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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

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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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All Songs TV
10:03 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Girlpool, 'Chinatown'

Girlpool.
Alice Baxley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:31 pm

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Songs We Love
7:03 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, 'To Keep And To Be Kept'

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders' new album, Playmates, comes out in the U.S. on Feb. 24.
Courtesy of the artist

The Australian band Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders has quietly released a handful of albums, the latest of which is titled Playmates; it's due out in the U.S. on Feb. 24.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Soundtrack To The Outback: Remembering Peter Sculthorpe

On Australia Day, we salute composer Peter Sculthorpe.
Bridget Elliot Sono Luminus

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 8:16 am

They're celebrating Down Under. Today is Australia Day, a holiday marking the arrival of British ships at Sydney Harbour in 1788. A perfect day then to salute something truly Australian, something that speaks of national pride, austere landscapes and even the darker side of Australian history — the music of Peter Sculthorpe, who died last year at age 85.

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All Songs TV
7:03 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Andrew Combs, 'Nothing To Lose'

Andrew Combs.
Courtesy of the artist

For any young artist, an important leap happens when influences are absorbed and the act of mining the past transforms into something personal. That's what happens on All These Dreams, the second album from the singer-songwriter Andrew Combs, to be released in the U.S. in early March.

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First Listen
10:02 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

First Listen: John Carpenter, 'Lost Themes'

John Carpenter's new album, Lost Themes, comes out Feb. 3.
Kyle Cassidy Courtesy of the artist

John Carpenter is famous for directing movie thrillers such as Halloween, Escape From New York and Big Trouble In Little China. But to a swath of underground musicians, he's just as venerable for those films' soundtracks, which he composed and performed himself.

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Music Interviews
4:24 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Hip-Hop Collective Doomtree On Getting Seven Artists In One Room

All Hands is the latest album by the collective Doomtree. Left to right: Paper Tiger, Sims, Cecil Otter, P.O.S, Lazerbeak, Mike Mictlan, Dessa.
Kelly Loverud Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 5:38 pm

Have you ever tried to organize a reunion for some of your old school friends? Everybody's scattered to various parts of the world, busy with their own lives; it makes you wonder if it's all worth it. The seven solo artists who sometimes get together as Doomtree can relate.

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Music Interviews
7:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Dengue Fever: Retro Pop, Cambodian Style

Dengue Fever's latest album is The Deepest Lake.
Marc Walker/Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 9:47 am

The late 1960s and early '70s defined a vibrant, electrifying and psychedelic era for rock music everywhere — including Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge communist movement put an end to that when it took power in 1975, but the music from that era has been discovered and rediscovered over the years.

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Music Interviews
7:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

The Lone Bellow, A Trio Built On Harmony And Trust

The Lone Bellow's latest album is Then Came The Morning.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 8:59 am

Singing in harmony is an intimate exercise, not least because it often requires singers to change their voices in order to better blend with their counterparts. Kanene Pipkin grew up harmony singing, but says the first time she sang with her bandmates in The Lone Bellow, she noticed something unusual: She didn't need to alter her voice at all.

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Music News
7:44 am
Sat January 24, 2015

In Modern Klezmer, 'The Oldest Old Guy' Is The King Of The Scene

Pete Sokolow (center) and his bandmates in Tarras Band, a group of younger musicians inspired by the work of 20th-century clarinetist Dave Tarras.
Michael Macioce Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:18 am

During the the 1980s, when the traditional dance music of East European Jews known as klezmer was enjoying a revival, Pete Sokolow was called "the youngest of the old guys."

"Now I'm the oldest old guy," Sokolow says. "Most of the old guys are gone. Pincus is gone. Dave. Sidney is gone. All my old friends. I miss them."

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Studio Sessions
7:44 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Jazz Musician Jamie Cullum Shares Stories And Plays Live

Jamie Cullum performs live in NPR's Studio 1.
Nick Michael NPR

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:17 am

Jamie Cullum is the UK's best-selling contemporary jazz artist. He's collaborated with Paul McCartney, Clint Eastwood and Pharrell Williams. On his latest album, Interlude, he covers some distinctive jazz songs, with the help of a few friends.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Sat January 24, 2015

The Good Listener: If You Don't Like Music, Do You Have A Soul?

Music isn't for everyone.
Cristian Casanelles iStockphoto

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the tiara we ordered as the grand prize at our upcoming eating contest is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on people who simply don't enjoy music.

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Author Interviews
3:35 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

Frank Sinatra captured by photographer William "PoPsie" Randolph during a 1943 concert. Author Ben Yagoda points to Sinatra as one of the interpreters who helped revive the Great American Songbook.
William "PoPsie" Randolph Courtesy of Riverhead

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 8:00 am

Writer Ben Yagoda has set out to explain a shift in American popular culture, one that happened in the early 1950s. Before then, songwriters like Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern wrote popular songs that achieved a notable artistry, both in lyrics and music.

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All Songs Considered
2:27 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, With Bobbye Hall

Percussionist Bobbye Hall has played with everyone from Marvin Gaye and The Funk Brothers to Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Pink Floyd.
Courtesy of the artist

This week's Drum Fill Friday features a selection of fills and beats handpicked by the liner-note legend, Bobbye Hall, who was recently featured on Morning Edition.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:19 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Gary Burton On Piano Jazz

Gary Burton.
Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz, innovative vibraphonist Gary Burton stops by the program to perform a set of tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart and more.

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World Cafe
4:57 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Alvvays On World Cafe

Alvvays.
Gavin Keen Courtesy of the artist

The much buzzed-about Toronto-based band Alvvays joins us today. We first heard about Molly Rankin and the band in 2013 when Frank Yang of the blog Chromewaves presented them as a band to watch on our Sense of Place visit to Toronto. Their self-titled debut came out last year and within a month had become the most played album on college radio. They join us in the studio today. Make sure to download the band's performance of "Adult Diversion."

All Songs Considered
1:03 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Playing SXSW 2015? Send Us Your Songs

Ana Tijoux was a big part of NPR Music's SXSW 2014 coverage. Now, we're preparing for this year's festival.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 12:10 pm

Every year around this time, many of us on the All Songs Considered team — including Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Ann Powers and me — each dredge through nearly 2,000 MP3s by bands playing the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. And every year, we wind up missing something. In pursuit of music by thousands of bands, hundreds slip past our radar altogether.

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Songs We Love
12:03 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Caitlin Canty, 'Get Up'

Caitlin Canty, a singer-songwriter from Vermont, released Reckless Skyline on Jan. 20.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 1:35 pm

Caitlin Canty's Reckless Skyline — the second full-length album from the Vermont singer-songwriter, who's about to relocate to Nashville — was recorded live in four days in a western Massachusetts studio. With fellow songwriter Jeffrey Foucault at the helm as producer, Canty works with an all-star band that includes Billy Conway (Morphine) and Eric Heywood (Ray LaMontagne, The Pretenders).

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All Songs Considered
12:01 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

All Songs At 15: Were The '80s Really That Bad?

Every Thursday this year, we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a personal memory about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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