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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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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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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.

The Record
10:56 am
Mon March 10, 2014

The Guide To Making SXSW Fun (For Everybody)

Anything can happen in Austin. Be prepared.
Adam Kissick for NPR

The last thing anyone would say about South By Southwest is that it's an avenue for self-improvement. The annual mega gathering, which began last week for film and interactive-technology mavens and turns into a music conference and festival tomorrow, fulfills many needs for the culture nerd. Communal bonding? Yes – somewhere around 100,000 people will wander the Austin streets looking to high-five each other during this time. Fun? For sure.

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Music Interviews
1:59 am
Mon March 10, 2014

The Education Of Christylez Bacon

Christylez Bacon's new album is Hip Hop Unplugged.
Yacouba Tanou Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 8:59 am

Christylez Bacon attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a prestigious high school in Washington, D.C. that also counts Dave Chappelle and Meshell Ndegeocello among its alumni. When it came time to write a final paper for his U.S. Government class, he wanted to craft something more reflective of his upbringing in the city's Southeast quadrant — an area hit hard by crime and drugs in the 1980s.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

First Listen: Perfect Pussy, 'Say Yes To Love'

Perfect Pussy's new album, Say Yes to Love, comes out March 18.
Drew Reynolds Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 9:55 am

When it's nearly impossible to understand what a band is saying, discerning the message means cues have to come from elsewhere. The Syracuse noise-punk group Perfect Pussy issues maybe five easily discernible lines over the course of its frenetic 23-minute debut album, Say Yes to Love, but the band doesn't lack for conversation-starters.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

First Listen: Kevin Drew, 'Darlings'

Kevin Drew's new album, Darlings, comes out March 18.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 9:54 am

Back in 2007, Kevin Drew (of Toronto's baroque-pop collective Broken Social Scene) gazed longingly at a woman and pronounced her too beautiful for the carnal escapades swirling inside his brain. That song, "Tbtf," was among the wondrous creations on his solo debut Spirit If — a worship-dream set in a sleek, gliding tempo, and sung in a mood of melancholy wistfulness.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

First Listen: The War On Drugs, 'Lost In The Dream'

The War on Drugs' new album, Lost in the Dream, comes out March 18.
Dusdin Condren Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 9:56 am

"Under the Pressure," the nine-minute song that kicks off Lost in the Dream, opens with a few seconds of hair-raising electronic ticking and closes with two and a half minutes of full-band, synchronized, undulating feedback. In between, The War on Drugs shows many of the cards in its stacked deck: chugging drums, horn stabs, guitar runs that fly off into the atmosphere, keyboards with a strong melodic gravitational field pulling weight for singer Adam Granduciel's wandering mystic tenor.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

First Listen: Ana Tijoux, 'Vengo'

Ana Tijoux's new album, Vengo, comes out March 18.
Inti Gajardo G. Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 9:57 am

In the '90s, Chile experienced an artistic wave as the children of political exiles returning after the fall of dictator Augusto Pinochet brought enormous changes. Of course, waves never come alone: They bring in shells and rocks and souvenirs from faraway lands. The returning children of exiles brought new cultural trinkets with them in the form of music, words and ideas they picked up as their parents roamed the earth, waiting to come back. That wave also brought in hip-hop, and Chile became a hot scene for the genre.

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Music Interviews
4:23 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Acclaimed Jazz Singer Diane Reeves Takes On A Soulful Sound

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:57 pm

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Again, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "STORMY WEATHER")

DIANE REEVES: (Singing) Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky...

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Music News
7:40 am
Sun March 9, 2014

After A Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' To The People Again

Like many regional orchestras, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has struggled financially. But after a lot of work, it's set itself on solid footing and become a bright spot in a struggling city.
Courtesy DSO

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 8:55 am

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Music News
7:19 am
Sun March 9, 2014

John Denver's 'Country Roads,' Now Official In West Virginia

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 11:00 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS")

JOHN DENVER: (Singing) Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River...

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Music Interviews
7:19 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Ruben Studdard Tells What Happens The Day After 'Idol'

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 11:00 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Ruben Studdard became a national superstar when he won "American Idol."

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: After 24 million votes, the winner of American Idol 2003 is Ruben Studdard.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

MARTIN: Ten seasons of "Idol" have gone by since that win. But Ruben Studdard remains one of the show's biggest-selling stars. His new album is his sixth studio release. It's a collection of classic love songs with a few originals mixed in for good measure. It is called "Unconditional Love."

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Music
4:11 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Folk Alley Presents: Leyla McCalla

Leyla McCalla performs live on Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 9:01 am

The folk- and roots-music world is full of cross-generational collaboration. But it usually takes the form of folksingers pairing up with other folksingers, borrowing from a long musical tradition. It's another thing altogether to take words written long ago and give them musical life. Leyla McCalla does just that on her new album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes. Though the disc includes a balance of her original arrangements with Haitian folk songs, what's most intriguing is the way she built many of the songs around Hughes' poetry.

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