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World Cafe
2:24 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

The Revivalists On World Cafe

The Revivalists.
Courtesy of the artist

The Revivalists' name can be interpreted a couple ways: Yes, the band keeps older forms of music like blues and R&B alive, but its spirited performance also recalls a gospel revival.

It's no surprise that the group came together in New Orleans. The Revivalists' members got together in 2007 and have played 150 dates a year ever since. Last year brought a reissue of their second album, City Of Sound, which they'd put out themselves in 2012. The reissue includes an extra live disc.

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Songs We Love
2:15 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Dan Deacon, 'Feel The Lightning'

Dan Deacon will release his new album, Feel The Lightning, on Feb. 24.
Frank Hamilton Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 9:29 am

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Metropolis
2:12 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Metropolis: 1/10/15

Robin Schulz's "Prayer In C" appears on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Bild Lowres Courtesy of the artist

This Week's Playlist

  • Pleasure State, "Ghost In The System (feat. Anabel Englund)" (Hot Creations)
  • Benoit & Sergio, "You Might Say" (Freibank)
  • Underworld, "Two Months Off (John Ciafone Remix)" (Jbo/V2)
  • Static Revenger, "Colors At The Night (feat. Kay) (Deep Mix)" (D-Dub)
  • Curses & DKDS, "Trouble (Shiba San Remix)" (Ultra)
  • Robin Schulz, "Prayer In C (feat. Lilly Wood & The Prick)" (Tonspiel)
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Songs We Love
1:41 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Waxahatchee, 'Air'

Waxahatchee, the solo project of Katie Crutchfield, will release Ivy Tripp on April 7.
Jesse Riggins Courtesy of the artist

Being in your 20s can feel so uncertain; it's a time when every interaction seems freighted with extra meaning, while every minor life decision can open up new possibilities and close off others. Few songwriters capture those feelings of directionlessness and transition quite like Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield. Once a hushed solo project born out of the dissolution of P.S. Eliot — a pop-punk band with her twin sister Allison — Waxahatchee has quickly become a band, punctuating her minimal songs with gnarled guitars and punk drumming.

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All Songs Considered
1:01 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Viking's Choice: Visigoth, 'The Revenant King'

Visigoth.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:35 pm

If wizards, battles and crunchy riffs roll your 20-sided die a critical hit, heed Visigoth's call. On its debut album, the Salt Lake City power-metal band looks to Manowar, Judas Priest and Manilla Road ("Necropolis" gets covered here) for that classic '80s sound, but the production is decidedly heavier, with mammoth choruses led by Jake Rogers' regal voice. Take a listen to the title track from The Revenant King and try not to raise your fists in triumph.

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Favorite Sessions
9:55 am
Mon January 12, 2015

KEXP Presents: Alvvays

Alvvays performs live in the KEXP studio.
Brittney Bollay KEXP

Alvvays hasn't been around forever, but its members channel a sound that's eternally appealing. The Toronto band's Chad VanGaalen-produced debut is a smart throwback to several generations and iterations of popular music: sun-drenched surf rock, woozy dream pop, jangly twee pop, and so on.

In the studio at KEXP, singer-songwriter Molly Rankin didn't exactly wear her heart on her sleeve, but she did display Morrissey on her chest. Her well-worn vintage T-shirt speaks volumes about witty, wistful songs like "Archie, Marry Me."

SET LIST

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All Songs TV
9:48 am
Mon January 12, 2015

First Watch: Mount Eerie, 'This'

A still from the Mount Eerie video for "This."
Courtesy of the artist

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Belle And Sebastian, 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance'

Belle And Sebastian's new album, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, comes out Jan. 20.
Søren Solkær Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:29 am

Nine albums into a career spanning two decades, Belle And Sebastian resides at a tricky point in its career: Veteran musicians often shed fans rather than accumulating them, as tastes shift, the fickle lose interest and diehards succumb to distractions.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Sleater-Kinney, 'No Cities To Love'

Sleater-Kinney's new album, No Cities To Love, comes out Jan. 20.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:30 am

Reunion mythology is a powerful force in the music industry. It can artificially preserve overripe bands past their sell-by date, or rob stellar releases of thoughtful criticism in favor of tireless gossip. Former bandmates pursuing other projects have to shout louder than their own histories to be heard in a new context. The lionization and dramatization of reunions ignores the fundamental alchemy of all music-making, regardless of chronology: that artists find each other and choose each other, out of all the artists in the world, to create something new every time they interact.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Until The Ribbon Breaks, 'A Lesson Unlearnt'

Until The Ribbon Breaks' new album, A Lesson Unlearnt, comes out Jan. 20.
Jesse DeFlorio Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:31 am

Pete Lawrie-Winfield's studio project Until The Ribbon Breaks frequently nods to celluloid, with cinematic references underpinning many of the British producer's gloomy tracks. Begun as a solo project while Winfield was still in film school (and providing his own soundtracks for his work), UTRB infuses its first single "Pressure" with snippets lifted from David Lynch's Lost Highway. In posting online a "re-imagining" of The Weeknd's "Wicked Games," Winfield set Abel Tesfaye's twisted track to the sultry imagery of a blindfolded Kim Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Red Baraat, 'Gaadi Of Truth'

Red Baraat's new album, Gaadi Of Truth, comes out Jan. 20.
James Bartolozzi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:32 am

One of the greatest, biggest, most enjoyable brass bands has just made its best studio recording. Red Baraat is a beat- and brass-driven affair, with a double-headed Indian drum as its timekeeper and rhythm maker. Sunny Jain plays the dhol, and on Gaadi Of Truth he feeds those rhythms through processing pedals, expanding on the Indian traditions he experienced growing up in his Rochester, N.Y., home. This is the first record I can think of that applies a lot of effects to the sousaphone.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Viet Cong, 'Viet Cong'

Viet Cong's self-titled album comes out on Jan. 20.
Colin Way Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:30 am

Two miserable experiences hang heavily over the band Viet Cong. First came the acrimonious dissolution of Women, of which bassist Matt Flegel and drummer Michael Wallace were members. Not long after came the death of that band's guitarist, Chris Reimer. Both of Viet Cong's records — last year's Cassette EP and this self-titled full-length debut — labor to process grief and move forward from its grip. Cassette weaved its way through several carefully donned styles before letting the bottom drop out into dark, aggressive rock.

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Music News
5:00 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Country Quartet Little Big Town Finds Fun In Being A Foursome

The Nashville country quartet Little Big Town recently released its sixth studio album, Pain Killer.
Courtesy of Sandbox Entertainment

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 8:36 am

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Music News
6:50 am
Sun January 11, 2015

The More, The Better: Repetition Propels Songs Up The Charts

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 9:30 am

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

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

What makes a song a hit? Is it a catchy beat, an amazing voice? Let's use this song as an example.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SHAKE IT OFF")

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Music Interviews
4:19 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Uptown Boy: Mark Ronson And The Producer As Rock Star

Mark Ronson's latest album is Uptown Special.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 5:47 pm

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Bob Boilen's Favorite Concert Photos Of 2014

Ty Segall on stage at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
Bob Boilen NPR

I go to so many shows, and for years I've been taking photos with my phone and posting them on my Instagram account @tinydesk. But a few months into 2014 I bought one of those tiny little mirrorless cameras by Sony. Then I caught the photo bug pretty bad (or good).

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Music News
3:10 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

You Know Exactly What These 6 Country Songs Have In Common

Screen grab.
YouTube

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:06 pm

Maybe you've noticed that many hit country songs sound the same. Nashville songwriter Greg Todd heard similar melodies, music beds and solos in six "bro country" songs — by Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Parmalee, Cole Swindell and Chase Rice — and mashed them up with some pitch- and tempo-shifting.

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The Record
3:06 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Andraé Crouch, Who Moved Gospel Into The 21st Century, Has Died

Andraé Crouch in an undated press photo, circa 1970.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:06 pm

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:05 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Paul Shaffer On Piano Jazz

Paul Shaffer.
Daniel Boczarski Getty Images

Known as the longtime bandleader for NBC's Late Night With David Letterman — and, later, CBS' Late Show — Paul Shaffer first received training in the classics. But, thanks to rock 'n' roll, he grew up to lead what Letterman has called "the world's most dangerous band."

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All Songs Considered
12:15 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Drum Fill Friday: Beat Week Edition

I hope you had a good, long, refreshing break over the holidays. Or should I say... drum break? Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Sigh.

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Songs We Love
12:06 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Rhiannon Giddens, 'Black Is The Color'

Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens will release her solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, on Feb. 10.
Courtesy of the artist

Rhiannon Giddens' ascent began with her beat-box-infused version of Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style" — from Carolina Chocolate Drops' album Genuine Negro Jig — and continued with her show-stealing Gaelic song performance in the concert film Another Day, Another Time. Her take on Bob Dylan lyrics as a member of The New Basement Tapes dazzled.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:35 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Swan Songs: Classical Musicians We Lost In 2014

Conductor Claudio Abbado was one of the many great classical musicians we bid farewell to in 2014.
Getty Images

Farewells are never easy, especially when you're saying goodbye to a favorite musician. From conductors and composers to pianists, singers and critics, the classical music world lost many masterful musicians in 2014.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Fri January 9, 2015

662 Shows In 365 Days: Bob Boilen's Year In Concerts

St. Vincent's Annie Clark, who played Bob Boilen's favorite concert of 2014, on stage at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2014.
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 10:28 am

I missed another year of TV shows. I missed every single Netflix and HBO series. I did, however, see four times as many movies in 2014 as I did in 2013: four, instead of just one. What I did see once again was a whole lot of live music, 662 performances to be exact. (I count each band as a show or performance.) In a year packed full of concerts, I saw 555 different bands in 144 venues across 16 cities. It turns out I saw exactly the same amount of shows this year as last, which made me laugh ... guess I've hit my ceiling.

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Music News
5:13 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Percussionist Bobbye Hall Is A Liner-Note Legend

A young Bobbye Hall in the studio.
Courtesy of Elizabeth Hall

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 6:09 pm

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All Songs TV
2:03 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Childish Gambino, 'Sober'

Childish Gambino, aka actor, singer and rapper Donald Glover, in a scene from his new video for the song, "Sober."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 9:04 am

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All Songs Considered
3:53 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday: A Milestone For Internet Radio

All Songs Considered host and creator Bob Boilen in 2000, back when he still had a luxurious, full head of mink-like hair.
NPR

Fifteen years ago this month, All Songs Considered posted its very first episode. When you listen to that debut (with the link above) and hear host Bob Boilen say it's "a music show for your computer!" it feels very quaint by today's standards. But when ASC first launched, it was considered groundbreaking.

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World Cafe
2:59 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Il Sogno Del Marinaio On World Cafe

Il Sogno del Marinaio.
Brittany Salerno WXPN

"I always will be a Minuteman. People ask what kind of bass player I am, and yeah, I tell 'em I'm D. Boon's bass player."

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Microphone Check
2:36 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Black Milk: 'It's Not Really A Cakewalk'

Black Milk in his hometown, Detroit.
Rick Williams Courtesy of Black Milk

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 7:54 pm

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A Blog Supreme
11:47 am
Thu January 8, 2015

5 Locally Grown Projects At Winter Jazzfest 2015

Eddie Henderson performs three times at the 2015 Winter Jazzfest.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

New York's Winter Jazzfest seems to grow like kudzu: fast and far. This year's installment, the 11th annual, features 500 musicians in styles ranging from gypsy swing to electronic.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Thu January 8, 2015

KCRW Presents: Trentemøller

Trentemøller performs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Libby Pierson KCRW

Taking an electronic record on tour with a live band is always a tricky proposition. But when Anders Trentemøller took a break from his tour with Depeche Mode and brought his band to Morning Becomes Eclectic, each musician complemented and supported the others in a way that sounded organic and purposeful. Here, they perform "Come Undone."

SET LIST

  • "Come Undone"
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