art rock and bittersweet country. Her latest CD, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, made it on many critics' lists for one of the best albums of 2006. Case visited Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club to perform selections from the CD in a concert originally webcast live on NPR.org April 9.

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WKSU: Tim O'Brien: "Cornbread Nation"

Tim O'Brien is one of the country's leading figures of contemporary bluegrass, helping to bridge more traditional mountain music with modern styles. His latest CD is Fiddler's Green on Sugar Hill Records. Earlier this year on April 8, O'Brien performed at the Kent Stage in Kent, OH for NPR station WKSU's Folk Alley, where he performed "Conrbread Nation" with fiddler Casey Driessen and bassist Dennis Crouch.

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WKSU: Solas: "The Flowing Bowl Medley"

Since the band's birth in 1996, Solas has been loudly proclaimed the most popular, influential and exciting Celtic band to ever emerge from the United States. Even before the release of their self-titled debut The Boston Herald trumpeted Solas as "the first truly great Irish band to arise from America." The Irish Echo ranked Solas among "the most exciting bands anywhere in the world." Since its inception the band has continually pushed the envelope and charted new territory for Celtic music and wholly established themselves as the most pioneering Celtic band of their time. And in the past ten years their infectious energy and sound has caught the attention of listeners and fans worldwide. The group appeared live on March 15, from the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland as part of Folk Alley from NPR station WKSU.

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