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Clockwise from upper left: Spoon, Sharon Van Etten, St. Vincent, Future Islands, Flying Lotus.
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December 17, 2014 The results are in! St. Vincent's self-titled album was by far the most popular record in our listener poll for the best music of 2014. On this week's show, we count down the Top 25.
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Flying Lotus's new album is called You're Dead!
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October 12, 2014 Crossing over — musically and metaphysically — has of late consumed the mind of Steven Ellison. He says his new LP as Flying Lotus is "my opportunity to make a film" about the moment of death.
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Drummer Zach Hill of Sacramento-based band Death Grips, during the group's speaker-busting set at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
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October 18, 2012 Day two of the CMJ Music Marathon in New York started gently but built to a sweaty, speaker-bustingly intense climax at a show presented by NPR Music and WNYC's Soundcheck.
October 17, 2012 The experimental producer turns New York City's (Le) Poisson Rouge into a club scene with an Oct. 17 performance that feels more like a fine-tuned DJ set than an actual show.
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Flying Lotus' new album, Until The Quiet Comes, comes out Oct 2.
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September 23, 2012 For nearly a decade, the electronic composer has churned out living, breathing collages of hip-hop, dubstep, jazz and blues. Out Oct. 2, Flying Lotus' new album beats with a heart unique to its creator: adventurous but never muddled.
The British producer SBTRKT wears one of his many the African-inspired masks.
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February 18, 2012 Many musicians — particularly those at the intersection of hip-hop and electronic music — are experimenting with the way masks can obscure or change their identity.
November 15, 2011 Sampled saxophones and cymbals have re-emerged in dance halls, in innovative forms of house music.
Clockwise from upper left, all taken at Moogfest: costumed fans at the Animoog Playground, Atlas Sound, fans reacting to one of the live sets, The Field, a dewy-eyed fan.
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November 1, 2011 Host Bob Boilen and NPR Music reporter Jacob Ganz look back at the unusual and remarkable music festival known as Moogfest.
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May 30, 2011 Blending his original work with a wide array of hip-hop and electronica, producer Flying Lotus gets the crowds dancing at the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival.
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The Los Angeles music scene churned out some of 2010's best albums.
December 10, 2010 Los Angeles spawned a ton of remarkable music in 2010, and no one knows L.A. better than NPR station KCRW. Music director and Morning Becomes Eclectic host Jason Bentley selects his cream of the SoCal crop.
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