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Clockwise from upper left: Jack White, Teebs, Lyla Foy, Ray LaMontagne

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This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton offer up a brand new song by Jack White. The screaming instrumental track "High Ball Stepper" is the first taste of White's second solo album, Lazaretto, which will be out on June 10.

The energy stays high from there. Bob shares "Call Me," by the Alabama-based soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones. The group, whose album, Half The City, came out in February, played a live set over the weekend that knocked Bob's socks off. And Robin announces that the off-beat Canadian pop singer Chad VanGaalen has finally won him over with his fifth album, Shrink Dust, out in April. The bold, loopy song "Where Are You" is a good indication of what VanGaalen has up his sleeve.

Also on the show, folkie Ray LaMontagne gets psychedelic on "Lavender" and up-and-coming talent Lyla Foy gets sweet on "Honeymoon." There's also whole-hearted Americana made by Swedes — First Aid Kit's "My Silver Lining — and textured percussion from Southern California native Teebs.

Finally, last week's question of the week — "Does the death of an instrument break your heart?" — prompted one listener to share a tragic tale about a guitar, a synthesizer and a snowstorm. Get your hankies ready.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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High Ball Stepper

  • Artist: Jack White
  • Album: Lazaretto

Jack White's second solo album, Lazaretto, will be out on June 10. The first single is a thrilling, surprise-filled instrumental, with one screaming guitar.

Cover for Half The City

Call Me

  • Artist: St. Paul and the Broken Bones
  • Album: Half The City

St. Paul & The Broken Bones hail from Birmingham, Alabama and capture timeless soul sounds in an earth-shaking live show.

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Call Me
Album
Half The City
Artist
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Label
Relativity
Released
2014

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Where Are You

  • Artist: Chad VanGaalen
  • Album: Shrink Dust

Hear a complex, echo-laden song by Alberta native Chad VanGaalen. His upcoming album Shrink Dust will be released April 29 via Sub Pop.

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Where Are You
Album
Shrink Dust
Artist
Chad VanGaalen
Label
Sub Pop
Released
2014

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Lavender

  • Artist: Ray LaMontagne
  • Album: Supernova

"Lavender" signifies a directional shift for LaMontagne, who favors psychedelia over folk sounds on the song. Ray LaMontagne's Supernova comes out April 29 via RCA.

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Lavender
Album
Supernova
Artist
Ray LaMontagne
Label
RCA
Released
2014

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Honeymoon

  • Artist: Lyla Foy
  • Album: Mirrors the Sky

If you mix Kate Bush vocals with Postal Service sounds, the result would be Lyla Foy. Her album Mirrors the Sky is out now.

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Honeymoon
Album
Mirrors the Sky
Artist
Lyla Foy
Label
Sub Pop
Released
2014

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My Silver Lining

  • Artist: First Aid Kit
  • Album: Stay Gold

This gorgeous, harmonic folk track is by the Swedish sister duo, First Aid Kit. Its album Stay Gold will be released June 10 via Columbia.

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Shoouss Lullaby

  • Artist: Teebs
  • Album: E S T A R A

This jingly, multifaceted song is from Teebs' upcoming record E S T A R A, which will be released April 8. Stream the whole album here.

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Shoouss Lullaby
Album
E S T A R A
Artist
Teebs
Label
Brainfeeder
Released
2014

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