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3:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Sylvan Esso: Finding Humanity Between The Synths

Vocalist Amelia Meath and electronic musician Nick Sanborn are Sylvan Esso.
DL Anderson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 7:27 am

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Mountain Stage
2:57 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Logan Brill On Mountain Stage

Logan Brill on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:18 pm

Logan Brill makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Though she's only 22, Brill is already considered a veteran on Knoxville's music scene. Now living in Nashville, Brill recently earned an upcoming spot on tour with Americana legend Steve Earle, having already played with a wide range of revered musicians — including Sara Evans, Jerry Douglas, Pam Tillis, The Hackensaw Boys and Carbon Leaf.

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The Record
12:18 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

A Rational Conversation: How Deep Is The Disco Revival?

Giorgio Moroder performs at HARD Day Of The Dead in Los Angeles in November 2013.
Gabriel Olsen Getty Images

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All Songs TV
11:24 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Timber Timbre, 'Curtains?!'

Scene from Timber Timbre's video for the song "Curtains?!"
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 3:28 pm

In the video for the Canadian swamp-folk band Timber Timbre's "Curtains?!," a man released from prison embarks on a vengeful quest to find a mysterious woman who haunts his past.

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All Songs Considered
10:02 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Hear A Song From 'Fuego,' The First New Phish Album In 5 Years

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 11:55 am

It's been almost five years since Phish had a new album of songs. Today, we're happy to announce that Fuego, the band's twelfth studio album, will be out on June 24. That's the album cover above. The album's ten songs were premiered live by the band on Halloween 2013 in Atlantic City, N.J.

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Live in Concert
9:37 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Hamilton Leithauser, Live In Concert

Hamilton Leithauser performs live at Joe's Pub in New York City.
Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:14 pm

The Walkmen's members have scattered to the four winds, taking an indefinite hiatus while they pursue an assortment of solo projects. Singer Hamilton Leithauser is on tour for his own debut album, the moody and affecting Black Hours.

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All Songs TV
9:25 am
Wed May 14, 2014

White Lung, 'Face Down'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 11:31 am

Deep Fantasy comes out June 17 on Domino Records.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Two-Way
5:09 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Last Chance To See Astronaut's 'Space Oddity' Video

Screen grab from astronaut Chris Hadfield's rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" — performed on the International Space Station.
Chris Hadfield YouTube

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 6:51 pm

Some of you might remember the music video rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shot aboard the International Space Station. That was a year ago, and the YouTube video he made, which is now approaching 23 million views, is set to come down Tuesday as the licensing agreement on the iconic song expires.

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Music Reviews
2:10 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Is The 'Xscape' Deluxe Version Worth It? 3 Words: Michael Jackson Demos

The deluxe version of Xscape features Michael Jackson's original demos, before the songs were "contemporized" for the album.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 6:26 pm

When he died in June 2009, Michael Jackson left behind a trove of unfinished recordings — some were released on the 2010 album Michael, while many more were left behind because they were in rough demo form. Jackson's label went through the material, then asked Timbaland and other top producers to finish the King of Pop's ideas with an album called Xscape.

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All Songs TV
1:26 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Pegasus Warning, 'Change'

Scene from Pegasus Warning's video for "Change."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 9:55 am

Pegasus Warning is otherwise known as Guillermo E. Brown, a New York native and jazz percussionist whose soulful music mixes broken electronics, strange textures and pulsing rhythms. "Change" appears on his latest EP, Woof Ticket, from Plug Research.

Mountain Stage
1:11 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Michael Martin Murphey On Mountain Stage

Michael Martin Murphey on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:18 pm

Michael Martin Murphey appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

"It's hard for me to describe how important he is," host Larry Groce says, "because in my life, he was extremely important." Murphey was the eldest of a group of successful musicians to emerge from the same Dallas high school — including Ray Wylie Hubbard, B.W. Stevenson and Groce himself — all of whom looked up to Murphey.

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Music Reviews
12:09 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Ray LaMontagne Finds The Bright Side On 'Supernova'

Ray LaMontagne's new album is called Supernova.
Samantha Casolari Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 4:02 pm

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All Songs Considered
11:17 am
Tue May 13, 2014

New Mix: Premieres From Nico Vega, Joe Henry, More

Clockwise from upper left: Nico Vega, Joe Henry, Dub Thompson, Broken Twin
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 12:20 pm

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton kick off this week's All Songs Considered with a song that's 160 years old but still resonates. Guitarist Marisa Anderson offers a transporting, solo electric version of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More," an ever-relevant tune about pausing to enjoy "life's pleasures and count its many tears."

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The Record
10:39 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Why Tori Amos Connects

Tori Amos on stage in Glasgow, three days before the release of her 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines.
Ross Gilmore Redferns via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 4:40 pm

When I spent time on tour with Tori Amos a decade ago, collaborating with her on a book, I'd see her invoke the four elements many nights before her band would take the stage.

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All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Song Premiere: Naomi Shelton And The Gospel Queens, 'Sinner'

Jacob Blickenstaff Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 9:18 am

In 1963, Alabama was culturally closer to Brooklyn than it is now. The Great Migration of African-Americans out of the South created enclaves in cities all over the country, and the Civil Rights movement trained the eyes of the North on cities like Birmingham. Alabama native Naomi Shelton came to Brooklyn that year with the gospel in her heart and soul music turning her head. She found a place to sing, a bar on Flatbush Avenue, and a musical partner in keyboardist Cliff Driver. Flatbush Avenue rang out with the sound of her Southern blend of grace and grit.

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All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Bob Dylan Covers A Classic Tune

Courtesy of the artist

A new Bob Dylan recording popped up on his site just now. You have to go there to hear it — it's a version of the classic 1945 song, "Full Moon and Empty Arms." The tune is written by Buddy Kaye — known for writing hits for Sinatra, Ella and Elvis — and Ted Mossman, and based on Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It)

The vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 will disband after the 2015-16 concert season.
Dario Acosta

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 11:01 am

In 1986, four women gathered in a casual setting to sing through a bit of medieval chant. Little did they know they were launching Anonymous 4, an a cappella ensemble that has spanned nearly 30 years, 20 albums, countless concerts and more than a millenium of music.

Today the group announced that the 2015-16 season will be its last together. But this isn't the first time Anonymous 4 has thought about calling it quits. The group bid a similar farewell in 2004.

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All Songs TV
8:23 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Sharon Van Etten, 'Every Time The Sun Comes Up'

A still from the video for Sharon Van Etten's "Every Time the Sun Comes Up."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 4:36 pm

Music Interviews
1:03 am
Tue May 13, 2014

'Bound To Sound Different': The Black Keys On Going Big

Since forming The Black Keys in 2001, Patrick Carney (left) and Dan Auerbach have evolved from a scrappy home-recording aesthetic into something grander.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 10:58 am

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World Cafe
4:52 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Gotye On World Cafe

Gotye's new album is titled Making Mirrors.
James Bryans

Our Vintage Cafe today is from 2012, the year the Melbourne, Australia-based artist Gotye's world-wide smash "Somebody That I Used To Know" was everywhere. The single has sold more than 30 million copies.

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World Cafe
3:48 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

World Cafe Next: Pattern Is Movement

Pattern Is Movement.
Courtesy of the artist

Time to embrace the Philadelphia band Pattern is Movement as our World Cafe: Next artist this week. Over the course of five albums, the band has evolved into a two-piece with Andrew Thibodeaux and Chris Ward. There are beautiful, almost baroque aspects of this largely electronic and percussive music on the duo's new self-titled album. We encourage you to download our World Cafe: Next podcast with a couple of songs.

Metropolis
3:12 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Metropolis: 5/10/14

Veteran rave producer DJ Dan appears twice on this week's Metropolis mix.
Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Tracklist

  • Little Dragon, "Klapp Klapp (Swindle Remix)" (Loma Vista/Republic)
  • Blackbird Blackbird, "Tangerine Sky" (Om)
  • Arthur Beatrice, "Too Late (Medlar Vocal Mix)" (Harvest)
  • Paolo Rocco, "Move Body Move Forward"
  • Lancelot, "Truth (feat. Ngaiire)" (Anjunadeep)
  • Classixx, "Stranger Love (Salva Remix)" (Innovative Leisure)
  • We Were Evergreen, "False Start (Jakwob Remix)" (Mi7 Records)
  • Logistics, "Glitch" (Hospital)
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Music Interviews
3:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Candi Staton: This Album Is 'An Anthology Of My Life'

Candi Staton was recently featured in the documentary Muscle Shoals about the legendary FAME Studios.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 6:58 pm

Candi Staton has lived a lot of musical lives. She's been a child gospel singer, a '70s Southern soul hit-maker and then a disco queen. Six decades since she toured the gospel circuit with the Jewell Gospel Trio, Staton has released her 27th album, Life Happens. It includes songs tracked at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where she'd once recorded "I'm Just a Prisoner."

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Music Reviews
3:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Album Review: 'Afropolitan Dreams'

Blitz the Ambassador of Ghana performs at the Rio Loco music festival in Toulouse, France.
Remy Gabalda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 6:26 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

A Ghanaian hip-hop artist from Ghana, who goes by the name Blitz the Ambassador, explores his immigrant experience in a new album. Blitz came to the U.S. 14 years ago to study marketing. He now uses those skills to market his own music.

Reviewer Banning Eyre says the album "Afropolitan Dreams" reflects the rapper's multi-national life.

(SOUNDBITE OF A SONG)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: This is Brooklyn Bridge...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Transfer is available to the Four and J Trains...

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Photography
3:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

The Forgotten Pictures Of A Music Photography Pioneer

Jim Cummins' photo of Jimi Hendrix performing at Madison Square Garden in 1969 was used by Life magazine the following year for the guitarist's obituary.
Jim Cummins Courtesy of Image Fortress

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:20 pm

For more than three decades, Chris Murray ran the Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C. He still curates shows and also edits books about rock 'n' roll photography.

"To find an archive that's been lost, if you will, or overlooked, it's always a wonderful and extraordinary thing," he says.

In New York City, a trove of forgotten photographs depicting music icons such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin is being displayed for the first time. The original negatives had been boxed up for decades in photojournalist Jim Cummins' basement.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:10 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Chvrches: Tiny Desk Concert

Chvrches performs at a Tiny Desk in April 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 8:56 am

For a brief moment, I imagined hearing Chvrches perform "Recover" or "Gun" with a couple of acoustic guitars and perhaps a shaker or two. And, though these songs would surely stand up well when broken down and bared, I'm thrilled that Chvrches came with a small arsenal of synthesizers to perform a few highlights from last year's album The Bones of What You Believe.

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Mountain Stage
10:38 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Solas On Mountain Stage

Solas on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:18 pm

The Irish-American supergroup Solas appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

The band's leader, Seamus Egan, was regarded as a prodigy in his youth, recording his first album at 16 and touring with Ralph Stanley and Peter, Paul & Mary. In 1996, he founded Solas, whose lineup has included fellow Irish music heroes John Doyle, Karan Casey and John Williams — but Egan, along with fiddler Winifred Horan, have always remained at the group's core.

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Favorite Sessions
10:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

KEXP Presents: Tacocat

Tacocat performs live on KEXP.
Victoria Holt KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:09 pm

Only the Seattle band Tacocat could turn "that time of the month" into a surf party. With its second album, NVM (a nod to Nirvana's Nevermind), the palindromic group combines '90s nostalgia with a high-energy party vibe. With vocals as bright as her hair color, singer Emily Nokes makes menstruation sound manageable, singing, "Gonna head on down to the beach today / Surf all my girl probs away." Watch Tacocat surf away on KEXP's local music show, Audioasis.

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World Cafe
9:07 am
Mon May 12, 2014

The Black Keys On World Cafe

Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Who could have predicted, based on the modest blues-rock beginnings of The Black Keys' The Big Come Up and Thickfreakness, that the band would become the hit-making machine it is today?

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

First Listen: Yann Tiersen, 'Infinity'

Yann Tiersen's new album, Infinity, comes out May 20.
Katherine Rose Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 11:54 am

In interviews conducted with Brittany-based multi-instrumentalist and composer Yann Tiersen since the release of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 film Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain — or, as American audiences know it, Amélie — you can almost hear him bristle at the thought of being labeled a "soundtrack composer." Coming from punk roots and influenced by the likes of Nirvana, Joy Division and Einstürzende Neubauten, the eclectic mus

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