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Nashville singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin leaned toward Brill Building pop on her 2012 album Little Spark. But for her latest, Dark Place, she teams up with super-producer Richard Swift to craft a more seductive set of songs. "Black Blood" exemplifies how Baylin's songwriting mines a deep well of emotion and life experience, from relationships to motherhood to life on the road.

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  • "Black Blood"

For our +1 mini-podcast this week, Bob is joined in the studio by NPR Music's Jacob Ganz to talk about how we connect to songs we love in the age of streaming. The conversation highlights what we'll miss most about physical forms of music and what we hope the future takes into account.

Ben Folds music has taken another turn, firmly embracing strings and chamber music yet still maintaining a passion for his love of pop. So There, his next album, will consist of eight chamber pop songs with the very talented yMusic Ensemble and one piano concerto performed with the Nashville Symphony. Today we premiere a little pocket symphony of sorts, a bit of pop perfection called "Capable of Anything."

Matthew Aucoin is being compared to Mozart, Wagner and Leonard Bernstein. He's worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

There's a famous, heated scene in the 1982 film Diner in which Shrevie (Daniel Stern) has discovered that his wife Beth (Ellen Barkin) has been listening to his 1950s-era record collection, which is organized neatly by name, date, and genre. While Beth "just wants to listen to the music," for Shrevie it's extremely important to recognize his organizational process for a collection that means everything to him. "Every one of my records means something!" he screams at her.

Brian Wilson On World Cafe

Jun 4, 2015

You'd think it would be difficult for Brian Wilson to pick his favorite Beach Boys song, but he's decisive: It's "God Only Knows." In this conversation on World Cafe, he also says that while he loves the new Wilson biopic Love & Mercy (out Friday), there are parts that were hard for him to watch.

Why is classical music so hard to enjoy on streaming services? In one word, it's metadata. Metadata is the information that coexists with every digital music file: each and every piece of information about a selection of music that a listener might find useful to know, and what makes the information in one file discernible from the next. In the case of classical music, relevant and important metadata includes the name of the piece of music, the composer, the album it's from, the performers, the label that released the recording and the year it was recorded.

False makes bracing black metal that, just when it seems like the band won't release its claws from your throat, suddenly drops you into the void. That's the sensation felt halfway through "Entropy," a 15-minute torrent of terror that knows its Scandinavian forbears — complete with dramatic, Emperor-inspired keyboards — but chugs and spits like punk. It's here that the feral transforms into the graceful, as a piano accents two guitars noodling on a forlorn melody that desperately climbs its way out of the chasm.

The Alison Brown Quartet On Mountain Stage

Jun 4, 2015

The Alison Brown Quartet appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Brown has been appearing on Mountain Stage for more than 15 years, dating back to her first visit playing banjo alongside Alison Krauss.

Join host Fiona Ritchie as she opens up some of the recent musical deliveries to the Thistle & Shamrock mailboxes in the U.S. and Scotland.

This week, you'll hear new music from Duncan Chisholm, Nuala Kennedy, Kathryn Tickell, Kathleen MacInnes and others.

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Margaret Juntwait was the mellifluous voice of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday live radio broadcasts. She was also a longtime host at NPR member station WNYC in New York. Juntwait died Wednesday at age 58 of complications from ovarian cancer. The Met and WNYC have each offered tributes.

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This is FRESH AIR. Music critic Milo Miles has a review of the latest release from Bassekou Kouyate, a veteran bandleader and musician from Mali. Milo says rock and soul come together on his band's fourth album "Ba Power."

Where do music historians go to find the sounds that shape the stories they tell? There are some obvious places, like the Library of Congress, whose National Jukebox offers more than ten thousand songs from the dawn of the modern age, or the Internet Archive, which overwhelms with its vast array of material and is especially rich for live recordings.

Lord Huron On World Cafe

Jun 3, 2015

Ben Schneider has a creative mind, to say the least: The man who leads Lord Huron is a multimedia dynamo.

The Milk Carton Kids On Mountain Stage

Jun 3, 2015

The Milk Carton Kids' members make their second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. A fine alternative to the foot-stomping grandeur inherent to so much of folk's recent popular revival, The Milk Carton Kids' music is defined by the understated virtuosity of singer-songwriters and guitarists Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale.

Digital Underground

Jun 3, 2015

The music sharing platform imeem thrived from 2004 until its shuttering in 2009 as a safe haven in the wilds of the semi-legal Internet. It was Napster without the piracy, a legal space for music makers and fans to share bedroom composition, videos of their latest dance moves, and the latest streamed — not downloaded — hits.

First Watch: Liza Anne, 'Lost'

Jun 3, 2015

A few years ago, members of The Helio Sequence joined a songwriting workshop that challenged them to write and record 20 songs in a single day. Burned out by their songwriting process and inspired by their experience with "The 20 Song Game," the Portland, Ore., band decided to adapt that novel approach to its new, self-titled album. The result was an unprecedented flurry of creativity, with results that included "Red Shifting." Here, the band performs the song live for opbmusic.

World Cafe Guest DJ: Florence Welch

Jun 2, 2015

Florence Welch, the charismatic lead singer of Florence + The Machine, joins World Cafe today as guest DJ. The band's new album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, comes out Tuesday.

Martin Sexton On Mountain Stage

Jun 2, 2015

Martin Sexton's rhythmic, fingerstyle guitar playing can make it seem as if he's backed by a full band even when he's playing solo. Sexton first made a name for himself when he left his native Syracuse, N.Y., in order to busk on the streets of Boston. He sold 20,000 albums out of the back of his car, and by 2002 was running his own independent record label.

Bert Jansch's approach to a traditional folk song is on full display in this recording of "Blackwaterside," made during a show at London's 12 Bar and originally released in 1995. It's an approach the Scottish singer-guitarist developed in the early 1960s; one that was more about evoking the mood and feel of a song than a slavish devotion to historical interpretation.

Recently, the rapper Jay Z relaunched the subscription streaming music service Tidal, which includes the option to listen to high-definition audio for $19.99 per month. Tidal's HiFi, with its uncompressed audio files, promises a better listening experience than any other streaming service on the market.

The amps on All Songs Considered this week never dip lower than 11. Bob is joined in the studio by a sleep-deprived Katie Presley, who just moved across the country in a packed truck and has the road trip anthem to prove it, along with NPR Music's Lars Gotrich, who brings us a brooding, multihyphenate premiere and a small explosion of rocket-fueled punk. Bob has the return of a beloved songwriter we've missed for several years, and a perfectly-named debut.

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