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5:27 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

'We Wanted To Entertain': Jon Spencer On 25 Years In New York

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 7:21 pm

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's new album, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015, is all about New York City. As leader Jon Spencer explains, it was time to pay homage to the city the band has called home for almost 25 years, even though his love for the place is complicated.

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Front Row
2:35 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Courtney Barnett performed songs from her new album, Sometimes I Think And Sit And Sometimes I Just Sit, at NPR Music's SXSW showcase on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 12:23 pm

Courtney Barnett made her name with 2013's "Avant Gardener," a deadpan, loosely rambling account of a severe anaphylactic attack. The song, like its counterparts on her early EPs, was many things — wordy, funny, surprising, wittily crafted — but it wasn't forceful.

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All Songs Considered
12:32 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Go Record Shopping With Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield

Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield goes record shopping at End of an Ear in Austin, Texas.
NPR

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 3:08 pm

Maybe it goes without saying, but if you're a musician and have time to kill on the road, you're going to hit up a record store in town. In Austin, Texas, there are many, many options to throw down cash for vinyl, and for Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield, her favorite record store is End of an Ear.

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All Songs Considered
10:43 am
Sat March 21, 2015

NPR Music At SXSW: Friday

Swedish rock band Indevotion performs at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin during South by Southwest 2015.
Adam Kissick for NPR

The rain arrived in Austin on Friday, but it didn't wash away the weirdness. One-legged kung-fu dance moves, fog machines that sent off fire alarms that blow out electronic instruments and all sorts of other challenges couldn't stop the music, though, and our team at SXSW has sent back proof: photos, recommendations and a video of Laura Marling playing a song from her new album, Short Movie, at 2 a.m. outside a church.

Here are some of the best things we heard at SXSW on Friday.


Day 4 Picks

Laura Marling

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Front Row
10:13 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Boogie, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Compton rapper Boogie kicked off NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Adam Kissick for NPR

The first voice we heard when Compton rapper Boogie took the stage Wednesday night wasn't his. It was Darius, Boogie's five-year-old son, booming out the speakers and making occasional appearances throughout his set. This is Boogie's first SXSW, among his first concerts and the beginning of a career that will have to be built on the road, which will mean stretches away from his son, stretches when his son's voice will have to be piped in just like it was at Stubb's.

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SXSW Music Festival
10:05 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Laura Marling: South X Lullaby

Laura Marling performed a South x Lullaby called "Walk Alone" on Friday night at SXSW.
NPR

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 2:41 pm

Late night on Friday at the SXSW music festival is usually when the delirium sets in. After three consecutive 16-hour days of live music, even the sharpest brains begin to lose it (so you can imagine what state ours were in). In other words, it was an opportune moment to meet up with British songwriter Laura Marling, who owns a voice as clear as the bells at the top of nearby St. David's Episcopal Church.

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All Songs Considered
7:04 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Have Brunch With Bleachers' Jack Antonoff

Jack Antonoff shares brunch with friends at Austin's Driskoll Hotel during SXSW 2015.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 10:46 am

"I've been coming here for so long," Jack Antonoff says of SXSW while waiting for a breakfast table at the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin. "The first time I came, in 2003, I had one show at a sushi place that like nine friends came to. Which I thought was the coolest thing because I was like, 'I'm at South by Southwest!'"

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Music Interviews
4:36 am
Sat March 21, 2015

'Wear Your Imperfections On Your Sleeve': A Moment With Shamir

Shamir's dance music has gospel, country, and disco influences, but it's his androgynous voice that surprises most people.
Ruvan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 9:56 am

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Music
3:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

'Still The King': A Tribute To An Icon Of Western Swing

Ray Benson (center) and his band, the Grammy-winning country outfit Asleep at the Wheel, have long been stewards of the sound co-pioneered by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.
Lisa Pollard Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 7:20 pm

"The essence of the Bob Wills sound, and the reason he picked and did what he did, is that it was dance music — period."

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Music
3:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Seinabo Sey Touches Down In Austin

Seinabo Sey performs at The Fader Fort during this year's SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 6:58 pm

This week in Austin, Texas, Seinabo Sey gave her first performance at South by Southwest. It was an emotional moment for the singer, who told the crowd that if there's one thing she'd like them to learn from her music, it's that "anything is possible. You have to understand: I am from a tiny town on the west coast of Sweden."

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:46 am
Fri March 20, 2015

'Remembering Marian McPartland: A Celebration' On Piano Jazz

Marian McPartland.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist, composer and bandleader Marian McPartland was a renowned jazz artist who performed for seven decades. She was also one of the music's great champions, as host of NPR's Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz for 33 years.

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Favorite Sessions
9:44 am
Fri March 20, 2015

World Cafe Presents: Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile performs live on the World Cafe.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 1:29 pm

Brandi Carlile has a deserved reputation for a dynamic voice that she has really learned to work over the years. But it's always in service to the song. Case in point: this version of the new song "The Eye." It's a beautiful, subdued World Cafe performance with The Twins, Tim and Phil Hanseroth.

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SXSW Music Festival
9:17 am
Fri March 20, 2015

The Mynabirds: South X Lullaby

The Mynabirds plays "All My Heart" at Waller Creek for a South X Lullaby.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

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All Songs Considered
9:08 am
Fri March 20, 2015

NPR Music At SXSW 2015: Thursday

Vebjørn Guttormsgaard Møllberg of the the Oslo band Haust, playing a late-morning set at the outdoor venue Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2015.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 3:56 pm

Some days at South by Southwest, everything goes right. You see the bands you want to see, every one of them puts on an amazing show and the heavens open and angels give you shoulder rubs. NPR Music's Robin Hilton had a day like that on Thursday, with epiphany after epiphany. Things went well on Day 3 for the rest of NPR Music's team in Austin, too.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:23 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Pretty Yende: An Opera Star Whose Rise Began With A Fall

Soprano Pretty Yende in a Los Angeles Opera rehearsal. Starting Saturday, she'll be appearing in the company's production of The Marriage of Figaro.
Corin Cates-Carney NPR

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 4:20 pm

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Goats and Soda
4:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Egyptian Singer, Meet Burundi Bassist. Play Among Yourselves!

A Nile Project concert in Al Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt, 31 January, 2013.
Courtesy of Matjaz Kacicnik/Nile Project

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 7:23 pm

Late one night, Dina el-Wadi, a singer and musician from Cairo, arrived in Kampala, Uganda. She'd come for a gathering of musicians who live in countries along the Nile River.

She went to bed and woke up to pure enchantment: "I found a very beautiful woman singing in the morning in a very, very, very magical way. So I said, 'Oh, who is this girl that's going to sing with us?'"

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SXSW Music Festival
2:48 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Courtney Barnett, 'Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party' (Live At SXSW)

Courtney Barnett on stage at Stubb's in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2015.
NPR

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 10:24 am

"This song's for anybody who couldn't make into this show, if there is anybody," Courtney Barnett says before blasting through "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party," from her just-over-the-horizon debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. The modesty is cute but unnecessary; Barnett has the attention of many crowds at SXSW 2015, and a live show that can hold it.

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Alt.Latino
1:52 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

It's Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Spring: An Alt.Latino New Music Mix

Singer/songwriter Alex Cuba
Jason Merritt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 2:02 pm

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Music Interviews
1:16 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Bluegrass Musician Norman Blake Releases An Album Of Original Songs

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 9:57 am

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

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World Cafe
12:08 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Brandi Carlile On World Cafe

Brandi Carlile.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 8:25 am

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Deceptive Cadence
11:11 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Sviatoslav Richter: The Pianist Who Made The Earth Move

Sviatoslav Richter, born 100 years ago in Ukraine, is considered one of the world's greatest pianists.
Sony Music Photo Archives

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:48 am

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All Songs Considered
9:53 am
Thu March 19, 2015

NPR Music At SXSW 2015: Wednesday

Stromae proved to the audience at Stubb's in Austin why he's a major star just about everywhere but the U.S.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 12:54 pm

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SXSW Music Festival
9:23 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Luluc: South X Lullaby

Luluc plays "Star" in a South X Lullaby in Austin, Texas.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:57 am

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Deceptive Cadence
7:42 am
Thu March 19, 2015

The Tallis Scholars' Luminous Way With Arvo Pärt

The Tallis Scholars sing the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
Eric Richmond

Arvo Pärt was saved by the bell. The Estonian composer, who turns 80 in September, hit a creative roadblock in 1968. After a hiatus of eight years he returned with a new sound inspired by the simple triad (a stack of three notes, an essential building block of Western music) and by bells. He called his new style tintinnabuli (from the Latin for bells).

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The Record
6:03 am
Thu March 19, 2015

A Rational Conversation: Colleen Green And Going Hi(gher)-Fi In 2015

Colleen Green.
Courtesy of the artist

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Music Reviews
5:07 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

'To Pimp A Butterfly' Aspires To Be Music's Great American Novel

To Pimp a Butterfly follows two and a half years of anticipation stoked by Kendrick Lamar's breakthrough LP, good kid, m.A.A.d. city.
Christian San Jose Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 5:27 pm

When Kendrick Lamar released his major label debut in 2012, he vaulted onto pop's leaderboard as one of the best rappers of his generation. He wasn't just a skilled lyricist, but a vivid storyteller able to create scenes with vivid detail and intrigue.

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Music Reviews
1:16 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Saxophonist Tony Malaby's New Quartet Brings Out His Rowdy Side

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

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The Thistle & Shamrock
11:52 am
Wed March 18, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: Live From Ireland

Fiona presents a set by traditional Irish band The Chieftains on this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist

Relive some great sets of Irish music, including years of performances presented by Fiona and featuring The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies and more.

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

All Songs Considered
11:48 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Viking's Choice: Wild Throne, 'War Is A Romance'

Wild Throne.
Mike Azria Courtesy of the artist

Within the first minute, "War is a Romance" gives you everything you need to know if you're going to be onboard with Wild Throne: a deranged hardcore twang a la Converge, a galloping Motörhead riff, fusion-y Mars Volta-style guitar acrobatics — oh, and a whistle. And then there's Josh Holland's voice yelping and squealing and scaling burning buildings with insane octave jumps.

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World Cafe
10:22 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Courtney Barnett On World Cafe

Courtney Barnett.
Courtesy of the artist

When Courtney Barnett combined her previously released Australian EPs into A Sea of Split Peas in 2013 and put them out in the U.S., we fell in love. She's an amazing writer, with wordplay that manages to capture the stream of consciousness of the everyday without becoming overly clever.

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