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January 24, 2014 A reader discovers Devendra Banhart eight albums into his career. Where's a new fan supposed to begin?
Devendra Banhart's new album, Mala, comes out March 12.
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March 3, 2013 Though he's smoothed out some of the extremes in his sound, the eccentric folksinger takes a lot of tonal detours on his seventh album. But that's the sound of creative freedom for a songwriter who's never been afraid to follow his whims to epiphanies, dead ends and many points in between.
November 3, 2011 Composer Gregory Rogove uses apes in tighty-whiteys to illustrate and animate the end of the world.
Devendra Banhart (second from left).
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February 15, 2010 Banhart's first album since 2007 (and first for a major label), What Will We Be stays true to the essence of the singer-songwriter's colorfully weird folk style. The disc's downtempo gentility is immediately apparent, but he still throws some wild dance-rock curveballs.
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October 31, 2007 Banhart constantly adds new instruments and nuances to his songs, playing with their sound and texture. Yet if anything has remained unchanged, it's Banhart's distinct style and his unique voice. Hear an interview and performance.
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October 20, 2005 Cripple Crow is Devendra Banhart's new release of artful alternative folk songs. His distinctive voice has drawn comparisons to a disparate list that includes Billie Holiday and Tiny Tim.
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September 21, 2005 Bob Boilen speaks with All Things Considered music reviewers Tom Moon, Meredith Ochs and Will Hermes about some of the CDs they're most looking forward to this fall. Hear sneak previews from My Morning Jacket, Liz Phair and a newly-discovered recording of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.
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July 6, 2004 Reinventing an old hymn with Just Cause; A great unknown mandolinist: Don Julin; Neo-psychedelia from Devendra Banhart; New York singer/songwriter Nina Nastasia; the beautifully eerie music of Jesse Sykes; Dream rock from the Secret Machines. Featured Artist: David Darling & the Wulu Bunun.
May 24, 2003 At 21, singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart has drawn an unusual mix of comparisons: Billie Holiday, Beck, Tiny Tim. Critics are calling his debut album — Oh Me Oh My... — a timeless, haunting and irresistible recording. NPR's Neda Ulaby reports.
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