Frannie Kelley http://tspr.org en The Rhythm That's A Way Of Living http://tspr.org/post/rhythm-thats-way-living Compared to American rock and roll, Afro-Cuban music sounds complicated to the point of intimidation. Sure the rhythms make you want to move, but if you stop to think about what's going on, your feet won't know what to do. And that's just the point — some rhythms are better felt than counted off. NPR's Frannie Kelley learned how easy they can be to play, once you abandon a central tenet of rock: the one.<p>She spoke to Cuban percussionist Dafnis Prieto, who grew up hearing complex rhythms outside his window in Havana. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 55245 at http://tspr.org The Rhythm That's A Way Of Living Sound Off: Where The Military's Rhythm Came From http://tspr.org/post/sound-where-militarys-rhythm-came <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6bhv4i8qso</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 54980 at http://tspr.org Sound Off: Where The Military's Rhythm Came From Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella http://tspr.org/post/reunited-and-it-feels-little-awkward-outkast-coachella <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPEiAGFMnNI</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:42:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 51540 at http://tspr.org Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella Yes, Yeezus Dominated 2013 Hip Hop, But Many More Gems Were Made http://tspr.org/post/yes-yeezus-dominated-2013-hip-hop-many-more-gems-were-made Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>All this week, we're looking back at the year in music with our friends at NPR Music as our guides. Every year, they round up their favorite 50 albums, some mainstream, some more obscure and some completely unavoidable, like "Yeezus" from Kanye West.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BOUND 2")<p>BRENDA LEE: Uh-huh, honey.<p>KANYE WEST: (Rapping) What you doing in the club on a Thursday? You said you only here for a girl birthday. They ordered champagne but still look thirsty. Rock Forever 21 but just turned 30.<p>CORNISH: West was everywhere. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 45240 at http://tspr.org Thundercat On Making Music Outside The Lines http://tspr.org/post/thundercat-making-music-outside-lines Session musician Stephen Bruner has played bass in other people's bands for more than a decade. He can play metal, R&B, hip-hop, jazz. And he's been folding all that into his own music, which he puts out under the name Thundercat.<p>Now, with his second album, he's stepping to the front of the stage.<p>Bruner knows everybody. He calls Robert Trujillo, who he replaced in the thrash band Suicidal Tendencies and who now plays bass for <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15730259/metallica" target="_blank">Metallica</a>, his big uncle. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 16:03:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 37658 at http://tspr.org Thundercat On Making Music Outside The Lines