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January 31, 2014 The Dublin band formed out of another group led by Damien Rice, but when Rice went solo, Paul Noonan took over songwriting duties and Bell X1 was born — named after the first airplane, Bell X-1, to break the sound barrier. Hear a full live set from the band on World Cafe.
Everyone piles on Starship's "We Built This City," at least in part, because it's too feeble to fight back.
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January 31, 2014 It's largely accepted as truth that Starship's 1985 song "We Built This City" is the worst atrocity in all of music, in all of time. But we can do better — or worse, depending on how you look at it.
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January 30, 2014 Dumpstaphunk has thrived in the New Orleans funk scene alongside some of the best in the business.
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January 29, 2014 Potty Mouth formed in Northampton, Mass., in 2011. The band released a vinyl EP in 2012, and last year put out a full-length record called Hell Bent. With a name inspired by the title of a Bratmobile album, Potty Mouth revels in the sheer volume and eager, youthful enthusiasm of punk.
January 29, 2014 In its latest video, the band finds itself fretting about the trappings of adulthood: fears about making enough money, learning valuable life lessons and caring for their children.
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January 28, 2014 The musician and farmer discusses the controversy behind his song's appearance in a fast-food ad.
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January 28, 2014 On our latest show, host Bob Boilen shows off his new-found ability to throat-sing, while introducing us to a brand new sound from the duo Wye Oak.
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January 27, 2014 The Districts started out as a high-school band in Lititz, Penn. After some wise touring — as well as a video with more than 300,000 views — the group now has a self-titled EP on a national label.
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January 27, 2014 While we anxiously wait for Foxygen's upcoming double album release, here are four songs from the band's album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic.
Helmet's Page Hamilton peforms live in KEXP's studio in Seattle.
January 27, 2014 Page Hamilton and his crew were a huge deal in the early 1990s, but his more recent material has gone, for lack of a better term, unsung. Watch him perform "Blacktop" live in KEXP's studios.
Jeremy Messersmith's new album, Heart Murmurs, comes out Feb. 4.
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January 26, 2014 With its subtle strings and sly infectiousness, Heart Murmurs is no less than an attempt to craft a new batch of pop standards. Whether Messersmith succeeds depends mostly on how many people are lucky enough to hear him.
Marissa Nadler's new album, July, comes out Feb. 4.
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January 26, 2014 On her sixth album, the Bostonian singer-songwriter gets darker and more sinister than ever before. Its title must refer to a cold, polarizing kind of July, with the frigid climes that accompany an early-February release.
CEO's new album, Wonderland, comes out Feb. 4.
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January 26, 2014 Wonderland is, at times, superficially soothing and fun, an almost hedonistic paean. But not far beneath the surface lies something more unsettling and challenging: a statement about isolation and loneliness and a delicate search for meaning.
Mastering engineer Emily Lazar poses with producer Scott Jacoby (top right) and members of the band School is Cool at her Manhattan studio, The Lodge.
January 26, 2014 Emily Lazar is a rarity in the music industry: a female mastering engineer with a slow, collaborative approach. She's had a hand in more than 2,000 songs and albums, working with everyone from Lou Reed to Vampire Weekend.
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January 24, 2014 Ruban Nielson talks about his passion for electronics and performs songs from his new album, II.
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