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Crooked Still.

Listen New Fall Sounds 2

Join host Fiona Ritchie as she showcases new music from established artists and emerging talent.


Ruth Brown.

Listen Ruth Brown On Piano Jazz

Brown was a pioneer of R&B. In 1993, she sang an hour's worth of standards with Marian McPartland.


Sleater-Kinney (and Quasi and Wild Flag) drummer Janet Weiss at the kit.

Read Name That Drum Fill, With Sleater-Kinney's Janet Weiss

Hear a series of fills selected by Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss and match it to the song.

Grouper's new album, Ruins, comes out Oct. 31.

Listen First Listen: Grouper, 'Ruins'

Recorded with Liz Harris' voice, a piano and not much else, Ruins achieves striking intimacy.


A short phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate is identical to a common mockingbird call.

Read Who Sang It First? Mockingbirds And Musicians Cover Each Other In New Orleans

October 23, 2014 – A short phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate is identical to a common mockingbird call.


The Wayne Shorter Quartet performs at Blue Note at 75, The Concert.

Read Airing Next Week: Happy Birthday, Blue Note

October 23, 2014 – Hear highlights from the 75th anniversary concert, and reflections on the record label's influence.

Machito, Jose Mangual and Carlos Vidal in 1947.

Listen Latin Roots: Essential Latin Jazz WXPN

October 23, 2014 – Producer Aaron Luis Levinson shares some of his favorite music on World Cafe's Latin music series. WXPN


Zola Jesus performs on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Watch Zola Jesus, 'Dangerous Days' (Live) KCRW

October 23, 2014 – The prolific young singer performs "Dangerous Days" from her pop-minded new album, Taiga. KCRW

Cardinal Sons.

Listen Cardinal Sons On Mountain Stage

October 23, 2014 – The band, which won the NewSong Contest in 2013, crafts sturdy pop hooks with a soulful foundation.


The members of Wild Beasts perform for a Field Recordings video shoot at The Campbell Apartment in New York City's Grand Central Station.

Watch Wild Beasts: A 'Beautiful Truth' In A Beautiful Bar

October 23, 2014 – We asked the romantic London band to perform in a century-old room in Grand Central Station.

The members of Fly Golden Eagle, in a scene from their new video for the song "Stepping Stone."

Watch First Watch: Fly Golden Eagle, 'Stepping Stone'

October 23, 2014 – See one of Nashville's most dynamic young rock bands tear it up, with a crew wearing hazmat suits.

Cafe Tacvba's 1994 album Re changed Latin music as we know it.

Listen Cafe Tacvba's Groundbreaking Influence, Then And Now

October 23, 2014 – Alt.Latino celebrates a Latin rock legacy, plays new music and discusses the film The Book Of Life.


Robin Bacior's new album, Water Dreams, comes out Jan. 13.

Read Song Premiere, Robin Bacior, 'If It Does'

October 23, 2014 – Robin Bacior's honeyed but vibrant voice hits gently, bestowing the listener with comfort and calm.

A 1931 portrait of Danish composer Carl Nielsen by Sigurd Swane. Nielsen's symphonies are still undervalued.

Read Great Danes: Three Symphonic Albums By Danish Composers

October 23, 2014 – From tiny Denmark comes a big symphonic sound. Sample music by Nielsen, Nørgård and Ruders.

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