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Americana Music Awards
9:54 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Robert Ellis, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Robert Ellis performs at the 2014 Americana Music Awards.
High Five Entertainment

Last year was a great one for Americana music, from both the longtime pillars of the form and its emerging young vanguard. Robert Ellis falls squarely into the latter group, as evidenced by this performance of "Only Lies" from 2014's The Lights From The Chemical Plant.

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Americana Music Awards
9:54 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Cassandra Wilson, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Cassandra Wilson performing at the 2014 Americana Music Awards.
High Five Entertainment

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:44 am

Putting her glorious pipes to work on Willie Dixon's "I Want To Be Loved," Cassandra Wilson offered a master class in vocal restraint at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Where she could have easily reached for the rafters, Wilson chose to follow the song's lead and, instead, slide down into more sultry terrain.

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Americana Music Awards
9:54 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Sturgill Simpson, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Sturgill Simpson Performing At The 2014 Americana Music Awards.
High Five Entertainment

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:43 am

Introduced at the Americana Music Awards as "the hero of outlaw country" by Elizabeth Cook (who surely knows of what she speaks), Sturgill Simpson did his darnedest not to disappoint as he ripped and roared through "Life Of Sin" from his breakthrough album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music.

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Americana Music Awards
9:54 am
Wed April 8, 2015

'The Long Way Around': Jackson Browne, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Jackson Browne Performing At The 2014 Americana Music Awards.
High Five Entertainment

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:43 am

Winner of the 2014 Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne demonstrated exactly why the honor was bestowed upon him with a rendering of "The Long Way Around," a cut from his album Standing In The Breach.

The song wraps a melody around a look back at his life and times, touching on gun violence, environmental destruction, income inequality and other issues. But, as he always does, Browne burnishes the politics with poetry.

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Americana Music Awards
9:53 am
Wed April 8, 2015

'Fountain Of Sorrow': Jackson Browne, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Jackson Browne Performing At The 2014 Americana Music Awards.
High Five Entertainment

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:42 am

For his second song in a performance at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Jackson Browne reached back 40 years to play "Fountain Of Sorrow," from 1974's classic Late For The Sky.

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All Songs Considered
9:27 am
Wed April 8, 2015

What's Your Favorite Song This Week?

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:14 pm

This week's survey has closed. Thanks and follow us on Twitter (or check back later) for more!

On any given week there's usually a new (or fairly recent) song I can't stop listening to. And sometimes, if it's a really, really good cut, I'm still listening to it, nonstop, weeks later. We assume you're in the same boat, whether it's the latest Rihanna ear worm or some heartbreaking acoustic ballad by a singer hardly anyone has heard of.

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All Songs TV
8:34 am
Wed April 8, 2015

John Moreland, 'Cherokee'

John Moreland.
Kris Payne Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 12:42 pm

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Music News
6:05 am
Wed April 8, 2015

'American Pie' Lyrics Sell At Auction For $1.2 Million

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 11:20 am

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

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AMERICAN PIE")

DON MCLEAN: (Singing) Bye, bye, Miss American Pie.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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Music Reviews
3:33 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Review: Billy Kelly And Molly Ledford, 'Trees'

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

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

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Musicians Molly Ledford and Billy Kelly met accidentally. What started as an unusual friendship grew into a musical collaboration. Their debut album together is simply called "Trees." Kids music reviewer Stefan Shepherd has their story.

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Mountain Stage
1:56 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Dale Watson On Mountain Stage

Dale Watson.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Dale Watson makes his first visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live on West Virginia's State Capitol grounds in Charleston. A fearless practitioner of country's Bakersfield sound, which was first championed by Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, Watson has spent more than two decades touring the world one bar, club and honky tonk at a time.

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All Songs Considered
1:05 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

New Mix: Passion Pit, Franz Ferdinand With Sparks, Killer Mike & MNDR, More

Clockwise, from upper left: FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks), Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit, Killer Mike, MNDR, BC Camplight
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 8:36 am

On this week's All Songs Considered we talk about the secrets to being happy and how they relate to a euphoric new track from the electro-pop group Passion Pit. We'll hear the first song from Franz Ferdinand's collaboration with one of Bob Boilen's favorite bands from the early '70s β€” the wild, strange and playful duo Sparks. Together, as FFS, they cordially invite everyone to "piss off!"

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World Cafe
11:11 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Ibeyi On World Cafe

Ibeyi.
Courtesy of the artist

Ibeyi is made up of twins Lisa-KaindΓ© and Naomi Diaz, who grew up in France but went home to Cuba every summer. Their father, Anga Diaz, was a percussionist who played with the Buena Vista Social Club.

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The Record
10:56 am
Tue April 7, 2015

A (Nearly) Comprehensive Guide To The Music Of 'Mad Men'

Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) in an episode of Mad Men's sixth season.
Michael Yarish AMC

Pay a visit to New York City's Museum of the Moving Image to see its blockbuster show Matthew Weiner's Mad Men, and toward the end of the exhibit you will find a lonely kiosk.

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Music Articles
10:38 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Billie Holiday: A Singer Beyond Our Understanding

Billie Holiday has become a mythic presence in absentia.
William Gottlieb Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

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World Cafe
3:47 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

World Cafe Next: Humming House

Humming House.
Courtesy of the artist

On this week's episode of World Cafe: Next, hear and download two songs by the Nashville band Humming House. The group's third album, Revelries, features the songwriting of Justin Wade Tam with the addition of vocalist Leslie Rodriguez. Throughout the record, Humming House synthesizes influences from the Celtic and bluegrass worlds to create strong folk songs.

World Cafe
3:41 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Jessica Lea Mayfield & Seth Avett On World Cafe

Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:21 am

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Metropolis
3:24 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Metropolis: 4/4/15

New music from Jamie XX is featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:22 am

This Week's Playlist

  • Seinabo Sey, "Younger (Kygo Remix)" (Virgin)
  • Teedra Moses, "Be Your Girl (Kaytranada Extended Edition)" (TVT)
  • LXURY, "Square 1 (feat. Deptford Goth)" (Greco Roman)
  • Boxed In, "All Your Love Is Gone" (Nettwerk)
  • Rob Garza, "Re Mana (feat. Vasuda Sharma) (Psychemagik Remix)" (Magnetic Moon)
  • Chris Lake, "Chest" (Alternate Route)
  • Eddie Amador, Alex Costa, "New Sound (Dantiez Saunderson Mix)" (KMS)
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Deceptive Cadence
3:21 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

"I'm more and more coming to the idea," composer Philip Glass says, "that it's the lineage and the connection to the past and the connection to the future β€” that is the real connection."
Eamonn McCabe Redferns

When composer Philip Glass started performing his own music, a lot of people didn't know what to make of it. Some people thought it sounded like the needle of a record was stuck in a groove, repeating over and over again. Some people thought it was simplistic. Some thought it was a joke. Glass says that in the '70s, audience members threw things at him while he was performing.

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Music
2:36 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Lord Huron Wants You To Dance At The Apocalypse

Lord Huron's Strange Trails comes out Tuesday.
Josh Sanseri Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 6:48 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:45 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Death Cab For Cutie: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:27 pm

Death Cab For Cutie came as a trio: Ben Gibbard sang, Nick Harmer played bass, and we wheeled in our piano for Zac Rae. This intimate set included two new songs β€” including "Black Sun," the first single from their new album Kintsugi.

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All Songs TV
11:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Anderson East, 'Satisfy Me'

Anderson East.
Courtesy of the artist

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Mountain Stage
9:50 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Ray Wylie Hubbard On Mountain Stage

Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard makes his 12th visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. Hubbard first found success after writing "Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mothers," which became a beer-joint jukebox anthem some 40 years ago. A high-school classmate of Mountain Stage host Larry Groce, Hubbard even played with him in a band for a while β€” which, Groce is quick to point out, is the only band he's ever been in.

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Favorite Sessions
9:43 am
Mon April 6, 2015

KEXP Presents: JEFF The Brotherhood

JEFF The Brotherhood performs live on KEXP.
Amber (Zbitnoff) Knecht KEXP

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 9:32 am

Nashville's JEFF The Brotherhood just released a new album, Wasted On The Dream, full of big, punchy, high-octane songs that blend hard rock, metal, grunge and punk. Brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall dream big here β€” but not just of high production values, which seem only to sharpen their edges, but of a cannabis-fed fantasy of rock 'n' roll's most hedonistic, fist-pumping moments. Watch JEFF The Brotherhood perform "Voyage Into Dreams" live on KEXP.

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Microphone Check
7:03 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Malcolm Spellman: 'The Real, You Just Can't Beat It'

Malcolm Spellman after an interview with Microphone Check in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2015.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 8:48 am

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Passion Pit, 'Until We Can't (Let's Go)'

Passion Pit's latest full-length, Kindred, is due out April 21.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 12:43 pm

The electro-pop group's latest cut is a euphoric anthem to youthful dreams and the inertia that keeps us from reaching them. Frenetic, propulsive and bristling with life, "Until We Can't (Let's Go)" finds Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos pleading for escape from the tedium of an ordinary life. "We'​r​e here in this godforsaken place," he sings. "I can hear what you are saying, I can see it on your face so, let'​s​ go."

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Review: Calexico, 'Edge Of The Sun'

Calexico's new album, Edge Of The Sun, comes out April 14.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 10:53 am

Really, how much hoodoo can there be out in the desert?

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Review: Lowland Hum, 'Lowland Hum'

Lowland Hum's new self-titled album comes out April 14.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 10:55 am

Daniel Levi Goans and Lauren Plank Goans are used to fielding questions about the overlap between their musical and marital partnerships. If anything, they've invited this sort of curiosity by telling their backstory the way they have: him striking up a conversation after overhearing her singing to herself at a party; their courtship flowering from her harmonizing on his solo record; the simultaneous joining of their domestic lives and creative output with the formation of the duo Lowland Hum.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Review: Wire, 'Wire'

Wire's new self-titled album comes out April 21.
Marylene May Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 10:25 am

The artiest bards of 1970s London punk, Wire's members never scored a hit single β€” unless you count Elastica's 1994 Britpop anthem "Connection," which lifts its central riff and deadpan sass from Wire's "Three Girl Rhumba" far more blatantly than "Blurred Lines" evokes Marvin Gaye.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Review: Dwight Yoakam, 'Second Hand Heart'

Dwight Yoakam's new album, Second Hand Heart, comes out April 14.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 10:56 am

When Dwight Yoakam was making his first demos in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, a producer told him that his sound was "so hillbilly, they're going to call it rock 'n' roll." He was pointing to both the rawness in the Kentucky native's sound and its wicked precision, grounded in the great virtuoso art of bluegrass; and the depth of lyrics balancing the plainspokenness of Ohio Valley people who raised him and their eloquence, born of Bible reading and family-transmitted ballads and tales. "I've done a lot of miles on hillbilly highways.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Review: Villagers, 'Darling Arithmetic'

Villagers' new album, Darling Arithmetic, comes out April 14.
Andrew Whitton Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 10:54 am

Villagers began as a lush one-man band with 2010's Becoming A Jackal, then morphed into an even more complex collaborative effort in time for 2013's {Awayland}, as Dublin singer-songwriter Conor O'Brien learned to work with a team he'd assembled.

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