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Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, performing live at the 2013 Mt. Oasis festival.
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November 8, 2013 The first-ever Mountain Oasis festival went down the weekend before Halloween in Asheville, N.C., filling the city's streets with music and costumed fans. See some of the live performances and street scenes in animated GIFs.
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September 7, 2012 Hear the inventive, experimental rock band perform new songs, including the unreleased "Crimson."
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Menomena (clockwise from upper left), Cat Power, Matthew E. White, Buke & Gase
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August 28, 2012 Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are back from their 2012 World Tour, which is to say they visited Seattle and Portland, Ore. last week, and have returned with a batch of new songs to share.
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Animal Collective's new album, Centipede Hz, comes out Sept. 4.
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August 26, 2012 Centipede Hz is jagged and assertive; it snarls and heaves, supported by electric musculature. The album captures the sound of studio wizards who are once again ready to unleash some sweaty savagery on the live stage.
May 7, 2012 "Honeycomb" and "Gotham," from the psychedelic pop band, are available now.
Noah Lennox, better known as Panda Bear, spun a playlist heavy with friends and contemporaries on this week's show.
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March 29, 2011 The experimental music maven spins some of his favorite songs from contemporary artists — including his Animal Collective bandmate Avey Tare — and previews some of his own upcoming album, Tomboy.
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October 13, 2010 Inspired by a crocodile, Animal Collective member Avey Tare (a.k.a. David Portner) is about to release his solo debut, titled Down There. Tare's compositions wade steadily through swampy soundscapes, complete with croaking synthesizers and grunting bass lines.
"What Would I Want? Sky" is lush, rewarding and a welcome rebuttal to critics of music sampling.
January 25, 2010 "What Would I Want? Sky" is the first song to legally license a Grateful Dead sample. And, in a smartly subtle move, Animal Collective doesn't even unveil it until three minutes in, after a dense, psychedelic junket through a sea of vocals and unintelligible sounds. The result is a colorful, lush, rewarding and, above all, a welcome rebuttal to critics of music sampling.
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December 7, 2009 We could tell early on that 2009 was going to be an outstanding year for music. Bands such as Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver and Antony and the Johnsons all released new albums, and that was just in January. By the time we posted our online ballot to vote for the year's best music, we had a dizzying array of albums and artists from which to choose. Here are the top 25, as selected by All Songs Considered listeners.
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November 16, 2009 All Songs Considered's list of the 50 most important recordings of the decade begins with composer John Adams and runs through Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
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