April 22, 2008 Walsh finds the loveliest possible melodies in "Your Song" ("I'm stuck on a boy who fills me with joy"), strolling right up to the line between innocent and cloying without winding up on the wrong side of it. Throughout the song, Walsh's vocal aches with the weight of the highest possible stakes.
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March 17, 2008 Last week, 1,700 bands converged on Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest music festival. From a Chinese woman who sings AC/DC covers to a singer whose songs are like foot rubs at the end of a long night out, the music brought out power and beauty in unexpected places.
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March 16, 2008 My mischievous old laptop picked SXSW as the time to commence its long-anticipated death rattle. And, as if faced with the imminent passing of a wealthy relative, I'm both crestfallen over the looming loss and hoping against hope that it leaves me...
March 16, 2008 From now on, if I want to see a understated and under-promoted singer-songwriter perform at SXSW, I'm going to record that person playing in an alley and post it to the site. I just saw two of my favorite young singer-songwriters in separate conce...
March 14, 2008 I ran into Carrie at the Spin party this afternoon — where lots of fans skipped the headliner, X, once >
March 14, 2008 I'm typing this from the party WXPN is hosting with Paste magazine, Stereogum, and the usual gaggle of energy drinks and technology concerns. I'm enjoying the music of >
March 14, 2008 In my years at NPR, I've been called on to read essays on Morning Edition, speak extemporaneously in >
March 14, 2008 Cahoone has been playing warm, easygoing, country-tinged roots music ever since shedding her role as Band of Horses' drummer a few years ago. In that time, she's come to suit a specific mood to perfection: Her songs are about comforting the weary — acknowledging exhaustion while offering reassurance.
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March 13, 2008 If I'm asked to name the best shows I saw at SXSW in 2008, I'll rattle off the URLs for NPR Music's streams, because those shows are great and I'm nothing if not a craven self
March 13, 2008 Paddy Casey may lay out a grim recitation of society's ills in "Fear," but he wisely keeps hope at the forefront of the mix, rooting his fears in parental love and letting a whiz-bang arrangement bury the dark subject matter in bright strumming and zinging synths.
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March 12, 2008 As the NPR Music brain trust prepares for the big R.E.M. showcase tonight, I actually got the opportunity to sneak off and take in some of SXSW's daytime shows. Beats working in the mines, I'll say that much. Here are a few highlights:
March 12, 2008 A.A. Bondy has a real talent for hard-bitten blues-folk music, as well as an impressive arsenal of sneakily grabby guitar lines. "How Will You Meet Your End" falls back on bluesy boilerplate at times, but he sells it, thanks in large part to guitars that shimmer, slither, slide, and sing.
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March 12, 2008 This week, the South by Southwest music festival brings more than 1,700 bands to Austin, Texas, for a weekend that's all about volume in more ways than one. Narrowing down the seemingly limitless options isn't easy, but here are three acts likely to win some new fans in the coming days.
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March 12, 2008 In the next few days, you can use this space to discover a diverse assortment of new bands — for starters, here are three of my recommendations — and read our sundry musing
March 7, 2008 For all its impeccably timed swoony grandeur, Band of Horses' Cease to Begin peaks during its subtlest moment: a sweetly lazy ballad with the inexplicable title "Detlef Schrempf." The song is a study in rich, friendly atmosphere.
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