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All Songs TV
2:32 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Föllakzoid, 'Electric'

Courtesy of the artist

When I first saw this video for the song "Electric" by Chilean psych band Föllakzoid, I couldn't look away for the full 12 minutes. For something to hold your undivided attention that long these days is a minor miracle, so let's figure out how directors Ion Rakhmatulina and Domingo Garcia-Huidobro did it.

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Author Interviews
1:14 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

A 'Girl In A Band': Kim Gordon On Life After Sonic Youth

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 1:20 pm

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

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World Cafe
12:11 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

PHOX On World Cafe

PHOX.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 4:22 pm

PHOX's members grew up together — attending high school in Baraboo, Wisconsin — but it took some time out in the world before they decided to form a band in the nearby college town of Madison.

Together, they built PHOX's sound around the irresistible, smoky-shy voice of Monica Martin. PHOX released its charming self-titled debut last year, and today World Cafe catches up with the group on stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

The Thistle & Shamrock
11:35 am
Wed March 4, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: Welsh Roots

Robin Huw Bowen.
Courtesy of the artist

This week, The Thistle & Shamrock host Fiona Ritchie presents acoustic roots music from Wales with Cerys Matthews, Robin Huw Bowen, Julie Murphy, Rag Foundation, Ffynnon, Ember and Crasdant. Discover a world of Welsh contemporary folk and new roots sounds in the land of St. David.

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

Music Articles
7:03 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Latitudes: The Film 'The Last Song Before The War'

Members of the Tuareg band Tartit at Mali's Festival of the Desert in 2011.
Courtesy of Kiley Kraskouskas

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:39 am

One of the best recently released music documentaries — The Last Song Before The War — wasn't originally supposed to be about music.

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Music Reviews
3:10 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Music Review: 'Soyo' By Dom La Nena

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 5:25 pm

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

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Songs We Love
2:51 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Banditos, 'Cry Baby Cry'

Courtesy of the artist

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

On the cover of its soon-to-be released Bloodshot Records debut album, the rock and roll marauders in Banditos are relaxing on an American flag. The huge banner makes up the floor and walls of a makeshift living room, where the group lounges in voluminous hair, hats and, on drummer Randy Wade, a motorcycle helmet. It looks like Banditos is waiting backstage at the club in at the end of the roots-rock universe.

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All Songs Considered
2:01 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mix: Björk, Torres, Boots, More

Clockwise from upper left: Panda Bear, Björk, Lowland Hum, Torres
Courtesy of the artists

This week on All Songs Considered, we get heavy — heavy lyrics, heavy themes — as hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton explore the meaning of life, even breaking it down to the atomic level, with existential music from English folk singer Bill Fay, Björk and more.

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Songs We Love
10:56 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Girl Band, 'Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?'

Girl Band's new EP, The Early Years, is out April 21.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 3:39 pm

Electronic music borrows from its live music brethren all the time, but how often do you see a rock band covering techno or house? Aside from The Dirtbombs' Party Store album of Detroit techno covers, I can't think of one off the top of my head. (Feel free to school me in the comments section.)

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All Songs TV
10:51 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Young Buffalo, 'No Idea'

A boy and his young robot friend plan a party for the ages in a scene from Young Buffalo's new video, "No Idea."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 11:16 am

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Metropolis
10:40 am
Tue March 3, 2015

The Metropolis Interview: MK

Marc Kinchen, better known as MK.
Courtesy of the artist

In the mid-'90s, Marc Kinchen, better known as MK, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play chart with his songs "Always" and "Love Changes." Since then, MK has made a name for himself as a producer and DJ with a gift for remixes and a knack for matching perfect vocals to deep house.

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World Cafe
10:39 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Sinkane On World Cafe

Sinkane.
Erez Avissar Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 4:26 pm

There's something entrancing about the electro-funk of Sinkane. The Brooklyn band is led by Ahmed Gallab, who spent time in Sudan as a child before moving around the U.S.

Sinkane subtly incorporates East African sounds, complete with a loping repetition of lyrics and musical phrases. Last year, the band released its third album, Mean Love, and it's the most concise and poppy Sinkane record yet.

All Songs Considered
9:22 am
Tue March 3, 2015

TV On The Radio, Stromae & Courtney Barnett To Play NPR Music's SXSW Showcase

Clockwise from upper left: Shamir, TV On The Radio, Boogie, Courtney Barnett, Stromae
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:32 pm

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Music
7:26 am
Tue March 3, 2015

The Austin 100: A SXSW 2015 Mix

Emma-Lee Moss, a.k.a. Emmy The Great.
Joseph Okpako Redferns via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 10:58 pm

There's a lot of music on this page — 100 songs, to be exact, each from an artist worth discovering at this year's SXSW Music Festival. It represents more than six genre-defying hours of music.

Still, we started out with far more to choose from. It took an enormous amount of effort to get here: Thousands of acts play SXSW each year, enough that winnowing them down to 100 required months of seeking, listening, culling and decision-making. What remains are some of SXSW 2015's most thrilling discoveries and highlights.

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Front Row
7:03 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Dry The River, Live In Concert

Dry The River.
WGBH

Back on Nov. 4, the British alt-rock band Dry The River performed live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston. "Gethsemane" is from Dry The River's second album, last year's Alarms In The Heart.

SET LIST

  • "Gethsemane"

You can watch Dry The River's full set live at Brighton Music Hall on WGBH Music's YouTube Channel.

SXSW Music Festival
5:08 am
Tue March 3, 2015

The Austin 100

To get ready for SXSW, we listened to A LOT of music. Check out the app we made — and use it to make your own mix!
NPR

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 4:32 pm

Put on your headphones and listen to NPR Music's 100 picks from SXSW 2015.

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

Music
1:03 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Love, Fear And Lady Lamb: A New Album, And A New Openness

Aly Spaltro, also known as Lady Lamb The Beekeeper.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 1:09 pm

It isn't surprising to learn that Lady Lamb writes some of her lyrics while half asleep. Her songs possess a dreamy, ethereal quality, with connections that seem subconscious.

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Microphone Check
4:47 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Big Sean: 'I Stuck With My Gut'

Big Sean at NPR's Los Angeles bureau.
Emily Berl for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 3:47 pm

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World Cafe
4:13 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

World Cafe Next: Nora Jane Struthers And The Party Line

Nora Jane Struthers And The Party Line.
Todd Roeth Courtesy of the artist

Today's World Cafe: Next artist is Nora Jane Struthers And The Party Line, which just released a new album called Wake. It's Struthers' third record in a career that finds her transitioning from bluegrass roots to a sound that encompasses pop and country. Hear and download two of Struthers' songs on this page.

World Cafe
4:00 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

World Cafe: The Music Of 'Orange Is The New Black'

The musicians of Orange Is The New Black.
Rich McKie WXPN

The scoring of TV shows is not all done in a big studio with giant monitors and orchestras. For example, the music in Orange Is The New Black gets made in a tiny, cramped garage behind a home in Altadena. There, Gwendolyn Sanford, Scott Doherty and Brandon Jay toil for long hours, collaborating with the producers in pursuit of the right sound to complement what's on the screen.

In this segment, they're joined by Ben Vaughn, whose twangy surf guitar proved to be the right sound for a show about aliens living on earth: Third Rock From The Sun.

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World Cafe
3:52 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Rhiannon Giddens On World Cafe

Rhiannon Giddens.
Dan Winters Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe's guest today is Rhiannon Giddens — formerly of Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose album Genuine Negro Jig won a Grammy in 2010. That record provided an introduction to the way she makes a song her own. (In that case, it was a dynamite cover of Blu Cantrell's "Hit Em Up Style.") Giddens has done more solo work — she was a show-stopper in the film of the Another Day, Another Time concert, as she sang a Gaelic song — and performs in the folk supergroup The New Basement Tapes.

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Remembrances
3:23 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Legendary Jazz Producer Orrin Keepnews Dies At 91

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 5:38 pm

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

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Metropolis
2:43 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Metropolis: 2/28/15

Damien Jurado is one of the artists featured in this week's episode of Metropolis.
Steve Gullick Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • Spada feat. Hosie Neal, "Feels Like Home (Bakermat Remix)" (Hysterical)
  • Damien Jurado, "Ohio (Filous Remix)" (Ultra)
  • Panda Bear, "Crosswords" (Domino)
  • Mason, "Nite Rite 1" (Boss)
  • Basement Jaxx, "Never Say Never (Mark Knight Remix)" ([PIAS] America)
  • Simion, "Give You Love (The Piano)" (Suara)
  • Ayla, "Wish I Was (Spada Remix)" (Hysterical)
  • Mickey, "You Know The Beat" (Exploited)
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Favorite Sessions
2:16 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

KEXP Presents: Israel Nash

Israel Nash performs live on KEXP.
David Rzegocki KEXP

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 9:36 am

A "rain plan" is practically unknown in the Pacific Northwest. It rains here too frequently, but rarely fervently, for anyone to need that kind of alternate arrangement. For us, rain plans are active ones — scenarios for doing and being.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:40 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Phox: Tiny Desk Concert

Morgan McCloy NPR

I first saw Phox in an impromptu concert at a restaurant in Philadelphia. I thought the band was talented and charming, and I still do. Phox is six friends from Baraboo, Wis., who make pretty, catchy music. The group's not-so-secret weapon is Monica Martin, who sings with a smoky lilt in front of spare, tasteful instrumentation.

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All Songs TV
11:12 am
Mon March 2, 2015

BRONCHO, 'NC-17'

A sullen pre-teen listens to music on his headphones in a scene from the Broncho video for the song "NC-17."
Courtesy of the artist

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Author Interviews
5:07 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Robert Christgau Reviews His Own Life

"I think it's a terrible critical sin to try to be different," says Robert Christgau, whose memoir Going into the City is a look back at his five decades of music writing.
Joe Mabel Wikipedia

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Recommended Dose
9:13 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of February

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 10:26 am

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a mix called Recommended Dose.

February's selections include a youngster from Montreal, a veteran from Chicago, warehouse techno from Paris, a visionary from England, and footwork from Michael Jackson's hometown of Gary, Indiana.

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Music
3:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

'You Have To Be Bored': Dan Deacon On Creativity

Gliss Riffer is the latest and perhaps most accessible album by electronic knob-twister Dan Deacon.
Frank Hamilton Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 5:39 pm

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The Record
9:21 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Sympathy For The Devils

Josh Tillman's latest album as Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear, is a sincere and shocking catalog of the main character's adventures in sex and love.
Emma Tillman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 3:17 pm

It's been five years since Kanye West raised his glass to "the a--holes" in the song "Runaway," a poetic taxonomy of bad behavior that formed the emotional center of his masterwork My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It's a sad song about romantic failure, but also a strong statement connecting West to popular music's longstanding practice of being dangerously outrageous.

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