January 27, 2014 Without her backing band, the expressive, powerful singer previews songs from her new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. Watch her and you'll see calm in her eyes; listen to her and you'll sense torment in her heart.
Quilt's second album, Held In Splendor, comes out Jan. 28.
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January 19, 2014 Quilt is a perfect name for a band whose every song seems to knit together three distinct tunes. Its spirited and casual second album makes a great first impression, of the kind that almost inevitably leads to many more.
Bombay Royale, performing at GlobalFEST 2014.
January 13, 2014 Every year, it seems to get harder to classify the music we hear. With more and more cross-pollination of genres, maybe it's time to stop labeling music altogether.
Gem Club's In Roses comes out Jan. 28.
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January 12, 2014 The Boston band's second album provides a perfect soundtrack for thoughtful, beautiful times. Gem Club reveals new intricacies on In Roses, which sounds more resplendent with more ambient passages. The voices and cello merge and weave together perfectly.
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January 8, 2014 A year of live concerts, by the numbers: 662 total shows featuring 549 bands playing in 139 venues in 21 cities. For the All Songs Considered host, it was a perfect year.
January 8, 2014 Singer and guitarist Annie Clark shares exclusive previews of brand-new music and recounts how meeting a live rattlesnake and the specter of a dead political activist inspired her fourth LP.
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December 24, 2013 Often, great words are the secret ingredient in great songs: the emotion, the insight, the connection hidden beneath the surface. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares the lyrics that caught his ear this year.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at the Tiny Desk on Dec. 3, 2013.
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December 21, 2013 The hot and historic band from New Orleans brings us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what its members call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter. The goal here is simple: to bring you joy.
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Christine Salem performs a Tiny Desk Concert on October 14, 2013.
December 14, 2013 Her voice feels old, but it's got power that's young and vibrant. In fact, Christine Salem sings songs that are old: They're work songs and chants from the maloya tradition on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
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Waxahatchee performs a Tiny Desk Concert in September 2013.
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November 23, 2013 The songs Waxahatchee brought to the NPR Music offices aren't just stripped down for this Tiny Desk Concert. This is Katie Crutchfield as Waxahatchee, spare and exposed; this is what she does. This is intimate music, perfectly suited for an intimate setting.
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World premiere video for a brand new Pixies song, "What Goes Boom."
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November 19, 2013 The band originally wanted to recreate a scene from the movie Star Wars. But it was too expensive, so they decided to just explode guitarist Joey Santiago in the desert instead.
November 18, 2013 The Australian electronic musician, producer and rising soul singer teams up with his countryman Flume, with the aid of a mesmerizing dancer.
A remarkably illustrated setlist for musician Dan Wilson.
November 15, 2013 Are you one of the super fans who manages to nab setlists from your favorite shows? If so, tell us about it and upload photos of your haul. You can also see a gallery of some of the setlists we've managed to score over the years.
November 15, 2013 Guitarist-singer Marian McLaughlin performs using the dérive technique, a French term created by Situationist Guy Debord that means "to drift." Instead of doing something deliberate, Marian subconsciously allows her surroundings to direct her musical journey.
Bill Callahan, performing live at the Sixth And I Synagogue in Washington, D.C.
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November 14, 2013 Bill Callahan's performance, at a historic synagogue in Washington, D.C., unfolded on a cool autumn night.
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