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Brian Burton has good taste. As Danger Mouse, he's won five Grammy Awards and worked with everyone from the Black Keys to Gorillaz to Adele. Now the musician, songwriter and producer is adding another impressive project to his resume: his own record label.

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Allen Toussaint has died at the age of 77, Spanish authorities have confirmed.The award-winning artist was known for songs like Working In the Coal Mine, Southern Nights and Fortune Teller. He suffered a heart attack shortly after coming off stage at Madrid's Teatro Lara on Monday night, reported Spanish newspaper El Mundo. He was found in his hotel and resuscitated - but suffered a second heart attack en route to hospital.

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  Over the course of a career that lasted some sixty years, pianist, producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint's music and sound became a hugely influential force for artists working in many different genres. Toussaint died on Monday night in Madrid, at the age of 77. As the news has spread, artists and other luminaries have been pouring out their grief on social media. 

  The full blog and tribute is at NPR MUSIC

Allen Toussaint On Mountain Stage

Nov 10, 2015

Allen Toussaint appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the historic Keith Albee Theater in Huntington, W.Va. A New Orleans R&B institution, Toussaint has worn every musical hat there is to wear — and, along the way, is as responsible as any one person for that classic Crescent City sound.

"My whole life / Was like a picture of a sunny day," Carrie Brownstein sings in Sleater-Kinney's "Modern Girl." It's one of the band's happier-sounding songs, with a catchy, almost sweet melody belied by the deeply ironic, cutting lyrics. She follows up those lines with the ones that inspire the title of her new book: "My baby loves me, I'm so hungry / Hunger makes me a modern girl."

KEXP Presents: Paul Weller

Nov 3, 2015

We were excited when we heard renowned singer-songwriter Paul Weller would stop by the KEXP studios for an acoustic session, but little did we know he'd be bringing his five-piece band with him for this very special unplugged set.

The intimate performance spotlighted his 12th solo release, Saturn's Pattern, as well as old favorites from both his older bands, The Jam and Style Council. KEXP felt truly blessed to be in the presence of "The Modfather."


  • "These City Streets"

Imagine creating the best work of your life, some of the best music of its day, and no one cares. Now imagine playing those songs 47 years later to a screaming and loving bunch of fans and getting what seems like a hero's welcome. That's part of the story of The Zombies, who played the classic 1968 album Odessey and Oracle, along with a set of other hits and brand new songs, live in Washington, D.C. last month. Now we have their nearly note-for-note live reproduction of Odessey and Oracle for you here.

The Current Presents: Laura Marling

Oct 20, 2015

Laura Marling's latest album, this year's Short Movie, features a fuller, more plugged-in sound. But when she came to visit The Current's studio, Marling returned to her roots and performed an acoustic set. Inspired by the time the English singer spent in Los Angeles during a songwriting hiatus, Short Movie encourages listeners to embrace spontaneity, as you can hear in this performance of "How Can I."


  • "How Can I"