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Camella Lobo, the woman behind Los Angeles synth act Tropic Of Cancer, is obsessed with love's collateral damage. For the past eight years, initially with her then-husband Juan Mendez (a.k.a. Silent Servant) and more recently on her own, Lobo has examined the fragility of human emotion through solemn synthesizer work and funereal tempos. The results are always haunting, and, often, quite beautiful.

New Orleans can proudly be called the birthplace of jazz, but the city has also been a cradle for classical music. Opera was heard there as early as 1796. And just a few decades later, in 1829, the city produced America's first musical superstar — Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

World Cafe Next: GospelbeacH

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Pacific Surf Line, out Oct. 3, is a sunny, breezy debut from the group GospelbeacH. The band's members have been part of Beachwood Sparks, Further, The Tyde, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals and Everest, among others. With the buoyant, country-influenced sound of Beachwood Sparks in mind, these musicians clearly clicked in the studio, as you'll hear in the two songs featured here.

Metropolis: 8/29/15

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This Week's Playlist

  • Disclosure, "Holding On [feat. Gregory Porter] [Armand Van Helden Remix]" (Capitol)
  • Julio Bashmore, "Knockin' Boots" (Broadwalk)
  • Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique, "Love Is Free [feat. Maluca]" (Cherrytree)
  • Booka Shade, "Line Of Fire [feat. Karin Park]" (Blaufeld)
  • Keys N Krates, "She's So High [Taiki Nulight Remix]" (Dim Mak)
  • Curses & DKDS, "Trouble [feat. Syf] [Shiba San Remix]"
  • Kant, "Nightcall" (101 Distribution)

Watching Mitski perform at my desk, there are moments when I was worried for her. In her opening song, "Townie," the boys "are driving and they'll be drinking" — and a verse later, Mitski sings of love in ways that feel vengeful, not fruitful.

And I want a love that falls as fast

As a body from the balcony, and

I want a kiss like my heart is hitting the ground

I'm holding my breath with a baseball bat

Though I don't know what I'm waiting for

Django Django On World Cafe

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World Cafe's live guest, the band Django Django, has a new album called Born Under Saturn, which follows 2012's self-titled debut. Django Django's members, who met at Edinburgh University in Scotland, were nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize for that record.

Bumper stickers say "Keep Austin Weird," but Texas band Holiday Mountain has a different agenda for its hometown — at least according to its latest single, "Get Really Freaky." And if the song's new video is any indication, resistance is futile.

You are a werewolf. You are a cop. You ride a motorcycle. You need a bottle of cheap Canadian whiskey, a foxy lady at your side and a soundtrack that howls at the moon. You need Shooting Guns.

In case you didn't stay up late to watch the MTV Video Music Awards, there are really only two moments that matter.

They'll be the talk of the water cooler today, so you might as well take a look. Here are the two moments that matter:

1. After receiving the Video Vanguard award, the rapper Kanye West delivered a 13-minute soliloquy in which he sorta, kinda apologized for his past behavior and then he got ahead of the news cycle by announcing he's running for president in 2020.

From African drums in Congo Square to raucous brass bands second-lining in the streets, jazz is the soundtrack of New Orleans. The history and spirit of the Crescent City can be summoned through thousands of now-classic songs.

Amalie Bruun is Danish-born musician who grew up playing classical violin and piano. It didn't take long, though, before she was introduced to a more aggressive style of music, for which the Scandinavian region is especially well known.

There's a song out there right now that's catching a lot of people off guard. "S.O.B" sounds kind of familiar, maybe like a revived oldie, but it's not: It's fresh off the new self-titled album from the Denver ensemble Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.

The well-established soundscape at Burning Man is an audio layer cake of dubstep and techno. More than 60,000 people will gather in the Nevada desert next week for the annual arts festival — and many of them will spend their nights at post-apocalyptic raves, spinning fiery hula hoops and passing ChapStick around the dance floor.

"Eat, sleep, rave, repeat. Eat, sleep, rave, repeat," was the refrain of one song played all over the playa last year.

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the T-shirt we bought to express our love of goats is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This time around: thoughts on side projects.

Both the song and its video fit many people's idea of Canada: clever and smiling. But the man who wrote lyrics telling Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, "It's time for you to go," has been put on leave from his job as a federal scientist at Canada's environmental agency.

Here's a duo that's at the foundation of music itself, but which isn't always noticed: the musical interplay between the bass and the drum.

News about the stock market's ups and downs hardly comes as music to the ears — unless you happen to be experimental musician Jace Clayton.

Clayton, who also performs and records as DJ /rupture, is working on a new composition called Gbadu And The Moirai Index, which uses an algorithm to translate the market's movements into a piece for four voices. Each singer plays a mythological character — the Moirai are the three Greek goddesses of fate, and Gbadu is a dual-gendered West African fate deity.

This is the song Four Tet fans have been waiting for. Almost five months after he premiered it on his BBC Essential Mix, Kieran Hebden officially released "Digital Arpeggios" on Friday via his Percussions alias.

Rebecca Roubion On Song Travels

Aug 28, 2015

The songs of Nashville singer, pianist and songwriter Rebecca Roubion have been featured on the TV shows Bones and Pretty Little Liars. She's influenced by Carole King and Eva Cassidy, among others, and her voice has been compared to that of Norah Jones.

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

We've been a cat free zone for 15 years here on All Songs Considered, but today, for good reason, we break our rule. It's Friday. I'm in a silly mood, and have been since watching this cat video, which has apparently short-circuited my normal news filter.

Last weekend, thousands of uncommonly refined punks flooded the Estonian town of Rakvere to participate in the third Punk Song Festival (previous gatherings were held in 2008 and 2011).

Mackintosh Braun's brightly colored, danceable pop songs have appeared on TV series like Grey's Anatomy and Gossip Girl, and the band's song "Never Give In" was even featured in the Veronica Mars movie. In spite of this success, Mackintosh Braun remains largely under the radar in its hometown of Portland, Ore., where the group formed in 2006.

Toronto singer Lowell makes bubblegum pop — if that bubblegum has been stuck irreverently under a desk, or spit defiantly onto the ground. Her music is sweet, but with an intentional, inseparable grit. Such is the case on her latest release, "Ride," a spiky, MIA-adjacent summer anthem featuring Swedish electropop stars Icona Pop. As with prior singles from both Lowell and Icona Pop, "Ride" is as much a mission statement as it is a pop song.

LANGUAGE ADVISORY: This song contains explicit language.

Diet Cig singer Alex Luciano shouldn't get away with a silly simile like, "And you know I'm scared / Like a third grader on a triple dog dare." Luciano curls her mouth around "triple dog dare" with a knowing grin/side-eye, and that's when you just can't help but root for Diet Cig.

Eskimeaux's OK is easily my most played album of the year, next to the Courtney Barnett record. There's lighthearted, almost childlike beauty in the way Gabrielle Smith puts words to song. Here are OK's first lines:

In my dreams you're a bathtub running

You are warm and tender

And bubbling

Oh, you are cold and bristling and struggling

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