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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:10 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Dardanelle Hadley On Piano Jazz

Dardanelle Hadley, pictured here on vibes circa 1938-1948.
William Gottlieb Library of Congress

Jazz vocalist and pianist Dardanelle Hadley was born Marcia Marie Mullen, the daughter of vocalist and pianist Marcius Mosely "Buck" Mullen. In the 1940s, she formed a trio that played regularly at the Copacabana Club in New York, and she went on to work with jazz greats such as Bucky Pizzarelli and Grady Tate.

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All Songs TV
11:51 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Lauren Shera, 'Light and Dust'

Alysse Gafkjen Courtesy of the Artist

Originally published on

Written as a farewell to her home in California, Lauren Shera's "Light and Dust" introduces the new direction she took on her third studio album, Gold and Rust.

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Mountain Stage
1:58 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Kristin Andreassen On Mountain Stage

Kristin Andreassen
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Kristin Andreassen returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. While this is Andreassen's first Mountain Stage appearance as a solo artist, she's no stranger to the show, having appeared with the string band Uncle Earl and the "folk noir" trio Sometymes Why. She also has a background as a dancer, having worked extensively with the traditional percussive dance ensemble Footworks.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
1:27 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: Made In America

American fiddler Liz Carroll is part of the U.S.'s evolving Irish traditional music scene.
Suzanne Plunkett Courtesy of the artist

Travel from the 1920s, with legendary fiddlers Michael Coleman and James Morrison, to the thriving 1970s session scene and hear the evolving sound of Irish traditional music in the U.S.

This week's show includes music from The Flanagan Brothers, Liz Carroll, Laurence Nugent, The Green Fields Of America and more.

Alt.Latino
1:25 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Surviving SXSW 2015, With An Assist

Buraka Som Sistema was among the many Latin artists who impressed at this year's SXSW.
Goncalo F. Santos Courtesy of the artist

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Favorite Sessions
10:42 am
Thu March 26, 2015

KCRW Presents: Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow on KCRW.
Libby Pierson KCRW

Twin Shadow recently returned to KCRW's studio to preview new songs from Eclipse before kicking off a tour that included a handful of shows at SXSW. The band's latest album features a grander sound — still highly influenced by '80s synth-pop, but clearly aiming for the stadiums. Dark and yearning, George Lewis Jr. gives a passionate, emotional performance of "Eclipse."

SET LIST

  • "Eclipse"
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All Songs TV
8:11 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Genevieve, 'Colors'

Genevieve.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:51 am

What a killer song. In fact, of all the tunes the All Songs Considered crew inspected before we headed down to Austin for SXSW, "Colors," the debut single by Genevieve, was the team favorite.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Thu March 26, 2015

For Mick Jenkins, Water Is A Way Of Life

Mick Jenkins at SXSW.
A.J. for NPR

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Music Interviews
2:09 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Cuban Music's Most Successful Accident Rises Again

The new album Lost And Found compiles unheard recordings from the Buena Vista Social Club sessions, as well as solo work from the musicians involved.
Alejandro Perez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:00 pm

In Cuba, there are songs you're just as likely to hear on a street corner today as you would have been in the 1950s. For decades, that Cuban traditional music went largely unheard and unnoticed by the rest of the world — and then came an album called Buena Vista Social Club.

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Songs We Love
2:00 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Songs We Love: Bwana, 'Tengo'

Toronto producer Bwana will release "Tengo" as a single on April 6.
Courtesy of the artist

Classy dance-music anthems don't come around too often. EDM trades in stadium songs, but its brash electro riffs and trap basslines are intentionally debaucherous. Meanwhile, the most creative underground producers can (understandably) be wary of emotional motifs that make you want to stare into midair.

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Mountain Stage
12:38 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Charlie Worsham On Mountain Stage

Charlie Worsham.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Charlie Worsham makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Originally from Grenada, Miss., Worsham appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in 1998 as a 12-year-old bluegrass banjo prodigy. He went on to study production and recording engineering at the Berklee School of Music, and began to include pop and rock sounds in his songwriting. He landed a deal with a publishing company after moving to Nashville, and before long was playing with the band KingBilly.

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SXSW Music Festival
12:12 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Stromae, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Stromae proved to the audience at Stubb's in Austin why he's a major star just about everywhere but the U.S.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 5:52 pm

All over SXSW, kiosks were plastered with posters that posed a provocative question: "Who the hell is Stromae?"

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Deceptive Cadence
10:13 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Cross The Arctic With The Kronos Quartet

The Kronos Quartet.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 10:14 am

Dogs barking, wind howling, ice crunching, then the sudden "ch-ch-ch-ch" of a sawing beat: That's composer Derek Charke's opening salvo in his transporting piece Cercle du Nord III.

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All Songs Considered
10:12 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Son Lux: New Album, New Song

Son Lux (left to right): Ian Chang, Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 12:53 pm

Son Lux, the brain child of beat wizard Ryan Lott, is back as an official trio, with a new album and a new song. The album is called Bones and was co-written and recorded by Lott with drummer Ian Chang and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia.

The first single from the album, "Change Is Everything," is vintage Son Lux, with a startling mix of chopped up rhythms and sonic curiosities set against lyrics that are both grand and minimal.

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All Songs Considered
8:41 am
Wed March 25, 2015

SXSW 2015 Wrap-Up: Our Favorite Discoveries And Memorable Moments

Clockwise from upper left: Girl Band, Girlpool, Kate Tempest, The Prettiots
Courtesy of the artists

After a week of 16-hour days and little-to-no sleep, the All Songs Considered gang is back from Austin with a slew of musical discoveries from the 2015 South by Southwest music festival.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Wed March 25, 2015

WAMU's Bandwidth Presents: Avers

Avers performs live on WAMU's Bandwidth.
Rhiannon Newman WAMU

The Richmond, Va., psych-rock quintet Avers is a supergroup of sorts, with players from folk-pop heavy hitter The Head And The Heart and established Richmond bands Mason Brothers, Hypercolor, The Trillions and Farm Vegas. On its 2014 debut LP, Empty Light, Avers twists those bands' sensibilities into a wicked amalgam of rock from the '60s and later.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
6:46 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Ingrid Jensen And Steve Treseler Play Kenny Wheeler

Steve Treseler and Ingrid Jensen.
Steve Korn Courtesy of the artists

The late, distinctively melodic jazz composer Kenny Wheeler was also a great trumpet player, though, being famously self-effacing, often declined to toot his own horn about his talents. Many musicians sang his praises, though, and when he died in 2014, saxophonist Steve Treseler and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen were inspired to revisit his music. As they traded notes and arrangements, they realized they had to record these tunes which had been so influential to their growth as musicians.

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Mountain Stage
2:23 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Mac McAnally On Mountain Stage

Mac McAnally.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Mac McAnally makes his third visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. If you were making a list of key behind-the-scenes figures in Nashville, the singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist would be near the very top.

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Metropolis
2:16 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Metropolis: 3/21/15

New music from Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation is featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 11:06 am

This Week's Playlist

  • Oliver S & Jimi Jules, "Pushing On (Tchami Remix)" (Ultra)
  • Hot Since '82, "Time Out" (Knee Deep In Sound)
  • Mr. Gonzo, "Pharaoh"
  • Mickey, "You Know The Beat" (Exploited)
  • Frankie Knuckles, "Baby Wants To Ride (Underworld vs. Misterons Cover)" (Junior Boys Own)
  • Mason, "Nite Rite 1" (Great Stuff)
  • Ayla, "Wish I Was (Spada Remix)" (Hysterical)
  • Lane 8, "Diamonds (feat. Solomon Grey)" (Anjunadeep)
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Songs We Love
2:11 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Torres, 'Sprinter'

Torres.
Shawn Brackbill Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 2:58 pm

Walk America's motor-mown playing fields on a Sunday afternoon, past baseball diamonds that look like half-hewn crop circles and running tracks cut in dirt or clay. See the swarms of children neatening themselves into game formations, each one trying to tamp down nervous energy and make her talent behave. Skinny legs protrude from nylon shorts quickly pulled on after the church clothes come off. Mothers sit and knit on the sidelines in collapsible chairs. Fathers stand, ready to go to the snack bar or sneak a cooler beer; ready to yell. This is fun?

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All Songs Considered
9:01 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Wake Up To Breakfast Tacos With Avalon Emerson

Avalon Emerson hits up Mi Madres for some breakfast tacos in Austin, Texas.
A.J. Wilhelm for NPR

On the final morning of SXSW, we woke up early for Austin's signature dish — breakfast tacos — with house and techno producer Avalon Emerson at Mi Madres Restaurant. "It nails Tex-Mex perfectly," she says, making everyone think about breakfast tacos right now.

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All Songs Considered
8:23 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Lower Dens' Jana Hunter Explains 'Escape From Evil,' Track By Track

Lower Dens singer and songwriter Jana Hunter writes that her band's new album, Escape From Evil, is typified by "warmth and physicality."
Frank Hamilton Courtesy of the artist

There's something mysterious, almost opaque, about the songs of Lower Dens. The ones on the band's new album, Escape From Evil, are lush but distant, beautiful things held just out of reach.

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Music News
4:15 am
Tue March 24, 2015

First Listen: 'Carrie & Lowell' By Sufjan Stevens

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 7:15 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

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Microphone Check
2:37 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Earl Sweatshirt: 'I'm Grown'

Earl Sweatshirt in Austin, Texas, during SXSW March 21, 2015.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 3:07 pm

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Songs We Love
5:02 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Hop Along, 'Waitress'

Hop Along's new album, Painted Shut, comes out May 4.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

The Philadelphia-based band Hop Along is getting its national breakout moment with Painted Shut (out May 4), its second full-length and first for Saddle Creek Records.

Hop Along's power rests squarely on the talents of lead singer and writer Frances Quinlan. Her voice is huge: urgent, dynamic, sometimes harsh but undeniably intense. Get into it and you'll live and die by her reflective, first-person stories in songs like "Waitress." The words here stem from places of frustration and occasional darkness, but the music is pure, headlong joy.

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All Songs Considered
2:51 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Wish You Were There: 42 Photos From SXSW 2015

Avan Lava performs on Saturday night at Cheer Up Charlie's during the 2015 South by Southwest music festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

South by Southwest 2015 has wrapped up, and NPR Music's team in Austin has once again begun to scatter across the United States. For some of us, these five days were amazing and exhausting in equal measure — Stephen Thompson counted 76 bands he saw and sorely needs to rest his feet — while others — really just Bob Boilen — could keep going forever.

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All Songs Considered
12:39 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Watch 5 Late-Night Lullabies From SXSW

Torres performed a late-night South X Lullaby on our final night at SXSW.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 5:50 pm

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Favorite Sessions
11:19 am
Mon March 23, 2015

KEXP Presents: Viet Cong

Viet Cong performs live on KEXP.
BRITTNEY BUSH BOLLAY KEXP

There's a lot of buzz about Viet Cong right now, and for a lot of reasons. But while their pedigree, controversial name and recognizable post-punk influences make for easy talking points, it's their ferocious energy and novel songwriting that seem to resonate so strongly with fans and critics alike.

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Mountain Stage
10:47 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Lee Ann Womack On Mountain Stage

Lee Ann Womack.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Lee Ann Womack appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the West Virginia University's College of Creative Arts in Morgantown. One of country music's most beloved singers, Womack has the rare distinction of having earned the respect and admiration of fans of traditional and contemporary sounds alike. A native of Texas, Womack moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. She signed a record deal and in 1997 released her self-titled debut, which reached the Top 10.

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All Songs Considered
10:04 am
Mon March 23, 2015

SXSW 2015 In 10 GIFs

El-P (left) and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels play the Spin party at Stubb's.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:31 am

While you catch up on our favorite discoveries from the SXSW Music Festival, watch

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