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Lou Barlow's circuitous path as a recording artist has taken him through key roles in Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr., not to mention The Folk Implosion, which cracked the pop charts with "Natural One" back in the '90s.

BOOTS is the most interesting new artist I've heard in 2015. You may have first encountered him writing and producing songs on Beyoncé's self-titled 2013 album. Earlier this year we premiered BOOTS' self-directed engaging short film/music video Motorcycle Jesus, complete with five brand new songs: his own songs.

The Thistle & Shamrock: New For Summer

Aug 26, 2015

Just in time for the end of the music-festival season, tune into great new sounds from both sides of the Atlantic, including music by Danú, Laura MacKenzie, Stuart Mason and more.

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Twenty years ago this week, Microsoft introduced its Windows 95 operating system on CD-ROM. One of the legacies of the operating system was its dreamy startup music, composed by legendary producer Brian Eno and titled "The Microsoft Sound." It lasts six seconds.

Mother and son by chance, bandmates by choice: That's Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear. Madisen and Ruth Ward performed together for several years around their native Kansas City before bringing their organic, homespun charm to a national audience with the release of Skeleton Crew, their debut album, earlier this year.

Leon Bridges, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Aug 26, 2015

Leon Bridges took the stage at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival with a great deal of attendant buzz. Drawing favorable comparisons to Sam Cooke from many corners, he'd released his chart-topping debut, Coming Home, just a month earlier. But the 26-year-old soul singer from Fort Worth, Texas, took it all in stride, delivering a set that lived up to its promise.

Brandi Carlile, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Aug 26, 2015

Brandi Carlile's songs are emotional and heartfelt, yet they never feel mawkish, thanks to her thundering voice and lyrics that describe complicated relationships with simple, powerful elegance. During her Saturday-afternoon set at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival, the folk-rock powerhouse performed music from her album The Firewatcher's Daughter, released earlier this year.

Australian siblings Daniel, Sarah and Luke Spencer make up three-quarters of Blank Realm, a raucous, sometimes ramshackle, Brisbane rock band. Though they've been recording for nearly a decade, the past few years have seen the Spencers and their Realm partner, guitarist Luke Walsh, release two gloriously messy albums, Go Easy (2012) and Grassed Inn (2014), that conjured the Velvet Underground and krautrock without necessarily sounding like either.

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Music Review: 'Bon Voyage,' Jazzy Ash

Aug 25, 2015
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NxWorries, 'Suede'

Aug 25, 2015

This week's episode of All Songs Considered is a journey of sound. Bob has a new favorite noise app, so he and Robin Hilton go on a sonic expedition that includes a spring walk, a gaggle of purring kittens, and a rolling rain storm (thunder optional). As if kittens weren't enough, Bob and Robin also have six new songs to share, including a British band, a Scandinavian band that sounds British, and an American band that sounds Scandinavian.

Metropolis: 8/22/15

Aug 25, 2015

This Week's Playlist

  • Lion Babe, "Impossible" (Outsiders/Polydor)
  • Psychemagik, "Mink & Shoes"
  • Julio Bashmore, "Knockin' Boots" (Broadwalk)
  • Chic, "Everybody Dance [Zimmer Rework]" (Rhino/Atlantic)
  • Jamie xx, "Loud Places [Tessela Remix]" (Young Turks)
  • Jauz, "Feel The Volume" (Mad Decent)
  • Bart B More, "Want You So" (Spinnin' Deep)
  • SNBRN, "California [Chris Lake & Matroda Remix]" (Ultra)

Few producers of classic techno and house in the U.S. have Santiago Salazar's pedigree, experience or breadth of perspective, yet remain so utterly under-recognized.

NPR's David Greene talks to members of the rock band Yo La Tengo at the end of their stint as Morning Edition's in-house band for a day, and throws it to them for a song.

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It can take years for a musician to discover his or her voice. But in the meantime, they find themselves by discovering the music of other artists. With a wide-ranging catalog spanning 30 years, Yo La Tengo is its own band, but the trio has become just as noted for its huge repertoire of cover songs.

What do the songs "Where Are Ü Now" (with vocals by Justin Bieber), "Lean On" (with MØ) and "Take Ü There" (with Kiesza) have in common?

Caroline Rose plays music as if she's just met her new best friend: It's fresh, fun and performed with contagious enthusiasm. The title of the first song she played at the Tiny Desk — "Yip Yip Yow" — hints at the fun to come in this brief, blazing set.

Lots of magazines do big lists, but few rely on them as heavily as Rolling Stone does. The magazine cranks out a list for just about every aspect of popular music. All promise authoritative, canonical overviews of various elements of the art; at their best, these offer context and critical insight, helping readers fill gaps in their knowledge.

Songs We Love: Woolen Men, 'Clean Dreams'

Aug 24, 2015

The sound of a band's joy turns to protest when ways of life are threatened. American cities of great size that once faced blight were revitalized as young people and artists started moving in and making their own fun. Now these areas are being hyper-developed and invested in by those wishing to capitalize on the culture they found there.

It was known as the "Swankiest Night Spot in the South" and considered one of the most famous clubs in the network of black cabarets known as the "Chitlin' Circuit." During the era of segregation, it was the cultural mecca of black New Orleans — what the Savoy Ballroom was to Harlem. Little Richard, a frequent performer there, even composed a song about the place.

Billboard magazine used to be known as "the bible of the music business," a trade publication trusted for its straightforward analysis of industry trends. But an anonymous questionnaire that leaked online last Thursday has some readers questioning Billboard's journalistic skills and integrity.

When listeners aren't writing to NPR to comment on a story, they mostly just want to know what music was played between segments. We call those buttons or breaks or deadrolls, and they give a breath after reporting a tragedy, lighten the mood after you most definitely cried during StoryCorps, or seize a moment to be ridiculously cheeky. How could you not play Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" following a story about why women shiver in the office?

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Charlie Parr, a self-taught roots musician, grew up in Austin, Minn. There, he became obsessed with Texas bluesmen Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin' Hopkins, whom he discovered in his dad's rich and eclectic record collection. From there, Parr made his way to the legendary West Bank of Minneapolis, where he spent his formative musical years before migrating north to his current home in Duluth.

The members of Spandau Ballet were just teenagers when the new-wave band started in late-1970s London. The band gave the world the karaoke staple "True," sold more than 25 million albums, and looked fabulous while doing so. So fabulous, in fact, that journalists dubbed the group "New Romantic."

Bikini Kill, the feminist punk band at the forefront of the '90s riot grrrl movement, are about to reissue something few people have heard. The group's very first demo, Revolution Girl Style Now, is coming out not only in its original cassette format, but also on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.

Front Row: Conor Oberst, 'Artifact #1' (Live)

Aug 21, 2015

"It's a well-kept secret that I put out a new record last year," Conor Oberst said from the stage of Boston's House Of Blues, where he performed a number of songs from 2014's Upside Down Mountain as well as many Bright Eyes fan favorites.