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August 10, 2011 A few years ago, Noah and the Whale would have seemed like the last band to bring a drum machine to a Tiny Desk Concert. But here, the London band plugs in — and sweet simplicity still reigns.
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Success hasn't come easily for Noah and the Whale, whose sound has changed constantly from album to album.
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August 10, 2011 Noah and the Whale has inspired a devoted following ever since its first album landed in the British Top 10 in 2008. But success hasn't come easily, and its sound has changed constantly.
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Noah and The Whale performs at the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival.
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June 2, 2011 The peppy Last Night on Earth caught Noah and the Whale fans off guard. But its new songs are conducive to amphitheater-based listening while beach balls bob around overhead.
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Noah and the Whale recently performed a studio session on WFUV.
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May 19, 2011 Noah and the Whale got its start at the leading edge of the current folk revival in the U.K. But the band's new album, Last Night on Earth, is full of fist-pumping, sing-along songs, engineered to make you move.
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December 14, 2009 On this edition of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen talks with Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein, NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson and All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton about the year in music. What were the biggest surprises of 2009? What were the best new bands and the best songs? Listen and let us know what you think.
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September 29, 2009 Noah and the Whale's The First Days of Spring is the breakup album of the year, maybe even the album of the year, and it comes out Oct. 6. Which means that, as of this writing, you have exactly seven days to torpedo a personal relationship in such a way that these songs can nurse your psychic wounds.
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.
December 8, 2008 Not to be outdone by its fellow Top 10 listmakers, KEXP presents its Top 11 debut albums of the year. Seattle's Fleet Foxes headlines a deep class of great rock, pop, disco, hip-hop, folk and electro-dance records.
October 7, 2008 Chances are you've heard at least one song by the London-based Noah and the Whale. Recently, the folk-rock band had its immutably cheerful tune "5 Years Time" featured in a Saturn SUV commercial. Clapping, whistling and ukulele play joyfully together with choruses capable of inducing a Diabetic coma from all the sugary sweetness. But there's nothing wrong with that. Sometimes the world needs an extra dose of sunshine, and the members of Noah and the Whale make that their specialty.
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