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SXSW: Live From Austin
5:55 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

SXSW 2014: Kelis, 'Breakfast'

Kelis, seen here at NPR Music's SXSW Showcase in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night, performed her first show in America in almost four years.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:07 am

Kelis hadn't taken the stage in America since 2010. But from her opening notes — in which she took on the standard "Feeling Good," as popularized by Nina Simone — the singer never shied away from the most lavish possible spectacle on stage at NPR Music's SXSW showcase, held at Stubb's BBQ. Backed by a 12-piece band, complete with horn section and backup singers, Kelis reintroduced herself to the world as a transformed artist whose sound looks forward and backward without losing its focus on the present.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
3:37 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Lionel Loueke Trio On JazzSet

Lionel Loueke.
Brantley Gutierrez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:03 am

Lionel Loueke was born in Benin, West Africa, in 1973. As a youngster, he sang and played percussion, but didn't really take up the guitar until the age of 17. Loueke was so gifted on the instrument that he was sent to study music at the Ivory Coast's Institute of Art. He continued on to the American School of Modern Music in Paris, where he turned heads, and in 1999 came to America on scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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World Cafe
2:04 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Patty Griffin On World Cafe

Patty Griffin.
Courtesy of the artist

Our Sense of Place stop in Austin continues today with longtime resident and singer-songwriter Patty Griffin. In late 2013, Griffin finally saw the release of her album Silver Bell. It was recorded in 2000 as the follow-up to her second album, Flaming Red, but was shelved by her record company.

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World Cafe
2:03 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

SXSW Spotlight On Austin Music History

World Cafe host David Dye (left) speaking with Jody Denberg.
John Vettese KUTX

Longtime Austin resident Jody Denberg, who is at least somewhat responsible for Austin's musical tastes as the program director of KGSR radio for 19 years, is our guest for this Sense of Place episode. KGSR was and is a commercial station playing music, much like public station KUTX, where Denberg works today. Although he was born in New York, he is with us to talk about the musical history of his adopted home. He engagingly brings a fan's perspective.

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World Cafe
2:02 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Latin Roots: Grupo Fantasma

Grupo Fantasma.
Courtesy of the artist

We had a great choice for our Latin Roots segment of Sense of Place: Austin. It's Grupo Fantasma, a nine-piece Latin band that formed in 2000. The band created their own path as a Latin funk orchestra.

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All Songs Considered
8:26 am
Thu March 13, 2014

NPR Music At SXSW 2014: Wednesday

Damon Albarn performs at NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 8:33 am

  • Listen to All Songs Considered at SXSW - Wednesday

For most of Wednesday, our team in Austin, Texas, had their eyes on the stage at Stubb's BBQ, where we presented our SXSW showcase featuring sets by Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, Kelis, Eagulls and Perfect Pussy. But near the end of the night, we started hearing news of a terrible accident involving dozens of people outside another venue.

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Favorite Sessions
3:03 am
Thu March 13, 2014

KCRW Presents: Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne performs live for KCRW.
KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:36 pm

When Mayer Hawthorne showed up at Village Studios for his live session on Morning Becomes Eclectic, he was still wearing his pajamas. In fact, his whole crew (which he dubbed the "Brunch Bunch") were adorned in their PJs — but that didn't stop them from bringing down the house with big-time dance grooves. They mostly played songs from his latest release, Where Does This Door Go, including "Her Favorite Song."

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Music
12:02 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Kickstarter Campaign Begins For Neil Young's Music Player

Visually, the Pono player is a relic, but what matters is how it sounds — better than any consumer device for listening to digital audio, according to founder Neil Young.
PonoMusic

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 9:16 am

Amid the thousands promoting new music at this week's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, one artist took to the stage Tuesday to promote a new way to hear it. Before a crowd at the Austin Convention Center, Neil Young launched a Kickstarter campaign to support his long-planned high fidelity music player and online store, Pono.

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Music Reviews
11:56 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Box Set Illustrates Clifford Jordan's Impeccable Taste In Musicians

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 1:05 pm

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. Starting in the late 1960s, jazz saxophonist Clifford Jordan produced a series of recordings mostly by other leaders that came out on the musician's own Strata-East label. Those seven albums are now collected in a box set. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Jordan the producer had impeccable taste in musicians.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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All Songs Considered
11:44 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Hear Neil Young Explain His Pono Music Player At SXSW

Neil Young speaks about Pono, his new high-quality digital audio system, at SXSW.
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 7:46 am

Neil Young wants to start a revolution against the MP3, against the CD, poorly made vinyl and poor audio quality in general. He wants people to hear the music the way it was made.

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Mountain Stage
10:42 am
Wed March 12, 2014

The Travelin' McCourys Featuring Keller Williams On Mountain Stage

The Travelin' McCourys Featuring Keller Williams
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:48 pm

Keller Williams and the Travelin' McCourys appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va.

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All Songs Considered
8:53 am
Wed March 12, 2014

NPR Music At SXSW 2014: Tuesday

Who brings a confetti cannon to a fun fight? Calliope Musicals does.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 8:33 am

  • Listen To All Songs Considered at SXSW - Tuesday

The first day at SXSW is about getting your bearings. Shaking off the jet lag, figuring out what you forgot to pack, remembering how long the lines can be and how the overwhelming crowds can sometimes part for a moment to give you a perfect look at a band you fall in love with on the spot.

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World Cafe
8:03 am
Wed March 12, 2014

The Black Angels On World Cafe

The Black Angels.
Courtney Chavanell Courtesy of the artist

Austin, Texas, goes back a long way with psychedelic music — maybe all the way back when you consider the claim that Austin's own Roky Erikson's Thirteenth Floor Elevators was the first psychedelic band back in 1965. Our guests this hour on our Sense of Place: Austin show, The Black Angels, ably carry on the tradition. They are part of the "Reverberation Appreciation Society" that started the Austin Psych Fest in 2010. The festival has now grown into a three day event of like minded bands, and will take place May 2-4 this year. We are happy to welcome The Black Angels back to the show.

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World Cafe
8:03 am
Wed March 12, 2014

5 New Bands To Watch At SXSW

Emily Wolfe.
Steven Alcala Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 10:42 am

To find out the best new bands in Austin for our Sense of Place visit we went to the source at KUTX Radio, program director Matt Reilly. We asked him to pick five, knowing it wasn't an easy task. Matt was careful to represent the many styles of music in Austin's always churning music scene. Today we will hear from Max Frost, Emily Wolfe, Latasha Lee and The BlackTies, Abram Shook, and The Digital Wild.

World Cafe
8:03 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Wild Child On World Cafe

Wild Child.
Magen Buse Courtesy of the artist

Our Sense of Place visit to Austin continues as we move into the KUTX studio for a performance by Wild Child. The Austin band put out its debut in 2011 and its second album, The Runaround, produced by Ben Kweller, in October. The band is led by the very personable singers and songwriters Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins.

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Metropolis
5:21 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Metropolis: 3/8/2014

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde's collaboration "The Satellites" is featured on this week's Metropolis mix.
Warp Records

The Entire Playlist

  • Rufus Du Sol, "Desert Night" (Sweat It Out!)
  • Flight Facilities, "Stand Still (Mario Basanov Remix)" (Glassnote / Future Classic)
  • Coldplay VS Booka Shade, "Essential Midnight" (Promo)
  • Booka Shade, "Crossing Borders (Kolombo Remix)" (Blaufield Music)
  • SBTRKT, "Kyoto" (XL Recordings)
  • Little Dragon, "Klapp Klapp (Girl Unit Remix)" (Loma Vista/Republic)
  • Chromeo, "Jealous (I Ain't With It)" (Big Beat / Atlantic)
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Alt.Latino
1:07 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Not in Austin? Hear Alt.Latino's SXAmericas Mix

Ana Tijoux.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 2:49 pm

This week Felix and I are heading over to one of our favorite places in the whole world — Austin, Texas — to meet up with some of our favorite musicians, watch some great live shows and, if Tio Felix has his way, eat a lot of Tex-Mex. Later today we'll be DJing a little get-together, and one of the highlights of this trip will certainly be our show with Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux.

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Music Reviews
12:31 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Angel Olsen: A Voice Of Confounding Power

Angel Olsen.
Zia Anger Courtesy of the artist

Angel Olsen begins the song "Hi-Five" by paraphrasing Hank Williams, admitting she's so lonesome she could cry. She goes on to say she just wants someone who believes in love as urgently as she does. The twanging guitar throbbing beneath these sentiments suggests that it's going to be a long, lonely search. Over a matter of minutes, Olsen has created the landscape she'll inhabit for an entire album.

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Favorite Sessions
11:37 am
Tue March 11, 2014

KEXP Presents: Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler performed live for KEXP.
Charina Pitzel KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:53 pm

Seattle embraced Boston-based artist Marissa Nadler as our own for her latest release, July, out now on Sacred Bones.

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Mountain Stage
11:10 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion On Mountain Stage

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:47 pm

The youngest daughter of Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, was raised in the company of Pete Seeger, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Hoyt Axton.

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World Cafe
10:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Bob Boilen On World Cafe

Bob Boilen.
Courtesy of the artist

Bob Boilen is the founder of NPR's All Songs Considered. A musician himself, he has a unique feel for presenting music on the Web. And he is a bit obsessed — and ambitious. Obsessed enough to attend more than 600 shows a year. Ambitious enough to listen to songs from 1400 acts scheduled to play SXSW each year to figure out what is worth seeing. And we are crazy enough to ask him to limit his picks to just five for our Sense of Place: Austin.

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World Cafe
10:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Roland Swenson On World Cafe

Roland Swenson.
Rob Patterson Courtesy of the artist

Roland Swenson is a co-founder and the managing director of the South By Southwest Music Festival. The idea for the festival came in 1986, when organizers of the NYC New Music Seminar contacted Swenson, then a staffer at the alt-weekly paper The Austin Chronicle, about organizing an extension to their festival in Austin. After that fell through, Swenson and others went ahead planning an event themselves and the first SXSW Festival was held 1987. He says they only expected 150 people.

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All Songs Considered
8:01 am
Tue March 11, 2014

SXSW 2014 Music Preview

Top row: Team Me; Middle Row, left to right: Kevin Gates, Agnes Obel, Lowell; Bottom row: Laura Stevenson, Moon Honey
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 8:37 pm

As excited as we are about NPR Music's 2014 SXSW showcase with Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, Kelis and others (which you can stream live on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Central), those artists represent a fraction of the massive party happening in Austin, Texas this week.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:40 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Jake Bugg: Tiny Desk Concert

Jake Bugg performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

There was a haze over Jake Bugg when he arrived at the Tiny Desk. He was expressionless and quiet. That all changed when he strummed fast and fierce on his acoustic guitar and began a flow of words reminiscent of Greenwich Village in the '60s, not modern Clifton in England's East Midlands, where he grew up.

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Metropolis
2:50 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Song Premiere: Glass Animals, 'Gooey'

Glass Animals.
KCRW

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 3:08 pm

It's still early days for the British band Glass Animals, but with just a handful of songs they've definitely gotten our attention. Their latest groover, "Gooey," has an undulating sexiness that makes it worthy of heavy rotation. The Kingdom remix drops the vocal to emphasize sheer atmospheric cool.

All Songs Considered
2:04 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Question Of The Week, SXSW Edition: What's Your Fake Band Name?

 

Every year Bob Boilen, NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and I prepare for South by Southwest by listening to songs from roughly 1,500 artists. And when you go through that many bands you start to see trends in the names. The two most commonly occurring words are always — always — "black" and "DJ." In addition to those two, this year we noticed that "white" appears an awful lot, too, as does the name John. Michael, Paul and Jesse are also pretty popular. Go figure.

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World Cafe
1:08 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Shakey Graves On World Cafe

Shakey Graves.
Jarred Gastriech Courtesy of the artist

Our Sense of Place: Austin guest today, Shakey Graves, has been described as one of the best solo acts in town. With his finger-picked guitar and suitcase drum he takes over the stage. He put out his full length debut Roll the Bones in 2011 and an EP Donor Blues a year later. He has also spent time chasing acting parts, including one in Friday Night Lights. He even moved to LA to pursue roles, but ended up spending the time working on his music.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:55 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Gerard Mortier, A Polarizing Impresario Who Transformed Opera

Belgian opera impresario Gerard Mortier in Germany in 2003. He died Saturday at age 70.
Volker Hartmann AFP/Getty Images

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World Cafe
12:01 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Alejandro Escovedo On World Cafe

Alejandro Escovedo.
Marina Chavez Courtesy of the artist

The very first person we thought to for our Sense of Place series in Austin was longtime resident Alejandro Escovedo. Make no mistake: Escovedo was born and raised in San Antonio, but has called Austin home for years. Today he reminisces about coming to Austin as a kid and tells how it was a tour stop with Rank and File, his band with his brother Javier, that convinced him to move back to Austin.

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World Cafe
11:03 am
Mon March 10, 2014

World Cafe Next: Orthy

Orthy.
Courtesy of the artist.

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 1:13 pm

Orthy is our World Cafe: Next band for our Sense of Place visit to Austin. We picked Orthy, whose two EPs touch on electronic dance music, to illustrate the breadth of the Austin music scene. The inspiration for Ian Orth, who is at the heart of this band, is his ongoing weekly dance party Learning Secrets. He established Learning Secrets to turn rock fans on to dance music and vice versa. The full Orthy plays live, sharing music from their latest EP, E.M.I.L.Y.

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