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All Songs Considered
9:28 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Viking's Choice: Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, 'Unnamed'

Brothers of the Sonic Cloth.
Invisible Hour Courtesy of the artist

In the land grab that was the early '90s Seattle grunge scene, TAD was the hard rock band caught up in the groundswell. And how could you miss them? Bummer melodies cloaked in giant riffs, a juvenile sense of humor (see: God's Balls, 8-Way Santa) and the larger-than-life frontman Tad Doyle. More than most of their peers, the band made records that hold up even if major labels dropped them left and right. Six years in the making, Doyle returns triumphant with Brothers of the Sonic Cloth and one of the most satisfying and heaviest doom metal records in years.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

First Listen: Future Brown, 'Future Brown'

Future Brown's new self-titled album comes out Feb. 24.
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Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 9:06 am

Future Brown is a post-human, post-geographical electronic music collective that is both decidedly human and highly geographical. The four main members hail from far afield (Los Angeles, New York, Kuwait) but live most fully in the drifting state that artists can inhabit when they work the global circuit right. Fatima Al Qadiri is the best-known, with releases on the U.K. labels Fade To Mind and Hyperdub and extra-musical membership in the GCC, a conceptual art project that addresses hyper-real life in the Persian Gulf.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting, 'The Race For Space'

Public Service Broadcasting's new album, The Race For Space, comes out Feb. 23.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 9:08 am

In 2015, it's easy to take for granted how important and far-reaching the space race was. But imagine yourself in 1957: News breaks that there's something in the sky — in space — and if you tune your shortwave radio to an especially high frequency, you can hear its signal chirping back to you as it circles the Earth. It's called Sputnik, the first man-made satellite launched into orbit. The Soviet Union's groundbreaking success ushered in a new era, and nothing has been the same since.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

First Listen: Dan Deacon, 'Gliss Riffer'

Dan Deacon's new album, Gliss Riffer, comes out Feb. 24.
Frank Hamilton Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 9:07 am

The glissando (gliss for short) is a musical term describing the sound of an instrument as it glides from one pitch to another. A favorite trick of jazz hornmen and slide guitarists, the gliss can be a woozy, gleeful sound or a mournful one. When executed by a virtuoso violinist, the notes between the start and the finish of the gliss blur together into a gorgeous, ribbonlike swoop of sound.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

First Listen: Kristin Diable, 'Create Your Own Mythology'

Kristin Diable's new album, Create Your Own Mythology, comes out Feb. 24.
Jason Kruppa Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 9:06 am

The romantic notion of a musician holing up in a studio, alone between soundproof walls with her genius and the muses, doesn't hold water in Louisiana. The lion's share of post-contact American musical history has been borne along the curves of the Mississippi River, and no place incubates a tune quite like the cradle of the Crescent City. There's no turning off the faucet of sound in Louisiana; no shutting the windows against the breezes of history or creativity. It's molecular, ancestral, unavoidable.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

First Listen: Screaming Females, 'Rose Mountain'

Screaming Females' new album, Rose Mountain, comes out Feb. 24.
Lance Bangs Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 9:04 am

For 10 years, Screaming Females' music has come wailing out of the scruffiest and homiest of venues — basements across its home state of New Jersey, house shows from coast to coast, even NPR's Tiny Desk — in a ragged style befitting the band's lean, raw, punk-informed rock.

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Music
4:07 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

The Doctor Is In: Eddie Henderson On Life As 'The Funk Surgeon'

Eddie Henderson's latest album is Collective Portrait.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 5:20 pm

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Music
6:27 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Raising Pops: Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy Complete A Family Circle

Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples
Spencer Tweedy Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 7:17 pm

More than 15 years ago, Roebuck "Pops" Staples started recording his final album with his daughters, Mavis, Cleotha and Yvonne of the gospel-R&B family act The Staple Singers. Pops was ailing, but his voice was strong.

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Music
3:57 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

In Love And Music, Estelle Is Out To Get It Right

Estelle's latest album is True Romance.
Sophy Holland Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 5:32 pm

When the world met Estelle, she was looking for an "American Boy" — or so went the chorus of her 2008 hit. In real life, the British-born R&B singer did get her American Boy, but a few years back, they went through a rough breakup. Estelle channeled that heartbreak into her 2012 album All Of Me. As she tells NPR's Arun Rath, her next thought was, "Now what?"

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Sat February 14, 2015

The Good Listener: Is It OK To Attend A Concert On A First Date?

Jeez, people. The guy with the acoustic guitar is trying to perform right behind you. Get a room, would you?
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the boxes of chocolate we bought ourselves to eat alone in the dark on Valentine's Day is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on the collision of concert etiquette and first-date etiquette.

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Music News
6:23 am
Sat February 14, 2015

A Hero At Home, Deacon John Moore Is New Orleans' Best-Kept Secret

New Orleans bandleader John Moore chose his "Deacon" nickname at the suggestion of a mischievous drummer. At 73, he's one of the city's most beloved musicians.
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Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 1:04 pm

Deacon John does it all. The veteran New Orleans bandleader plays weddings, birthdays, proms, debutante parties. He holds his own at Jazz Fest and at carnival balls. He'll play 1950s R&B, rock, jazz, gospel, soul and disco — whatever the people want to hear. But when it's up to him, he chooses the blues.

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Music Interviews
6:23 am
Sat February 14, 2015

50 Years Of Music With Gordon Lightfoot

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 9:15 am

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All Songs Considered
12:04 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, With Cursive's Cully Symington

Cully Symington drums for the band Cursive, but has also performed and recorded with The Afghan Whigs, Okkervil River, Shearwater and Bishop Allen
Danin Drahos

This week's Drum Fill Friday was put together by drummer Cully Symington. He's currently with the band Cursive, though he's also played with The Afghan Whigs, Bishop Allen, Okkervil River and Shearwater. Cursive is currently on tour for their deluxe reissue of The Ugly Organ, originally released in 2003.

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Song Travels
10:39 am
Fri February 13, 2015

René Marie On 'Song Travels'

René Marie.
Joe Boggess Courtesy of the artist

Jazz singer, songwriter and actress René Marie launched her career in 1999 with her self-released debut album, Renaissance, and quickly found success as a performer and recording artist. Her 2013 album, I Wanna Be Evil, is the first ever tribute album to the late Eartha Kitt. You can hear Kitt on an episode of Piano Jazz from 1993.

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Songs We Love
10:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Football, etc., 'Sunday'

Football, etc.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 10:52 am

In whatever wave of emo we're experiencing now, we've reached a fever pitch of bands that rely too heavily on the '90s sound — think Mineral, American Football, Braid — that preceded them. It's instinctual to start from our mentors, but important to move forward.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
9:35 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Eartha Kitt On Piano Jazz

Eartha Kitt.
Amy Sussman Getty Images

Most people probably know Eartha Kitt for her famous recording of the seductive "Santa Baby" or perhaps for her role in the campy '60s television series, Batman — and on this Piano Jazz, she even threw in a few trademark growls for good measure. However, her musical and performance career went far deeper than that, as is evident on this program.

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World Cafe
10:32 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

The Stray Birds On World Cafe

The Stray Birds.
Rich McKie WXPN

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
5:49 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation At Jazz At Lincoln Center

Marcus Roberts.
John Douglas Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 11:02 pm

The pianist Marcus Roberts rose to prominence as a gifted performer — first with the Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center bands for years, then with his own trio and as a classical soloist. Along the way, he's become a mentor to many younger musicians, training many on the bandstand and from his professorship at Florida State University. That's given rise to a new group called The Modern Jazz Generation, which recently released a suite of original work called Romance, Swing, and the Blues.

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World Cafe
4:03 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Latin Roots: Canciones De Cuna

Raul Midón's lullaby "Duérmete Mi Niño" is featured on this episode of Latin Roots.
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In World Cafe's newest Latin Roots segment, Rachel Faro returns to discuss lullabies, or canciones de cuna. Many of these songs are passed down from grandmothers to babies and end up becoming songs that everyone knows. Faro will play a couple of examples, and then you can explore her Spotify playlist if you truly need to drift off to sleep.

Remembrances
3:39 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Singer Anita Darian Remembered For Genre-Spanning Career

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 5:26 pm

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Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

A moment now to remember a soprano whose voice was heard by millions of people who never who she was.

(SOUNDBITE OF UNIDENTIFIED SONG)

ANITA DARIAN: (Singing) How I wish we weren't...

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Music
3:36 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

A Serious Man: Father John Misty's Transformation In Progress

Father John Misty's latest album is titled I Love You, Honeybear.
Emma Tillman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 7:13 am

When singer-songwriter Josh Tillman started on his latest album, he set out to write honestly about love and intimacy.

"The things that emerge in true intimacy can be fairly brutal," he says, adding a joke: "That's why it's a metal album."

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All Songs TV
1:33 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Rome Fortune, 'OneDay'

A still from Rome Fortune's video for "OneDay."
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Music Interviews
1:19 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Meet Fantastic Negrito, The Winner Of Our Tiny Desk Concert Contest

"I like going out and looking at people, and they inspire me so much," says Oakland musician Fantastic Negrito, winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
Eric Taylor Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 10:22 am

Some offices have sandwich carts. We have live music.

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All Songs TV
12:16 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

High Aura'd & Mike Shiflet, 'Parlour Games'

A still from High Aura'd and Mike Shiflet's video for "Parlour Games."
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All Songs Considered
10:19 am
Thu February 12, 2015

All Songs At 15: Our First Ever Tiny Desk Concert

Will Marsh

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 12:28 pm

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All Songs TV
8:38 am
Thu February 12, 2015

SOAK, 'Sea Creatures'

SOAK
Joshua Hillard Courtesy of the Artist

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 6:06 am

SOAK is the music of eighteen-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson from Derry, Ireland. I love the simplicity in her music and puzzling out the images in this song, "Sea Creatures." At one moment I think it's a love song, with lines like:

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All Songs Considered
5:00 am
Thu February 12, 2015

The Tiny Desk Concert Contest Winner Is ...

Fantastic Negrito is the winner of the first-ever Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
Brian Gibel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 10:22 am

Today we're thrilled to announce that the winner of the Tiny Desk Concert Contest is Fantastic Negrito.

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NPR Story
4:09 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Centuries-Old Cello Is Awakened; Smells Like The Maestro's Pipe

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 8:09 am

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

Songs We Love
2:10 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Speedy Ortiz, 'Raising The Skate'

Speedy Ortiz.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 2:22 pm

The songs of Sadie Dupuis, the songwriter and guitarist of Speedy Ortiz, dance a tightrope of juxtapositions: Equal parts hilarious self-deprecation and wry honesty, she can fire off lyrical phrases masked in ambiguous, sing-songy non sequiturs, then reveal personal opinions and complicated feelings that cut deep.

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World Cafe
1:16 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Horse Feathers On World Cafe

Horse Feathers.
Courtesy of the artist

The Portland folk-pop band Horse Feathers' new album, So It Is With Us, showcases a lively, even aggressive sound. It's a much different approach than the one taken during the group's previous visit to World Cafe. Bandleader Justin Ringle presides over a full-band sound that's more cohesive than ever, and you can hear that quality in this upbeat session.

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