Banks' upcoming album is titled Goddess.
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April 28, 2014 The L.A. singer's new song, from the upcoming album Goddess, is all woozy mystery, and an ideal introduction to an artist who's been revealing herself slowly and deliberately.
Johnnyswim performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in April 2014.
April 28, 2014 Impossibly telegenic and charming, husband and wife Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano have the booming voices of great street buskers, but also the polished sparkle of natural-born stage performers.
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Kishi Bashi's new album, Lighght, comes out May 13.
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April 27, 2014 In Lighght, technique and experimentation collide in high-spirited, even disorienting ways. It's the product of a mind that always seems both hard at work and immersed in play.
Nikki Lane's new album, All or Nothin', comes out May 6.
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April 27, 2014 The singer knows when to embrace her contradictions: classic and modern, iconoclastic and approachable, country and rock, urban and rural.
Phish has a thorough set of policies for fans who want to tape the band's shows.
April 25, 2014 Thoughts on the ethics, logistics and semantics of recording live concerts for personal use.
The Pixies new album, Indie Cindy, comes out April 29.
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April 21, 2014 As assembled here, the songs on Indie Cindy form a worthwhile, frequently terrific document of a band forever in transition, even in middle age. It's music born out of chaos, same as it ever was.
Enrique Iglesias listens to sweet, sweet jams on a portable cassette player, long before you were born.
April 17, 2014 A reader asks, "Will there be a place for cassette tapes in the future? What should I do with cassette tapes — especially those beloved mixtapes — that don't have a place to live anymore?"
Merchandise performing "Become What You Are" for a NPR Field Recording.
April 17, 2014 Two members of the indescribable Tampa band perform "Become What You Are" in this Field Recording, captured during SXSW at an intimate backyard venue in east Austin.
Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina comes out April 22.
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April 13, 2014 The singer-songwriter was widely beloved by musicians; anyone who's ever tried to channel the blues would know how pure his were. Here, some of the artists he inspired tackle 27 of his songs.
Death will release the archival collection Death III on April 22.
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April 13, 2014 The Detroit band spent a chunk of the '70s making vital music that went mostly unheard for decades. Death III helps paint a picture of a group that deserves its new-found place in rock history.
Jack Black in a scene from the 2003 film School Of Rock
April 10, 2014 Your musical wisdom greatly exceeds that of the folks around you. How do you use that power wisely?
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo of The Both, whose self-titled debut album comes out April 15.
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April 6, 2014 Aimee Mann and Ted Leo find ways to share the spotlight on their charming debut as a duo. Each singer sounds freshened and energized — never diminished — by the collaboration.
Slint's Spiderland box set comes out April 15.
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April 6, 2014 The Louisville band's 1991 classic, now the subject of a lavish reissue, deserves reconsideration as a work of haunting beauty and surprising warmth.
The Boss: Maker of anthems for the young, for the old, forever.
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April 3, 2014 Is the nature of an anthem that it should span multiple generations or define them?
At some point, you'll probably feel like you're too old to attend a music festival.
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March 27, 2014 Is festival fatigue the first sign of an encroaching spiral into desiccation and death? Or is it natural to hit a point in life where you don't feel like it anymore?
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