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World Cafe
4:21 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

The Hounds Below On World Cafe

The Hounds Below.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 9:09 am

Continuing this week's feature Sense of Place: Detroit, we welcome The Hounds Below to the World Cafe. Even before the popular garage rock band The Von Bondies started to dissolve in 2009, lead singer Jason Stollsteimer was already writing the poppier songs that make up the repertoire of the Hounds. Stollsteimer committed to the new band in 2011; the group released its debut, You Light Me Up In The Dark, the following year.

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Music Reviews
3:48 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Europe Swings The Body Electric

The members of Caravan Palace are practitioners of electro-swing.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:46 pm

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The Record
1:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Arcade Fire In The Throes Of Transformation

Arcade Fire on Saturday night in Bushwick. Win Butler on the left, Richard Reed Parry on the right.
Courtesy of Sachyn Mital

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 10:52 am

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Deceptive Cadence
10:23 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Get To Know Ned Rorem, Now That He's 90

Composer Ned Rorem in 1953 in Paris, where he lived for nearly a decade and wrote his infamous Paris Diary.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 10:52 am

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The Thistle & Shamrock
10:18 am
Wed October 23, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: The Road of Tears

Battlefield Band.
John Slavin Courtesy of the artist

From broadsheet ballads to music hall choruses, songs have documented true-life emigrant experiences through time. This week, Battlefield Band, Mick Moloney, Mary Black and others continue in that tradition.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Mountain Stage
9:52 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Ben Sollee On Mountain Stage

Ben Sollee performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:24 am

Cellist and singer-songwriter Ben Sollee performs on this episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. A classically trained musician with a deep technical command, Sollee has earned wide acclaim for incorporating elements of folk, bluegrass and R&B into his singular musical style.

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All Songs Considered
9:03 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Song Premiere: The Flaming Lips, 'If They Move, Shoot 'Em'

J. Michelle Martin Coyne

The Flaming Lips have always had a fondness for science fiction and fantasy, with a vast catalog of songs about robots, spontaneous human combustion, telepathy, wizards, and UFOs. The band's latest source of inspiration is the sci-fi novel (and new movie) Ender's Game, which tells the story of Earth's futuristic battle with insect-like aliens called "Buggers." A new EP from The Flaming Lips, The Peace Sword includes six songs inspired by the story, including this dark, strange, synth-heavy jam "If They Move, Shoot 'Em."

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World Cafe
4:46 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Don Was On World Cafe

Don Was.
Courtesy of the artist

This week's Sense of Place focus on Detroit calls for a resurrection of the very first installment of a World Cafe series called Producer Profiles. This archived session from 1992 features Don Was. In the profile, Was discusses the work he's done with a number of artists, including Bonnie Raitt (Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw).

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All Songs Considered
3:57 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Our Favorite Discoveries From The 2013 CMJ Music Festival

Lucius was just one of the many bands worth discovering at this year's CMJ festival.
Becky Harlan NPR

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 11:14 am

Every fall, hundreds of bands flock to New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon, a large festival where independent, new and emerging musicians hope to be discovered. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen was among the countless journalists, bloggers, college radio DJs, record label reps and others who attempted to navigate the sea of live performances, hoping to find new music to love and share.

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Music Interviews
3:54 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Lucy Wainwright Roche: In The Family Business

Lucy Wainwright Roche.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 6:13 pm

Songs by Lucy Wainwright Roche seems to be told with a shrug, a note of apology, or modesty. And, yet, her father is the witty and acerbic singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III. Her mother is Suzzy Roche — one third of the harmonious Roche sisters.

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Music Interviews
3:54 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

The 1975, Influenced By The '80s

The 1975's self-titled debut is out now.
Dave Ma Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 6:13 pm

The 1975 has been on a meteoric rise in 2013. The pop-rock quartet's self-titled debut album landed at No. 1 in the U.K. Earlier this summer, the band opened for The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, London.

While the band is rooted in the present with its current success, its throwback influence goes beyond its name. Lead singer Matthew Healy says The 1975 was inspired by the 1980s — specifically, '80s teen movies.

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World Cafe
3:34 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Wayne Kramer On World Cafe

Wayne Kramer.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 12:49 pm

This segment, from Oct. 22, is part of our Best Of 2013 series, in which we revisit some of our most memorable interviews and performances of the year.

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The Record
12:03 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Do We Really Need Bob Dylan And Van Morrison Box Sets?

Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and The Band's Robbie Robertson (from left to right) onstage in 1976. The performance was filmed for Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz.
United Artists Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 5:09 pm

How much does any musician's outtakes, sanctioned for release years after the fact, enlarge our understanding of their canonical work? Depends on the artist; depends on the work. Sometimes they serve a shadow function — unissued songs that, had they come out the first time around, would have fundamentally rewritten the artist's story. Sometimes they simply present alternate routes to the same basic end-point. And sometimes they should have stayed in the damn vault.

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Music Reviews
11:22 am
Tue October 22, 2013

It's A Family Affair On Linda Thompson's 'Won't Be Long Now'

Linda Thompson's new album is called Won't Be Long Now.
Annabel Vere Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 2:58 pm

Linda Thompson is probably best known for the albums she recorded with her husband Richard Thompson in the '70s and early '80s. They divorced, and Thompson has maintained a sporadic solo career. Her new album is a family affair, featuring some accompaniment by her ex-husband, and some songs written with her son, the singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson.

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Concerts
8:21 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Live Oct. 28: Arcade Fire, In Concert

World Cafe
5:06 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Steve Miller On World Cafe

Steve Miller.
Courtesy of the artist

Class is in session for Detroit Rock 101 with author Steve Miller. The former crime writer and rock musician sits down for a discussion with host David Dye on another Sense of Place: Detroit feature.

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World Cafe
4:03 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

The Raconteurs On World Cafe

The Raconteurs.
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

As part of this week's Sense of Place: Detroit series, World Cafe revisits a 2006 session with a new band that fans already had high expectations for.

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World Cafe
3:28 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

The White Stripes On World Cafe

The White Stripes.
Patrick Pantano Courtesy of the artist

This segment from 2003 is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

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All Songs Considered
2:53 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Question Of The Week: Are Concerts Too Loud?

Fans at this GWAR show from the Roseland Ballroom seem to have no problem with the volume.
Roger Kisby Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 12:39 pm

Earlier this week we posted a poll asking whether you think concerts have gotten too loud, and whether you've started wearing earplugs at shows. After a week of voting, the results are in, and respondents have what seems to be a pretty clear message to clubs and concert venues: Turn it down!

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Music Reviews
2:42 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

'Traces Of You': Anoushka Shankar's Memorial To Her Father

Anoushka Shankar's new album, Traces of You, comes out Tuesday.
Harper Smith Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 9:10 am

When Indian music icon Ravi Shankar died last year, his daughter, sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar, was at work on her seventh album. The recording, Traces of You, became a kind of memorial.

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The Record
1:14 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

A Rational Conversation: Manager Amaechi Uzoigwe On Surprise Album Releases

Courtesy of Def Jam Records

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on iChat or Gchat or the phone or whatever with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness. It previously appeared at The Daily Swarm.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:03 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Daughter: Tiny Desk Concert

Daughter performs a Tiny Desk Concert in August 2013.
Chloe Coleman NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:04 pm

Daughter first popped up on our radar when we heard the London band's song "Landfill" while preparing for SXSW early last year: Achingly pretty and melancholy, the track builds to an absolute gut-punch of a line — "I want you so much, but I hate your guts" — that conjures a pitch-perfect mix of gloom, desire and hostility.

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Favorite Sessions
9:36 am
Mon October 21, 2013

KEXP Presents: Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose performs live on KEXP.
Bebe Labree Besch KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:50 pm

With a voice as sweet as her name, English singer/songwriter Lucy Rose bloomed in the KEXP studios with an acoustic performance. Stateside listeners may not recognize her, but you might have heard her backing vocals on the most recent Bombay Bicycle Club albums. On her own, Rose composes tender, lovelorn ballads, performing with a worldliness that defies her young age of 24.

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Music Interviews
2:01 am
Mon October 21, 2013

TLC: A Girl Group's 20 Years Of Ups And Downs

TLC's Chilli and T-Boz attend the New York premiere of CrazySexyCool on Oct. 15, 2013.
Brad Barket Getty Images for VH1

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 2:37 pm

Twenty years ago, Tionne Watkins, Lisa Lopes and Rozonda Thomas came together for the first time to sing and dance for music executives in the hopes of landing a spot in a singing group.

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Music Interviews
4:19 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Anoushka Shankar And Norah Jones: Half-Sisters Collaborate At Last

Anoushka Shankar's new album, Traces of You, comes out Tuesday.
Harper Smith Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun October 20, 2013 7:02 pm

Anoushka Shankar began playing sitar with her famous father, the late Ravi Shankar, when she was 4. But until recently, she'd never entered a studio with her other famous relative, half-sister Norah Jones.

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Live in Concert
10:42 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Omar Souleyman, Live In Concert

Omar Souleyman performed during NPR Music's showcase at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Loren Wahl for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:22 am

Set List

  • "Mawal"
  • "Leh Jani"
  • "Ghazoula"
  • "Ali Khudino"
  • "Nujuaz"
  • "Shift Al Mani"

Credits

Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Robin Hilton, Frannie Kelley, Amy Schriefer; Event Coordinator: Saidah Blount; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Alex di Suvero, Becky Harlan, A.J. Wilhelm; Special Thanks: (Le) Poisson Rouge; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann

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Code Switch
5:14 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Asian-American Band Fights To Trademark Name 'The Slants'

The Slants' band members are all of Asian descent.
Courtesy of The Slants

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 9:08 am

The Slants, a six-member band from Portland, Ore., calls their sound "Chinatown Dance Rock" — a little bit New Order, a little bit Depeche Mode. They describe themselves as one of the first Asian-American rock bands. Their music caters to an Asian-American crowd, they've spoken at various Asian-American events, and they're proud of all of it.

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Music Interviews
4:03 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

LA's Own 'Amazing And Unique Instrument' Turns 10

An Angeleno revels at 10 Times The Party, a celebration of Walt Disney Concert Hall's 10th Anniversary, on Oct. 5 in Los Angeles.
David Livingston Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 20, 2013 11:23 am

If you were listening to NPR 10 years ago this week, you might have heard this enthusiastic proclamation: "The wait is finally over for architect Frank Gehry, for the musicians and staff of the LA Philharmonic, and for all of Los Angeles. Tonight, for the first time in public, the orchestra plays its magnificent new instrument: Walt Disney Concert Hall."

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World Cafe
11:02 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Paul McCartney On World Cafe

Paul McCartney.
Mary McCartney Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 2:10 pm

Paul McCartney's new album — fittingly titled New — is reminiscent of a Beatles record. The recent project from the music idol is all over the place stylistically, just like The White Album from his days with the iconic English rock group.

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The Record
7:04 am
Sat October 19, 2013

How To Read This Year's Rock Hall Nominations

Chic in 1977. From left to right, Bernard Edwards, Norma Jean Wright, Nile Rodgers and Tony Thompson.
Gilles Petard Redferns

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 4:24 pm

If you look beyond the headlines that greeted this week's announcement of 16 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — Nirvana, a foregone conclusion for first-round induction; KISS, long snu

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