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All Songs TV
1:01 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Courtney Barnett, 'Anonymous Club'

An animated monster weeps in a new video from Courtney Barnett.
Courtesy of the artist

All Songs Considered
11:40 am
Tue April 22, 2014

New Mix: The Antlers, EMA, Yann Tiersen, Sturgill Simpson, More

Clockwise from upper left: The Antlers, EMA, Yann Tiersen, Sturgill Simpson, Jolie Holland
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 7:51 am

On this week's show, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton ask big questions about the world we live in via new music from the singer known as EMA, a head-turning cut from the young country crooner Sturgill Simpson and more.

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All Songs TV
9:41 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Diane Coffee, 'All The Young Girls'

Diane Coffee
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:48 am

Diane Coffee is the solo project of Shaun Fleming, a musician who has been a child voice actor for Disney and the drummer in Foxygen with his friends Jonathan Rado and Sam France. Under the name Diane Coffee, Shaun Fleming is also an outrageously dolled up performer. "All The Young Girls" is from the band's 2013 album My Friend Fish.

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Microphone Check
7:03 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Lil Bibby: 'I Need $100 Million In My Bank Account'

Lil Bibby.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:52 am

Lil Bibby is a 19-year-old from Chicago with one mixtape, a high-profile co-sign and big dreams. In an interview during SXSW in Austin, Texas, Bibby says since he released Free Crack last year, he's felt a change in the way people relate to him and it's affected his songs. "I'm talking about the transition: I was Brandon and then Bibby," he says. "I'm gettin' people acting different." Ali Shaheed Muhammad steps in to offer some advice from a veteran's perspective.

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Music News
3:56 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Kelis Puts 'Milkshake' Behind Her And Moves On To 'Food'

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 11:34 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Millions of people know the singer Kelis for "Milkshake" - that's her hit from a decade ago. It's the sort of song that nobody really thought was about a milkshake.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MILKSHAKE")

KELIS ROGERS: (Singing) My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard and their like, it's better than yours, damn right, it's better than yours. I could teach you, but I'd have to charge. My milkshake...

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Music News
2:29 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Remembering Jason Molina, A Musician Who Refused To Look Back

Jason Molina performs in Barcelona with Magnolia Electric Co. in 2009.
Jordi Vidal Redferns

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 11:34 am

A little over a year ago, singer-songwriter Jason Molina died at 39 due to complications from alcohol addiction.

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World Cafe
4:04 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

World Cafe Next: Polock

Polock.
Carles Rodrigo Monzo Courtesy of the artist
  • Polock On World Cafe: Next

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, Polock, is from Valencia, Spain. The band has always written and sung in English, which its members call "the language of rock." Polock's debut was titled Getting Down From Trees, so it's appropriate that the new album is called Rising Up.

Here, you can hear and download a pair of catchy songs on the World Cafe: Next podcast.

Tiny Desk Concerts
2:48 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Federico Aubele: Tiny Desk Concert

Federico Aubele performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Argentine singer-songwriter Federico Aubele uses his dark, husky voice to produce a specific effect in the three songs he performs at this Tiny Desk Concert: Together, they jell into one impressionistic midtempo ballad.

A voice like Aubele's could be restrictive: His lower register seems to always reflect something dark and lonely. Think of your favorite bottom-scraping vocalist and the lyrics he or she interprets.

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Favorite Sessions
11:54 am
Mon April 21, 2014

KEXP Presents: Temples

Temples, performing live in the KEXP studios.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:10 pm

The young U.K. band Temples has been touted by Britpop luminaries like Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher, who've both fallen for the group's shimmering debut, Sun Structures.

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Music
11:27 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Library Of Congress, How Could You Forget Run-DMC?

Rap group Run-DMC at the second annual MTV Video Music Awards. Does the group belong in the Library of Congress?
Suriani AP

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 4:53 pm

Rap and hip-hop have been around for decades and have become one of America's most successful cultural exports.

But when the Library of Congress added new recordings to its national registry this year, none of them were hip-hop.

Tell Me More guest host Celeste Headlee discusses that with William Boone, professor in the English and African-American studies department at Winston-Salem State University. He says that hip-hop artists are used to being overlooked by the powers that be.

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All Songs TV
11:25 am
Mon April 21, 2014

The Milk Carton Kids, Live From Lincoln Theatre

The Milk Carton Kids, performing live at Lincoln Theater in Columbus, Ohio.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 6:55 pm

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Mountain Stage
10:01 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Declan O'Rourke On Mountain Stage

Declan O'Rourke.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:37 pm

Declan O'Rourke makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

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First Listen
8:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

First Listen: Pixies, 'Indie Cindy'

The Pixies new album, Indie Cindy, comes out April 29.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:40 am

Last year, My Bloody Valentine released its first album since 1991, and the result sounded as if not a minute had passed in the intervening 22 years. Every bleary, bended note of m b v sounded immaculately crafted, as if Kevin Shields and company had been toiling away in pursuit of perfection since the release of Loveless and merely lost track of time.

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First Listen
10:11 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

First Listen: Jeremiah Jae, 'Good Times'

Jeremiah Jae.
Courtesy of Warp Records

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:41 pm

The music of Jeremiah Jae is an anomalous but welcome blip on rap's radar in 2014.

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First Listen
10:08 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks'

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band's new album, Landmarks, comes out April 29.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:39 am

He's widely acknowledged as one of the best jazz drummers in the world. But he's also a singer-songwriter; a session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell; the son of a singing preacher man from Louisiana. And though a man of such experiences is, as you might expect, quite busy, he's also keeps his own signature band: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band.

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First Listen
10:07 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

First Listen: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, 'Midnight Sun'

The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger's new album, Midnight Sun, comes out April 29.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:38 am

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger is Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Lennon, as you may know, is the only child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Muhl is a successful fashion model and Lennon's significant other of eight years. Midnight Sun is their second proper album together.

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First Listen
10:07 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

First Listen: Rodrigo y Gabriela, '9 Dead Alive'

Rodrigo y Gabriela's new album, 9 Dead Alive, comes out April 29.
Jim Mimna Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:38 am

  • Hear Alt.Latino Hosts Talk About '9 Dead Alive' On Morning Edition

In their newest album, 9 Dead Alive, Rodrigo y Gabriela return to their roots, reminding listeners why they fell in love with the Mexican duo in the first place. The album finds them at the peak of their musical flexibility, dexterously weaving elements of heavy metal with flamenco.

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First Listen
10:07 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

First Listen: Brody Dalle, 'Diploid Love'

Brody Dalle's album Diploid Love comes out April 29.
Richard Sibbald Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:37 am

An interesting temporal phenomenon takes place while listening to Diploid Love, the first solo album from Distillers and Spinnerette frontwoman Brody Dalle. The album feels like a time capsule buried in the backyard of the punk and grunge-drenched early '90s and only unearthed today.

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First Listen
10:06 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

First Listen: Wye Oak, 'Shriek'

Wye Oak's new album, Shriek, comes out April 29.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:36 am

At some point, even babies who bask in the warmth of attachment parenting need to learn to self-soothe — to regulate their emotions without their parents' guidance or even a hug. Often they do it with a thing: a blankie, a binky, a stuffie. Adults are expected to be free of such fixations, but the truth is, inanimate enablers still fill our lives. Musicians bring them right onstage. Why do you think guitarists name their stringed companions? Electricity makes these toys speak.

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First Listen
10:06 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

First Listen: Nels Cline Singers, 'Macroscope'

Nels Cline Singers' new album, Macroscope, comes out April 29.
Mimi Chakarova Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:34 am

Nels Cline is a gateway drug in the best of ways. He's known as the guitar player for one of America's best bands, Wilco. His crazy performances, filled with static shrieking and string bending, have led fans to the other side of music. It's a style that interweaves jazz, progressive rock and noise.

Nels Cline started doing all of this long before joining Wilco, and continues it these days with his own project, The Nels Cline Singers, a group that actually has no singers. They are instrumental travelers.

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Alt.Latino
4:14 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Happy Birthday, El Rey! 10 Fiery Tito Puente Cuts

Tito Puente on vibraphone at the Palladium.
Courtesy of the artist

Celebrating the late Tito Puente's birthday gives us a chance to revel in his mid-1950s RCA years. Backed by major label money, the King of Latin Music was able to realize the sounds he heard in his head on bandstands and in recording studios.

This meant big band dance music, agile soneros whose improvised vocals complimented the bands and small-group percussion experiments.

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Music Interviews
4:39 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

Christine Jensen's Multiple Personalities Expand Her Musical Repertoire

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:24 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Christine Jensen says she has multiple personalities. She's a saxophonist, a composer, leader of a jazz group, and more recently, the conductor of an 18-piece jazz orchestra.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RATH: That requires yet another personality, a businesswoman to make a generally unprofitable venture work.

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All Songs Considered
10:14 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows

You sent us your soles!
Various for NPR

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:22 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Usman Riaz: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 6:54 pm

This is simply astonishing. Watch twenty seconds and you'll be sucked into the world of Usman Riaz, an immensely talented 23-year-old Pakistani musician who will change your perception of how a guitar can sound and be played. What's more remarkable is that this Berklee College of Music whiz kid learned much of his dazzling guitar technique by watching YouTube videos at 16. He also learned what he calls "parlor tricks," like body percussion and harmonica. But the classically trained pianist also used the Internet to learn how to write and conduct orchestra pieces and make films.

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Author Interviews
7:12 am
Sat April 19, 2014

How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

Lisa Robinson interviews a young Michael Jackson at his family's house in Encino, Calif., in October 1972.
Andrew Kent Courtesy of Riverhead Books

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 7:00 am

Lisa Robinson has done just about every kind of music writing there is.

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Studio Sessions
7:12 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

Rufus Wainwright joins Wade Goodwyn in NPR's Studio 1 to play a few of his hits.
Mike Beacom NPR

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 10:40 am

Rufus Wainwright creates music that is theatrical, emotional and operatic. Listening to his albums can feel like experiencing a Shakespearean play, with wit, tragedy and heartbreak all side by side.

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Alt.Latino
7:03 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Chicken Soup For The Ears: New Music To Cure What Ails You

Brazilian rapper Karol Conka blew our minds this week.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:07 am

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The Record
4:27 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Prince Fans, Prepare For The Deluge

NPG Records Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 8:34 am

Prince fans are accustomed to not getting what they want. That's one reason Friday's news came as a shock — that Prince has re-signed, for the first time in 18 years, with Warner Bros. Records, and that an expanded edition of Purple Rain, in time for its 30th anniversary, as well as a new album and unnamed "other planned projects" to come, are all on the way (including a new song, released late last night).

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:34 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Steely Dan On Piano Jazz

Donald Fagen (left) and Walter Becker of Steely Dan.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

In Steely Dan, guitarist Walter Becker and singer-pianist Donald Fagen are masters of irony and erudition.

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Music Interviews
3:24 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

On Latest Album, Gina Chavez Unearths Her Latin Roots

Up.Rooted is singer-songwriter Gina Chavez's sophomore effort and her first full-length album.
Judson Baker Courtesy of Press Junkie

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 6:13 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Texas native Gina Chavez did not come to music early on. When she was 18, she went to a country-blues show in Austin to hear singer Toni Price. It was after that she decided she wanted to learn how to play guitar. So she turned to her dad.

GINA CHAVEZ: You know, I said, hey, dad, don't you have a guitar in the closet? He pulls it out and turns out it's a 1954 Martin, which people who know things about guitars are, you know, they start drooling all over themselves.

CORNISH: A year later, she started writing her own songs.

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