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All Songs TV
7:03 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Alpine, "Foolish"

Alpine
Tracey Lee Hayes Courtesy of the Artist

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 9:34 am

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Music
4:38 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Review: Courtney Barnett, 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit'

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:51 pm

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Mountain Stage
2:03 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Greensky Bluegrass On Mountain Stage

Greensky Bluegrass.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Greensky Bluegrass returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition nearly a decade ago, Greensky Bluegrass found success by playing nearly 200 shows a year and sharing the stage with legends like Tony Rice, Peter Rowan and Sam Bush.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:02 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Sylvan Esso: Tiny Desk Concert

Morgan McCloy

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 3:47 pm

It's hard to believe that it hasn't quite been a year since the first Sylvan Esso album came out. The odd yet perfect marriage of Nick Sanborn's electronics with Amelia Meath's voice feels like a familiar friend by now. And yet seeing these songs performed softly — and captured in the light of day — made them feel fresh and lovable in new ways.

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Music
11:41 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Latitudes: The International Music You Must Hear Now

The Romanian band Taraf de Haïdouks returns, rebooted, to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Kamil Ornarowicz Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 1:56 pm

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Metropolis
11:28 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Metropolis: 3/28/15

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

This Week's Playlist

  • Justin Martin & Ardalan, "Function (feat. Party Patty)" (Dirtybird)
  • Rob Garza, "Re Mana feat. Vasuda Sharma (Psychemagik Remix)"
  • Kraak & Smaak, "Mountain Top (K&S Sweaty Remix)" (Jalapeno)
  • Lxury, "Square 1 (feat. Deptford Goth)" (Greco Roman)
  • Purity Ring, "Bodyache" (4AD)
  • Daft Punk, "Revolution 909" (EMI)
  • Mr. Gonzo, "Pharaoh"
  • Marshall Jefferson, "Move Your Body (Tchami Future House Mix)"
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World Cafe
11:20 am
Mon March 30, 2015

World Cafe Next: BKO Quintet

BKO Quintet.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 12:51 pm

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, BKO Quintet, is from the North African nation of Mali. Its album Bamako Today modernizes traditional Malian tunes and originals.

The band calls its music "Trad Actual Malian Sound." But, as you'll hear, it's also got a contemporary feel. In this segment, you can hear and download a couple of songs, including one in which BKO Quintet is joined by vocalist Piers Faccini singing in English.

World Cafe
11:13 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Houndmouth On World Cafe

Houndmouth.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

The rootsy Louisville rock band Houndmouth just released its second album, Little Neon Limelight. Like 2013's From The Hills Below The City, it pairs smart songwriting with huge sing-along choruses that prove hard to resist.

At times, Houndmouth's interplay recalls the perfectly ramshackle sound of The Band. In this session, its members perform a live set in front of an adoring crowd at World Cafe Live.

Songs We Love
10:39 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Songs We Love: Violet, 'Transition'

Violet, 'Transition'
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 1:05 pm

With "Transition," the techno group Underground Resistance sought to inspire self-actualization in black, working-class Detroit.

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Favorite Sessions
10:05 am
Mon March 30, 2015

KEXP Presents: Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield perform live on KEXP.
Matthew B. Thompson KEXP

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 9:34 am

Every fan seems to have a story about their love for Elliott Smith. For Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield, theirs might have started with a dog. The two friends bonded over Smith's songs after Mayfield introduced Avett to her adopted pooch, Elliott.

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Microphone Check
7:51 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Jean Grae: 'It's Not Just For Me. It's For You Guys.'

Jean Grae in Brooklyn.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Review: The Mountain Goats, 'Beat The Champ'

The Mountain Goats' new album, Beat the Champ, comes out April 7.
Lissa Gotwals Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:46 am

When thinking about populism, it's easy to focus on either the relatable day-to-day struggles of average people — of the majority somewhere in the middle, glorified by so many rootsy tropes — or the more strung-out striving of those at the bottom. In politics and in culture, "the little guy" has typically made it far enough up the ladder to have a voice echoed in anthems and slogans, or else sunk far enough into desperation, homelessness or famine so as to surpass the need for detail entirely.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Review: Waxahatchee, 'Ivy Tripp'

Waxahatchee's new album, Ivy Tripp, comes out April 7.
Michael Rubenstein Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:42 am

Waxahatchee began as a vehicle for the raggedly beautiful indie-pop home recordings of Katie Crutchfield, a singer-songwriter who'd appeared in a small assortment of bands in her hometown of Birmingham, Ala. On her 2012 debut, American Weekend, Crutchfield set a narrative tone for the increasingly fleshed-out recordings to follow: She writes from the perspective of one who's young, keenly intelligent, and both hyper-aware of and overwhelmed by everything that could ever go wrong.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Review: Jessie Baylin, 'Dark Place'

Jessie Baylin's new album, Dark Place, comes out April 7.
Will Holland Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:50 am

Over the last few years, Jessie Baylin has probably received more media attention for having a child with her husband, Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill, than she has for making music. She hasn't released an album since 2012's Little Spark and was unsure if and when she'd record another. Ultimately, though, she reconvened with her longtime co-writer and producer, Richard Swift, to craft 11 seductively seclusive pop songs, dubbing the set Dark Place and including this inscription in the liner notes: "And this record is for you, Violet."

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Review: Drenge, 'Undertow'

Drenge's new album, Undertow, comes out April 7.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:48 am

In a candid, hilarious interview with Noisey in 2013, Eoin Loveless — singer-guitarist of the British rock duo Drenge — recalled an incident when he was a schoolboy. A fellow student threw a tantrum in science class and stormed out of the room screaming, "You can't tell me what to do!" It's not entirely clear if that incident inspired "We Can Do What We Want," the lead single from Drenge's second album, Undertow.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Review: Toro Y Moi, 'What For?'

Toro y Moi's new album, What For?, comes out April 7.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:50 am

The first sound you hear on Toro y Moi's fourth album is the buzz and roar of race-car engines on the speedway. For those who've followed Chaz Bundick since his debut album, 2010's Causers Of This, it's a peculiar sound. Bundick has never sounded like a man taken with velocity; with speeding quickly from one destination to the next.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Review: Royal Thunder, 'Crooked Doors'

Royal Thunder's new album, Crooked Doors, comes out April 7.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:49 am

Writing a breakup album is one thing. Blood On The Tracks, 808s And Heartbreak, Domestica, Vulnicura — these records capture a heartbreaking perspective with power and clarity, but they each come from a singular voice.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Review: Say Lou Lou, 'Lucid Dreaming'

Say Lou Lou's new album, Lucid Dreaming, comes out April 6.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:43 am

"Gold was different," Isaac Asimov wrote in his final novella. "It had a feel. Each piece had a weight. Piled together it had a gleaming beauty." The choice Asimov's protagonist faces when he says this is between payment for a job in the intangible electronic currency on which his world runs, or in 200 pieces of solid gold. In writing Gold, and in giving his character this choice (and subsequent obsession), Asimov contributed to the millennia-spanning narrative of human intoxication by chemical element 79.

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Music
4:31 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

DJ Betto Arcos Spices Up The Accordion

Marco Ambrosini and Jean-Louis Matinier, who respectively hail from Italy and France, are among Betto Arcos' favorite musicians currently testing the sonic limits of the accordion.
Daniel Vass Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 4:56 pm

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Music
6:37 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Courtney Barnett Talks Songwriting And Shyness

Courtney Barnett.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 9:33 am

For more conversations with music-makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

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Music Interviews
6:26 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Big Data: Dance Floor Jams For The Cyber-Paranoid

Alan Wilkis is the founder of the electronic act Big Data.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 9:33 am

The electronic act Big Data made its opening salvo to the music world in 2013 with a single called "Dangerous." The lyrics, which exuded digital-age fears about privacy and surveillance, couldn't have been further in tone from the hard-grooving, extremely danceable music — and that, says founder Alan Wilkis, was precisely the point.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:24 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

A Young Composer's Evening Prayers For Troubled Times

Missy Mazzoli
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 9:05 am

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:45 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Anonymous 4 With Bruce Molsky: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Anonymous 4 on March 4.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 4:18 pm

It was December 1990 — more than a year before the first Anonymous 4 album was released — when NPR invited four slightly shy women into our studio to sing 13th-century Christmas music. Back then, we already knew the manifold beauty of their sound, its purity and accuracy, was something unique.

Now, some 25 years and 21 albums later, the a cappella vocal quartet is calling it quits at the end of 2015. But not before one final visit to NPR.

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Music News
6:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

The Tale Of Mingering Mike, Who Painted Himself A Music Career

Mingering Mike's Joseph War & Friend, 'As High As The Sky' (mixed media on paperboard).
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 12:29 pm

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has just added a handful of soul records to its collection — or at least that's what you might think when you first see the work of Mingering Mike. A self-taught artist, he grew up in a tough part of Washington, D.C., just a few miles from the museum, though his family didn't spend much time there. Now, his work is in the museum permanently.

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Music News
6:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Influential Guitarist John Renbourn, Co-Founder Of Pentagle, Dies

John Renbourn performs onstage at the Royal Festival Hall in London June 29, 2008. The influential guitarist died at his home in Scotland Thursday. He was 70.
Barney Britton Redferns

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 12:41 pm

Guitarist and composer John Renbourn co-founded the group Pentangle and went on to become revered by guitarists around the world. Renbourn was found dead of an apparent heart attack at his home in Scotland on Thursday, after failing to show up for a concert. He was 70 years old.

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Music Interviews
6:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Singer And Composer Goes Home To Make Brazilan Music

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 11:04 am

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

A Blog Supreme
5:03 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Three Jazz Pianists, A Generation After Apartheid

Nduduzo Makhathini, from rural Eastern South Africa, connected to jazz as a way to heal others through music.
Ignatius Mokone Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 6:11 pm

In South Africa, the major art of resistance during apartheid was jazz: a melting pot where folk songs and hymns defiantly mixed with influences from South Asia, America and West Africa. South African jazz's central formula — its equivalent to the 12-bar blues — is a buoyant, four-chord progression that even seems to evoke a blending motion.

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Mountain Stage
4:39 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Angaleena Presley On Mountain Stage

Angaleena Presley.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Angaleena Presley makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. A member of the Pistol Annies alongside Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, Presley has the makings of an old-school country-music star. She grew up in Beauty, Ky., across the Tug River from West Virginia, and her father was a coal miner. Thanks to her parents, she grew up listening to Carole King and Janis Joplin, as well as Ralph Stanley, Merle Haggard and Bill Monroe.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:10 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Dardanelle Hadley On Piano Jazz

Dardanelle Hadley, pictured here on vibes circa 1938-1948.
William Gottlieb Library of Congress

Jazz vocalist and pianist Dardanelle Hadley was born Marcia Marie Mullen, the daughter of vocalist and pianist Marcius Mosely "Buck" Mullen. In the 1940s, she formed a trio that played regularly at the Copacabana Club in New York, and she went on to work with jazz greats such as Bucky Pizzarelli and Grady Tate.

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All Songs TV
11:51 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Lauren Shera, 'Light and Dust'

Alysse Gafkjen Courtesy of the Artist

Originally published on

Written as a farewell to her home in California, Lauren Shera's "Light and Dust" introduces the new direction she took on her third studio album, Gold and Rust.

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