A still from Neil Young's film, Americana.
May 31, 2012 With the designer Shepherd Fairey, Young has created a short film to accompany his new album of classic American songs.
May 29, 2012 McCartney's second album after the breakup of the Beatles has a sweet, family sound, even as it reflects on the bitter aftermath of his former band's falling out. Now, more than 40 years later, Ram has a new reissue.
May 17, 2012 While clearly rooted in acoustic traditions, the folk music of Arborea stands out for its calm beauty and rough edges. The duo incorporates harmonium, electric guitars played with an EBow, and a Ban-Jammer — a hybrid instrument that's part banjo, part mountain dulcimer.
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May 14, 2012 The improvisational music of father and son Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus functions as a beautiful conversation. Soler plays a delicate flamenco guitar, while Claus turns the cello into an exquisitely expressive voice. The two bring that spirit to their intimate performance in the NPR Music offices.
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Americana's cover art.
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May 11, 2012 With Crazy Horse's help, you've never heard "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain" quite like this.
The Beach Boys on their 50th Anniversary tour. (L-R) Brian Wilson, David Marks, Mike Love and Al Jardine.
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May 11, 2012 It's not so hard to imagine a completely new version of the iconic band on stage 50 years from now.
May 10, 2012 The new video from the D.C. folk rocker mixes sci-fi and family drama to make a witty and poignant look at faith in "miracles."
May 10, 2012 K Ishibashi is a master of building his music from the ground up, from live violin loops to layered singing to beatboxing, in order to create pocket symphonies steeped in classical music and 21st-century pop. He brings that ingenuity and songcraft to the Tiny Desk at the NPR Music offices.
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May 9, 2012 In an exclusive clip from a new Graceland documentary, Harry Belafonte and John Selolwane discuss touring with Simon.
The Magnetic Fields video 'Quick!'
May 8, 2012 The video for "Quick!" paints a sweet love story over Stephin Merritt's typically wry lyrics.
Freddie Merucury, performing live with Queen, circa 1970.
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May 8, 2012 Where have all the flamboyant men in rock gone? A quick look at Queen on this week's Old Music Tuesday.
May 3, 2012 With his brilliant debut, Affirmed, Salsburg is likely to become one of those names we all associate with American folk guitar. Here, he showcases his intricate and melodic fingerpicking in two instrumental songs inspired by the stories of racehorses from the Kentucky Derby.
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Moving the building is the easy part. Finding the perfect song to soundtrack it? That's tougher.
April 27, 2012 What's the perfect music to accompany video of a house on wheels?
April 26, 2012 Make a list of bands with integrity, still highly respected and still making music after 25 years, and that list will have Cowboy Junkies near the top. The band remains prolific, tender and poignant, as evidenced by this performance at the NPR Music offices.
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The Beach Boys 2012
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April 25, 2012 To mark the band's 50th anniversary, all of its surviving members have recorded a new album. The first single has all the harmony and sentiment that made The Beach Boys the sound of California in the 1960s. Wouldn't it be nice if all reunions sounded so good?
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