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From problematic pianos to self-destructing violins, almost anything can happen onstage.
March 12, 2012 When it comes to live performances, you never know what might happen on stage.
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September 20, 2010 Barzelay may be the most underrated songwriter in the business today, with a sneakily firm grasp on poignancy and humor, and his live performances convey a kind of awkwardly fidgety fearlessness. Here, he mixes old and new in a charming four-song set at the NPR Music offices.
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February 14, 2010 The Meat of Life, one of the wry, unpredictable Nashville band's most adult records, is as thought-provoking as it is engagingly catchy. Clem Snide's seventh album will stream at NPR Music in its entirety until its release on Feb. 23.
December 23, 2008 Naturally, no year-end music list can be definitive, just as it's impossible to rate a year in music using purely objective measures of quality. So here are the 10 albums that Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson treasured the most in 2008.
September 29, 2008 The former Clem Snide singer always mixed wryness with unmistakable warmth. In "The Girls Don't Care," he needles those for whom expressions of love run counter to a painstakingly maintained ironic distance.
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April 10, 2008 Hear a sneak preview of CDs due out this spring, including new music from My Morning Jacket, Shearwater, Elbow, Wolf Parade, and more. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with Stephen Thompson, curator for NPR's Song of the Day, KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters, and The Current DJ Mark Wheat about the releases they're most looking forward to in the coming weeks.
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November 30, 2007 Great holiday music comes in many genres. But these five soft, pop-tinged selections hang together just right, making up a wintry mix of songs that, when heard collectively, simulate a soothing bath in a tub of warm cocoa.
March 6, 2006 Eef Barzelay knows how to mix humor and heartbreak. As leader of the band Clem Snide, he's sung from the perspective of folk-pop lightweight Jewel and conspiracy theorist David Icke, and he's concocted cello-tinged odes to the music of Nick Drake.
February 22, 2006 Pink Floyd's David Gilmour; A groundbreaking reissue: Byrne and Eno; Electronica out of Africa: Congotronics; Rare '60s soul music: Eccentric Soul; Singer and slide guitarist Ben Harper; Clem Snide singer-songwriter Eef Barzelay; Playwright and poet Adam Arcuragi.
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