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All Songs TV
9:17 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Courtney Barnett, 'Pedestrian At Best'

Leslie Kirchhoff Courtesy of the Artist

The visual: A clown past her prime. The words: "Put me on a pedestal and I'll only disappoint you."

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Movie Reviews
4:04 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

A Parisian Finds Her Place In A Rarely Seen Part Of 'Girlhood'

Karidja Toure in Girlhood.
Strand Releasing

Early on in Celine Sciamma's striking Girlhood, a deft twist confounds what you might expect from a teen movie set in a mostly black, poverty-stricken suburb of Paris. Shut out of conventional paths to realize her ambition to be "like others, normal" and fed up with the tyranny of a bullying older brother at home, 16-year-old Marieme (Karidja Toure) takes up with a gang of tough-talking girls whose charismatic leader, Lady (Assa Sylla), fights other girls and wields a knife.

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Mountain Stage
2:26 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

The Stray Birds On Mountain Stage

The Stray Birds.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Stray Birds' members make their second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Hailing from rural Lancaster, Penn., the band's three musicians successfully draw on the rich traditions of American folk music while still sounding modern.

All three members of The Stray Birds sing lead: Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven both play fiddle and guitar, while Charles Muench plays upright bass.

SET LIST

  • "The Bells"
  • "New Shoes"
  • "Heavy Hands"
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Heavy Rotation
1:46 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Panda Bear's "Tropic Of Cancer" is one of the tracks public radio couldn't stop playing in January.
Courtesy of the artist

Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Check out past editions here.

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

All Songs Considered
12:27 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

All Songs At 15: On Hearing Sufjan Stevens For The First Time

Music Articles
12:18 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Latitudes: The Global Music You Must Hear In January

Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia.
Sahiba Kaur Chawla Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 12:51 pm

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The Record
3:15 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Pop's New Old Sound: Retro Without Rules

Bruno Mars (left) and Mark Ronson, whose song, "Uptown Funk!," has been the No. 1 song in the country for four weeks in a row.
Vevo Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:49 am

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Music News
4:12 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Buzz Bin: A Proper Look At Where Kazoos Come From

Everybody can play the kazoo, practically no skill required — but only two places in the U.S. make them.
Kazoobie Kazoos

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 1:10 pm

In case it's not marked on your calendar, Wednesday, Jan. 28, is National Kazoo Day.

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Mountain Stage
2:11 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Joan Shelley On Mountain Stage

Joan Shelley.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Joan Shelley appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. A native of Louisville, Ky., the singer-songwriter has been compared to the likes of Nick Drake and fellow Kentuckian Jim James. Her latest album is last year's moody, languid, country-inflected Electric Ursa.

For her Mountain Stage debut, Shelley is joined onstage by Sean Johnson on drums, bassist John Pedigo and Daniel Dorft on keyboards.

SET LIST

  • "Rising Air"
  • "Easy Now"
  • "First Of August"
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The Record
2:03 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

A Rational Conversation With ASAP Yams

Some of A$AP Mob at BET's 106 & Park Studios in July 2013. Standing, from left to right, ASAP Bari, ASAP Yams and ASAP Illz. In front, from left to right, ASAP Ferg, ASAP Twelvyy and ASAP Rocky.
John Ricard Getty Images

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Favorite Sessions
10:11 am
Wed January 28, 2015

opbmusic Presents: Greylag

Up and coming Portland rock band Greylag performed live in opbmusic's studios.
OPB

The Portland band Greylag quietly released a great self-titled debut in 2014. Produced by Phil Ek, the album finds a sweet spot in which moody, autumnal songs receive a welcome jolt of gritty electric guitar.

"Arms Unknown" opens with Andrew Stonestreet's strummed verse and gains momentum throughout a thumping chorus joined by guitarist Daniel Dixon, drummer Brady Swan and bassist Seth Mankoski.

Watch the rest of Greylag's studio performance at opbmusic.org.

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Music News
5:19 am
Wed January 28, 2015

First Listen: Israeli Singer Asaf Avidan

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 7:09 am

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

World Cafe
2:49 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Colin Hay On World Cafe

Colin Hay.
Courtesy of the artist

As '80s Week continues, World Cafe keeps combing through its archive for artists from the decade of synths and irregular haircuts. Today, that means bringing back a wide-ranging 2004 session with Colin Hay of the Australian band Men At Work. Hay's distinctive voice helped carry songs like "Who Can It Be Now" and "Down Under" to prominence in the early '80s.

Here, the singer performs a few of his newer songs and tells the story of Men At Work's international success.

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Mountain Stage
2:15 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Black Prairie On Mountain Stage

Black Prairie.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Black Prairie makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. An unlikely string band of great technical depth, Black Prairie has a rhythm section that features three members of The Decemberists.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:00 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Bobby Bare Jr.: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

I was in Nashville, standing in line at a food/music festival, when this guy behind me hears my voice, recognizes me and says, "Hey, Bob Boilen! Bobby Bare Jr. here. I've been hoping to play your desk." Truth be told, I'd been hoping to make that happen, too. And so the deal was sealed over a pork bun. Thirty minutes later, at the same festival, Bare was on stage with his dad, the country legend Bobby Bare Sr., and Kings Of Leon. That's Nashville for you.

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All Songs Considered
1:29 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Mix: Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Laura Marling, More

Top row: Death Cab For Cutie; middle row, left to right: Laura Marling, Asaf Avidan, Ibeyi; bottom row: Modest Mouse
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:10 pm

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Music Interviews
12:23 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 5:46 pm

Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, executive producer Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.

Originally broadcast Nov. 27, 2013.

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

Songs We Love
12:03 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Pond, 'Elvis' Flaming Star'

The long-running Australian rock band Pond features members of Tame Impala, Mink Mussel Creek and Allbrook/Avery.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:41 pm

The Australian psychedelic pop band Pond, which features Tame Impala drummer Jay Watson, takes listeners on a retro-futuristic odyssey throughout its new album, Man It Feels Like Space Again. With a vintage glam-rock vibe that brings to mind David Bowie and T-Rex, "Elvis' Flaming Star" is filled with explosions, otherworldly sounds and dizzying time changes. A sense of creativity and fun permeates the song, which calls to mind the playful antics of Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips.

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The Record
11:53 am
Tue January 27, 2015

From The Isleys To Aaliyah To Frank Ocean, The Evolution Of 'Love'

Frank Ocean released an Aaliyah tribute, "At Your Best (You Are Love)," on the late R&B singer's birthday.
Courtesy of the artist

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Front Row
11:24 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Front Row: Nathaniel Rateliff, 'Still Trying'

Nathaniel Rateliff performs live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston, Mass.
WGBH

Singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff performed live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Nov. 4. Rateliff told us before the show that this song, "Still Trying," "is a song about struggling with alcoholism and how you go to bed drunk and you tell yourself, 'Tomorrow, I'm gonna sober up and totally not do that tomorrow,' and then you do the same thing the next day."

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All Songs Considered
11:20 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Viking's Choice: Ô Paon, 'Fille Tannée/Fille Tendue'

"With Fleuve, I was mostly writing about a potential version of myself — a more bad-ass, f----- up one," Geneviève Castrée says.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:45 am

Nostalgia is a polar bear in the wild — warm and fuzzy from a distance, terrifying once the reality of its power confronts you. In her music as Ô Paon and in her graphic novels, the Anacortes, Wash.-based Geneviève Castrée often writes about the things that haunt her: violence, alienation, greed. With the loosely conceptual Fleuve, Castrée and her characters grapple with alienation from a place and time — specifically, coming of age in '90s suburban Montreal — that can't exist when you return to them.

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All Songs Considered
10:43 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Tiny Desk Concert Contest Phase 2: Judging Begins

This is all I do anymore.
Morgan McCloy NPR

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:37 pm

I've basically stopped going to concerts. For me, this is kind of like I've stopped eating or sleeping. If you're looking for me these days, you can find me at my computer, watching musicians play their heart out for a chance to perform at NPR's Tiny Desk. After six busy weeks, the Tiny Desk Concert Contest eligibility period is now closed, and we've moved on to the next stage: judging.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Fifty Years Of Steve Reich's 'It's Gonna Rain'

Steve Reich, with a phase-shifting pulse gate, photographed in New York in 1969.
Nonesuch

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:14 pm

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Music News
5:07 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Punch Brothers May Look Like A Bluegrass Band But Their Sound Is Unique

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 10:27 am

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

Transcript

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Music Interviews
3:41 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

George Ezra: Listen To This Man, He'll Make You Swoon

"If this is the only album I get to release, so be it," George Ezra says. "I've had the best time."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 6:45 pm

George Ezra has a voice that can float high and delicate, but it can also wade deep. At 18, he was discovered via YouTube; now, at 21, he's released a debut album that's No. 1 in England.

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The Record
12:09 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

From Prog-Rock Pioneer To Kitsch King: Remembering Demis Roussos

International pop star Demis Roussos hams it up for the camera at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1975. Roussos died in Athens Sunday at age 68.
Ralph Gatti AFP/Getty Images

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Metropolis
12:03 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Metropolis: 1/24/15

This week's episode of Metropolis includes a new song from Panda Bear.
Fernanda Pereira Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • The Acid, "Ghost (Maya Jane Coles Remix)" (Mute)
  • Blonde, "I Loved You (Braxton Remix)" (Promo)
  • Mary J. Blige, "Right Now (feat. Disclosure)" (Capitol)
  • Pomo x Kaytranada, "Cherry Funk" (WW&W)
  • Cyril Hahn, "Slow (feat. Rochelle Jordan)" (Virgin/EMI)
  • Cut Snake, "Face Down" (Three Six Zero/Warner Bros.)
  • Gorgon City, "Try Me Out" (Black Butter/Virgin)
  • Cloud 9, "Do You Want Me Baby (Dusky Remix)" (Toolroom)
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World Cafe
11:46 am
Mon January 26, 2015

World Cafe Next: Viet Cong

Viet Cong.
David Waldman Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, Calgary's Viet Cong, released its full-length debut last week. It's not so much a dark record as a harsh one: This is a guitar-intensive rock band whose songs stretch out with some sturm and drang, while still finding ways to get under your skin. Hear and download two songs from Viet Cong on this page.

Mountain Stage
10:56 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Lisa Loeb On Mountain Stage

Lisa Loeb.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Lisa Loeb makes her second visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. Since topping the pop charts in 1994 without so much as a record contract, Loeb has proven herself a singer-songwriter with immense staying power.

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Favorite Sessions
10:33 am
Mon January 26, 2015

KEXP Presents: Meatbodies

Meatbodies, performing live in the KEXP studio.
Matthew B. Thompson KEXP

Chad Ubovich has backed Mikal Cronin on tour and plays with Ty Segall in Fuzz. In the garage-rock band Meatbodies, the Californian lifts riff-heavy songs from sludgy depths into a woozy, psychedelic headspace. "Meatbodies," from the group's self-titled debut, is driven by intertwining guitar lines, thick basslines and pummeling beats.

SET LIST

  • "Mountain"

Watch Meatbodies' entire performance on KEXP's YouTube channel.

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