Memorable Music 2006

Memorable Music 2006

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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