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Julianna Barwick and her band pause for a picture outside KEXP in Seattle.
December 30, 2013 As gentle as they are, the ethereal sounds of singer Julianna Barwick possess prescription-strength power. Watch her perform "One Half," from this year's gorgeous Nepenthe, live in KEXP's studios.
Julianna Barwick at Judson Memorial Church in New York City
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October 3, 2013 The ethereal vocalist grew up singing in choirs, so performing live at New York City's Judson Memorial Church was a perfect fit. Watch Barwick and her ensemble perform "Crystal Lake."
Julianna Barwick's new album, Nepenthe, comes out August 20.
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August 4, 2013 Barwick takes small vocal phrases and bits of instrumentation, samples them and loops them impeccably to create a sound that tentatively recalls the impossible lushness of Enya when it's not fanning out into sounds that can be experimental, spare, artful and alluring.
March 6, 2013 See the singer perform an as-yet-unreleased song, "Offing," live at the Glass House, an architectural legend from designer Philip Johnson. Barwick sings and layers her ethereal voice alongside an abstract sculpture from artist Ken Price.
Clockwise from upper left: Tegan and Sara, Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy, Alessi's Ark, Fatoumata Diawara
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January 23, 2013 On this week's show we welcome a parade of guest DJs, including Jack White, who talks about the music of legendary bluesman Charley Patton. Plus: new pop from Tegan and Sara, Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara and several new discoveries, including the London-based band Alessi's Ark.
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Wye Oak's Civilian, known now and forever as Stephen Thompson's third favorite record of 2011.
December 7, 2011 A list of albums showcasing the stormy elegance, big ideas and transporting melodies of 2011.
December 5, 2011 In 2011, Frank Ocean sang hooks for Jay-Z and Kanye West, wrote for Beyoncé, toured with Odd Future and still managed to release the smoothest R&B album we've heard in a while. We enjoyed opera's return to form with vibrant young tenor Joseph Calleja and fell in love with a rock opera from a band whose name we're not even allowed to say on NPR. The list of our 50 favorite records of 2011 continued with Frank Ocean, F----- Up and more artists from F to J.
Artwork for Nicholas Szczepanik 's Please Stop Loving Me.
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November 30, 2011 Synths got out of control in 2011, but Lars Gotrich picks the best, plus drone and abstract guitar.
David Belisle and Leif Podhajsky
November 25, 2011 NPR Music's Stephen Thompson picks new music for the hard-to-please on a host's shopping list.
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June 14, 2011 If you're looking for the best of 2011 in virtually every major musical genre, here's a good starting point. The list of our 25 favorite albums of the year (so far) continues with Jill Scott and more artists from F to J.
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