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Songs We Love
11:44 am
Tue March 10, 2015

East India Youth, 'Hearts That Never'

East India Youth's new album, Culture Of Volume, is out April 7.
Andy Ford Courtesy of the artist

One of England's most ambitious young musicians right now is 24-year-old William Doyle, who records as East India Youth. His debut full-length, last year's Total Strife Forever, was essentially a bedroom production, but its humble origins didn't stop it from receiving a Mercury Prize nomination. Doyle imbued his expansive electronic environments with a sense of purpose and grandeur, often via his own voice.

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Microphone Check
3:00 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Leila Steinberg: 'With Earl, It's A Journey'

Leila Steinberg at a benefit for A.I.M., the organization she founded that produces workshops meant to foster emotional literacy, in 2008.
Brian To FilmMagic/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 11:55 am

When Leila Steinberg was 25 years old, she met a 17-year-old named Tupac. She became involved in his career in a managerial role, which she had stepped away from by about 1993. The next time Steinberg agreed to a management relationship with a musician was almost 20 years later. At the request of Earl Sweatshirt's mother, she began working with him while he was still in Samoa. And then she went and got him, brought him home. We spoke to Leila about her relationships with both rappers, and the work she's done apart from them.

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World Cafe
1:20 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

World Cafe Next: Feufollet

Feufollet.
Allison Bohl Dehart Courtesy of the artist

The Lafayette, La., band Feufollet is this week's World Cafe: Next artist. The title of its new album, Two Universes, contains multiple references: the French and English language and culture of Southwest Louisiana, the band's two songwriters (Chris Stafford and Kelli Jones-Savoy), and Feufollet's willingness to straddle the worlds of pop and traditional Cajun music. Hear and download two of its songs on this page.

World Cafe
1:14 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Steve Earle And The Dukes On World Cafe

Steve Earle.
Ted Barron Courtesy of the artist

Steve Earle is back on World Cafe, and he has the blues. His new album — titled Terraplane, named for a Robert Johnson song — draws from the genre both musically and lyrically.

Earle is going through a divorce, his seventh, after an eight-year marriage to singer Allison Moorer. But even with that backdrop, these blues songs aren't downers. As Earle says here, Terraplane couldn't have happened without his current cast of backing players in The Dukes, who take it to the crossroads in this session.

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All Songs TV
12:59 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Mitski, 'Townie'

A still from the Mitski video for "Townie."
Courtesy of the artist

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Metropolis
12:24 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Metropolis: 3/7/15

Flight Facilities' music is featured on this week's Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • Curses & DKDS, "Trouble (feat. Syf) (Shiba San Remix)" (Ultra)
  • Röyksopp, "I Had This Thing (Joris Voorn Remix)" (EMI)
  • Basement Jaxx, "Taiko Juntos (Original Mix)" ([PIAS] America)
  • Future Islands, "Balance" (Thrill Jockey)
  • Empire Of The Sun, "Disarm" (Astralwerks)
  • Underworld, "Jumbo" (Jbo/V2)
  • The Glitch Mob, "Our Demons (Filous Remix)" (Glass Air)
  • Kygo, "Firestone (feat. Conrad)" (Ultra)
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All Songs Considered
11:41 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Viking's Choice: Girlpool, 'Ideal World'

Girlpool.
Alice Baxley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 12:27 pm

With just an electric guitar and bass, Girlpool inhabits an entire ecosystem in the space of a bedroom. The single-note melodies are simple and quiet; their instruments are cheap, yet full of character. "Ideal World" comes from the duo's debut album, Before The World Was Big.

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Favorite Sessions
11:34 am
Mon March 9, 2015

KEXP Presents: THEESatisfaction

Matthew B. Thompson KEXP

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 9:40 am

No other group in Seattle has the reach of THEESatisfaction. Members Cat and Stas perform soulful, psychedelic hip-hop that reaches to the stars while remaining rooted in real life. The duo's new album, EarthEE, maintains a spacey, futuristic vibe that pieces together fragments of jazz, funk, R&B and rap. In this session, THEESatisfaction transcends space and time as it performs the hypnotic "Recognition" live in the KEXP studio.

SET LIST

  • "Recognition"
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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:03 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Fantastic Negrito: Tiny Desk Concert

Morgan McCloy NPR

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 10:21 am

It says a lot that, with almost 7,000 entries to choose from, we selected Fantastic Negrito as the winner of our Tiny Desk Concert Contest. For his winning submission, he performed "Lost In A Crowd" in a freight elevator in Oakland. It was his passion, his voice and his backing band that landed him an invitation to perform behind my desk. We're proud of our choice.

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Music
4:01 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

A Jazz Pianist Taps Armenian Folk, Metal Riffs And A Sense Of History

"Sometimes the music that I write doesn't need to have lyrics, it just needs vowels," says jazz artist Tigran Hamaysan.
Maeve Stam Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 7:25 pm

Musicians arrive at their signature sounds through all sorts of influences. For jazz pianist Tigran Hamaysan, that collection of sounds comes from far afield — he's a fan of progressive metal bands like Tool and Meshuggah — as well as from his backyard.

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Music Interviews
7:10 am
Sun March 8, 2015

The Seratones Rock The Tiny Desk With A Jungle Beat

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 12:08 pm

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

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Music Interviews
4:00 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Making Records Is 'Not A Race' For Modest Mouse

Isaac Brock performs with Modest Mouse.
Jennifer Baniszewski Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 7:45 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Aurelio: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 12:03 pm

Many tributaries follow the story of African migration to this part of the world. Much of that narrative is well-known, but little-known pockets of African culture still produce unique cultural expressions. The story of the Garifuna people is just one example.

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Animals
7:02 am
Sat March 7, 2015

These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears

Could this cat be enjoying "Spook's Ditty"?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 11:18 am

When you leave the house, do you ever turn on some music to keep your cat company?

What kind do you choose? Tom Jones crooning "What's New Pussycat?" A ballad by Cat Stevens? Perhaps Al Stewart's "The Year of the Cat"?

Nonsense. Cats don't to want to hear humans singing about them, says composer and University of Maryland music professor David Teie.

Researchers at U.Md. and the University of Wisconsin have teamed up with Teie to make music that was more feline friendly.

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Music
5:18 am
Sat March 7, 2015

From The Shadows Of Apartheid, Three Singers Bring Their Voices To The States

Bala Brothers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 9:29 am

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Deceptive Cadence
3:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Saying Goodbye To A Manhattan Classical Music Mecca

Owner Heidi Rogers Tuesday at her famous Manhattan shop, Frank Music Company, before the store's final closing Friday. Judging silently from on high is composer Igor Stravinsky.
Anastasia Tsioulcas NPR

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 6:04 pm

There's a kind of little village of artisans on Manhattan's West 54th Street. In a couple of plain looking office towers, there are a bunch of rehearsal studios, violin makers' workshops and other music businesses. Behind one of those office doors on the 10th floor sits Frank Music Company — Frank's, as everybody calls it.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:56 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Arturo Sandoval On Piano Jazz

Arturo Sandoval.
Courtesy of the artist

Trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval is one of Cuba's best-known musical exports. He's won multiple Grammys, including one for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2013, and his life inspired the film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, starring Andy García. On this installment of Piano Jazz, Sandoval proves to McPartland that his talent on the trumpet crosses over to the piano.

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Songs We Love
8:42 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Rabit, 'Straps'

Houston-based producer will release an EP on Tri Angle records called Baptizm on March 17.
Lane Stewart Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 3:40 pm

After Kanye West's performance in London this week, grime seems poised to get some well-deserved attention in the U.S. The British street music, best epitomized by Dizzee Rascal's Boy In Da Corner, has its fans in America, no doubt, but no one of West's influence has ever embraced it to the extent that he's been rumored to on his next album So Help Me God.

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TED Radio Hour
8:10 am
Fri March 6, 2015

What Are The Mathematics of Jazz?

"Numbers are beautiful." - Clayton Cameron
Ryan Lash TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Clayton Cameron's TED Talk

Percussionist Clayton Cameron dissects the mathematics of improvisational jazz, demonstrating how numerical patterns make him a better musician.

About Clayton Cameron

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Deceptive Cadence
11:08 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Young Composer's Work Dropped For Nazi Melody

21-year-old Estonian-American composer Jonas Tarm.
Elena Snow Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 7:28 am

It was supposed to be a celebratory occasion, a high-profile performance of a piece given life by the orchestra that commissioned it — a young composer's music played by other young musicians.

Instead, the performance scheduled for Sunday of Jonas Tarm's music at Carnegie Hall by the highly regarded New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) has been canceled after it came to the attention of the ensemble's administration that the piece contains a quotation from the Nazi "Horst Wessel Lied."

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World Cafe
12:58 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Joan Shelley On World Cafe

Joan Shelley.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Joan Shelley's music takes time to work its magic. Last year, the Louisville folk-pop singer released Electric Ursa, a patient record whose languid beauty builds and unfolds over time. Here, she performs a few of its songs for World Cafe.

Copyright 2015 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit http://www.xpn.org/.

Songs We Love
12:52 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Royal Thunder, 'Time Machine'

Royal Thunder.
Capitol Photography Partners Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 3:40 pm

Royal Thunder's "Time Machine" wields power from nuance. In just two albums, the Atlanta band has become a modern master of hard-rock restraint — no small feat given its affinity for psychedelic wandering and songs that typically wouldn't fit one side of a 7" single. Which is saying nothing of Mlny Parsonz's belting voice.

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Favorite Sessions
12:33 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

KCRW Presents: Dan Deacon

Libby Pierson KCRW

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 9:35 am

During his debut performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic, Dan Deacon saved something special for the KCRW audience. The mad genius from Baltimore premiered "When I Was Done Dying," a standout from his new album Gliss Riffer. Deacon's new album features some of his most accessible and appealing material yet, and his live performances remain one of a kind.

SET LIST

  • "When I Was Done Dying"
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All Songs TV
12:21 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Tall Tales & The Silver Lining, 'Something To Believe In'

Courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles songwriter Trevor Beld Jimenez writes radio hits for a bygone era. He and his band of merrymakers record as Tall Tales & The Silver Lining, a seven-strong collective who channel that Laurel Canyon soft-rock vibe from mid-1970s.

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Alt.Latino
12:17 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Hear 6 Latin American Artists Who Rock In Indigenous Languages

Vayijel is a Mexican rock band that sings in Tzotzil.
Alfio Tommasini Courtesy of the artist

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All Songs Considered
11:55 am
Thu March 5, 2015

All Songs At 15: Bon Iver And Our First Trip To Austin

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, performing live at The Parrish in Austin, TX in March, 2008.
Joel Didriksen

Hardly anyone had heard of Bon Iver when we booked him to play our South By Southwest day party in March 2008. It was a magical time. Jagjaguwar had just released Bon Iver's breathlessly beautiful album For Emma, Forever Ago, the one Justin Vernon had famously recorded in a remote log cabin in the woods, where he'd holed up to exorcise some inner demons. He's adored now, but for many people in the audience, it was the first they'd heard of the record or of Bon Iver.

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The Record
10:28 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Planet Of Sound: The Long, Unmistakable Orbit Of Aphex Twin

Courtesy of Warp Records

Releasing music under multiple names is a standby in the world of electronic dance music, but nobody in the early 1990s made more of the tendency than Aphex Twin, born Richard D. James in Cornwall, England in 1971. In addition to his main moniker, James had perhaps the most perversely odd pseudonyms in a field heavy on dweebs, gearheads, sci-fi nuts and other language-as-alien-device types.

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All Songs TV
9:01 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Wasted Wine, 'The Strangest Of Eyes'

Courtesy of the Artist

If you're attracted to the strange, then you must watch "The Strangest Eyes." The music video for this song, by Wasted Wine, feels like a bastard child of David Lynch and Nick Cave. There's humor, but damn it's dark.

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First Listen
7:03 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Review: Pearson Sound, 'Pearson Sound'

Pearson Sound's self-titled debut comes out March 9.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 9:40 am

David Kennedy, the London-based producer behind Pearson Sound, has been at the vanguard of British electronic music since his first singles (under another alias, Ramadanman) back in 2006. He's had a productive and popular career to date, a dozen singles credited to Pearson Sound and another dozen as Ramadanman, and he even bested the likes of James Blake and Actress in a 2010 list at Little White Earbuds.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
9:24 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

SFJAZZ Collective Plays Joe Henderson And More

The SFJAZZ Collective.
Chuck Gee Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 1:24 am

Every year, each of the eight members of the SFJAZZ Collective is tasked with two writing assignments. The first: Compose a new piece specifically for the band, which gathers some of the most outstanding performers on the modern jazz scene. The second: Rearrange a composition by the elder artist that the Collective has chosen to feature that year. For the 2014-15 season, SFJAZZ is paying tribute to a tenor saxophone titan, a composer of classic tunes and a long-time San Francisco resident: the late Joe Henderson.

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