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David Dondero performs at D.G.'s Tap House in Ames, Iowa.
January 18, 2014 Guitarist and songwriter David Dondero has been touring the world and putting out records for nearly two decades. He's a favorite among critics and other musicians, but he's barely making a living — and he seems fine with that.
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January 11, 2011 On this edition of All Songs Considered, we've got sneak previews of new music from some of our most anticipated albums this winter, including records by R.E.M., David Dondero, Malachai, Six Organs of Admittance and more.
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Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter David Dondero.
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July 25, 2010 Dondero is a brilliant storyteller and poet. His searching melodies and distinctive voice are both heartbreakingly beautiful and whimsically uplifting. But after releasing eight albums in the past decade, Dondero remains largely unknown. The Austin, Texas-based singer takes a funny swipe at his own obscurity on his latest album, Number Zero With a Bullet, available here in its entirety until Aug. 3.
July 20, 2010 On this edition of All Songs Considered, we share a track from Liz Phair's unusual new album Funstyle. Also on the show: a gorgeous new solo record from Bon Iver drummer Sean Carey, a mesmerizing sound collage from The Books, feel-good garage-rock from Agent Ribbons, new-folk singer David Dondero, Icelandic artist Olof Arnalds, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and the New York-based rock group Ra Ra Riot.
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June 22, 2009 If you love seeing live concerts, chances are you've gone to shows where the clinking beer bottles and incessant crowd chatter were louder than the music. After seeing the soft spoken Laura Gibson lose out to a noisy audience during a show in Austin, TX, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson came up with a novel solution: They invited Gibson to play at the NPR Music offices, specifically Bob Boilen's desk, launching what's now called the Tiny Desk Concert series.
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December 30, 2008 He should be a name everyone knows by now. Instead, troubadour David Dondero returned to NPR having slept the night before in his car. Dondero travels from club to club, singing his well-crafted songs — songs that have his signature lyrics at their core. His lyrics can make you smile with their wit and hurt with their bite, all at the same time. Watch Dondero perform his well-crafted songs at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music offices.
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July 26, 2007 The best yet from Austin's Okkervil River; Infectious, feel-good pop from Peel; 16th century choral music by Stile Antico; Quirky, wild rock by Architecture in Helsinki; Gifted art-folk songwriter David Dondero; An orchestra of guitars from Bob Brozman; The musical alchemy of John Vanderslice.
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March 14, 2006 David Dondero was born in Duluth, Minn. But the singer spent so much of his life on the road that he doesn't seem to be from anywhere. His drifter sensibility gives him unique perspective on the places he passes through. His sixth album is South of the South, a reference to Florida.
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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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December 21, 2003 It certainly is the age of the song. The days of the MP3 aren't so different from the days of the 45 rpm. You pay a buck; the quality is good, but not as good as its more expensive counterpart. Back in the days of the 45, you'd stack your faves on a round 45 adapter, best side up, and one by one they would play, the tone arm lifting off the record long enough for the next 45 to magically fall onto the platter and play. You'd hope it wouldn't skip. The days of the 45 or even mix tapes seem antiquated in the age of the iPod and homemade CD's. We've "streamed" our picks for 2003's best songs, so click to listen and hope it doesn't skip!
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