On Here Lies Love, David Byrne teams up with Fatboy Slim to tell the story of Imelda Marcos.
March 29, 2010 Here Lies Love, a musical collaboration between David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, depicts the parallel stories of Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos and her servant, Estella Cumpas. The story is told in 22 songs with 22 singers, who include Sharon Jones, Tori Amos, St. Vincent and Steve Earle. Hear the album in its entirety until its release on April 6.
March 29, 2010 Wye Oak is a duo, but they've got a lot going on. What amazed me most was their drummer Andy Stack. He played a full drum kit with his right hand and played keyboard with his left. Who are some other musical multi-taskers?
March 28, 2010 Jonsi is the nickname of Jon Thor Birgisson, the enigmatic Sigur Ros singer. In Sigur Ros, his music is ethereal, sprawling and mysterious — it's even sung in a language of his own devising. But on the new Go, Jonsi writes songs that can be upbeat, even celebratory, and often sung in English. Hear Go in its entirety until its release on April 6.
March 25, 2010 We get a lot of promotional packages, but not usually big boxes. So when I got a call from the mailroom about a package, I was curious. When I saw that the return address was "Who is Alex Gordon?" I figured this unboxing might be worth taping.
March 23, 2010 It's Saturday morning on the final day of SXSW 2010. This day would be filled with belly dancers, Hamsters on a Piano and the Alex Chilton memorial concert. Not your typical day back home, more like a typical day at SXSW.
March 21, 2010 Most of the musicians that played the tribute show are used to putting emotion into song, but Jody Stephens took the crowd even deeper when he broke from verse and chorus, stepped up to the microphone and, in a choked voice told the crowd, "You've...
March 21, 2010 After listening to over a thousand songs before attending the SXSW music festival, unknown band Vadoinmessico stood out just about the most. Hear them play their song "In Spain" in the grand Maxmillian room at the Driskill Hotel in Austin during S...
March 21, 2010 SXSW 2010 Takes Toll On NPR Music Staff
March 20, 2010 Friday was another full day of music at South By Southwest, the third day of the festival. Bob Boilen recaps a few of the great bands he saw throughout the course of the day, with some short videos shot along the way.
The Very Best performing at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.
March 19, 2010 The Minneapolis band Peter Wolf Crier's has a gritty old sound, helped by an old mono tube amp. Bob Boilen recaps their live set at SXSW with videos along with a handful of other bands he discovered Thursday night at South By Southwest in Austin, ...
CALLmeKat's Katrine Ottosen performing at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.
March 18, 2010 I've always been attracted to the mix of voice and electronics, so when I first heard the music of CALLmeKAT, my intrigue was instant. CALLmeKAT is the recording moniker of Katrine Ottosen, a singer and musician from Copenhagen, Denmark with a lov...
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March 17, 2010 What happens when St. Patrick's Day meets the opening day of the SXSW Music Festival.
March 16, 2010 Bob Boilen takes a look at what's inside the bags of stuff they hand out to registrants to the SXSW music festival; everything from earplugs to condoms.
The Archie Bronson Outfit recorded 50 minidiscs' worth of tunes in an old farmhouse basement and picked the best to include on its third album, Coconut.
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March 14, 2010 If you want something loud, something for your angst or just a good highway ride, start here. The Archie Bronson Outfit recorded 50 minidiscs' worth of tunes in an old farmhouse basement and picked the best to include on its third album, Coconut. Hear it in its entirety here.
March 1, 2010 Watch a recreation of Pink Floyd's classic "Welcome to the Machine" performed with an electric shaver, a few guitars and a whole lot of pedals.
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