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New Artists
3:46 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Who's the next Adele?

This year's Grammy broadcast featured four powerhouse female vocalists, including British songstress Adele, who swept all six of the categories for which she was nominated.  So, who can we look forward to seeing at next year's music award shows? 

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Winter Songs
12:02 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

A Skating Rink's 'Ribbon In The Sky'

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Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 3:16 pm

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Interview
11:29 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Interview With Ryan Hare, WSU Bassoonist & Music Professor

Orchestral music and sports go together like a horse and carriage, right?  Well, that may not be the first connection that springs to mind but inspiration comes in many forms.  Just ask Ryan Hare, a bassoonist and an associate professor of music at Washington State University.  He stopped by the Northwest Public Radio studios recently to speak with Robin Rilette about the world premiere of his piece “Maracanazo.”

Adele
3:10 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

The Ballad Of The Tearful: Why Some Songs Make You Cry

Adele won the song of the year category at this year's Grammy Awards for her tear-jerker "Someone Like You."
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 2:45 pm

Note: A number of listeners responded to this story and said the definition of appoggiatura was incorrect. Music commentator Rob Kapilow has a second opinion here.

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Dedications
4:15 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Valentine's Day Dedications

Unleash your inner Romeo or Juliet!  Recognize a special person in your life this Valentine’s Day with an on-air dedication. E-mail your short (100 words or less) dedication by Sunday, February 12th at midnight and yours could be included during my Valentine’s Day show from 9:00 am to Noon. 

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Exploring Music Playlists
12:00 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Exploring Music With Bill McGlaughlin - February 2012

Find playlists for Exploring Music by clicking on a day of the week under the description of each week's theme.

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Chopin Concerto
1:43 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1

Frédéric Chopin was known for his piano works, and famous for solo piano pieces. But he also composed a number of piano concertos (pieces to be accompanied by other instruments). One of his first was Piano Concerto No. 1.

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Women in American Roots
6:15 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Increasing Visibility of Female American Roots Musicians

American roots vocalist and guitarist Lauren Sheehan
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PORTLAND - Quick, think of any famous female musicians in the American roots genre. Sure, today there's Allison Krauss and Gillian Welch. But for the most part, history remembers a lot of men in old-time country, blues and folk music... names like Lead Belly, Muddy Waters or Doc Watson.

Not a lot of women in American roots music are getting their due. That's according to a folklorist from near Seattle. She and her husband have made it their mission to change that. The Library of Congress has taken notice. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Exploring Music Playlists
12:00 am
Sun January 1, 2012

Exploring Music With Bill McGlaughlin - January 2012

Find playlists for Exploring Music by clicking on a day of the week under the description of each week's theme.

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Jazz
9:38 am
Thu December 22, 2011

The Mix: 100 Quintessential Jazz Songs

As published on JAZZ24 -

The Jazz 100 is a crowdsourced list of the most quintessential jazz songs of all time, determined by the listeners of Jazz24.org and NPR Music.

If there was one theme we noticed while sorting through the 1,500 nominations, it was that time does not take its toll on great music. "Take Five," which was the first jazz single to sell 1 million copies, was the undisputed top choice, while Miles Davis' "So What" (which was coincidentally recorded in the same year, 1959) was the clear No. 2.

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