October 30, 2009 by Bob Boilen
A few weeks back at a 9:30 Club show, I ran into a music-industry friend who said she had something I'd probably want to hear. It was too loud in the club and the opening act too boring, so we dashed to the car and fired up her iP...
October 26, 2009 I thought I did pretty well, seeing 18 bands in a handful of days. But truth be told, I saw just the smallest fraction of the more than 1,250 bands that played the CMJ Music Marathon last week in New York City. Here are the standouts...
October 22, 2009 by Bob Boilen
My hope was to see The xx last night, but the Mercury Lounge was overflowing by the time I got there, and I was one of 100 people who couldn't get in. I'll see the band today and post an in-studio session from KEXP here on the blog....
October 21, 2009 By Bob Boilen
I remember listening to nearly 1,000 songs before SXSW 2008 and falling for the music of Fanfarlo. The British band with the Swedish singer only had a few singles on a tiny label back then. Now, it's just released its new record, R...
October 20, 2009 by Bob Boilen
I'm on a train heading to Brooklyn, where I was born, and where I learned of the death of another Brooklyn boy: Vic Mizzy.
Mizzy, 93, wrote a lot of music, but his clever themes to The Addams Family and Green Acres are the two tha...
October 19, 2009 It's the week of CMJ in New York City, and I'll be there to capture some of the fun and put it on our blog. On Friday, I'll appear on a panel to talk about NPR Music, so maybe I'll meet some of you there.
I've been going through a schedule tryin...
October 15, 2009 Moby's latest album, Wait for Me, is his best new release in a decade, full of beauty, sadness and celebration. The singer and electronic artist is currently on tour in support of the record, giving sold-out performances to packed arenas and smaller clubs throughout Europe and the U.S. For this stellar concert, recorded live in Berlin on June 26, Moby treated fans to nearly two hours of new songs and old favorites from a career spanning nearly 20 years.
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October 14, 2009 by Bob Boilen
It's been a while since I've been to a show that I'd call "balls to the wall," but Them Crooked Vultures aren't holding back. From their first song, "Elephant," to the song playing right now, called "Highway 1," nuance has left th...
October 13, 2009 The lead singers of Death Cab for Cutie and Son Volt had never met until they discovered their mutual admiration for writer Jack Kerouac. Now, they've released an album based on Kerouac's 1962 novel Big Sur. Hear One Fast Move or I'm Gone in its entirety before its Oct. 20 release.
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October 12, 2009 Project Song participants only have two days to write and record a song, but it was even harder for Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla and Jawbox's J. Robbins: They'd never even met before.
October 10, 2009 A Mexican duo living in Dublin, Rodrigo y Gabriela just released an album called 11:11, which pays tribute to the pair's heroes — Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Astor Piazzolla and Pantera's Dimebag Darrell among them. See how in this amazing performance they gave at the Tiny Desk.
October 7, 2009 by Bob Boilen
Ugh! Tonight at 12:30 in the morning, I'm going to host a live concert with a band whose CD I couldn't even get through. The Gossip is a group from Olympia, Wash., and I've been told that this is one of the best live acts around, a ...
October 7, 2009 by Bob Boilen
Let's help out a fellow All Songs listener Kevin Hill. He writes: "I'm getting married on Saturday and we aren't getting a DJ, but rather were relying on our friends to suggest songs for us to play. This strategy has been less tha...
October 6, 2009 Her new record is free of cynicism, full of heart and more elegant than a mere nostalgia trip. Normal as Blueberry Pie revisits the past while offering a fresh take on American classics by George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Burt Bacharach and Les Brown. She also sings an original.
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